[mythtv-users] boot off compact flash

Paul Bender pebender at san.rr.com
Sat Apr 21 18:54:53 UTC 2007

Mitch Gore wrote:
> Hi,
> I want to build a ultra quiet front end.  I was thinking about using a 
> LiveUSB version of linux but than I ran across this device.
> http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?item=N82E16822998003

>  From what I understand it just plugs into the IDE port and then you 
> connect a CF disk.  Has anyone ever tried this?

I have used it to boot MiniMyth <http://linpvr.org/minimyth/> and it works.

> If so how is the speed compared to a regular IDE drive?

I have never done any comparisons. At boot, I load everything into RAM, 
so speed is no concern.

> A 4GB CF can be had for ~$34.  This a 
> a very reasonable way to reduce noise and it doesn't cost that much either.

Another way to reduce noise is to network boot using PXE.

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