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PostPosted: Sat Jan 19, 2008 1:08 pm 
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# Video type: SDTV
# Type of system: combined front- and back-end
# Noise level: I can tell it's on until I play some media
# CASE: old 'Tiny Computers' mini ATX
# PSU: JEANTECH ATX 350W
# MOTHERBOARD: ECS GS7610
# CPU: AMD Athlon™ 3000
# RAM: 2Gb PC3200 DDR 400MHz (not needed - uses around 512k)
# CPU HEATSINK: standard with MOBO/CPU bundle
# NORTHBRIDGE HEATSINK:
# CD/DVD-RW: MATSHITADVD-ROM SR-8585F, ATAPI 32X DVD-ROM drive, 512kB Cache, UDMA(33)
# HDD: Hitachi HDT725032VLAT80, 300G ATA DISK drive
# GRAPHICS CARD: 256M ASUS EN7300GT SILENT (nVidia® GeForce 7300GT GPU)
# SOUNDCARD: onboard (SiS SI7012)
# TUNER CARD: Hauppage WinTV-HVR1100 (hybrid analogue/DVB-TV)
# REMOTE CONTROL: A415-HPG (with HVR1100)

UK readers might be interested to know that the motherboard and CPU came as a bundle from Maplin for £50, which didn't seem too bad. Total cost was less than £200, but I already had a DVD-ROM and case.

To tune in Freeview on the HVR1100 I had to supply the frequency of one of the transports. After that the other transports were located, but needed to be scanned individually - I couldn't just do a full scan.

One word of warning - I started off with monitor and TV cloned output. Bad mistake - TV out was very jagged for fast horizontal pans. Disabling the CRT for X sorted this out.

I'd like to tailor the remote at some point, but the main buttons work just fine. I've got an IR keyboard so this isn't a priority.


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