[mythtv-users] VIA EPIA-M as a tiny frontend

Claudio Fleiner mythtv at fleiner.com
Thu Jan 29 03:23:36 EST 2004

I use an EPIA M6000 (although not diskless). Has TV out, is fast enough, has
decent video out, fanless, low power, and can boot over the network.

on Wed, 28 Jan 2004 20:56:05 -0500 Mark <fairlane at springcom.com> wrote:
M> Does anyone have a good idea of the cheapest VIA EPIA M 
M> motherboard I could find that would run MythTv only as a
M> stand-alone diskless front end?  My idea is to take a very small
M> mini-ITX motherboard and use it with the onboard components
M> only, no add on cards, in a very tiny homemade case, with no fans,
M> and no power supply, or maybe just a 12-12V supply, and no
M> drives.  Only a stick of ram, flash adapter for boot, and the network
M> connection.  Perhaps even a RF modulator modded into the case as
M> well.  the goal would be the smallest totally fanless box I could get 
M> that would run a copy of mythfrontend to just display recorded content
M> over the network from the main server.  It would be displayed on a 
M> small TV in the bedroom.  It would not be used for anything else, and
M> would play only MPEG4 content.  Anything on the server gets converted
M> to MPEG4 if it isn't already.  I keep seeing V8000A's, but I think those
M> don't have TV out.  I'd need that.  How well does the TV out work compared
M> to say, a NVIDIA GF4 MX440SE that I have in the main box?  Very low
M> power consumption, and noiseless would be key.  Any ideas?  Maybe other
M> mini-ITX boards?

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