[mythtv-users] How does the diskless setup work?

PAUL WILLIAMSON pwilliamson at mandtbank.com
Tue Jun 7 20:50:58 UTC 2005

I use a couple different cases.

Original - IBM NetVista with a 5200.  Black, sits right 
under the TV, and most people don't event realize it's 
there.  I took out the HD, replaced the CPU fan, and 
the 5200 has a giant heat sink on it.  The thing is so 
quiet I hear the buzz of my TV speakers in my family 
room during low passages in Holst's "The Planets."

Newest - Pretty sweet case, mobo supports PXE, so the 
only thing I had to worry about was a video card.
Got another 5200 with a huge heat sink and picked up 
a Zalman CPU cooler and a silent PSU.  When I put my 
ear right up to the unit with the case off, it's hard to 
tell it is on.  I just ordered a pvr250 to put into this 
and finally figure out how to get it controlling the 
digital cable box I have so I have access to my other 
100 premium channels...so I guess technically 
it will be a diskless frontend and backend as well.

2 mvpmcs - ultimate in quiet and netbooting too.
Now that liveTV is working, I can do wireless live 
digital cable to my outdoor patio!  Woohoo!


>>> "A JM" <vbtalent at gmail.com> 06/07/05 4:22 PM >>>
So, what kind of cases are you guy's using? if it's diskless and
fanless as in the VIA EPIA ME6000 or SP8000E (I'm not sure what this
is HD Commell LV-667) you'll need video card height in order to use
decoding on a card correct? So, are they mostly beastly ugly PC's or
something more attractive?

My backend is running an XP3200 with 512meg and a couple of 200gig
drives in a LVM so I'm assuming it could handle the front end?

I'm currently finishing off an XBOX front end and although it's not
unattractive I'd like something attractive and quite.

Thanks for all the great information and feedback.


On 6/7/05, Michael T. Dean <mtdean at thirdcontact.com> wrote:
> Michael Carland wrote:
> > One idea if PXE doesn't work, or you don't have PXE, and you still
> > want a silent machine, would be to boot from flash (or even
floppy). I
> > have a CompactFlash to IDE adapter, that can be used to load a
> > and the rest could be loaded from network. If the motherboard
> > booting from a USB drive, this would do the same thing. You could
> > load the kernel from a floppy, although when I used to do this the
> > same floppy sitting in the same drive for months on end would need
> > be replaced once or twice a year. Not exactly diskless in that
> > but other than 30 seconds at boot, there is no drive noise.
> Or, throw in a DVD drive and boot from CD/DVD, and you can play
> with the frontend, also.
> Mike
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