Quickcam to ethernet, via stripped Linux box.
Paul Haas writes:
> My quickcam cord is too short. I'm thinking of making a Quickcam to
> ethernet interface out of an old 386. Ethernet cables can be very long.
> The system has a case, power supply, motherboard w/4Mbytes RAM soldered
> in. I'll add a keyboard (so it'll boot), a floppy, a ethernet card, and
> a parallel port card.
Many bioses can be configured to run without a keyboard.
> Has anyone built a stripped Linux system for this or similar purposes?
Yes, Paul Gortmaker <email@example.com>. He has Linux running in 1MB
of RAM. Look at <http://rsphy1.anu.edu.au/~gpg109/mem.html>. This is
without networking, but a stupid application like a QuickCam reader
doesn't need any networking per se. All it needs is the raw Ethernet
interface and a little protocol built on top of it.
Not only that, but a system with 1MB ram and the parts you discuss
above can be built from BRAND NEW PARTS for under $200.
-russ <firstname.lastname@example.org> http://www.crynwr.com/~nelson
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