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PostPosted: Mon Dec 21, 2009 11:57 am 
Joined: Thu Apr 03, 2008 11:42 pm
Posts: 114
Location: Calgary, Canada
# Video type: SDTV
# Type of system: front-end
# CPU: AMD Athlon XP 2800+ (2 GHz)
# RAM: 1GB
# HDD: 4GB
# GRAPHICS CARD: Radeon 9600
# SOUNDCARD: SoundBlaster (model unknown)
# Other details: D-Link wireless G USB dongle; Logitech wireless keyboard

This is my frontend for the bedroom. This is of course an older system but the main reason I wanted to note it here is because the installer worked flawlessly. (I was admittedly kinda surprised.) It even detected and configured the USB wireless adapter properly. Well done!

The only caveat is that I had to install the proprietary Radeon drivers in order to get the TV Out to work properly. (Flyspray ticket opened to request a package.) However I had a monitor available for testing and output VGA/DVI worked with the provided drivers, so I'm calling this a tier 1.

Note the HD is indeed just an old 4GB drive I had lying around, and it comfortably holds LinHES. Free space is at around 20%. I expect that every once in a while after upgrades I will have to purge the pacman cache to reclaim space, but beyond that 4GB looks to be plenty for an R6 frontend.

My guess is that with a bigger drive and a PCI nVidia 8400GS card with VDPAU this could even work fine as a HD-capable backend.

Oh, and the best part it was free, via my local Freecycle group!


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