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roberto99

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Minimum requirements for (pxe booting) MD ?
« on: July 10, 2008, 11:03:47 am »
Hi all

I am looking to buy an old notebook and to use it as digital picture frame and to listen to audio. Ideally it would be pxe booting. But what I am not sure of is what are the minimal RAM and Processor requirements.

Who knows or has tried?

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Roberto

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Re: Minimum requirements for (pxe booting) MD ?
« Reply #1 on: July 10, 2008, 03:47:32 pm »
Hi Roberto,

If you are going to buy and old notebook then depending upon the price why not just buy a digital picture frame?

There 10 inch ones out there that play MP3's for a couple of hundred dollars (some brands say they can play movies).

It would be a lot less bulky than a notebook, easier to hang on a wall or setup on an end table (smaller footprint).

Just an idea.

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Re: Minimum requirements for (pxe booting) MD ?
« Reply #2 on: July 10, 2008, 04:49:45 pm »
I've built 2 digital picture frames out of laptops that were going to the dump..  took the screen out and mounted into a shadow box style picture frame..  took the guts out of the laptop and mounted to the back of the screen, loaded debian etch, xorg, feh (picture viewer), and unclutter (to make the mouse pointed disappear)...  wrote a few scripts to start it all at boot and I was done..  only cost me 25.00 for the shadow box...  could easily mount a small speaker or two and install a program to play audio files.


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Re: Minimum requirements for (pxe booting) MD ?
« Reply #3 on: July 10, 2008, 05:00:37 pm »
Roberto,

I have been running MDs to play music and view pictures on HP T5700 thin clients, so I would say that the minimum requirements for you are 1 Ghz CPU and 512 Mb of ram. You can get away with 256 Mb of ram if you will setup a swap partition, but then make sure that the MD is connected via wired ethernet otherwise it gets very slow (since the swap partition is really located on the core so every access to it travels through the network).
Of course you won't be able to play videos in this setup...

Jean