[mythtv-users] Chaintech 7nif2 and sound

Nate Thompson natet at buckeye-express.com
Thu Mar 4 15:10:57 EST 2004

I ordered the board from one of our vendors (I work at a computer store) and
it did not have the pinout for the SPDIF adapter either. 

I also had a problem with it not booting when I put my 2 256MB DDR333
modules in dual channel mode; it would just beep at me. Took them out and
put them back in one at a time and it seems to be working fine now.
Hopefully I'll get to starting to build my MythTV box next week when my case


-----Original Message-----
From: mythtv-users-bounces at mythtv.org
[mailto:mythtv-users-bounces at mythtv.org] On Behalf Of Boyd II, Willy
Sent: Thursday, March 04, 2004 2:41 PM
To: 'Discussion about mythtv'
Subject: RE: [mythtv-users] Chaintech 7nif2 and sound

>-----Original Message-----
>From: Chris Thompson [mailto:ct-myth at cthompson.com]
>Sent: Thursday, March 04, 2004 1:07 PM
>To: Discussion about mythtv
>Subject: Re: [mythtv-users] Chaintech 7nif2 and sound
>Boyd II, Willy (wboyd at fulbright.com) wrote:
>> Does anyone know of the on-board sound for this board does hardware 
>> mixing?
>I have this board but in my initial attempt to get mythfrontend 
>working, was unable to get any sound whatsoever.
>I blame ALSA, not the board. So I can't answer that exact question with 
>any certainty, yet.
>> And does anyone have experience with the optional s/pdif adapter?  
>> Some of the newest reviews on newegg are suggesting even the
>pinout is
>> missing on the boards currently shipping.  I have an SB Live, and 
>> quite possibly have some divx movies with ac3 sound (haven't checked 
>> yet).  I'm considering this board, and it would be nice to have the 
>> digital out preferably on-board, or the sblive.
>Mini Review of the board.
>It's a great board with some fairly annoying warts. First, it will not, 
>under any circumstances, boot with ECC ram. I had two sticks of PC2100 
>ECC and when fired up, the board just beeps at you. And, of course, it 
>beeps at you in a way that's completely undocumented. I was ready to 
>RMA the board back to newegg, when a friend mentioned to check the 
>Phoenix BIOS page, where an obscure line on one of the pages made me 
>think RAM. One non ECC stick of PC2100 later, I had a machine booting.
>Sort Of.
>This board comes out of the box set to 200MHz memory clock for DDR400. 
>It was highly unstable, as you can imagine, and had several attempts at 
>setting memory timings right, the problem was, if the memory timings 
>were wrong, you didn't even get video to set BIOS. I had to reset the 
>bios jumper several times.
>As to your question, regarding SPDIF, my board came with no SPDIF port 
>adapter. I wasn't worried, since, I had no immediate plans for it. But 
>when I went to try to locate the port dongle for sale, I couldn't find 
>it. I read the reviews on newegg, and sure enough, the place on the 
>motherboard for the SPDIF header is just blank traces, no pins.

That's what I was afraid of.  Ah well..  another board with s/pdif would
probably requiring me using a slot for my gfmx anyway.  Last time I checked
this was the only nforce microatx board newegg had with tv-out and sound.

>Also the motherboard power connector sits in between the CPU and the 
>port riser, this puts the cable in a location which I'd think would 
>obstruct airflow.
>On the upside, the board seems very stable now that it's configured 
>correctly. I love having everything on board. I've currently got it set 
>up diskless, netbooting off my backend machine. I have yet to hook it 
>up to a TV, since I'm waiting until everything is working, which should 
>be Saturday.
>So, overall, I recommend this board highly, though I'd caution you to 
>not expect SPDIF and to be willing to play with memory settings.

I'm pretty sure the 512 stick I have now is non-ecc.  Thanks for the heads
up though Chris, that's what I was looking for.

>Chris Thompson

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