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Given the shortcomings of todays set-top boxes MythTV just seemes like the natural thing to do. I started with an ATI-Wonder capture card (from a friend), TView scan convertor (from a friend) and no remote in 2007, I haven't ever regretted the decision to start using mythtv. While I really like to tinker with the setup maintaining a high WAF is a primary concern.

Master backend, primary frontend and general media server

This system became pretty loud mostly because of the internal hard drives, so I have moved it into the basement with HDMI/USB/Audio cables run up into the living room. With this configuration I have zero noise in the living room and I can add extra fans to keep the system cool. Moving the system into the basement also increased the WAF especially since she no longer has to look at the computer case next to the TV.


Intel(R) Core(TM) i7 CPU 860 @ 2.80GHz
3TB LVM for recordings (RAID 5)
1Gb/s NIC
Snapstream Firefly IR Remote
Intel Corporation 5 Series/3400 Series Chipset High Definition Audio
2 x Hauppauge PVR-150
nVidia Corporation G96 [GeForce 9500 GT] (DVI to HDMI adapter)
Pioneer DVD-RW (this system is also the DVD player for the living room TV)
x10 Fire Cracker Computer Interface (CM17A)


openSUSE 11.2 x86_64
MythTV 0.23 + LIRC 0.8.5-4.1 + VLC 1.1.4-4.8
MPD for network music over stereo receiver
MediaWiki (this service alone has a huge WAF factor, we use it for everything including recipes)
MRTG + nTOP network monitoring
Bottlerocket x10 control + custom scripts to manage lighting based on sunrise/sunset
DHCP, internal DNS (inadyn), NTP, backup scripts (rsync)


Auto login/mythtv backend + frontend

Secondary Frontend

My most recent addition to the family, the Shuttle KPC. This system is awesome, relatively quite, small form factor, PCI slot for a decent video card and fast.


Shuttle KPC 45
Intel Core 2 Duo 6300 @ 1.86GHz
2GB RAM (1033 MHz)
1Gb/s NIC
Snapstream Firefly IR Remote
nVidia GeForce 6200 PCI 256MB (proprietary driver) (svideo to TV)
Pioneer DVD-RW (this system is also the DVD player for the bedroom TV)


OpenSuSE 11.0 x86_64
Stock MythTV 0.21-25 + LIRC 0.8.3-8.1 + VLC 0.9.9a-0
DHCP, internal DNS, NTP


Auto login/mythtv frontend

Other systems

Laptops are used for surfing and general life - Apple Mac Book Pro + Acer Aspire TimelineX AS1830T-68U118 (openSUSE)