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'''Master Backend / Frontend:'''  
 
'''Master Backend / Frontend:'''  
* '''STATUS: 95% complete.''' Proper HD channel listings are still oustanding.  
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* '''STATUS:''' 95% complete. Proper HD channel listings are still oustanding.
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* '''Primary duty:''' This is the most heavily used machine in the setup, not just as a backend. It spends more time front-ending than the other machines combined ever will.
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* MythTV 0.20.2_p14xxx (gentoo ebuild). Will be upgrading to .21 around the end of the month once the Gentoo ebuilds smooth out a tick.
 
* AMD X2 4800+ Brisbane
 
* AMD X2 4800+ Brisbane
 
* ASUS M2NBP-VM CSM (highly recommend, uber stable, has 4 SATA & 2 IDE channels)
 
* ASUS M2NBP-VM CSM (highly recommend, uber stable, has 4 SATA & 2 IDE channels)
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* [http://www.silicondust.com/ HD HomeRun] (tried QAM, it sucked, tried ATSC, went back to QAM for now)
 
* [http://www.silicondust.com/ HD HomeRun] (tried QAM, it sucked, tried ATSC, went back to QAM for now)
 
* [[MCE_Remote|MCE2 USB]] receiver & remote
 
* [[MCE_Remote|MCE2 USB]] receiver & remote
* Custom VGA-over-ethernet wiring to [[HP_PL4260N|HP Plasma]] upstairs
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* Custom VGA-over-ethernet wiring from basement office to [[HP_PL4260N|HP Plasma]] upstairs
  
  
 
'''Bedroom Frontend:'''
 
'''Bedroom Frontend:'''
* '''STATUS: 80% complete.''' Still need to configure wifi. I've never been able to get WPA to work properly in Gentoo, but it works hardwired in my office and with an open AP. Also need to work some power management magic.
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* '''STATUS:''' 80% complete.
* EPIA EX15000G w/ SVN OpenChrome, plays back SD-res MPEG-2 & MPEG-4 w/o XvMC
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* '''Primary duty:''' This machine will spend most of its time doing MythVideo, with occasional MythGame action when there's a hankering for some old-skool NES action.
* 256MB RAM
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* MythTV 0.20.2_p14xxx (gentoo ebuild).  
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* EPIA EX15000G w/ SVN OpenChrome, plays back SD-res MPEG-2 & MPEG-4 w/o XvMC. HD & H264? Yaright.
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* 512MB RAM
 
* 60GB laptop HD (it's what was in my parts bin). The standard IDE drive was getting WAY too hot in the Silverstone case.  
 
* 60GB laptop HD (it's what was in my parts bin). The standard IDE drive was getting WAY too hot in the Silverstone case.  
* Dynex PCI wifi card (this, along with weak CPU, eliminates HD possibilities, but that's okay for us). Madwifi compliant. Got it on closeout for $20!  
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* Dynex PCI wifi card. Madwifi compliant. Got it on closeout for $20! I bought two. '''Yaay! Encryption set up!'''
 
* Silverstone [http://www.silverstonetek.com/products/p_contents.php?pno=lc02&area=low LC02 profile case]
 
* Silverstone [http://www.silverstonetek.com/products/p_contents.php?pno=lc02&area=low LC02 profile case]
* Packard-Bell serial remote (to be upgraded to MCE remote for WAF & parity with other myth boxen)
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* [[MCE_Remote|MCE2 USB]] receiver & remote
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* Twin [http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16826127208 Logitech Precision 2] gamepads. I like 'em, wife complains they're not square with red buttons. Tough.
 
* Connected via VGA to Toshiba 20HLV86
 
* Connected via VGA to Toshiba 20HLV86
  
  
 
'''Home Theater Frontend:'''
 
'''Home Theater Frontend:'''
* '''STATUS: 75% complete.''' No real rush on this one. Has mainly been a testbed and still dual-boots XP. Home theater is in disarray while room is being rearranged and rest of speakers are being built. The machine is too noisy and not all that stable, anyway. Looking to replace 08Q1, making this hardware a test box. Some time this winter I'll scrape it all back together.  
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* '''STATUS:''' 25% complete. It's really just a case with a motherboard screwed into it. One of the two RAM sticks I ordered was bad; waiting on a new one.
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* '''Primary duty:''' Upscaling & enhancing DVD content as it's connected to the home theater. Also MythGaming NES, SNES & PSX.
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* AMD X2 4800+ Brisbane
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* ASUS M2A-VM AMD690G. Would have gotten the same mobo as in my BE, but that one is discontinued. First time with AMD-chipped mobo, we'll see how it goes.
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* 512MB DDR2 667 (I hope this won't be a bottleneck, but I'll try some encoding tests to compare it to the master BE)
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* PNY GeForce 8300GT. Active cooling. If the noise is too much in the AV rack, I'll swap with the BE video card.
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* 160GB Samsung SATA (again, overkill, but it was in the parts bin)
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* Sony DVD drive
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* Athenatech [http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811190100 HTPC case]. Very desktoppy, but seems to suck less than I expected.
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* SB Live w/ SPDIF daughterboard connected to Yamaha HTR-5960
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* [[MCE_Remote|MCE2 USB]] receiver & remote. Controls volume directly on Yammy, so no software volume concerns with the SPDIF.
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* Same Logitech game pads as above. Hooray for the ubiquity of front-mounted USB ports.
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* Connected via DVI->HDMI cable to Samsung DLP HL-S5086W. Or maybe component. Haven't decided.
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'''Office dev box'''
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* '''STATUS:''' 50% complete.
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* '''Primary duty:''' No real rush on this one. Has mainly been a testbed and still dual-boots XP. Some time this winter I'll scrape it all back together.  
 
* AMD XP 2400 (2.0Ghz clock)
 
* AMD XP 2400 (2.0Ghz clock)
 
* 1GB RAM
 
* 1GB RAM
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* 250GB WD IDE
 
* Some ancient half-dead ASUS NF2 mobo
 
* Some ancient half-dead ASUS NF2 mobo
 
* Chaintech GF 5900XT
 
* Chaintech GF 5900XT
* SB Live w/ SPDIF daughterboard
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* SB Audigy 2
 
* USB Keyboard
 
* USB Keyboard
* Connected via DVI->HDMI cable to Samsung DLP HL-S5086W
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* BT878-based tuner

Revision as of 17:08, 14 March 2008

Gear

I use Gentoo Linux as my OS of choice. I've tried them all though (Slack, RH, FC, SUSE, Deb, you name it) and I do appreciate the "just works-ness" of Ubuntu. But I prefer to admin a Gentoo box. Just don't forget to enable DMA like I did. Couldn't figure out my DVD skippage. Turns out it's not started "by default" on a Gentoo box. ;-)


Master Backend / Frontend:

  • STATUS: 95% complete. Proper HD channel listings are still oustanding.
  • Primary duty: This is the most heavily used machine in the setup, not just as a backend. It spends more time front-ending than the other machines combined ever will.
  • MythTV 0.20.2_p14xxx (gentoo ebuild). Will be upgrading to .21 around the end of the month once the Gentoo ebuilds smooth out a tick.
  • AMD X2 4800+ Brisbane
  • ASUS M2NBP-VM CSM (highly recommend, uber stable, has 4 SATA & 2 IDE channels)
  • 2GB PC6400 (1GB x 2)
  • MSI nvidia GeForge 7300LE
  • (2) 250GB Maxtor IDE drives in RAID 1 (OS, home dirs, etc)
  • (4) 400GB Samsung SATA drives in RAID 5 w/ LVM (recordings, media storage). 200GB unallocated yet for a rainy day.
  • CoolerMaster 4-in-3 drive cage (highly recommend for greater storage density. cool drives live much longer, too)
  • Plextor IDE DVD burner
  • PVR-500
  • HD HomeRun (tried QAM, it sucked, tried ATSC, went back to QAM for now)
  • MCE2 USB receiver & remote
  • Custom VGA-over-ethernet wiring from basement office to HP Plasma upstairs


Bedroom Frontend:

  • STATUS: 80% complete.
  • Primary duty: This machine will spend most of its time doing MythVideo, with occasional MythGame action when there's a hankering for some old-skool NES action.
  • MythTV 0.20.2_p14xxx (gentoo ebuild).
  • EPIA EX15000G w/ SVN OpenChrome, plays back SD-res MPEG-2 & MPEG-4 w/o XvMC. HD & H264? Yaright.
  • 512MB RAM
  • 60GB laptop HD (it's what was in my parts bin). The standard IDE drive was getting WAY too hot in the Silverstone case.
  • Dynex PCI wifi card. Madwifi compliant. Got it on closeout for $20! I bought two. Yaay! Encryption set up!
  • Silverstone LC02 profile case
  • MCE2 USB receiver & remote
  • Twin Logitech Precision 2 gamepads. I like 'em, wife complains they're not square with red buttons. Tough.
  • Connected via VGA to Toshiba 20HLV86


Home Theater Frontend:

  • STATUS: 25% complete. It's really just a case with a motherboard screwed into it. One of the two RAM sticks I ordered was bad; waiting on a new one.
  • Primary duty: Upscaling & enhancing DVD content as it's connected to the home theater. Also MythGaming NES, SNES & PSX.
  • AMD X2 4800+ Brisbane
  • ASUS M2A-VM AMD690G. Would have gotten the same mobo as in my BE, but that one is discontinued. First time with AMD-chipped mobo, we'll see how it goes.
  • 512MB DDR2 667 (I hope this won't be a bottleneck, but I'll try some encoding tests to compare it to the master BE)
  • PNY GeForce 8300GT. Active cooling. If the noise is too much in the AV rack, I'll swap with the BE video card.
  • 160GB Samsung SATA (again, overkill, but it was in the parts bin)
  • Sony DVD drive
  • Athenatech HTPC case. Very desktoppy, but seems to suck less than I expected.
  • SB Live w/ SPDIF daughterboard connected to Yamaha HTR-5960
  • MCE2 USB receiver & remote. Controls volume directly on Yammy, so no software volume concerns with the SPDIF.
  • Same Logitech game pads as above. Hooray for the ubiquity of front-mounted USB ports.
  • Connected via DVI->HDMI cable to Samsung DLP HL-S5086W. Or maybe component. Haven't decided.


Office dev box

  • STATUS: 50% complete.
  • Primary duty: No real rush on this one. Has mainly been a testbed and still dual-boots XP. Some time this winter I'll scrape it all back together.
  • AMD XP 2400 (2.0Ghz clock)
  • 1GB RAM
  • 250GB WD IDE
  • Some ancient half-dead ASUS NF2 mobo
  • Chaintech GF 5900XT
  • SB Audigy 2
  • USB Keyboard
  • BT878-based tuner