[mythtv-users] quiet, small, fanless frontend

Matthew Dansereau matthew at dansereau.com
Sat Nov 24 16:06:05 UTC 2007

Two Ideas

1. Cooling on all these systems seems cumbersome to say the least.
I have done some searching.  It appears that if you can install a wider fan
you can get more air with less noise.  Also there is another option of
making a type of wind tunnel for just the CPU.  Dell seems to use this

2. On another note keeping things slim may not require you to go driveless.
I have seen many new laptops come with the new Serial ATA interface.  You
should be able to plug into the MotherBoard if it has a serial interface

On Nov 22, 2007 2:47 AM, Magnus Gustafsson <magnus at gusse.se> wrote:

> I'm planning on a new frontend. Currently using an xbox as frontend.
> The xbox is too noisy to have powered on 24/7, too slow to boot up. So
> I want something better.
> This is what I would use it for:
> - watch recorded TV
> - watch DVDs
> - view pictures and video clips in MythGallery
> - occasionally watch live-TV
> I think it will be powered on 24/7, depends on how fast it will boot.
> My TV-set is an old CRT so I would not need HD, yet...
> I've been looking around for hardware for a while now and think I've
> got a reasonable spec:
> - Via Epia board with CN700 northbridge, fanless
> - 1 GB RAM
> - DVD read/write slim
> - no HD
> - CF card ~1-4 GB
> - a remote controller of some sort
> What about the main board? Which is adequate for this project? CN1000,
> LN1000, EN1200? I suppose I should avoid the CX700 northbridge and go
> for the CN700 or am I wrong here?
> Is this a reasonable hardware spec do you think?
> /Magnus
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