Here you can find a brief description of my PC in Bangkok, my Web Server in Bangkok and the computer setup I used to have in Adelaide. You can also find some notes to some installation and configuration issues using Linux (Ubuntu, Fedora) and other software (e.g. NS2).
In July 2016 on my move to CQU in Cairns I received a Microsoft Surface Pro 3 for work, purchased a Dell Latitude E5470 14 inch 5000 series laptop (Intel i5-6440HQ, $AU1400) and also imported my old i3 PC from Bangkok.
In December 2010 I bought a new PC to replace the one described in the following. For work since September 2011 I was using a Lenovo Ideapad V470 laptop, and around the same time a PC with Intel i5-2500K.
A couple of days after I arrived in Bangkok (September 2006) and got my room I purchased the following PC which also acts as my TV and sound system. Total price: 38000 Baht (approx $AU1350).
- Pentium D 2.8GHz dual core processor
- Asus P5PL2 motherboard with on-board sound and LAN
- 1 GB RAM
- 250 GB hard drive
- NVIDIA GeForce 6200 video card 256MB
- DTech TV tuner
- SAAG speakers and subwoofer
- Samsung DVD burner
- Samsung SyncMaster 203b 20inch LCD monitor (this was 14000 baht, more than a third of the total price)
The PC came with Windows XP Pro, Office 2003 and a bunch of other software. However the day after getting the computer I tried installing Fedora Core 5 as well, and ended up overwriting the Master Boot Record such that I couldn't boot Windows (well I think thats what the problem was?). After a lot of stuffing around trying to fix it I decided to go "buy" Windows XP and re-install (the PC didn't come with original software disks). I purchased XP, Office, MS Money and Nero Premium for 500 Baht but I couldn't boot from the XP CD. Again, another half a day stuffing around and I buy another XP CD (older version - 150Baht), but still no success. Finally I use the Fedora CD to remove all partitions (including the MBR) and now Windows CD boots. After another half a day re-installing everything, on Wednesday evening (I got the computer Monday) I finally have a working PC.
The PC runs well, although the main complaint is the fan is very loud. Maybe it was the cheap case I got. Anyway, I'm happy with the purchase, with the best part being by far the monitor. As I am using this as both PC and TV, I decided to get a good size monitor. Initially I was thinking an Acer 19inch or 19inch widescreen LCD (each about 7500Baht), but decided on spending a bit more for the 20inch Samsung. It has a native resolution of 1400x1050, a 360 degree swivel base, stand that goes up and down and the screen rotates 90 degrees. Well worth the 14000 Baht (about $AU500).sandilands.info from my old server in Adelaide, I'm now running my own web server in Pathumthani (Bangkok), Thailand.
I bought a second hand PC from Zeer Rangsit for 4000Baht. The specs are:
- Pentium III 933MHz
- 128MB SDRAM
- 15GB Quantum Fireball hard drive
- DLink DFE 528TX 10/100Mb/s Ethernet card (new - replaced the second hand 3Com 3c905 card)
- VGA card
I am running this as a headless server, meaning no monitor is attached. I also won't have a keyboard or mouse (I use secure shell (ssh) to login to the server via Ethernet). Of course, for the initial setup I attached my mouse, keyboard and monitor (this was a bit of a pain as I had to swap between the server and my desktop PC several times).The computer came with a pirated copy of Windows XP installed - I deleted this and all installed programs when I installed Ubuntu. Check here for details of how I installed Ubuntu for my web server.
It will be interested to see how well this second hand PC works. The specs are good enough for my low volume web site - lets hope the hard drive lasts for a couple of years and nothing dies due to the heat in Thailand.
The one piece of hardware I had trouble with as soon as I installed Ubuntu was the 3Com Ethernet card included. I spent a good 6 or 7 hours straight trying to fix some of the related problems but basically it would transfer well at 10Mb/s over a short Ethernet cable but poor transfer rates (about 20KB/s) over a 10m cable (I wanted to have the server in another room from my ADSL router). The rates at 100Mb/s were always about 20KB/s. So in the end I bought a new DLink DFE528TX card which works great (although I again spent a number of hours getting it working in Ubuntu - turned out it was registered as eth1, not eth0 and I didn't notice that).
I used to have a small network in Adelaide consisting of the following components:
- Main PC - Pentium 4 2.8Ghz with 1Gb RAM and 120Gb hard drive running dual boot Windows XP Professional and Red Hat Linux 9. This was my general purpose PC in Adelaide, but has now gone to the folks.
- Server - Pentium II 350MHz with 256Mb RAM and 6Gb hard drive running Red Hat Linux 9. This was used as my web and file server, hosting sandilands.info. Still in Adelaide but had some disk troubles - not used for anything at the moment.
- Switch/Router/Modem/Firewall - Billion 7500G Wireless ADSL Router and Firewall. This used to connect by Main PC and Server, and also my Laptop via IEEE 802.11g 54Mb/s, onto my LAN. I had an Internode 512/128kb/s ADSL Internet connection. Brenton has now taken over this modem.
Below are some of notes and links that I have used in setting up my home network.
- Configuring Fedora Core 4 on Dell Latitude D410 laptop
- 741ge.com - Forums for support of Billion 7500G Wireless Modem/Router (and other products)
- Billion 7500G firmware and documentation from Billion.
- Installing ns2 on Fedora Core 4
Created on Wed, 18 Jan 2006, 10:53am
Last changed on Tue, 23 Aug 2016, 1:42pm