Blonde Guy

Desktop computer (Brubopeep)

Brubopeep

This refurbished desktop computer is compatible with ArcaOS. It features an Intel i7 quad-core processor, 4 GB RAM, 500 GB hard drive and a DVD-Writer.

Build Notes

This section documents what I did to get this computer to work under ArcaOS. It is intended to show what goes into this computer, and also as a guide to the user who wants to build it himself.

I ordered the computer from e-Bay. and a 2 TB hard drive upgrade from NewEgg. The new drive, a Toshiba, did not work well until I turned on Native Command Queueing in the AHCI driver.

BaseDev=OS2AHCI.ADD /N /F /V:2

The fan sounds bad. I need to see about a new fan. It turns out to be the front case fan. A new fan was ordered from eBay. It didn't fit. A second fan did fit, and noise is greatly reduced.

The DVD-RW drive was faulty and a new one ordered from NewEgg has been installed.

Optional PS/2 ports

The computer has the capability to run PS/2 ports. I have added an internal extension cable (part number 43N9149) to the Lenovo M93p computer. This part is available as an extra cost option.

Installing ArcaOS

With eBay systems, it's best to do a throrough wipe of the hard disk before beginning. OS/2 and therefore ArcaOS, is very picky about drive geometry. A disk laid out by any other operating system will likely not work under OS/2.

When preparing a hard drive of over 500 GB, I needed to change the geometry, wipe the hard drive, and reboot. This can be done automatically by running Disk Utility from the ArcaOS installation DVD. Then I could lay out the whole hard drive as documented below.

Driver Notes

Hopefully nothing much in this section. Disk driver is OS2AHCI. UniAud works with /A:1. Hyperthreading must be turned off in BIOS. I used Panorama. DOS Window does not work, even after /int10textgrfxsafe. DOS Full Screen works.

Software

Using Suntan Special, I run Suntan Special sequences ArcaOS50, apps, games and cleanup. This is saved as the Factory image. This is normally what would be supplied on the computer.

To make the bootable recovery DVD, the operating system image is used. The recovery DVD is a work in progress; refer to the readme to restore disk images.

Capabilities

The computer is set up to connect via ethernet cable. The network interface has been set up to configure automatically.

The USB 2.0 ports support keyboards, mice, scanners, thumb drives, cameras, MP3 players, external hard drives, floppies and CD Writers.

The DVD drive can read and write DVD and CD media.

Software

Suntan Special

I use Suntan Special to install the software on all Blonde Guy computers. Suntan Special software can be used to install all updates to the system and its applications and to install additional applications. When newer versions of software are released, Suntan Special can keep your Blonde Guy computer up to date.

Suntan Special was used to bring the system up to date on Aug 23, 2018.

Recovery DVD

The recovery DVD supplied is a bootable eComStation DVD with a backup of the hard drive as delivered. You can boot the machine from DVD, and perform maintenance functions. The maintenance folder is available on the recovery DVD. The factory backup is stored in the \image\Factory directory. The backups are simple zip files. You can use unzip to extract some or all of the files in a backup.

DFSee

DFSee is a generic disk, partition and filesystem utility for maintenance and data-recovery. It supports partition tables (FDISK, LVM), FAT, FAT32, HPFS, NTFS, and partly JFS, EXT2/3 or REISER filesystems. DFSee is commercial software which requires a license key for continued use.

Specifications

Physical Dimensions

Height: 14.8 inches
Width: 4.0 inches
Depth: 13.3 inches
Weight: 17.2 lbs

Power Consumption

Power consumption is 26 Watts, measured with the computer is booted to the desktop and idle. In use, with all 4 cores at 100% the computer can consume about 70 watts. This computer consumes less than 1 Watt if it's plugged in, but switched off.

Photos

Front

Brubopeep Front

Back

Brubopeep Rear

Interior shot with tool-free drive bays.

Brubopeep Interior

Disk Layout

The disk is partitioned to provide ArcaOS, spare partitions for future use and data drive.

This is the layout for the 160 GB HD. The Air-Boot boot manager is installed to select the volume to be started.

Volume NameDisk FormatDrive LetterVolume SizeDisk Name
ArcaOS-KJFS K:10,003 MB160 GB SATA
spare 1 JFS --10,003 MB160 GB SATA
spare 2 JFS --10,003 MB160 GB SATA
Data JFS D:122,604 MB160 GB SATA

Performance Benchmarks

This table reports the SysBench 0.9.5 benchmarks for this computer. You can download SysBench 0.9.5 here: http://hobbes.nmsu.edu/

CategoryMeasurement
PM-Graphics-marks 381
CPU integer-marks 15333
CPU floating point-marks 1457
DIVE-marks 19791
File I/O-marks 34921
Memory-marks 24238
Simultaneous I/O-marks 64
Disk I/O-marks 320

Ordering

To buy this computer, use the order button below. Be prepared to enter any special notes about your needs or customization for the computer. Blonde Guy will review your order and send you an invoice, payable using PayPal or any major credit card. If you prefer to pay by check, note that in the notes field of the order form, and I will e-mail you an invoice payable by check.

If you have questions, you may enter them in the notes portion of the order form.

The final price of the computer depends on tax, shipping and options. Shipping outside the USA is available, but it is costly.

Last Modified: 7 Oct 2018
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Copyright 2018 by Blonde Guy