[mythtv-users] Question About Cases/Expansion Slots

Christopher Flynn flynnguy at gmail.com
Wed Sep 29 07:21:58 EDT 2004

I would check out the Ahanix D5. It's a little long and on the bigger
side but it looks just like a a/v component and fits a full sized ATX

Also whatever case you use, I would suggest trying to find and AGP
video card because if your motherboard has it and the case has a slot
for it and you don't use it, it's just wasted space. Especially
because there are a lot of good video cards out there with S-Video out
or even DVI out if you have and HDTV that supports that. Some cards
even have mpeg-2 decoders on them but I'm not sure of the state of
drivers to support that in linux.

Now if you just use component out, then any video card will do.
(including onboard) However, if you plan on upgrading your TV, then
I'd recommend looking for one that will take advantage of that later.

For sound, you might have some luck with some of the onboard audio
that have the S/PDIF out but I'm not sure. I went the Ahanix D5, full
ATX mobo. route and as such use a pci audio card. I looked at some of
the microATX motherboards and smaller cases but your options of
motherboards is really limited then. (Especially if you are looking
for decent onboard video and a decent onboard audio)

On Tue, 28 Sep 2004 23:34:38 -0500, Chris LaForce
<laforcec at centurytel.net> wrote:
> Hello,
>   I currently have MythTV setup on my Fedora Core 2 box which is a full
> tower.  I have been going through the mailing list and researching some
> other case in hopes to find one looking similar in size and
> characteristics to a dvd player/VCR. The ones I think that have caught
> my eye the most so far are the smaller ones from
> http://www.silverstonetek.com .  With these you either have the choice of
> 2 pci expansion slots or 1 agp and 1 pci slot.  I would need 1 pci for
> my capture card so the leaves either 1 pci or 1 agp slot. This would
> force me to use on board audio or video instead of my Nvidia GEForce
> 5200 video card or SB Audigy sound card. I guess my question is wouldn't
> having to use either on board video or audio lower the quality of my
> graphical or audio playback?
> Thanks for any help,
> Chris.
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