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Re: [K12OSN] Wal-Mart PCs



got one of the buggers a few weeks ago.pxe boot - no problem. julius
p.s. can build a bootable fanless terminal for $155 (w. warranty) in the
micro-tower case, $200 in nice casetronic small box.

On 25 Jun 2003, Daniel Loomis wrote:

> Does anyone have any experience with the new Wal-Mart computers being
> offered on the web?  They are offering a cheapie Microtel SYSMAR417
> running a 1.1 ghz Duron chip with 10 mb hd, onboard ethernet, CDROM, 128
> MB memory, kb and speakers, all for $199.98.  There is no modem and no
> floppy (good!).  The box comes with Lycoris LX Desktop installed, but
> that could be quickly replaced with RedHat.
>
  > Is this another VIA MB with PXE boot capability?  This does not appear
> to be the same hardware that was offered a few months ago.  Since no one
> else offers a decent thin client for any less money, this "might" be a
> decent choice for thin clients (especially with hd removed).  Surely the
> components cannot be any cheaper than those on ThinkNICs and those seem
> to hold up OK.
>
> If these units work, they would be fine for general lab use.  If one
> develops a problem,just salvage the parts and toss the rest.  I have not
> found a source for building clients for much less money.




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