[mythtv-users] coax spdif mobo recomedation ?

dave johnson DJ4904 at hotmail.com
Mon Sep 13 15:21:16 EDT 2004

i have been looking for a motherboard with the following criteria and am having a difficult time
narrowing it down.

-integrated 6-channel audio with *coax* spdif out
-integrated graphics (vga out to X1 projector, dvi not a requirement)
-integrated 10/100 nic
-at least 2 ide channels ata100 or higher
-usb 2.0 (for remote dvd unit in veiwing area)
-4 or more pci slots (full size atx case in attic)

i was looking at the msi K7N2GM2-LSR since the additional SATA support would allow me to ditch my
power-edge raid controller card and raid 1 boot drives and replace with a pair of larger/cheaper
SATA drives and use the onboard raid, which would knock me a pci card so the 3-slots wouldn't be as
much of an issue but i'm not sure of the SPDIF specs on this board.  i need  coax spdif out because
i already have the wires run (and sealed) in the wall and can't do an optical like the barebones
pundit, etc.

pci slots i need are for Technotrend DVB-S card, WinTV-HD, BT848 (ixTV), and Dell PERC Raid
controller (willing to replace with SATA Raid if available on mobo.)

someone told me that the integrated spdif on the wintv-hd could be used for overall system sound out
?  if that's the case, then i could ditch the onboard coax spdif requirement for the mobo ?

so many options, not sure where to start.  even tho it's all supposed to work together, we all  know
how these driver incompatibilities only seem to surface once you have everything and are scratching
your head tryig to figure out why it doesn't work.

any suggestions ?   the machine will be used for typical htpc use, as well as email archiving (Zoe),
vpn to the house, accounting software for my small hosting company (optigold)

thanks !


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