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« on: September 01, 2005, 02:53:12 pm »
Can somebody tell me which AMD processors will work with Pluto assuming I'd like to create a diskless media director?

I'm a bit confused about all the versions of the AMD processors, and I know some of them are 585, some are 686 and I have no clue about the ones with a '64' in their names. If somebody could clear up my confusion, it would be greatly appreciated.

I've also discovered that it looks like it would be cheaper (by $70-100) to build an AMD system than a VIA/EPIA system. Does that make sense or am I missing something?

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« Reply #1 on: September 01, 2005, 06:11:36 pm »
Any of the non 64 bit CPU's should work out of the box. I'm not sure about the Opteron CPUs. I know they're 32 bit compatible, but I don't have any experience with them and Pluto.

My big reason for using EIPA systems is that they are available in fanless models and are so low power that there are fanless power supplies available for them. Completely silent, no moving parts at all.

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« Reply #2 on: September 01, 2005, 06:25:20 pm »
Thanks for the reply. I guess anything that Linux can run on should work, but I'm trying to minimize the deviations from a 'default' installation, at least for the first media director I build. The idea of a fanless system is appealing, but I don't know that I want to spend the extra cash up front to create extra work for me when I'm also trying to sort out IR controllers, etc.

It would be nice if somebody had a nice document that explained all the little bits and pieces that need to come together to create a set-top box. It's very confusing trying to find cases that have IR built in (and which type of IR do I need?), figure out if a particular m/b will support it, getting TV-out, gigabit ethernet, etc. I imagine the number of 'perfect' combos (case, m/b, processor) would be small enough that there could be a list created somewhere...

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« Reply #3 on: September 02, 2005, 10:08:10 am »
I'm adding now a document tree for hardware combination comments and status reports.  Since our documentation is already wiki-style, users will be able their own comments and they will get merged into the standard document tree.

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« Reply #4 on: September 02, 2005, 03:44:12 pm »
That would be very helpful. I've come up with the idea of a matrix to cross-reference the important features (e.g. IR headers on M/B, IR on case, gigabit ethernet support on M/B, etc.) that would make it easier to select hardware that would work. I was going to track it in Excel (I know, I should use OpenOffice, but Excel is what I've got installed). Would I be able to include a cleaned-up HTML export in the wiki?

On the plus side however, I did get my core up and running last night. Now I just need to cobble together a media director and figure out how to swap one of the network cards and get it working...

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Colin