CD RW drive in pandora/server to be left at installfest site
Richard W. Ernst
richardwernst at yahoo.com
Wed Aug 8 10:20:44 PDT 2001
Great, thanks, Neil!
--- Neil Schneider <pacneil at linuxgeek.net> wrote:
> On Mon, 6 Aug 2001, Richard W. Ernst wrote:
> RWE>Would there be room for keyboard, mouse, monitor should we want
> Probably. Depending upon how big a monitor.
I was just thinking of a text based one for original setup use, and/or
updates as needed. So a 14-15" would be plenty.
> RWE>Would it be possible to modify or add to the cabinet to possibly
> RWE>remotely mount the CDRW drive (or just shoved way forward in the
> RWE>tower?) so only it would be accessible without yet another
> I'm not sure I understand this question, but I doubt it.
Yah, I didn't make that clear. I was thinking of making ONLY the CDR
tray available by moving it forward a lot in the case, and surrounding
the rest of the cpu, power buttons, floppy, etc. with a locked cabinet
to further enhance local security when the cabinet was opened and users
were doing CDR burns. Hence the idea of just mounting it way forward
in the slot so the only thing accessible would be the tray, not
remotely mounted as in 10' or so away... :)
> RWE>Can a network cable be run there from their network?
> Cabinet would have to be modified, but yes.
Excellent, this would, of course, be critical.
> RWE>Is their network always up, or sometimes not?
> There are random power outages in the building, which cause
> everything to go off line. Sounds like a job for reiserfs.
Excellent thought as well!
Thanks again for checking.
To all: What do you all think of the general idea of putting this
hardware and software in place on this system and permanently putting
in place at the Adult Education center for such use? Per Carl's
comment, no, it's probably NOT cost justifiable. It'll cost the club
~170 for a large IDE drive, and I would say < $200 for a fast, quality
drive, but the club's treasury can afford that. I've outlined the
benefits, and admit, I think it'd just be a neat project to accomplish,
like a mini MP3.COM burning CDs on the fly quickly and easily as
needed. Remember, even a 12X CDR only takes about 6-7 minutes per CD to
create, 16 or 20X would be proportionately faster.
If we go with this, I'll be happy to accompany someone to the computer
show (Scottish rite?), but resent paying to go to see a bunch of
vendors selling items under the guise of a "show", or let them pick up
an equivalent drive (I don't recall the other brand folks liked besides
IBM, maxtor?, but I'd say it should be a 60 gig drive, ATA100, 7200
rpm). I'd be in favor or either yamaha, or plextor as the CDRW, as
we've had good luck with both here at work, but if the show would be a
good place to pick this up as well, great.
I know drives are generally replaced by mfg, so no worry about
problem/failure there/vendor, but is the same true for CDRW? Meaning
would it be beneficial to buy local to have a place to return/swap it
if there does seem to be a problem?
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