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PostPosted: Wed Apr 02, 2014 4:27 pm 
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Location: Germany, Berlin
Hi,

I need a recommendation for a new hardware for my frontend system with LinHES8.1

This is my old frontend hardware, that works with 8.1
Code:
hardware:       FUJITSU SIEMENS, ESPRIMO E, AND Athlon 64 X2 3800+
graphics card:   MSI PCIe NX8400GS, 512M DDR2, with vpdau in High Quality
sound card:    ASUS Xonar DS PCI 7.1 Audio Card (Xonar DS/A)
serial port:   own infrared receiver for the serial port, can use the Samsung TV Remote

My Mythbackend have 3x DVB-S2 for connection to HD Satellite Channel (HD720p)

In MythTV I use
-media library for watching recorded HD Satellite Channels and view family videos
-listen to music (use iTunes from Windows over Samba Share to import the music CDs)
-mythgallery to play pictures

I want to switch sometime from the Myth GUI to XBMC.

I check the following option to get a new frontend

1) Mini PCs, but most have AMD Radeon™ HD or Intel HD
Code:
-Mini PC with AMD Cpu and Radeon™ HD
ZOTAC ZBOX nano AQ01 [ZBOXNANO-AQ01-U]
-Mini PCs with Intel Cpu and Intel HD
ZOTAC ZBOX nano ID62 [ZBOXNANO-ID62-U]
Intel NUC
-Mini Pc with Nvidia
ZOTAC ZBOX ID42, ZBOX-ID42-B/E/J/U/AUS
ZOTAC ZBOX ID86, ZBOX-ID86-B/E/J/U
ZOTAC ZBOX ID45, ZBOX-ID86-B/E/J/U   

2) Mini-ITX mainboard
Code:
ZOTAC D2550-ITX WiFi Supreme B-series
D2550ITXS-B-BE/J/U/AUS
GPU    NVIDIA GeForce GT 610 w/512MB DDR3
Intel Atom D2550 (1.86 GHz dual-core)


3) Micro ATX HTPC Computer
Code:
main board: SATA6.0 USB3,infrared receiver,  no onboard Graphics Card or nvidia
GeForce GT 610 1GB DDR3 PCI Express 2.0 Low Profile Graphics Card GV-N610SL-1GI


Question: Have anyone hints to buy new frontend hardware or a order list with part numbers?


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PostPosted: Wed Apr 02, 2014 6:04 pm 
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Hello

Currently I have two dedicated FE's

FE #1 Linhes 8.1
Asus ASUS AT3N7A-I
2GB DDR2 Memory
60GB SSD
Coolermaster Elite Mini ITX Case
Connects to LED TV via HDMI
Logitech USB Speakers sound way bettter than LED TV Speakers
Snapstream Firefly RF Remote #1

FE #2 Linhes 8.1 (my old backend)
Abit AN-78GS
Onboard HDMI Connection
2GB DDR2 Memory
60GB SSD
Connects with a DVI/HDMI Adapter on the back of the Mitsubishi TV
Snapstream Firefly RF Remote #1
Logitech k400 Keyboard

FE #1 mainly used to watch my shows via XBMC the LED TV is a lot smaller and so it the PC. Since I'm closer to the screen the amount of noise is important.

FE #2 mainly watch sports and movies in the Living Room. Normally via Myth Recordings after editing them (NCAA Tournament). This works great for me using analog sound via the tv speakers.


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PostPosted: Fri May 16, 2014 8:38 am 
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Joined: Sun Mar 30, 2014 7:28 am
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Location: Germany, Berlin
Hi, I give you a update for my installation
I buy the following new hardware for test installation of LinHES 8.1

Code:
ASUS F2A85-M PRO - Motherboard - Mikro-ATX -Socket FM2 - AMD A85X - USB 3.0 - Gigabit LAN
AMD A-Serie A8-6500 Black Edition - Raden HD8570D
G.Skill SNIPER Series - Memory - 8 GB : 2 x 4 GB -DIMM 240-PIN DDR3 - 1866 MHz / PC3-14900 -CL9

ZOTAC GeForce GT 630 ZONE Edition 1024MB DDR3 64bit ZT-60415-20L
Interface:PCI Express 2.0 x16
GPU:GeForce GT 630
Memory Size:1GB
Memory Interface:64-bit
Core clock:902 MHz
Cores:384
Ports:DVI HDMI VGA    
Passive , Low profile


The problem is, what I can only use the DVI-Port, the HDMI-Port do not work with my desktop pc monitor -LG Electronics IPS235- and not work with the Samsung -TV UE40C7700-

TV: Samsung UE40C7700
HDMI1(DVI) (works video AND digial audio over DVI-HDMI adapter)
HDMI2

With driver from LinHES 8.1 with version 310.19, the GPU is “NVIDIA GPU Unknown (Unknown) at PCI:1:0:0 (GPU-0)” but works over DVI.
With a newer nvidia driver 337.12-1 the GPU is “NVIDIA GPU GeForce GT 630 (GK208) at PCI:1:0:0 (GPU-0)”

I change the settings in /etc/X11/xorg.conf.d with 10-monitor.conf, but no screen over HDMI

Code:
Section "Device"
    Identifier     "Device0"
    Driver         "nvidia"
    VendorName     "NVIDIA Corporation"
    BoardName      "Unknown"
#   Option         "Monitor-DFP-1" "Monitor0" # Schema "Monitor-Portname"
#   Option         "Monitor-HDMI-0" "Monitor0" # Schema "Monitor-Portname"
    Option         "CustomEDID" "DFP-1"
    Option         "ConnectedMonitor" "DFP-1"
EndSection

Section "Screen"
    Identifier     "Screen0"
    Device         "Device0"
    Monitor        "Monitor0"
    DefaultDepth    24
    Option         "Stereo" "0"
    Option "ModeValidation" "DFP-1: AllowNonEdidModes"
    Option         "metamodes" "DFP1: 1920x1080 +0+0"
    SubSection     "Display"
        Depth       24
    EndSubSection
EndSection


the file /var/log/Xorg.0.log show
Code:
Port DVI:
SAMSUNG (DFP-0) (connected)
CRT-0: 400.0 MHz maximum pixel clock
SAMSUNG (DFP-0): 330.0 MHz maximum pixel clock
SAMSUNG (DFP-0): Internal Dual Link TMDS
SAMSUNG (DFP-0): Native FlatPanel Scaling is supported
SAMSUNG (DFP-0): DFP modes are not limited to 60 Hz refresh rate
SAMSUNG (DFP-0): DFP is not internal to notebook
Name Aliases for SAMSUNG (DFP-0):
DFP,DFP-0,DPY-1, DVI-D-0

Port HDMI:
DFP-1: 165.0 MHz maximum pixel clock
DFP-1: Internal Single Link TMDS
DFP-1: DFP modes are not limited to 60 Hz refresh rate
DFP-1: DFP is not internal to notebook
Name Aliases for DFP-1:
DFP, DFP-1, DPY-2, HDMI-0


My old desktop pc with Windows 7 prof. 64-bit have the following hardware
Code:
ASUS M2NPV-VM AM2
AMD Athlon II X2 255 Processor
4 GB DDR2 Memory


So I build up a new Windows desktop pc with the new hardware
and build the „new“ mythfrontend with the "old" desktop pc hardware and the GT630.
I hope, that next version of LinHES can use the Raden HD8570D as video card.

Regards Lutz


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