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

Craig Courtney craig at dawnsedge.com
Mon Jan 22 00:08:49 UTC 2007

I was just able to plug in that IDE cable inside the fusion case...   
it was very akward but I got it done.  I understand what you mean  
though if the case was any tighter it would not have been possible.


On Jan 21, 2007, at 2:25 PM, glen martin wrote:

> Right, this looks like a nice board, except that the sideways IDE
> connector means that while the board is true mATX, once a cable is
> plugged in it doesn't look like it will fit in a mATX space - I need
> 1/2" more on on side.
> Craig Courtney wrote:
>> http://www.newegg.com/product/product.asp?item=N82E16813131014
>> 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.
>> Craig
>> 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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