[mythtv] Couple Newbie Questions

Martyn Weber mythtv-dev@snowman.net
Fri, 15 Nov 2002 09:37:54 -0000

Hi Jeremy,

Have a look at the XPC machines from Shuttle (www.shuttle.com), they are
slightly more expensive than your normal case+M/B but are a lot more
living room friendly (i.e. small). They also use heat pipe technology
with a low speed (quite) fan. Its what I plan to use once I have cracked
the STB channel change problem.

There is supposed to be a new model that's about to be released, the
SS41. This is based on the Nvidia nForce2 chipset and has a nForce video
chip on board (dunno about TV out). Although I'd guess we'd have to wait
for the Linux drivers to be released.

Alternatively there is an SS40G with TV out that works with Linux but
its based on an SiS chipset (and the drivers are not supported by the


-----Original Message-----
From: mythtv-dev-admin@snowman.net [mailto:mythtv-dev-admin@snowman.net]
On Behalf Of Jeremy Oddo
Sent: 15 November 2002 02:18
To: mythtv-dev@snowman.net
Subject: Re: [mythtv] Couple Newbie Questions

> On Thu, Nov 14, 2002 at 01:03:44PM -0800, Jeremy Oddo wrote:
>> > Since you're using onboard audio, your time would be better spent
>> getting a real sound card.  They are quite inexpensive now, and the 
>> quality is far superior to onboard sound in my experience.
>> >
>> Sure.  I agree with you 100%...BUT...this is a TEST machine.  I need 
>> to see how everything is going to work in order to determine if I 
>> want to build a nice TV-component-style MythTV box (ie: how it's 
>> going to work with my digital cable, and how I'm going to handle the 
>> IR stuff).
> It comes down to whether you want to spend hours, days or weeks on 
> testing (and sending a lot of urgent pleas to a mailing list), or 
> spend USD$10 on a sound card which just works.
You make a good point.  I'm hoping that once I set up a MythTV machine
once, the next one will go MUCH smoother (that's how I approached my
mail server).  Also, I'm probably going to have to get a totally new
Right now I'm using an Athlon 1700+ XP.  I don't think I want to use an
Athlon for my REAL MythTV setup for one main reason:  heat.  My Athlon
1700+ COOKS and therefore needs a heavy-duty (read: noisy) fan.  I don't
think I want to have a machine on 24/7 that gets as hot as my Athlon


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