[ILUG] Build your own MP3 player?
John P. Looney
john at antefacto.com
Tue Nov 20 12:09:23 GMT 2001
On Tue, Nov 20, 2001 at 11:59:51AM -0000, Derek Hardiman mentioned:
> Okay, lets get away from talking about the case for a sec. Let's assume
> you've got a low spec PC (say, Pentium 100 with 32MB RAM, 8GB HD and a sound
> card of some sort) what would you need to get a prototype going?
> I guess you'd install your favourite distro with the minimum of stuff but
> then you have to figure out a few things. Using the box as a PC to play
> MP3's is a piece of cake but what would you use if you wanted to have a very
> limited display, like an LCD and you do want to get to a stage of it being
> controlled by IR? I guess you've also got the problem of how to get the
> MP3's on there and once they're there how to pick what you want to play. A
> network connection isn't very practical if you plan on it being in your
> living room, unless of course you stick in an 802.11b card and access it
Our S1000's boxen have Matrix Orbital LCD panels. Nice, cheap and good
linux support (as long as you don't want a cursor, isn't that right, glen
?). There are places around the net you can get circuits for IR recievers
for a PC, so you can pick up TV remotes. Not too shabby, and very cheap.
The main problems are going to be insuring that all this can run without
a fan; you don't want a fan whizzing 24 hours a day. So, you need a low
power box; something like http://www.ibase-i.com.tw/i815e.htm with a cyrix
processor in it.
Anyone know if you can buy top loading DVD drives ?
John Looney Chief Scientist
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