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ARK IPC-1.5U1525 Black 1.2mm SGCC 1U Rackmount Server Case
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggs Nice little chassis 09/04/2011

This review is from: ARK IPC-1.5U1525 Black 1.2mm SGCC 1U Rackmount Server Case

Pros: Small. No rails needed. Has two spaces in the back for DB9 connectors (been a while since I've seen that!). Very sturdy feeling.

Cons: Power LED is blinding =).

Other Thoughts: This is actually 1.3U, not 1U. Not really that big of an issue in my setup, but it might be for others. As well, even though this is for mini-itx mobos, it uses an SFX power supply. Really nice chassis for a router, and the DB9 slots (coupled with a mobo with a few serial headers) make it easy to use it as a poor-man's cyclade for OoB management of other networking gear in the rack.

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acer Aspire Easystore Tower Intel Atom Processor 230 1.6Ghz 2GB 1TB System OS : Microsoft Windows Home Server  Network Client OS : Windows Vista / Windows XP AH340-UA230N
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: See previous review.

Cons: See previous review.

Other Thoughts: A linux module finally exists to control the HD LEDs, check out mediasmartserverd!

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acer Aspire Easystore Tower Intel Atom Processor 230 1.6Ghz 2GB 1TB System OS : Microsoft Windows Home Server  Network Client OS : Windows Vista / Windows XP AH340-UA230N
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Read my other reviews from 9/26/2009.

Cons: Read my other reviews from 9/26/2009.

Other Thoughts: It was kind of a work out to get linux to run on this box. First of all, a video output is a MUST. I got a cheap pci express x1 card that works ok, more ambitious folks can build a video output using the onboard header. The bios on this thing is very sparse. It does give you the option to switch boot media, but it would keep trying to boot from the drives even after I made change to USB and whatnot. I had to physically remove the drives before it would boot off of a different media. There is no option to enable the hardware raid, even though the chipset supports it.. One neat thing that the board has is a built in 256mb usb flash drive, perfect for a mini distro of linux, or in my case, /boot so I can boot off of a software raid. There's a jumper on the motherboard to make the flash drive the primary boot device (otherwise you'd have to hit the system rescue button to boot from it, as that's where the installer for WHS is kept by default). Can't get the disk lights to work in linux =(.

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Date Joined: 01/02/04

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  • First Review: 01/11/04
  • Last Review: 09/04/11
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