[mythtv-users] Backend with really crappy hardware
kpokki at cc.hut.fi
Mon Oct 25 05:34:24 UTC 2004
On Fri, 22 Oct 2004, Maarten wrote:
> It's not even the memory, I reckon. The PCI bus on that early a machine had
> so much troubles / design flaws that you will have difficulty getting
> something simple as a 100Mbit NIC working. This obviously means that more
> exotic demanding hardware will not work.
> And besides, I had a single bttv card system, and the 256 MB therein was
> almost fully used up. Thus, running with one quarter that amount will swap
> like hell. And on another note, you may not realize it, but what would be
> the biggest harddisk such a 486 will accomodate ? 540MB ? 8GB ? 32GB ?
> You can almost certainly be sure it's game over beyond 8GB, or even lower.
> Build a smallish firewall out of it, but none other than that...
I didn't have the chance to climb up to the attic to open the case of the
old beast, but now I have my doubts that the machine may not even have PCI
slots of any kind... At least I remember having only ISA boards and some
fancy vesa local bus graphics card.
As it seems there is virtually nothing the 486 is capable of doing anymore
I think I'll just throw it away and take my next generation of computer
junk, an about 300 MHz K6/2 as the new backend platform. And hope it has
PCI 2.1 slots...
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