I've a fanless laptop (10" panasonic toughbook cf-m34 with touch screen) that I'm using as hi-fi souce playing FLACs through a USB dac.
It also has a Compact Flash Card instead of an Hard Disk Drive, to be completely silent.
My actual OS is Debian (woody).
Because it's a Pentium III 700 with 256MB of RAM, Debian takes 3 minutes to boot and it's incredibly slow opening the audio player (from the power button to the listening it can take even 10-15 mins) and even browsing folders (I usually put one or two albums on the CF from an external NTFS USB drive) and it's very frustrating comparing it with the CD player (3 seconds to press power, press OPEN, put the CD, press play, listen).
Once booted and loaded, it sounds great and I'm very happy with it but I really would like to have a faster and more responsive source to play my music. Sometimes I keep listening the same album to avoid the frustration of selecting another one.
Searching for small and fast OSes I've found MenuetOS.
I'm here to ask if this little big OS will:
0) play FLACs
1) boot on my laptop
2) run my DAC (Generic USB Audio based on burr-brown PCM2902E)
3) run the touchscreen (Gunze AHL/M serial model), I can live without it but it will be great.
to install Debian on it I've followed this guide: http://users.libero.it/hpstr/cfm34-linux.html (exactly the same hardware of the guide except for the CPU an RAM).
I hope you'll be interested in my project and with your knowledge you'll help me to save some own-testing time and frustration.
thank you very much!
I am indeed surprised that you say your laptop is fanless! All the laptops I have seen have a small fan in them which only runs every so often, and is usually fairly quiet. But that is off topic...
I too am into playing audio and have scrounged a true fanless PC to run my stuff on. My criteria...
1] Quiet - no fans.
2] Quick start - waitiing 3 minutes for the OS is just NOT acceptable!
3] Persistant OS - the OS must not write to the media (HDD, flash) during operation
4] Able to be turned off at the power point.
I really hate the way the user must 'instruct' a computer to shut down, then patiently wait to see if the computer decides it is going to do what you ask. Windoze seems to make up its' own mind as to whether you were serious or not, and at times just ignores your request!!
I found that a 2.5" hard disk was pretty quiet and when the computer was in the stereo cabinet and had its' lid on, I could not hear it. Recently I purchased an SD/IDE adapter to put everything onto an SD : the thing then emulates a true IDE hard disk. SD cards have finally reached a size where I can fit most of my collection, even if it is maiinly MP3 files. Prior to about 2010, my only option was hard disk.
I really liked MenuetOS as an OS that had nearly all the features I wanted, except it has no decent audio player. "MPlayer" is the only one available, it costs 10 euros, and only does MP3. Very dissapointed. MP3 players are FREE for every other OS out there - why not menuet?
DOS 7 was (unfortunately) the only OS that could come to the party, even so, long file name support sux badly. Several FREE MP3 players (and other audio format too - I use APE) are readily available, even with source code if you so desire! I use MPXplay, but was very tempted by DAMP. I chose MPXplay because it remembers where you turned the power off, and starts playing from there when you turn it back on again. I believe it is also the only one still being actively maintained (2013).
My system boots from cold in about 15 seconds, of which about 10 of those are the BIOS fooling about, 2 seconds for DOS, and about 3 seconds for MPXplay. I used to run it on an old 486/100, and it really peaked out the CPU. The PC died & I went to a Pentuim 250MHz, and now I have a Pentium 500.
I bought an "IR to PC" gadget that plugs into the serial port and I configured the PC to accept commands from an old remote I had. It works great!
MenuetOS now has DOSbox - it didn't when I first set my system up. The soundcard support for DOS programs is pretty weak, and it sounds (no pun intended) that your sound device is pretty specific. Perhaps you could use MenuetOS -> DOSbox -> MPXplay ?
I would very much like to port MPXplay to MenuetOS, but my programming is very rusty. I really hate running anything micro$oft, even if I get it for free, so I use DOS 7 very reluctantly.