[mythtv-users] Myth experiences with Zotac ION + ATOM mobo

Brian Wood beww at beww.org
Wed Jun 10 13:23:36 UTC 2009

On Wednesday 10 June 2009 06:33:14 Jeff Wormsley wrote:
> Robert Johnston wrote:
> > Just make sure you set noatime, have your tmp (and /var/log) on a
> > ramdisk, or use a central syslog server, disable swap, and you're
> > golden.
> For some of us, saying that is like saying "Just make sure to perform
> brain surgery, calculate the orbits of the moons of Jupiter, and figure
> out what women really want, and you're golden".  I've been using Linux
> for about 6 years now, 3 as my primary OS, and I don't think I know how
> to do any of the above.  Oh, I'm sure I could Google it if need be, but
> it would probably take weeks and a few burnt out flash drives to figure
> it all out properly.

Or you could use a CF to SATA/IDE adapter with one of the "Microdrives".

They are generally cheaper than equivalent flash-based compact-flash cards, 
faster than most of them, and they don't have the "wear out" problem that the 
flash cards do. If you buy refurbs they are even cheaper.

They are just as quiet as the solid-state units.

Also, I think the wear problem with flash drives may be over-rated. I set up a 
slug (NSLU2) to run a full version of Debian, without mounting with 
the "noatime" option, or taking any other measures to reduce writes, I was 
somewhat curious how long the USB flash drive I was running from would last.

That was two years ago, the unit is still working fine.

beww at beww.org

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