From: "Neil A. Hillard" <m0n0 at dana dot org dot uk>
In message <17555 dot 5281 dot 777573 dot 705064 at stoffel dot org>, John Stoffel
<john at stoffel dot org> writes
>>I've been looking for a home server box, something that's got a serial
>>console, plenty of memory, dual disks (for RAID 1) and a resonable
>>processor. Something that I can stuff in a corner where it won't make
>>much noise and just serve up stuff: NFS, CIFS, MySQL, HTTP, PHP,
>>etc. A nice home server. Doesn't need sound, video or anything like
>I'm currently using Compaq SFF machines as servers here. I have a
>Deskpro EN SFF 733MHz running Linux with 2 x 250Gb SATA disks (with a
>PCI SATA controller) - one disk sits in the CD-ROM bay in an adapter.
>The other machine is a Compaq EVO D510 SFF 2GHz P4, again with two disks
>but 2 x 80Gb Maxtor IDE quiet ones on the built-in controller and again
>one of them sits in the CD-ROM bay.
>Both machines have a 'Network Server Mode' which allows them to boot
>'headless' without keyboard, mouse and monitor. I have a Compaq KVM so
>mine don't need to be set in that mode.
>I picked the EVO up for £100 on eBay recently.
>Incidentally, I'm using a 350MHz Compaq EN SFF for m0n0wall, with an 8Mb
>Nikon CF Card.
>These SFF machines are reliable and are generally quiet - a lot depends
>on the disk and the processor fan on the EVO winds up when doing heavy
I too have been using a lot of SFF machines. However, I have found Dell to
be easier to run headless than some of the older Compaqs. Some Compaqs
require you to run no_f1.exe to patch the BIOS. None of the Dells have this