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 Post subject: Re: we want to build 8 computers for classes
PostPosted: Sat Sep 03, 2011 12:55 am 
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I"m going to be marking the computers I'm loaning, as well as noting in the inventory database, that they're not "up for grabs" or scavengable.

That's going to happen tomorrow, (today at this point) unless procrastination rears its ugly head once more.

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 Post subject: Re: we want to build 8 computers for classes
PostPosted: Sat Sep 03, 2011 5:37 am 
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I haven't been able to get to the H.F. all this week. I'll try to get over there for a while today and will be happy to help out.

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 Post subject: Re: we want to build 8 computers for classes
PostPosted: Sat Sep 03, 2011 6:08 am 
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I plan on coming with goodies around 10 - noon. I hope we can get these going today. What if we setup to pxe boot? Several images can reside on a server and the computers be configured to a known good state for whatever need arises for them? No hdds needed, afaik...


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 Post subject: Re: we want to build 8 computers for classes
PostPosted: Sat Sep 03, 2011 7:46 am 
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Wow, it's like telepathy. I was also thinking we should set up to pxe boot!

and then I was thinking "Hey, I have no idea what that is, but I bet it's awesome!"

I'm still thinking that.

pxe sounds like booting up with the os goodies coming over wires from the network rather than wires from a hard drive, is that the case?

It sounds excellent.

Make it so.

I"m excited to see this in action, thanks much!

Riley

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 Post subject: Re: we want to build 8 computers for classes
PostPosted: Sat Sep 03, 2011 10:43 am 
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Smittex and I are at the H.F. There are some good parts for the computers here, but we need heatsink/fan assemblies. Does anyone know where there are any, or can anyone donate any?

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 Post subject: Re: we want to build 8 computers for classes
PostPosted: Sat Sep 03, 2011 12:06 pm 
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Stop over at Freegeek before 5pm, today 2310 snelling just east of Hiawatha behind coastal foods. I can buy them at scrap prices..


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 Post subject: Re: we want to build 8 computers for classes
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Stop over at Freegeek before 5pm, today 2310 snelling just east of Hiawatha behind coastal foods. I can buy them at scrap prices..
I had to leave for home, not sure if anyone else had the chance to visit today. We did get one machine up and running by swapping in a BIOS battery from another motherboard and installing Ubuntu 10.04. Smittex said version 11 of Ubuntu is a mess, so we went with version 10.

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 Post subject: Re: we want to build 8 computers for classes
PostPosted: Sat Sep 03, 2011 9:06 pm 
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We got 2 computers finished today out of the 8 o the floor. There are 3 on the side desk that id like to use but want to make sure they're available. 1 mobo out of the 8 was bad, swapped it out for a gigabyte mobo that was laying around. Ill post more when I'm in front of a computer, but wanted to let y'all know the progress. Also, we need atx cases, socket 775 heatsinks, >= 20gb hdds, and lcds. Didn't get to freegeek today. Microchip had 40gb refurbished for 8.

Lets make this a learning experience! Who would like to come and help and learn more about computers?


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 Post subject: Re: we want to build 8 computers for classes
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FreeGeek sells used drives pata and sata at ten cents a gig...

Ram SD, DDR, and DDR2 for $8 a gig.

All limited to stock.


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 Post subject: Re: we want to build 8 computers for classes
PostPosted: Fri Sep 09, 2011 6:03 am 
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I added a link to the home page of the wiki for this.


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