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Hi all
i am newbie to embedded linux and i am interested to build a mp3 player
using linux.can i do it using an ordinary motherboard,please suggest me the
hardware required for doing this and what all things i should study to
do embedded development. I am having 5 years of experience as linux administrator
and also some electronic background and C programming. pleasae advise

thanks in advance

Narayanan Subramaniam

Re: Interested to build a linux mp3 player!!
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You can use any PC motherbard with a decent sound chip/card, and our
bootable Compact Flash Drive (20M minimum for basic system, more for
mp3 files)

20M for $14, 32M for $16, ...

see http://ide-cf.info-for.us

Re: Interested to build a linux mp3 player!!
You need:

1. An ordinary motherboard (ATX) or a SBC with:
a. Pentium >10%0 MHz or equivalent (VIA, ELAN, Cyrix etc etc)
b. USB (optional) - to upload MP3s to the device.
c. On-board sound card
d. On-board LAN card (optional)
e. 64MB RAM.
d. IrDA port (optional) - to remote control the device.
f. Either CompactFlash bus or IDE controller. I prefer IDE controller
as it is cheaper per MB though heavier.
g. A 16x2 or 20x4 LCD display hooked to the parallel port.
h. Some kind of VGA card on-board (optional)

On the software side, depending on your SBC, processor and primary
storage, you could either use embedded linux or the stock linux
distros.

To actually play the MP3s, you need something like IRMP3 (including
LIRC, MPG321 etc)

I am myself looking to build one. However, I found the SBCs to be too
expensive. Most are $200 plus (am looking for ones with IDE Controller
to attach a 2.5" HDD). Using an old motherboard would be fine for the
car but will make it too bulky to carry it around. Any suggestions?

Look at:
http://irmp3.sourceforge.net/
http://www.lirc.org
http://www.ccs.neu.edu/home/bchafy/mp3.html

HTH,

Siddhartha



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