[mythtv] XBox - MythTV

Michael Stearne mythtv_list at entermix.com
Wed Feb 5 01:14:30 EST 2003

On Wednesday, February 5, 2003, at 12:50  AM, Ryan A. Carris wrote:

> Sorry if this offends, but I must be the only one who does NOT see the 
> appeal in modding an XBox to work.
> It really is not cheaper than a decent system.  I was able to buy an 
> Asus AV266-VM, Athlon 1700XP, 256MB DDR, and Enlight Desktop case for 
> $230 (http://mwave.com).  You still need to add a big hard drive, tv 
> tuner, keyboard and mouse, but you need to add these to an XBox also. 
> Once you add in the XBox mod chip, the price is really the same. More 
> powerful computers can be built for the XBox's price, and this will 
> only be more true with time.

This mwave site is pretty cheap, you have a point.  I don't need a 
keyboard and mouse, anyway, I'll just telnet in.

> I don't think it is any better looking.  For the past three years, 
> I've had a couple different desktop cases painted black sitting under 
> my receiver in my living room.  Most people don't notice. My wife 
> doesn't mind (the wireless keyboard on the sofa is more an issue).  I 
> think it looks very acceptable. The XBox on the other hand IMHO just 
> doesn't look right next to my Denon receiver.


> Its definitely not easier. MS is trying very hard to make it 
> difficult.  I don't have time to screw with mod chips and any more 
> hacks then needed.

Good points.

> The only appeal I can see to an XBox is the novelty / challenge factor 
> or some crusader idea of screwing microsoft.

There's always that.. but it initially was suggested because it's a 
working machine for $199.


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