The real power of the Mini-ITX boards comes from the fact that they are =
quiet, small, and low power. If recording could be stripped out to a =
separate machine stored in a closet then you'll have a much quieter home =
theater experience. Personnaly, one reason I don't just go with a Tivo =
is that it can only record one channel at a time. With Freevo coming =
along as nicely as it is, my plan is to have a powerful file server =
capable of recording from as many channels as I have tuner cards. I =
can't imagine having such a machine in my living room.
From: Andreas Leitner [mailto:nozone@...]
Sent: Wednesday, February 26, 2003 1:21 PM
Subject: RE: [Freevo-users] Anybody using a Shuttle PC with freevo?
On Wed, 2003-02-26 at 19:54, Jim Lavin wrote:
> I actually tried the earlier Shuttle FV24 systems. You're right they =
> more power than the VIA EPIA boards. Biggest problem I had was with =
> everything in the little box. Especially the WINTV boards. They seem =
to be a
> little wider than your average PCI card making it a tight fit. Once =
> the hard drive, cd-rom, cards and floppy in place you might find you =
> pretty compact little unit.
I think i can cope without fdd (maybe even without hdd - i have a file
server, but i am not sure how to boot then - flash-ide is an idea)
> I'm currently working on a VIA EPIA MX board in a case I found through
> http://www.mini-itx.com and have found the type of silent PC you're talking =
> Be careful when you are picking cases some of them have low-profile =
> slots that make it hard to fit a TV card in to. I ended up going with =
> TV/Wonder VE since had a small enough profile to fit in the case I'm =
> The VIA motherboard has a 933 Mhz, support for 133Mhz SDRAM, SVideo =
> Composite out which makes it perfect for just this type of project. =
> newer boards will have a 1Ghz processor on them and uses the faster =
Did you run some benchmarks on the system? I know 933 Mhz CPU f and
133Mhz fsb f sound like plenty, but IIRC you cannot just put in an Intel
or AMD CPU but need to use an Eden or C3 processor. And all I heard from
then was they perform badly on integer and floating point operations -
which I think have a major influence on video de and enconding. I am no
expert, but from what I heard even the brand new faster processor (the
1GHz one) might not be up to the task of compressing TV to mpeg
I would be _more_ than happy to stand corrected though. So if you can
_please_ prove me wrong (;
> If you can't find the right looking case look at the projects page at
> http://www.mini-itx.com to see what some folks have done. Gives a whole new =
> to hiding a computer.
nice link, thanks!
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