Gridbug II: The computer

This is the second computer called "gridbug". The previous one was discarded when the motherboard failed after 5 years of continuous use (and probably too little cooling).

The new computer is powered by a 2.3GHz AMD Athlon 64 X2 65nm processor on an Asus M2A-VM motherboard, running FreeBSD 6.2 in 64-bits mode as operating system and Apache 2.2 as web server. It has 2GB 667MHz DDR2 RAM and a 250GB Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 SATA2 hard drive. It is connected to the Internet through the Norwegian cable company Ventelo, with a bandwidth of 11Mbps for download and a meager 700kbps for upload.

The only thing exciting that I have done with the machine so far is with the 300W SilentX Ultra Silent power supply. This power supply is intended for a Shuttle cabinet, but the size and shape, down to the position of the fan outlet, also fits the low-profile micro-ATX cabinet that I bought for the previous "gridbug" computer. I wanted this power supply because I needed 300W to power the motherboard and I hate noise.

The only thing that was wrong with this power-supply is that the wires for the 20-pin main power connector are very short, too short to reach all the way over to where it is supposed to go on the motherboard. And the wires for the 4-pin "extra-power" connector for the processor were even shorter (only 6 cm!). So I sat there for quite some hours soldering in 24 extra bits of thick "power"-wire. Fortunately, I did everything right, so the machine booted up and worked straight away.