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struggle4progress Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-09-11 05:35 PM
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Ultra-cheapo computing adventures
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I'm posting from a Foxconn D20-1, running Knoppix off a usb stick. The barebones (cpu but no hdd or ram),plus 2 x 1gb RAM cost < $140, tax included. It should take maybe 30 minutes to put together, even if you include a hdd


What are our ultra-cheapo options today? I just saw an Acer Aspire One D255 for $250: looks much slicker than my AAO D250, for about what I paid 18 months ago
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  -Ultra-cheapo computing adventures struggle4progress  Mar-09-11 05:35 PM   #0 
  - i like my acer aspire one 150  comtec   Mar-09-11 09:43 PM   #1 
  - I decided I liked ordinary ubuntu better than the netbook version  struggle4progress   Mar-10-11 01:40 AM   #2 
  - MSI Wind Nettop: $128.97  pokerfan   Mar-10-11 03:32 PM   #3 
  - Little smaller barebone box than the Foxconn, and dual-core rather than single-core,  struggle4progress   Mar-11-11 02:06 AM   #4 
  - Foxconn D20-1 is a kinda limited machine. I've had no luck so far running  struggle4progress   Mar-16-11 10:37 PM   #5 
  - Added ultracheap Trendnet TEW-424UB wireless usb dongle @ $15 to Foxconn  struggle4progress   Mar-20-11 05:54 PM   #6 
  - launched knoppix from livecd with trendnet plugged in, verified wireless was plug-n-play, then  struggle4progress   Mar-20-11 07:05 PM   #7 
     - this ^ survived reboot  struggle4progress   Mar-20-11 11:47 PM   #8 
  - Using the Foxconn box to try lightweight Linux distros virtually  struggle4progress   Mar-27-11 11:18 PM   #9 
  - Archbang guest in VirtualBox with Knoppix host on the Foxconn  struggle4progress   Mar-28-11 09:19 PM   #10 
  - Update: after 12 hr, still locked out of Foxconn box: screensaver is running, but  struggle4progress   Mar-29-11 03:51 AM   #11 
  - Archbang update concluded successfully after approximately 24 hr  struggle4progress   Mar-29-11 03:59 PM   #12 
  - Similarly installed Bodhi and Xubuntu  struggle4progress   Mar-31-11 10:56 AM   #13 
  - I think one can build a reasonable office machine for under $275  struggle4progress   Mar-31-11 02:40 PM   #14 
  - Installed Arch on this machine with OpenBox as the Windows Manager & Desktop Environment  struggle4progress   Apr-08-11 11:45 PM   #15 
  - second hdd will fit in external bay  struggle4progress   Aug-09-11 12:23 AM   #24 
  - Acer AOD257 netbook: N570 1.66ghz dual core cpu + 1 gb ram @ $250  struggle4progress   Jul-03-11 01:16 PM   #16 
     - Info on this machine  struggle4progress   Jul-12-11 12:46 AM   #17 
     - OK. My experimental curiosity got the better of me and I think I know how to upgrade:  struggle4progress   Jul-12-11 04:30 PM   #20 
        - More info:  struggle4progress   Jul-20-11 08:39 PM   #21 
     - Since RAM and HDD upgrades are not covered in the generic user manual,  struggle4progress   Jul-12-11 01:15 PM   #18 
     - pfft! "fee based support"  struggle4progress   Jul-12-11 02:58 PM   #19 
     - So I upped ram from 1gb to 2gb (using Kingston KAC-MEMHS/2G) and replaced hdd with ssd.  struggle4progress   Jul-25-11 10:29 PM   #22 
     - To explore ramdisk a bit, I booted knoppix with the noram option from a usb stick  struggle4progress   Aug-08-11 07:14 PM   #23 
     - Putting slackware on this machine  struggle4progress   Oct-22-11 02:27 AM   #25 
        - cleaned up the boot a tiny bit  struggle4progress   Oct-22-11 04:05 PM   #26 
        - if you don't like seeing all the ... after "loading linux" on boot, add a one word line  struggle4progress   Oct-25-11 11:23 PM   #37 
        - lspci shows realtek RTL8101E/RT8102E pcie internet controller, atheros AR9285 pcie wireless adaptor  struggle4progress   Oct-22-11 07:52 PM   #27 
        - startx now brought up the xfce desktop with firefox available  struggle4progress   Oct-22-11 07:55 PM   #28 
        - decided to reinstall using considerably fewer packages. after reinstallation, i'll see  struggle4progress   Oct-23-11 01:02 AM   #29 
           - reinstalled with fewer series, installing fluxbox as windows manager.  struggle4progress   Oct-23-11 02:45 AM   #30 
              - recompiled the kernel per instructions upthread here  struggle4progress   Oct-23-11 11:38 PM   #31 
              - slackpkg is available on the slackware installation dvd; it's already installed on my system  struggle4progress   Oct-24-11 01:15 AM   #32 
              - basic fluxbox configuration seems straightforward  struggle4progress   Oct-24-11 02:15 PM   #33 
              - sonow i set out to install conky on the box because i am the sort of goof who finds conky cool  struggle4progress   Oct-24-11 03:06 PM   #34 
                 - i'm going to try to install conky following the general outline here:  struggle4progress   Oct-24-11 08:54 PM   #35 
                    - ASIDE: kept getting confused whether I was me or whether I was root and about where I was  struggle4progress   Oct-25-11 01:03 AM   #36 
                    - now i think i've installed lua: "which lua" returns "/bin/lua"  struggle4progress   Oct-28-11 12:39 AM   #38 

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