[mythtv-users] ION boards, 230 vs 330, fans?

Bill Williamson bill at bbqninja.com
Wed Dec 2 00:01:24 UTC 2009


On Wed, Dec 2, 2009 at 10:56 AM, Jim Stichnoth <stichnot at gmail.com> wrote:
> On Tue, Dec 1, 2009 at 3:31 PM, jedi <jedi at mishnet.org> wrote:
>> On Tue, Dec 01, 2009 at 10:35:44PM +0000, Greg Cope wrote:
>>> On 30 Nov 2009, at 14:50, JEDIDIAH <jedi at mishnet.org> wrote:
>>> >   Whether or not the fan in the Revo or other 330 based systems is
>>> >an issue is a matter of personal preference and how you deploy the
>>> >unit.
>>>
>>> Worth mentioning that in my experience the revo 330 fan is no louder
>>> that a reasonable laptop.  Not silent, but virtually silent from a
>>> few metres away.
>>>
>>> I struggle to hear mine when at the other end of the room and this
>>> in in a quite location.
>>>
>>> If you want silent go for something fanless.  If you are willing to
>>> accept laptop levels of noise then I doubt you will be disapointed.
>>
>>    The two type of IONs I have are louder than my Macs are.
>>
>>    Unfortunately they can't handle what comes out of the HD-PVR.
>>
>>    One ION is in a play area. Another is in a cabinet and the 3rd is
>> turned off when it's not being used. Otherwise, the fan annoys the wife.
>> However, the fan isn't loud enough to be a problem when the unit is in
>> operation.
>>
>>    Not a bad tradeoff. You can buy/build quieter machines if you're really
>> motivated. You will spend more time or money though.
>
> I'm surprised to hear this experience.  I have 3 ION frontends that
> handle HD-PVR output with no problem:
>  Zotac IONITX-C board
>  2 GB DRAM (1 GB would probably be sufficient)
>  USB IR receiver
>  $5 box from a craft store
>  $5 power button
>  All of them net-booting, all of them completely silent
>  Photo gallery at
> http://picasaweb.google.com/stichnot/20090614TinyHomeTheaterComputer
>
> This probably cost slightly more time, but certainly less money than
> alternatives.


How are you outputting to a tube TV from a zotac?


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