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SLAX on Light PC (fanless PC with Compact Flash)

miguipda
wrote 6 years ago


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Hi,

can somebody tell me if he already test a slax distribution on a mini fanless pc using a compact flash to boot the OS ?

If well :
1) please give the motherboard reference and quantity of RAM.
2) what are the results ?

Sincerely thanks and have a nice day,

Miguipda ;-)
 
novah
wrote 6 years ago


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Hi, i test it on Hp thin client: 400Mhz via proc, 128Mb ram, Via mb, vga integrated S3,
booted successfully but in kde very low perfomance, becouse of low ram.
 
alex
wrote 6 years ago


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1) On a pcengines Alix 1c (http://www.pcengines.ch/alix1c.htm) - 500 Mhz Geode with 256 MB Ram.
2) Works very well in kde
 
Guest
wrote 6 years ago


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Hi,

sincerely thanks for the first comments.
Still 2 questions :
1) I though to use a minimum of 512 Mb RAM to allow copy2ram (all the slax in memory) but I am afraid that using multitasking or many tabs with the browser will slow the pc.
2) I also use some times gimp to work and I am also afraid that 512 Mb RAM is to small (when copy2ram is used). Then I though to have a look to a motherboard with low power consumption with at least 1 Gb RAM. Do you know one could use SLAX without problem ?

Have a nice day,

Miguipda ;-)
 
Kurmucis
wrote 6 years ago


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I run such a system for about a month. Nice mother board is Intel D201GLY2 - reasonably fast celeron and less than 20W. The nice way is to use pico PSU + external adapter 220 V -> 12V - also fanless and super efficient. As for mobo - its wise to place slow fan with thermo switch or regulator near to coolers (they tend to overheat slowly ), but ~ 1000 rpm in my case is even more then is necessary.
I added adapter from CF card to IDE, did as told with SLAX zip file (do not forget to make it bootable!), struggled for a while with screen resolution - now it goes.
Have a luck!
 
mikep
wrote 6 years ago


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Miguipda,

I run slax 6.0.3 on an ALIX.1C board also and it works well. The downside is that the on-board 256MB RAM is not expandable so running from RAM is out of the question.

If you would consider purchasing a barebones system instead of just the motherboard, check out the 533MHz fanless system sold by the Damn Small Linux project at http://www.damnsmalllinux.org/store/Mini_ITX_Systems/533MHz_fanless_Mini_ITX_PC. I have one of these running Knoppix 5.1.1 from compact flash, but slax 6.0.3 runs fine on it also. It supports up to 1GB DDR memory. The DSL store sells a CF adapter that mounts on the 2.5" hard disk bracket and works with the 40/44 pin IDE cable supplied with the system. The ECS (Elite Group) C3CVM6 motherboard is not available separately as far as I can determine. I found the manual for it at http://www.idot.com.tw/en/downloads/MB-PC1000E1500E(C3VCM6)/UserManual.zip.

Mike
 
nntn
wrote 6 years ago


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miguipda wrote:
Hi,

can somebody tell me if he already test a slax distribution on a mini fanless pc using a compact flash to boot the OS ?

If well :
1) please give the motherboard reference and quantity of RAM.
2) what are the results ?

Sincerely thanks and have a nice day,

Miguipda ;-)



Hi, i test it on my old pc seleron 433Mhz with 128Mb ram, and 256Mb swap partition installed on HD. Slax works well in kde, but Slax 5 works better.
 
zoobernaut
wrote 6 years ago


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A friend and I have installed earler versions of slax (pre 6x) on a Soekris.
It has no video output, so was running init 3 (text based) and ran a serial connection to connect to it. Booted and ran from flash, Its purpose was a slackware based low power consumption router including wireless.

It was redic fast for its purpose, but took a bit of configuration to get it going.

The one we ran was close to this configuration. (128 ram)

233 to 266 Mhz NSC SC1100 single chip processor
32-256 Mbyte SDRAM, soldered on board
4 Mbit BIOS/BOOT Flash
CompactFLASH Type I/II socket
UltraDMA-33 interface with 44 pins connector for 2.5" Hard Drive
1-3 10/100 Mbit Ethernet ports, RJ-45
2 Serial ports, DB9 and 10 pins header
USB 1.1 interface
Power LED, Activity LED, Error LED
Mini-PCI type III socket. (t.ex for optional hardware encryption.)
PCI Slot, right angle 3.3V signaling only, dual PCI slot option planned.
12 bit general purpose I/O, 20 pins header
Temperature and voltage monitor
Hardware watchdog
Board size 5.2" x 5.7"
Power using external power supply is 6-20V DC, max 15 Watt
Option for 5V supply using internal connector
Operating temperature 0-60 °C

Zoobernaut
 
Guest
wrote 6 years ago


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I have a question, it it possible to run slax killbill edition with 128 mb ram without copying the files to the ram and run off the live cd? it copies to ram by default...
 
miguipda
wrote 6 years ago


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Hi,

I just received my eBox-4864 (1 Gb RAM, 1.2 GhZ, fanless with 6 USB, and CF (OS)).
It boot perfectly and just consume 20 W.

Slax 6.0.7 works perfectly. Thnks for Thomas and all the community of slax.

Now I will check :
- how to replace koffice by openoffice (and keeping kintact),
- user login management,

Bye.

Miguipda ;-)
 
slax on ebox2300sx
wrote 6 years ago


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Hello,
I try booting slax on CF card on my machine ebox2300sx (vortex86 architecture procesor)
and slack not started:/

Only messages:

This kernel requires the following feautures not present on the CPU: 0:0
Unable to boot - please use a kernel appropriate for you CPU.

Existing slax for vortex86 procesor ?
 
the_greek
wrote 6 years ago


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http://www.gadgetcomputer.com/ebox2300sx/linux/config-2.6.18-DMP
http://www.dmp.com.tw/
i dont know :(
it appears to be i486 compatibile processor
try to compare this config and slax's config for kernel

this may be the prob.
CONFIG_SMP=y in slax
CONFIG_BROKEN_ON_SMP=y in vortex86's linux
(slax config is in /usr/src/linux-2.6.24.5/.config )

http://www.gadgetcomputer.com/ebox2300sx/
there is some patch also ?

probably the kernel should be rebuilt ,somehow ?
(trial and error methode with diferent options)
 
mar
wrote 6 years ago


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>try to compare this config and slax's config for kernel

How I compare slax kernel config, when my slax not started:/ ?
 
Quax
wrote 6 years ago


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Hi mar,

mar wrote:
>try to compare this config and slax's config for kernel

How I compare slax kernel config, when my slax not started:/ ?


You'll find it at ftp://ftp.slax.org/source/slax/kernel/2.6.26/src-core .

have a look at the 'config' file stored there - It should be the one Tomas uses.

Regards, Quax
 
CarloS
wrote 4 years ago


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Hey man.. please checker this motherboard for me ECS C3VCM6;; VIA VIDEO
 
Btown
wrote 4 years ago


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google it yourself just type
ecs c3vcm6 via video

else have a siesta

time for my ZZZzzz
 

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