Recycling an IBM ThinkPad 365X as a MP3 Player with SliTaz GNU/Linux 1.0

Maybe you’ve got one of these laptops and wonder what to do with it?
I’m proposing here to use it into a basic MP3 music player (a Linux system of course!)

Let’s see what we’ve got here :

IBM ThinkPad 365X, model from 1997

Pentium 133MHz, no MMX!
16Mb RAM
2.1Gb 2.5″ HDD (initially running Win95)
Floppy drive
No cdrom drive!
No network interface!
No USB!

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Building a tiny X.Org Linux System using Buildroot

This is my 3rd Buildroot howto, please read the previous ones in order to get started!

 

This howto was made using a Debian Squeeze 6.0 build host, with Buildroot 2011.02 (latest snapshot from the git repository)
Download and configure Buildroot :

Get the latest Buildroot and start configuring it (as a regular user)
$ cd
$ git clone git://git.buildroot.net/buildroot
$ cd buildroot && make menuconfig

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How to build a tiny Linux MP3 Player System using Buildroot

How to build a tiny Linux MP3 Player System using Buildroot

Do you have an old spare computer that is rotting somewhere in your attic/cellar? Why not recycle it into a MP3 jukebox! 🙂

An old rig (Pentium 1/2/3-class) with 64Megs of RAM and USB connector will do!

No Harddisk required, a CDROM drive is optional in case that booting from USB doesn’t work.

We will design our (minimalistic but fully automated) Linux system so that a screen and a network interface aren’t even required.
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How to create a very small Linux system using Buildroot

Have you ever tried to install a modern Linux distro onto a small capacity (usually 32 megs or even less) usb drive or compact flash card?

Even with a minimal install, such a distribution will not fit! Major Linux distros like Debian/Slackware/Arch/etc need a bare minimum of 300-400 megs of disk space.

The only minimal system I have been able to install so far on a 128Meg disk is NetBSD ( http://www.netbsd.org ).

But there is a way to achieve such a thing : we will be using Buildroot in order to generate a very small (embedded) Linux system (targeted at a standard intel x86  computer)

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