[mythtv-users] New frontend... Atom?

Brian Wood beww at beww.org
Tue Nov 10 13:53:08 UTC 2009

On Tuesday 10 November 2009 02:56:26 Steve Hill wrote:

> 2. How fast does it POST?  One of my old frontend's biggest let downs was
> that it took 30 seconds just to complete the POST (and that's with all the
> "quick boot" options turned on in the BIOS - I'll be steering clear of
> Gigabyte hardware in the future - all 3 recent gigabyte boards I've
> owned have had something seriously wrong with them, such as
> non-functional WoL, broken ACPI-S3 mode, etc.).

Gigabyte has never been one of the "better" makers, IMHO. Asus generally makes 
good boards, though I have had two of them fail due to bad caps. I can 
replace the caps and get the board working, and, when they are working, Asus 
seems to have fewer problems with things like PCI and ACPI implementation. 
IOW, their designs seem better than most, though they do have some of the 
same fabrication problems as others do.

> 3. Is there a serial port for me to hook an IR receiver to so I can
> continue using my Sky Navigator remote?  The POV says "internal COM", so
> that should be ok, the Asus board doesn't appear to have any RS232 port
> and I can't see anything saying whether the Revo has one (either
> internally or externally).

There are PCIExpress X1 serial port boards available, for when you find a mobo 
that's just right, with the exception of no serial port. The USB to Serial 
adapters can't be used with most IR blasters, I'm not sure if they can be 
used with IR receivers or not.

Brian Wood
beww at beww.org

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