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My “new” $281 – (281 x .20) computer.

Thursday, 14 December, 2006
    It was initially assembled by an outfit called M&A.

  • Tyan Tiger S2466N-4M twin Socket A main board
  • 2 x AMD Athlon MP 2400+, running at 2.0 GHz with one processor per die, despite my initial impressions.
  • a single 1 GB stick (DDR2100), I cannot recycle my present memory as it is not registered, and server boards want registered memory. If I had the appropriate memory, I’d be up to 1.5 GB.
  • Big old Chenming 901, black Antec-clone case. One of the drive cages is missing. It would hold three additional 3.5″ drives.
  • My old 8x 128 MB Nvidia 4-something AGP card is the wrong voltage, so I’m stuck with the 32 MB Matrox G550-based card with which I received the box. So far, I can’t complain.
  • Mere USB 1, but every USB geegaw I have insists upon running at USB1 speed anyway.
  • Although I bought the box with the understanding it featured a CD-ROM, the optical drive is a CD writer. Its a solid NEC 24x. I thought about transplanting my BTC 52x, but I like the aesthetic of the black drive in the black case, and the process of installing a 5.25″ drive is particularly tedious.
  • The process of installing a 3.5″ drive in a 5.25″ slot is exceptionally tedious, but I persevered. The box shipped with a Western Digital 80 GB drive, which I’m using to boot and my 250 and 160 transplanted readily more or less …
  • … once I ran to CompUSA and procured a $29 PCI card with two additional IDE connectors. I can now add four additional drives, if only I can work out how to cram them in the case. A DVD burner will fit readily and is under serious consideration.
  • Running Ubuntu 6.10 with the SMP kernel, this thing just flies. True multitasking on twin 2.0 GHz processors.
  • The box shipped with Windows 2000 Pro under the “MAR program”, whatever that is. The first order of business was wiping the drive.
  • The physical attributes of the case, including the fans, CPU coolers, even the screws are Mercedes quality. One can readily see and feel the difference between this and the Chevrolet components to which I am accustomed.
  • The network port on the motherboard is somehow not compliant with some aspect of my internet connection. The rock-solid DFE card from the old box transplanted readily.
  • The machine has a floppy drive. I don’t know what to do with it, but could find no compelling reason to remove it.

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