I'm Building a $200 Linux Desktop

Jeffrey Tooker jeffreytooker at frontiernet.net
Wed Apr 1 00:57:56 UTC 2009

Michael Haney wrote:
> I plan on building a machine specifically for Ubuntu.  After talking
> about it with the members of my Ubuntu users group online I came up
> this configuration which I could easily build for just over $200.
> They tell me the specs I've selected are excellent for an Ubuntu
> system, so I wanted to share this with everyone else who might be
> interested in doing the same thing.  The plan calls for buying some
> parts and recycling parts from an existing system.
> Here are the purchased components:
> * $49 APEX MI-008 Black Steel Mini-ITX Tower Computer Case 250W Power
> Supply - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811154091&nm_mc=AFC-C8Junction&cm_mmc=AFC-C8Junction-_-Cases+(Computer+Cases+-+ATX+Form)-_-APEX+(SUPERCASE/ALLIED)-_-11154091
> * $81 Intel BOXD945GCLF2 (2GHz dual core) Atom 330 Intel 945GC Mini
> ITX Motherboard/CPU Combo -
> http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813121359&nm_mc=AFC-C8Junction&cm_mmc=AFC-C8Junction-_-Motherboard+/+CPU+/+VGA+Sets-_-Intel-_-13121359
> * $41.99 Western Digital Caviar SE WD1600AAJS 160GB 7200 RPM 8MB Cache
> SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive -
> http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136075&nm_mc=AFC-C8Junction&cm_mmc=AFC-C8Junction-_-Hard+Drives-_-Western+Digital-_-22136075
> * $19.99 Kingston 2GB 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 667 (PC2 5300) Desktop
> Memory - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820134192&nm_mc=AFC-C8Junction&cm_mmc=AFC-C8Junction-_-Memory+(Desktop+Memory)-_-Kingston+Technology-_-20134192
> Parts you'd recycle from your old Ubuntu PC:
> * IDE DVD-RW Drive
> * USB Keyboard and Mouse
> * Monitor

I am considering a project along the same line as you are.  However I 
would like to start and run off of a thumb drive.  This requires a BIOS 
which will have a USB port as one of the start options.  Do you know 
what the BIOS start options are on the motherboard listed above?

Jeffrey Tooker

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