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So I have a chance to pick up an Acer netbook motherboard from craigslist. It's just the motherboard with the atom CPU on it.

If I pick up a $10 AC adapter from eBay and add my own ram and hard drive, would I be able to use it as a file server? Can I power on the netbook motherboard with a regular PC switch? Will it detect an external monitor through the VGA port automatically?


Thanks in advance!
 
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Everything should work fine, but I'm not sure about powering the netbook. It's just a button to press on the laptop casing, so you should be able to use the back of a pen or anything really (well, there might be grounding issues or w/e - don't use anything metal). Default setting for laptops is to boot to an external monitor if it's plugged in, so you're fine on the monitor portion. I guess you'd just have to make sure it has an ethernet port.
 
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If it's close to free and you already have the needed components to test it then maybe, but even then I wouldn't recommend it. It's not worth the hassle. If there is no Netbook LCD attached I would think it would default to the external VGA but I couldn't tell you for sure. The power switch header could be proprietary and might be ZIF based as most notebook internal cables are which would make it pretty hard to use. Like I said, it's probably more hassle then it's worth and at best it will be a Frankenstein server. You can sometimes find great deals on AMD E-350 ITX boards. I got an ASRock E350M1 board for my file/print server that I got open box from Newegg for $64. Just today Fry's had a deal on an MSI E-350 board but unfortunately it's over now.
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It's $10 for the board and an AC adapter is $10 shipped on ebay. I live in Canada so it's hard for me to get a decent deal on a cheap low power build redface.gif

I have some ddr2 sodimm's lying around so all I would need is a harddrive.

Thanks for the replies and rep+, I'll consider whether or not to do this as a fun $20 project.
 
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