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RE: Suggested tools for ComputerBanks after 1999-02-12 working m
Excellent resources Rodney! May I suggest that we create a new web-page
named "Useful Resources For Building Linux Machines" onto which the URL's
mentioned below can be placed... I would envisage this page being set up
with useful links for anyone in computerbank who is building Computers...
(In the meantime, I intend setting one up for perth)
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> Subject: Suggested tools for ComputerBanks after 1999-02-12 working m
> Suggested tools for ComputerBanks after 1999-02-12 working meeting
> This is meant as a starting point for discussion.
> Keyboard & VGA Switchbox and associated cables.
> - allows testing boxes with known good keyboard & monitor,
> preserves good monitor by avoiding repeated unplugging
> PS/2 => DIN (Normal) Keyboard converter
> Chip Lifter - can leave corporate one on semi-permanent loan
> (Came with Kingston upgrade - not wonderful).
> Linux floppy distribution (Traveller's Linux or whatever)
> with fdisk and format, so we can limit the temptation to look on
> any existing DOS/Windows partitions.
> [fm] Traveller's Linux
> [fm] LOAF
> [fm] tomsrtbt
> [fm] muLinux
> [fm] Pocket Linux
> <http://www.trinux.org> Trinux
> Debian rescue disks?
> MCA supporting floppy distribution
> Longer term,
> External SCSI case with CD-ROM, ZIP drive, Drive with filesystem?
> (Either a Standard ISA SCSI Board (Adaptec 1522 or 1542 say) or
> the Trantor (now Adaptec) SCSI over Parallel port if well (& reliably)
> supported under Linux.
> Alternately one of the Removable IDE Disk catridges
> - set up with CD-ROM drive too, so only two plugs to
> provide power and data to CD-ROM and disk?
> Vacuum Cleaner - can provide old one
> Dentist's style mirror
> Probably worth having a magnetic screwdriver set with a large set of
> bits, including the rarer torqx (Compaqs) and maybe the security ones -
> what we find we need.
> Cleaning agents (longer term)
> Anti-static bags for memory, worthwhile boards.
> Suitable anti-static containers for CPU chips.
> Generally, current version of the Hardware Howto, any
> relevant UseNet FAQs ...
> If we get appreciable numbers of IBM Micro Channel architecture boxes,
> copy of the Linux Micro Channel Home Page,
> URLs for Identifying Chips and Cables
> <http://peace.me.gu.edu.au/resource/chipdir/n/index.htm> Chip Directory
> <http://csgrad.cs.vt.edu/~tjohnson/pinouts/> Tommy's pinout collection
> URLs for Disk drive Jumpers, Motherboard Doco ....
> TheRef (tm) Drive and Controller Guide
> <http://www.dgmicro.com/> Micro Channel Linux Home Page
> NB Despite their 'different' nature, we may find that Micro Channel <=>
> IBM PS/2 Hardware is easy to obtain. As such, having MCA (Debian) boot
> disks and some knowlege may be worthwhile
> Amazon.com has some 120 books for Repairing and Maintaining
> since as has been pointed out, we don't want to be wasting our time,
> we need to find which ones are relevant and useful and maybe try to get
> same second hand or whatever.
> We could ask PC vendors for documentation and training materiel.
> Software for the Target machines
> <http://www.cs.rice.edu/CS/PLT/Teaching/> Rice PLT: The TeachScheme!
> (Needs too much memory - suggestion for those recipients wanting to learn