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Old 08-21-2017, 12:52 AM   #1
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Hello all,

As this forum name describes, Im a newbie to Linux :-)
I do some programming in C and VBA to help me for day to day tasks in excel and microcontrollers, but not proficient.

There were 2 purposes that got me to try linux,
1. Resurrecting my old laptop - A Dell Latitude D620 with an overheating GPU.
***Linux Lite did the job of running it smoothly with excellent stability and hardware support. This laptop will also be used for experimenting as it has USB and serial ports.

2. Making some use of my old desktop purchased back in 2007, having a Core2duo, 1GB DDR2 and an Intel motherboard.
***Im still figuring out how to put this to best use. My current thoughts are,

a. building a home NAS and using it as a central repository to store my multimedia and softwares.
b. Raid 1 for drive mirroring.
c. DLNA server to watch movies on my TV, play music.
d. Wifi enabled.
Any ideas are to implement a-d are highly welcome.
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If you want to watch movies on TV, just connect the video card to the TV. For NAS, don't jam pack the drives in the enclosure, or they will overheat and prematurely fail. You can use raid 1 with NAS. For wifi there are PCI adapter boards. To play music, connect the sound output to a sound system.

My man-cave sound system is 150W Aiwa satellite speakers, JBL 150W powered subwoofer, 100W per side power amplifier/receiver, and it's all configured to just plug in to the 3.5mm stereo plug on a laptop. If I crank it up the windows rattle, and the police are soon to follow!

The whole setup cost me about 150.00. I also picked up a video projector for a really big screen.
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Old up to a point. I have an XP era laptop functioning as my ethernet to wifi bridge. The things I connect to it have wifi, but wifi is a pig, and it's simple to just setup a static IP that's already enabled on the XP era beast. I have some hp stream 11s circa 2014 and they're good enough to play youtube. And almost good enough for a pulse audio sound server. If you want pulse over jack with a 30 band EQ via calf plugins, you really need a 2GHz quad core IMO. Especially if your one good soundcard and one good set of speakers does better than CD quality.

Beyond that I have one old desktop that is a print server and only gets turned on when I print (rarely). Another old desktop with an athlon x2 and a PCI delta 44 soundcard plus a PCI analog capture card that I use to convert VHS to digital media types. Except that my VCR is on the fritz so I haven't turned it on / used it in a while. I really need an equivalent usb 3x audio device before I can consider getting rid of it. Or something usb-c / thunderbolt that makes PCI cards work on modern hardware.

Otherwise I mostly try to get rid of my OLD machines (noise, heat, and power consumption). Most things are trending 64 bit these days. And if the device can't play 1080p60 video it's less useful than a $35 sbc IMO. Since most of our modern needs is media playback or creation, versus reading text.


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