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

Justin Mason jm at jmason.org
Wed Jun 8 00:44:41 UTC 2005

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Michael Carland writes:
> On Jun 7, 2005, at 3:22 PM, A JM wrote:
> > 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?

sweet, a chance to show off my geek-chic case ;) -- it's an old Sun
Exabyte 8500 tape drive! pic:


You can indeed get the capture card to sit parallel to the EPIA board,
by using a PCI riser card.

All things considered, BTW, I'd suggest going with a bigger case; this one
came with a *lot* of headaches due to (a) heat, even with the fanless
ME6000, (b) possible timing-related crashes which may be due to the PCI
riser introducing delays, (c) general instability which may be due to the
EPIA hardware, and (d) difficulties in getting any further components in
there.  If I was doing it again, I'd go for less geek-chic and more
generic (but reliable) ATX hardware.

(btw full build log here: http://taint.org/wk/BuildingFreevo . I wound up
using "freevo" as a generic term on these page titles due to an early
decision in the planning stages.  apologies! ;)

- --j.
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