[mythtv-users] Plextor TV402U, laptops, saving power and a rebate

Cory Papenfuss papenfuss at juneau.me.vt.edu
Wed Apr 25 12:26:39 UTC 2007

> Sadly, here in California it's about $100 per year of electicity.  $300
> over the 3 year life which may be more than the cost of the computer
> itself!  That's because PG&E charges 22.7 cents over the baseline of
> 330 kwy kwh/month in summer and 600 kwh/month in winter and
> 31.7 cents/kwh over double that and 36.4 cents over triple that.
> So my incremental kwh cost a lot.  Each watt is $2.78 per year.
> Your server is great, but I need HD, at least in the frontends.
> Today, it might be worth looking into a low power server based on
> something like a mobile core 2 duo with speedstep etc.  Do they
> make server motherboards for Merom or similar low wattage processors
> able to do HD?
> The video cards also suck power.  Alas for HD Myth you typically
> are looking for a video card, on-board video rarely cuts it.
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 	That said, how many people have successfully gotten the 
bios/wakeup thing to go?  What seems ideal would be to have LinuxBIOS set 
up (for fast booting), and auto-waking/sleeping at record time.  No point 
in having everything powered up when nobody is watching.

 	It sounds like a big mess of getting *exactly* the right hardware, 
but it might be worth it.



* Cory Papenfuss, Ph.D., PPSEL-IA                                       *
* Electrical Engineering                                                *
* Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University                   *

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