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Tranquil Harmony Home Server as a Core
« on: April 29, 2008, 09:39:29 am »
Hi

I am currently using a Tranquil Harmony Home Server (http://www.tranquilpc.co.uk/T7.htm) as a Windows Home server which is working great, it is completely quiet and very fast at serving up my media. Would this system be suitable as a Core?

Any thoughts or comments would be greatly appreciated.

Paul

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Re: Tranquil Harmony Home Server as a Core
« Reply #1 on: April 29, 2008, 03:05:37 pm »
It's worth a try. I recommend backing up your existing installation before doing so.

I say it's worth a try because the website shows absolutely zero information on the actual system specifications.

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Re: Tranquil Harmony Home Server as a Core
« Reply #2 on: April 30, 2008, 07:42:34 am »
Hi

I am currently using a Tranquil Harmony Home Server (http://www.tranquilpc.co.uk/T7.htm) as a Windows Home server which is working great, it is completely quiet and very fast at serving up my media. Would this system be suitable as a Core?

Any thoughts or comments would be greatly appreciated.

Paul

The Tranquipc's are based on fanless Via motherboards so as of now they are limited to UI1 due to the current limitations in the Via graphics drivers. Via have announced a new Open Source initiative in recent weeks so this may change in the future. The other issue with any Via based motherboard currently is that they use processors that are clocked relatively slowly compared to an Intel/AMD based system so they do suffer a significant performance hit when sitting at the centre of a LinuxMCE system (in particular if you have MD's and other devices attached to your Core... or have a large media library where UpdateMedia has to do a lot of scanning)

So my view is that if the graphics drivers get improved then the tranquilpc and other Via based machines are better suited to use as MD's than Cores currently unless you have a very small installation in mind... then you might just be happy with the performance.

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Re: Tranquil Harmony Home Server as a Core
« Reply #3 on: April 30, 2008, 10:16:22 am »
Hi totallymaxed/ tschak909

Thanks for the advice, I was thinking of using it as a pure core machine only but it probably is not fast enough. The other machine that I was going to use is an Intel Dual processor with 4gb ram and an NVDIA 8800GTS card. Have tried unsucessfully to install using the DVD. Have not been able to use the cd  install as no matter what I do I cannot get the installer to install.

After reading through the forums there seems to be issues with nvidia 8 series cards with convuluted methods to solve them, any easier methods to solve this issue?

Any help or advice would be greatly appreciated.


Paul


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Re: Tranquil Harmony Home Server as a Core
« Reply #4 on: April 30, 2008, 04:08:03 pm »
I use an NVIDIA 8500GT out of the box, without problems.

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