[mythtv] Nice system ?

Henk Poley mythtv-dev@snowman.net
Sat, 21 Dec 2002 20:36:20 +0100

Or maybe build it yourself (much cheaper without Windows)?




Dim: 13" x 11" x 3.5", quiet

VIA M-9000 Mini-ITX Motherboard @ 933Mhz 
 AGP Video (VIA Apollo chipset) 
 VIA Northbridge and Southbridge Chipsets

Pioneer DVD/CD ROM (16x/40x) 
Seagate 60GB 7200RPM Barracuda IV 
  20GB Partition for the OS and Utilities 
  40GB Partition for media storage

ATI TV Wonder VE TV Tuner Card 
 NTSC and PAL support

Gyration RF Wireless Keyboard and Mouse 
 25' range 
 Gyroscopic optical mouse, usable in the air, or on any surface. Gyroscope
 feature is activated by a trigger switch on the underside of the mouse.

IO Ports 
 Coax TV In 
 SVideo, Composite Video, SVGA Out 
 S/PDIF Digital Audio (5.1) 
 Stereo Line In 
 Stereo Line Out (100% SB/SB Pro Compatable)
 Mic In 
 2x USB 2.0 ports 
 PS2 Keyboard/Mouse ports 
 10/100 Ethernet (RJ45)


Some of the specs, "[xx]" are my ramblings:

- Progressive Scan DVD playback [?]
- Satellite and Cable TV ready
- Digital Music center [CD->MP3]
- Both keyboard and mouse can be used from up to 25 feet away, through
  walls [ How usefull! >:-) ]
- GPS reciever and power inverter are included [?]

Included Software [Just to see what that $1295.00 is spend on]:

- Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition, Preinstalled. 
- DScaler for exceptional TV viewing quality 
- ShowShifter, for convenient playback and recording of TV shows as well
- as DVD playback integrated into the same interface. No need to switch
- programs! 
- DeLorme Street Atlas 2003 
- All the latest software patches, drivers, and BIOS updates.


They say it can record 40hrs, 60GB/40Hrs -> 1.5GB/hr. Looks like they use
the hardware MPEG2 at pretty low quality (?is it?). Or they are just
tricking people into selling it, "well you _could_ record record at such a
low quality, we ain't gonna stop you".

They don't mention Live TV, btw. Just some filter software for better image

The ATI TV Wonder VE is still badly supported in v4l, isn't it? But it
least someone got it (NTSC) working:

	Henk Poley <><