Cutting a long story short, on Tuesday morning of this week I had a bit of a drive over to Cambridge, to go to the home of the Hog, the house of the late BobW from the forums.
Unfortunately, it would seem that 18months+ of the hog being sat in the garage has taken it’s toll on the hardware. If you remember that the hog consists of 24 beautifully assembled micro atx boards with xp1900 cpu’s and 128Mb ram. Well two solid days of testing and I’m finally coming close to the end point.
Consider this first, the hog being all the setup, a litter being a setup of eight boards, and a piglet being a single instance :lol:
So far, testing has not been good, there is a pile of PSU’s that can’t power a low level system, a load of ram and then the real sickener of 20/24 boards that do not post with known good parts in them So far, CPU testing has resulted in 6 good, 6 left to test. I’ve not even started on the hard drives in earnest, 8 of them are good for sure - two of them are updated to sp4 and are about 10% through a Seti unit
So what now, I have an office full of PC bits, a fantastic racking system for microATX boards. Part of me still wants to get a litter running for TPR, and I can place it into the server room and it just get left there to do it’s thing (crunch). So I think, what is good I’ll eek out as much dosh as possible on ebay, and put what I get towards 8 microatx boards to ltsp boot, so probably an am2 3800 or thereabouts. I reckon that’ll probably match the combined total of the hog when first assembled.
The Hog will return, I’m just no sure what to put into it at the moment, the LTSP appeals again, as it did for me before. But then, a disk and an OS means a dual core is easier to get running … At least there is one thing for sure, it has a place to run as I’ve spent a fair amount of time negotiating that side of things, in anticipation that things would be more successful.
I’ve a load of pics on my phone of the process of testing - at the moment I’m shattered and pretty down with the failure rate being so high. I so wanted to get some of Bobs stuff crunching for a CrunchyHog seti account - in fact I still do, I’ve got a crunchy hog domain ready and waiting to put some funky live crunching stats from the hog onto as well best laid plans.