[clug] looking for small PC

Ian Matters ian at matters.id.au
Mon Feb 25 02:22:45 GMT 2008

Hi Bob,

I recently purchased an NC-900 Mini-PC from Tekdis (http://tekdis.com.au/ 

The machine arrived promptly and I proceeded to blow away the minimum  
install of Windows 2000 that was on it.  The spec turned out to be  
slightly different to what I had been led to believe but it was still  
quite useful.

Hard drive: setup as hdc reports as Hitachi Travelstar HTS424040M9AT00  
RAM: 256KB total with 192MB available.  Presumably the missing 64MB is  
used for graphics
CPU: VIA Nehemiah operating at 733.447 MHz

I first tried to install Ubuntu 8.04 server LTS (pre-release) followed  
by Ubuntu 6.06.1 server LTS.  The installation went OK  with each but  
I had problems at boot time with both of these.  I expect that it was  
some sort of hardware-related issue which I didn't find in my  
eagerness to prove that machine would do the intended job.

I finally settled on a Debian 4.0 r2 "Etch" Netinstall and that worked  

I now have it working with SSH, FTP, Apache2 (including https), Samba,  
Bind9, Netatalk, Telnet, POP3, IMAP and SMTP servers running.  I  
swapped from Exim4 to Postfix which is my SMTP server of preference.

The machine is totally quiet and runs comfortably warn.  The HDD  
temperature reports as a little over 40C.

You should be able to see it working at:


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I have since added an 8GB CompactFlash card for weekly backups of the  

Cheers, Ian

On 25/02/2008, at 10:37 AM, Robert Edwards wrote:

> Wondering if any of the wise folk on this list can recommend a
> locally available (Australia) small diskless PC, like a Zonbu
> (we have a Zonbu, but it broke :-(
> I was thinking of an EeePC or another Via EPIA based system,
> but was wondering if anyone had tried and could recommend
> anything else.
> I need: VGA out, wired Ethernet (no need for wireless), USB
> (for keyboard/mouse), Flash filesystem and runs Linux (or can
> be persuaded to).
> It's for a kiosk type application.
> Cheers,
> Bob Edwards.
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