[mythtv-users] Epia Board and PVR350 or PVR500

IvanK. chepati at yahoo.com
Wed Aug 31 20:36:33 UTC 2005

I made the stupid mistake of not doing my homework when it comes to research 
before buying and ended up with a sp13000 in a Travla C137-120W case with a 
pvr250 and a pvr350.  Up to that point I thought the main generator of heat 
in my atx box were the three 200GB seagate drives and the 2.4Ghz pentium4.  
But the pvrs ran so hot inside this tiny box (the mini-itx box) that my 
system froze a few times.  And I only have a 12GB 2.5" drive inside.  The 
main storage is usb2-connected.  After I put 4 fans inside the box, it's 
running sufficiently cool not to freeze any more.  And louder too.

If you still haven't forked over the cash for a pci pvr, I'd really suggest 
you look into those usb2 plextors mp402 or whatever the number.  Search the 
mailing list.

But what you heard about the superb tv-out quality if the pvr350 is true.  
However make sure you cool that card well in a mini-itx box or it'll overheat 
and start introducing artefacts in the mpegs.


On Wednesday 31 August 2005 03:55 pm, Joachim Schwarzhorn wrote:
> Hallo,
> I want to use an Epia Board SP8000 or SP13000 for my HTPC. On different
> HTPC-forums I read, that the TV-Out of the Hauppauge PVR350 is better
> compared to the onboard TV-out. And I heard about heat problems of the
> PVR350 especially in small cases (like the ones for epia).
> On the other hand: the PVR500 has two separate tunes (= independent
> recording of two channels) but no TV-out.
> Any suggestions or recommandations?
> Regards
> Joachim

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