[mythtv-users] S.O.S. : General h/w question

Michael T. Dean mtdean at thirdcontact.com
Fri Oct 15 18:16:25 UTC 2004

On 10/14/2004 05:21 PM, Maarten wrote:

>On Thursday 14 October 2004 21:52, zardoz at zardoz.ath.cx wrote:
>>yesterday, when I visited my local
>>store, i decided to build the new box with a celeron, and my dealer offered
>>me a micro-atx mobo from PCchips (never heard that before).
>Dude, PCchips is about the lowest of the lowest brand of boards.  I've 
>handled / bought them a few times and boy did I swear to never ever buy 
>anything of that POS brand again.
>It may be entirely unrelated, but be suspicious of PCchips...
>Oh, P.S.:  I'm definitely not agreeing with you about your VIA / SiS 
>statement.  If anything it's the exact opposite, Sis has caused me no end of 
>troubles.  IMHO and FYI. 
And, of course, a Myth box really needs the top-of-the line motherboards 
out there...

I have a PCchips M848ALU (Athlon-based with SiS chipset) using a PVR-350 
and PVR-250 (nVidia TV out instead of PVR-350 TV out), and I have to 
"reboot" my Dish network satellite receivers more than my Myth box (have 
to reboot the sat receivers once a month--had to reboot my Myth box 
after I lost power during Hurricane Jeanne).  I helped a friend build a 
Myth box.  He has the same motherboard, but has 4 PVR-250MCE's and his 
system works like a charm, too.

I'm not recommending PCchips (or any other brand, for that matter)--just 
observing that it's often easier to blame the motherboard than to blame 
the guy who installed/configured the system. ;)


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