[mythtv-users] Frontend hardware -> silent box
tait at digitallaw.co.uk
Fri Aug 13 15:40:17 EDT 2004
At 20:32 13/08/2004 +0200, you wrote:
>You may want to have a look at the epia stuff made by VIA. There are
>plenty of postings about this on the ML, maybe you want to search the
>archive at gossamers. :)
>There's even a distribution for the epias at www.linpvr.org.
>>I'm looking for a hardware for my Frontend client.
>>What is avalaible and Linux supported on the market ?
>>I would like to use it as MythFrontend, but the box has to be fanless.
>>My goal is to hook up a standard LCD 14' screen, thus the TV-OUT is not
>>mandatory for that box.
Ha! It's a very broad topic, and you'd do well to search the archives for a
lot of similar questions about noiseless systems.
Systems like the EPIA are very popular because of their small size and low
powered CPU's which don't need much in the way of cooling, but it's
possible to turn a quad Opteron into a silent box if you're willing to
spend the time and money on it :)
My combined front/back end (eventually to be relegated to frontend and aux
backend) is a KM400 mATX board in a coolermaster case; with a bit of
mucking about with the fans, I've managed to get it to run very quietly
indeed (not totally silent, but you can't hear it from 4 feet away) whilst
still giving me the processing power I want/need, and without any heating
If it's solely a frontend system you're looking for, I presume you already
have a master backend chock-full of TV-cards...? If you only want to use
the frontend to watch TV, practically any EPIA board will do you fine. You
won't need a DVD drive in it, and you can network boot off the backend,
hence you don't need a hard drive in it either. If you're looking to turn
the frontend into a more general TV/movies/music/games/kitchen sink box,
then you might want to switch to a faster board (only the newer EPIA boards
have the grunt to do heavy multimedia stuff)... but they're not fanless.
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