[mythtv-users] Homebrew PVR Multi-Circuit

Scott Pouliot spouliot at scpsoftware.net
Mon Jun 21 17:01:32 EDT 2004

Ditto...I would love something like this as well since I can only manage to
burn my fingers with a soldering iron  ;-)


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I agree.  I would love a board like this.


On Mon, 21 Jun 2004, Charles Lavin wrote:

> Are you kidding me.  Who wouldn't want one?  I wouldn't even limit
> yourself to Myth or even Linux.  I built a homebrew receiver and
> transmitter and had them both working in windows.  Any HTPC user would
> love such an addition especially newbies.  I frequently read HTPC forums
> (ie myHTPC, SageTV, HTPCNews, theGreenButton, shspvr, etc) and the
> biggest problem for newbies getting setup is the remote control.  The
> next biggest problem I see is how to control the cable box.  You can
> kill two birds with one stone and even get a few more bells and whistles
> to tinker with.  Prebuilt transmitter can get kind of expensive.  I
> think I paid $30 for an Actisys IR Blaster.  I minored in Electrical
> Engineering Technology and it took me quite a bit of time to put the
> transmitter and receiver together.  I'd venture to guess that the
> schematics would scare most people off.
> I'd buy one even though I got a 3 remote receivers(pvr-350, lola,
> homebrew) and 2 transmitters(homebrew, Actisys).
> Damn good idea.  Wish I had the skills to pull something like that off.
> On Sun, 2004-06-20 at 22:57, Steven White wrote:
> > I read some posts on toggling an LED to show system status and came up
> > with something to dress up my MythTV box.  I'm designing a small circuit
> > that integrates an IR receiver, IR transmitter, status LEDs, and a 2
> > line LCD into one small pc board.  LCD messages would be sent via a
> > serial message protocol (hopefully using the same COM port as the one
> > used for LIRC..can this be done since I'd only need the TX and RX
> > lines???).  Any message could be sent to the display, such as "Now
> > Playing: The Simpsons" or "Recording: The Sopranos".  The status LEDs
> > could be turned on and off via a serial message also.  The IR
> > transmitter LED(s) and status LED(s) could be remotely mounted from the
> > board.  Power would be drawn from a hard drive power supply connector.
> > The LCD would be optional and autodetected by the onboard
> > microcontroller.  The goal of all of this is to combine all of the
> > hardware needed for a homebrew PVR into one pcb board to make things
> > neat and easy for people who don't have any soldering or electronics
> > experience.  If there is enough interest, I can have a batch made after
> > the prototypes are tested (I own an electrical engineering business).
> > MythTV developers would get free sample boards if these things get
> > popular enough to be supported in the project.  Does this sound like
> > something useful?  Does anyone else have a wishlist for their MythTV
> >
> > Thanks,
> > Steve
> >
> >
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