[mythtv-users] ASUS Pundit choice

Garry Cook garrycook at gmail.com
Sun Jun 26 02:37:35 UTC 2005

On 6/25/05, Mark Knecht <markknecht at gmail.com> wrote:
> My interim solution yesterday was to use a little bit of that blue
> painters tape - used for mashing off windows and such - and put just a
> piece over the top of the led. The light is now dimmer and a more
> pleseant indigo rather than the laser beam blue. Since it's just
> behind the front plastic it's taped to the chassis. I'll see how long
> it goes before it dries out and drops down.
> - Mark
> On 6/25/05, Jeroen Brosens <jeroen at fotoniq.nl> wrote:
> >  I remember now that I too found those leds a bit too harsh; therefore I
> > took a anti-static dark, see-through pc hardware bag and folded a piece of
> > it 8 times or so and taped it in front of those leds. Now the light is dim
> > enough to not be totally blinded by it when we're watching tv from the
> > couch. So don't throw away those hdd bags folks..!
> >
> >  -- Jeroen
> >
> >  Mark Knecht schreef:
> >  On 6/24/05, Nick <knowledgejunkie at gmail.com> wrote:
> >
> >
> >  On 6/24/05, Jeroen Brosens <jeroen at fotoniq.nl> wrote:
> >
> >
> >  For a good image quality: do not use SiS. The chip doesn't support any
> > form of vsync control, neither hardware or software; even a
> > vga-rgb/scart cable doesn't give optimal results. Therefore, tv-out
> > using the bob deinterlacer (the only filter producing fluid motion) goes
> > jittering every now and then, which I found to be quite annoying. I have
> > the Pundit non-R and placed an AGP nVidia GeForce MX4000 card in it; now
> > it's picture perfect. Search a bit for 'sis' and 'bobdeint' in the
> > mailing archives and read my posts about it.
> >
> > For the rest of the components, the Pundit is an excellent choice. I
> > have one standing next to a Philips 16:9 tv; both of them silver and
> > blue leds, nice :)
> >
> >  I had to disconnect those LEDs ... too bright for me, esp the HDD one!
> >
> >  Boy, I agree with that. We hate the power one actually. We're forever
> > putting something in front of the unit on the TV to block it. I'm
> > looking at placing some sort of putty or something behind the cover
> > but in front of the LED. Since the LED doesn't get hot I figure some
> > sort of semi-transparent stuff would help.
> >
> > I had a new EIDE Seagate drive I got from Newegg die two days ago so I
> > went to frys and got a SATA drive yesterday to replace it. I'm
> > rebuilding the system now and the HDD light doesn't light when the
> > SATA drive is in use. Similar for you?
> >
> >
> >
> >  I think either the Pundit-S or the newer Pundit-R will work fine as a
> > frontend/backend combo. The only piece of hardware in my Pundit-R that
> > is not supported is the ENE multicard reader.
> >
> > Nick
> >
> >  I like these little machines. My two remaining desktop machines, one
> > Linux and the other Windows, use only 1 or 2 PCI cards. If these
> > mythfrontend machines work out I may scrap the desktops, steal the
> > hardware and just go with a small rack of these things. They're nice
> > and reasonably quiet, although I'd like to try out some sort of CPU
> > frequency scaling to see if I can get to an idle mode where the fan
> > doesn't run when the machine isn't in real use. Either that of maybe
> > some sort of suspend mode.
> >
> > Take care,
> > Mark

These Pundits sound really cool (aside from the blinding LEDs). I
might just pick one of these up...
If I understand correctly, you just need to add a hard drive and tuner, right?
Is there room for more than one hdd?
What is the difference between the Pundit and Pundit-R?


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