View Full Version : [other] homemade sparc-based media box?

April 20th, 2009, 07:31 PM
I've been thinking, planning and scheming on making my own media box. Some of the things I *need* it to have is:

have no mechanical parts (passive cooling only)
being able to stream radio stations
act as a NAS and possibly as a seedbox
have somekind of video out (VGA, DVI or HDMI - dosen't matter really) with a decent resolution (1280*720 at least).

(optional) ability to play 720 HD media

I know this is doable with x86 CPUs, but since ubuntu just got official sparc support and sparc hardware is so low on consuming power, i think it would be ideal for this purpose. but i have no experience working with arm! and i have no idea where to buy parts to build a computer for this purpose. Anyone with advice on what to think about and where to look for parts? is what I'm trying to make even possible with arm architecture?

EDIT: I wrote sparc but i meant arm, do'h

April 20th, 2009, 08:01 PM
Sun Sparc systems are quite pricey, Ebay would be your best bet for parts. Here's a link to Sun Servers (http://www.sun.com/servers/index.jsp?tab=0).


April 20th, 2009, 08:10 PM
Argh! I'm so sorry, I meant ARM based architecture. Sorry, my braincells are not getting enough oxygen

April 21st, 2009, 12:14 AM
Intrestingly, Qwmu seem to be able to emulate an ARM enviorment (http://www.aurel32.net/info/debian_arm_qemu.php) - something virtualbox and vmware cant! Anyhow I also investigated this site (http://www.arm.com/products/CPUs/families/ARM11Family.html) and it looks like ARM architecture can't deliver what I'm looking for. I'll have to stick with a x86 architecture and build something that only requires passive cooling.