Xbox frontend (was Re: [mythtv-users] Frontend)

David George david at
Wed Sep 22 08:22:26 EDT 2004

On 9/22/2004 6:00 AM, Verteiler wrote:

> Hi,
> So now that I have my backend nearly finished, I need a new task. As I 
> need a frontend to sit next to my TV, I thought of using my Epia M 
> with its 600MHz Cleo CPU, but Linux does have a few issues with Via. 
> So I thought of using a XBox - to that I have a few questions:
> - Which modchip should I use?

I just installed the SmartXX ver2.  I haven't finished setting 
everything up, but I have booted Linux on it.

> - Are there any problems, why this setup shouldn't be the ideal one?

If you want to play Xbox games and use the same box as a Myth frontend 
you would probably be better off with a modchip.  It has switchable 
flash banks and the SmartXX has a stealth mode that will allow Xbox Live 
(not that I really care about that though).

So far everything has been painless.  Here are some links for you to 


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