Anyone familar with crack rack setups?

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I have recently been thinking of building a “crack rack” in which I have several motherboards and CPUs running SETI which is loaded into memory. These extreme skeleton systems would only consist of board, CPU, RAM, video card, and NIC card. I was considering using something like Klinux (http://klinux.teamrc5.com/) to run the SETI client. Does anyone know anything about this kind of setup? I would like someone who has done this or has knowledge to tell me few pointers, if there are any, before I jump in and buy parts to throw together. Thanks for the info…

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How about hard drives?
And don't you have anything better to spend your money on? ;)

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Yea, How would it work with out a hard drive?

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With that flavor of linux you don't need a hard drive. All you have to do is boot with a floppy that has the os on it and load it into RAM.

trinux is anther good one to try with.
<A HREF="http://trinux.org" target="_new">http://trinux.org</A>

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Sweet. I want to make 10 of em.

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Do you guys have way too much money, or what?

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No, way to little money:) or I would have 10 of em.

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Hey, could you do a network boot so you wouldn't have to worry about floppies? Just a thought.

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could do, but you need a NIC (eg 3com) that supports network boot 'prom. Probably more expensive than a floppy drive....

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Wait, wouldn't you need a network card anyway though?

Yeup, the original post said there would be one included. You can save the $11 per machine for a floppy drive.

You would need a NIC to load the SETI@Home packets. Packets? Whatever the word is. I'm not a member, so I don't know.

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no - you need a special nic with an extra prom to support network booting - bound to cost more than your $11 floppy drive - even allowing for the cost of the disk!

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I agree it would be more, but since you need one anyway, you might as well get one that supports network booting.

Unless they're much more expensive. How much more are they?

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so back to my point then - it is probably cheaper just to use the floppy drive anyway!

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Cool site!

Lets make it easy to visit <A HREF="http://www.icpamerica.com" target="_new">http://www.icpamerica.com</A>

I'm all most afraid to see the prices.

BTY would and IDE flash drive act the same as a hard drive?

Thx & Cya

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