[mythtv-users] MythTV as a Gift (Hardware Recommendations)

Nils Berg t045tbr0t at yahoo.de
Thu Jan 10 06:02:38 UTC 2008

Hi Michael,

I'm actually in the process of selecting parts for a Mythbox that is  
actually going to be for my family, so I want to get it right the  
first time as much as you do. I put together a list of parts here.  
The links and comments are all in German, but the names of the  
products are the same everywhere, so I hope it helps you.
As for the case, Zalman and OrigenAE both have very "appliance- 
looking" cases. You probably wouldn't want to go with the one I  
picked because it will be a pain to get the touchscreen to work with  
Myth and it's expensive, but the rest of it is a pretty awesome Dual- 
DVB-S-tuner Mythbox. Actually, it probably is a bit overkill, but  
that way, you have a lot of resources to work with.
I did check if every single part worked with linux and also put some  
"notes" in the list (f.i. which drivers the tuner cards need, and a  
page with BIOS updates for the mainboard that supposedly make S3  
Suspend-to-RAM work perfectly (but maybe it does with the standard  
one now, too... the thread I got the link from was pretty old...).
I hope the list helps you (=


Michael Nguyen wrote:

> Hey guys,
> So, a friend has been thinking of giving MythTV a go, but he is a pure
> Windows guy.  I thought I'd do something nice and build him a snazzy
> MythTV box since I'm quite a bit better with Linux than he is.  Since
> it's a gift, I'd really like to get it right the first time.  If you
> guys were building a dream MythTV box, what would you buy?  I want to
> get something pretty as well so that it looks like a real appliance (I
> was looking at those Shuttle cases).
> If you guys were building something for your mother, what would you  
> get?
> Michael
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