This is a page where I scribble notes on my hardware. I am hoping that this page might be of help to Linux users trying to build a new PC.
This is my first athlon machine, which I have created on March 2001. I've continued to maintain this machine, and I have spent almost 200,000 yen on this machne.
Increased memory to 512MB on 19 May 2001, added a ymfpci soundcard on 20 May 2001. On 4 July 2001 Changed the mouse and keyboard to USB, and added a second video card on 31 July 2001 to make it into a dual-display system.
Many of the parts were broken in April 2002. It seems like I tried to play with the machine too much.
Things started to break again on end of 2002. It's rather scary. I've now switched over to Happy Hacking Keyboard.
I've replaced the harddisk on November 2004. The machine has been stable as long as I care enough about heat.
This machine retired on September 2005, replaced by amd64 architecture machine.
|motherboard||12000 yen||via686(sound) : died 19 Apr 2002|
|motherboard||Gigabyte GA-7VRX (KT333)||15000 yen||acquired 21 Apr 2002|
|CPU||15000 yen||died 19 Apr 2002|
|CPU||AMD Athlon XP 1800+ (1539MHz)||20000 yen||acquired 21 Apr 2002|
|CPU fan||4000 yen||died 19 Apr 2002|
|memory||7000 yen||died 19 Apr 2002|
|memory||6950 yen||bought on 19 May 2001, died 19 Apr 2002|
|memory||512MB PC2100 DDR SDRAM||15000 yen||acquired on 21 April 2002|
|graphics card||5000 yen||ati64: Broken on 8 Apr 2002|
|graphics card||S3 Virge (PCI)||0||s3virge, acquired on 31 July 2001|
|graphics card||NVidia GeForce (AGP)||8000||acquired 15 Apr 2002|
|soundcard||A-Open XWave||2980 yen||ymfpci: bought on 20 May 2001|
|USB Sound||ONKYO WAVIO SE-U33G||10000 yen||USB-Audio: bought 30 June 2004|
|NIC||Planex FW-100TX||1200 yen||rtl8139too|
|HDD||15000 yen||broke down 3 Apr 2002|
|HDD||13000 yen||4 Apr 2002, broke 4 Dec 2002|
|HDD||13500 yen||6 Dec 2002, dangerous state as of 25 Jun 2003|
|HDD||13500 yen||6 Dec 2002-25 Jun 2003|
|HDD||15800 yen||25 Jun 2003-14 Nov 2004|
|HDD||Seagate Barracuda 160GB 7200rpm ATA100 8MB cache||10500 yen||14 Nov 2004 ST3160023A|
|HDD||BUFFALO DUB2-B160G, 160GB USB2.0||17000 yen||15 Nov 2003|
|HDD||IO-Data HDA-iU120, 120GB USB2.0||14000 yen||23 Mar 2004|
|IDE cable||Acro's Slender Cable ADF254||1000 yen||6 Dec 2002|
|CDRW||12000 yen||bought 4 Apr 2002, broke 2 Nov 2002.|
|DVD-RW||TOSHIBA||20000 yen||10 May 2003|
|keyboard||approx 3000 yen||USB-HID: 4 July 2001: [ORTEK USB Hub/Keyboard]|
|keyboard||approx 3000 yen||USB-HID: 2 Jun 2002: [ORTEK USB Hub/Keyboard], broke 29 Nov 2002|
|keyboard||approx 1700 yen||30 Nov 2002, does not work|
|keyboard||Happy Hacking Keyboard Lite USB Black||5000 yen||1 Dec 2002: [Chicony PFU-65 USB Keyboard]|
|mouse||800 yen||USB-HID: 4 July 2001: [Cypress Sem. Cypress USB Mouse]|
|mouse||750 yen||USB-HID: 8 Oct 2002: [0461:4d03]|
|mouse||Microsoft Intellimouse||1000 yen?||USB-HID:2003: [Microsoft Corp. IntelliMouse Optical]|
|power supply||Justy (Manpower) DPX-400A||4000 yen||acquired 15 Apr 2002|
|Digital Camera||Casio Exilim EX-S1||25000 yen||16 Jan 2003: USB mass-storage|
|CF/SM reader/writer||Buffalo MCR-2UX||2800 yen||16 Jan 2003: USB mass-storage|
|TV capture card||GV-BCTV5E||8800||11 May 2003: tuner type=2 bttv card=49|
I've renewed my harddisks on 6 Dec 2002, because my old harddisks seemed to have died completely. They look like the following:
# hdparm -tT /dev/hda (IBM) /dev/hda: Timing buffer-cache reads: 128 MB in 0.43 seconds =297.67 MB/sec Timing buffered disk reads: 64 MB in 1.41 seconds = 45.39 MB/sec # hdparm -tT /dev/hdb (Seagate) /dev/hdb: Timing buffer-cache reads: 128 MB in 0.43 seconds =297.67 MB/sec Timing buffered disk reads: 64 MB in 1.62 seconds = 39.51 MB/sec /dev/sda1: USB 2.0 Timing buffer-cache reads: 128 MB in 0.46 seconds =275.31 MB/sec Timing buffered disk reads: 64 MB in 4.04 seconds = 15.84 MB/sec /dev/hda1: Maxtor Timing buffer-cache reads: 128 MB in 0.45 seconds =285.12 MB/sec Timing buffered disk reads: 64 MB in 1.27 seconds = 50.28 MB/sec /dev/hda1: Maxtor (kernel 2.6.3) Timing buffer-cache reads: 892 MB in 2.01 seconds = 443.19 MB/sec Timing buffered disk reads: 150 MB in 3.04 seconds = 49.38 MB/sec /dev/sda1: I/O data 120GB USB 2.0 disk (kernel 2.6.3) Timing buffer-cache reads: 812 MB in 2.00 seconds = 405.25 MB/sec Timing buffered disk reads: 56 MB in 3.10 seconds = 18.08 MB/sec ST3160023A: kernel 2.6.9 /dev/hda: Timing cached reads: 1040 MB in 2.01 seconds = 517.75 MB/sec Timing buffered disk reads: 166 MB in 3.02 seconds = 54.94 MB/sec
I will note down some machines which I have bought as completed computer, and modified parts of.
My first intel compatible, which used to have Windows 3.1 installed. I used to play with Debian GNU/Linux potato on it and used icewm, but I have removed all X related things now. This machine features a blazingly-fast i486SX 33MHz CPU.
This machine has had a HDD failure on 25 Sep 2001. I wonder if I should construct a diskless system.
|memory||16MB||20,000 yen probably||was expensive|
|memory||4MB||found from somewhere||someone disposed of|
|NIC||Corega ? 10base-T||1000 yen approx||ISA NE2000|
|external modem||AIWA PV-BW5610||7000 yen approx?|
My machine from Summer 1999. I'd say a CPU of Pentium III 500MHz is quite good still. Running Debian GNU Linux 3.0 It's retired as of year 2003.
|memory||128MB||20,000 yen approx(then)||total of 196MB|
|SOUND||Sound Blaster AWE64||Given||ALSA SBAWE ISAPNP|
|SOUND||XWave MASTER||5000 yen approx ?||ALSA YMFPCI|
|NIC||Planex? 100base-TX||1000 yen approx||realtek 8029 driven with NE2K PCI|
|CDRW||BUFFALO CD-RW||15000 yen approx||ide-scsi|
|HDD||FUJITSU MPG3409AT E||15500 yen||Since 13 Aug 2001|
|keyboard||Justy||approx 3700 yen||USB-HID: 9 Sep 2001: [ORTEK USB Hub/Keyboard]|
|mouse||unknown||800 yen||USB-HID: 9 Sep 2001-16 Jan 2003: [Cypress Sem. Cypress USB Mouse]|
|mouse||ELECOM||3900 yen||16 Jan 2003 [ELECOM ELECOM USB mouse with wheel ]|
|power supply unit||6000 yen||replaced on 23 Feb 2002|
Bought on 28 Dec 2001. Running Debian GNU Linux 3.0 Being used as a router since August 2003. It was my main notebook PC for Debian Conference in June 2004. Stolen in April 2005.
|NIC||AirH"||6000, costs 6000 yen/month||Cancelled in 2003 around August|
|memory||MicroDIMM 256 MB||16000||added 12 Feb 2002|
|battery||High-capacity battery||10 Aug 2002: lasts 10 hours|
|USB FDD||Logitech LFD-31UE||4980 yen||16 Jan 2003: USB mass-storage|
|USB Hub||Sanwa supply USB-HUB15SV||2500 yen||21 Jan 2003|
Bought on Aug 2004. Running Debian GNU/Linux unstable (3.1)
|CPU||PowerPC G4 1.0GHz|
|USB wlan||PLANEX GW-US11H||10000yen?||October 2005: linux-wlan-ng|
Acquired second-hand on 30 May 2003. Running some version of Linux. It is running Debian GNU/Linux unstable inside a chroot.
|CF||CF 512MB||17000 yen||15 Nov 2003|
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