[mythtv-users] Whatever happened to HTPC mobos with tv-out?!

Craig Courtney craig at dawnsedge.com
Sun Jan 21 18:53:50 UTC 2007


I'm putting together and HD front end with this board coupled with a  
Socket AM2 3200+.  The only downside is you have to order the SPDIF  
out bracket separate.  I found them at excaliber pc online for $16  
each.  I've had it working several times over the last week and a  
half and it performs fine.  I've only had stuttering problems (audio  
issues) when playing back a perfect rip DV.  I'm rebuilding  
everything clean (software wise) right now, so keep fingers crossed.

For anyone using this board with linux make sure you upgrade the bios  
to the latest version before installing (which you can do from bios  
with a usb flash drive nice!).  In addition don't install cpuspeed  
(at least in Fedora Core 6) as it causes the machine to hang.

I've put the thing in an Antec Fusion case and it's nearly silent  
after removing one of the large case fans.


On Jan 21, 2007, at 1:40 PM, glen martin wrote:

> I'm getting the sense the TV world has passed me by ...
> I built a HD-capable frontend a while back on a Asus mobo with a TV- 
> out
> connector on the board. Sweet little box, no cards so lots of airflow
> with little fan.
> Lately however that packed it in so I get looking at replacements and
> there isn't much out there. Lots of boards with DVI connectors, but  
> not
> much with an s-video either on the back or even as a header.
> The replacement board from Asus A8N-VM CSM/NBP is an update of the  
> board
> I was using before - and update, that is, that removed the TV-out
> header.   I thought newegg used to have a "TV-out" selector in its  
> power
> search. It certainly doesn't now. Going through all the boards  
> there has
> been tedious in the extreme. I also went to most of the major
> manufacturer's sites and went through all their boards, in case there
> was one Newegg doesn't carry.
> I only found a couple, each with some glaring fault for me. For  
> example,
> only one PATA connector. My HTPC case mounts my drives in different
> places so I need to use 2 cables. One claimed to be mATX but wasn't  
> - it
> was 9.6" by 10.6". Asus actually builds another board that has a TV- 
> out
> header, N2NPV-VM, but they made a very strange decision to mount the
> second IDE header sideways, requiring the plug to come in through the
> wall of my case. they must figure folks install mATX HTPC boards in
> cases with lots of extra room.
> So I'm puzzled.  Anyone have a suggestion for a modern (that is,
> available in retail) mobo with:
>  - *real* mATX (no sideways connectors, or 9.6x10.6")
>  - 2 PATA connectos
>  - onboard nvidia graphics
>  - TV-out header or backpanel
>  - sound
>  - network
>  - that works :)
> Sure, I could buy an add-on video card, if I wanted to reduce airflow
> and spend as much or more for video as for the whole mobo.  And sure I
> could use an external VGA-svideo converter, same comment about  
> expense.
> I might even go the external route if that will produce a much better
> quality picture, but I haven't read much comment on that here.
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