[mythtv-users] Computer case recoomendations

Nemo Inis nemoinis at telus.net
Fri Jan 26 23:42:27 UTC 2007

I use an external USB-UIRT device for the IR.  I had built and 
installed an internal serial UIRT2 but had problems getting it to emit 
with lirc (receiving worked), so I got a USB-UIRT; I had problems with 
that too, but then Dan Wilga kindly helped me fix my lirc config file.  
I've not tried it yet, but I should probably reinstall the internal 
UIRT2 and see if it emits now.  At some point I also used a homebrew IR 
blaster (simple LED connected to serial port) for testing lirc.

I use various remotes (throughout the house - I've got an IR-repeater 
setup) all set to emulate a basic JVC VCR.

On Jan 26, 2007, at 3:04 PM, Robert Seaton wrote:

> What remote, and IR setup are you using with this case? The ungrounded
> front plate (That's crazy) is a really good tip.
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> My FE/BE Myth box is in an Antec Fusion case and I'm generally pleased
> with it.  A few notes:
> - It does look good.
> - The case is well designed layout-wise
> - Ventilation is superb
> - Construction (factory assembly) is so-so: in my case there were loose
> screws in my brand-new shrink-wrapped unit.
> - It's a tight fit for the motherboard: make sure yours doesn't have
> side IDE connectors, etc...
> - Design flaw: the front plate (heavy brushed aluminium) is NOT
> grounded. In theory this should be ok because it's covered with a
> varnish so it's isolated from you, but in practice, the tiny recessed
> bevels of the front panel buttons is not varnished (I guess the bevel
> was made after the varnish had been applied).  In my carpeted
> living-room, the computer would crash -hard- every time my finger got
> close to the power button, whereas it had worked fine in my computer
> lab.  After grounding the front panel, this problem disappeared.
> Unacceptable in such an expensive case, IMHO.
> - Design flaw: the LCD display area indeed has space so you can add 
> your
> own IR receiver, and it's not difficult to do.  However, the glass
> window in front of it is covered with IR-opaque paint. Duh...
> - Design flaw: the case ventilates extremely well, however it's a bit
> noisier than I was led to believe by the ads.  Especially noticeable
> during the quiet passages of a movie.  I'm thinking of  disconnecting
> one of the two case fans (they're the source of the noise. My heatsink
> fan is silent).
> - Annoyance: there's a HUGE volume-type button on the front of the case
> that I can't use because there is no Linux driver for it and no
> information is available (that I could find)  to write one.
> Hope this helps
> On Jan 26, 2007, at 4:20 AM, Robert Seaton wrote:
>> I think I have narrowed my search down to either the Antec fusion, or
>> the Silverstone LC16M. The LC16M has more features, and has an
>> integrated IR receiver which in my opinion is a major plus. It also
>> has buttons for manual operation. I'm just wondering since this case
>> seems to be built for MCE, how hard it would be to get all of these
>> extra features working on Linux. The Antec fusion has a much better
>> design, however I would have to hack it in order to integrate the IR
> receiver.
>> Any opinions here from anyone? Input would be grateful.
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