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 Post subject: Dell Precision 370
PostPosted: Fri Oct 07, 2011 10:21 pm 
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This is not the first post of this model in Tier 1, however, my box may be slightly different from the other poster's (Das Hammer) report. I chose this box based on Das Hammer's report because this was inexpensive, quick setup and low risk (of hardware incompatibility). This box is will be going to a family member, so reliability and cost are key.

Although the WinTV-PVR-150 26582 LF in known to require a tweek in xorg.conf, the Dell is Tier 1, so I am going to recommend it based on the economics. Not sure how energy efficient this box is, however, my previous box rang in at over $400.

I bought the box used through eBay and the case is less than pretty. That being said, my WinTV-PVR-150 26582 LF tuner had not arrived, so I installed R6.02 to verify serial ports, NIC, Video and Sound. At the time I did not know that this tuner required the xorg.conf tweek. So I ended up installing R6.02 twice and then installed R6.04. The box opens easily and tuner installation was relatively easy. Installation of the WinTV-PVR-150 26582 LF requires a change to xorg.conf, otherwise the keyboard becomes dysfunctional.

This box was bought for $100 and the tuner was bought for $11 from eBay. The box will be outfitted with video card for S-video and a remote would round out the system. 80GB is small, so eventually adding a 3TB will be done. The core hardware is now in place and as the peripheral hardware is added, I will try to remember to update this report.

# Video type: VGA
# Type of system: [combined front- and back-end]
# Noise level: very quiet.

# CASE: stock
# PSU: stock
# MOTHERBOARD: stock
# CPU: 3.2GHz Pentium 4 (single core)
# RAM: 1GB
# CPU HEATSINK: stock
# CD/DVD-RW: DVD-RW
# HDD: 80GB SATA
# GRAPHICS CARD: TBD
# SOUNDCARD: None
# TUNER CARD: WinTV-PVR-150 26582 LF
# REMOTE CONTROL: TBD

Here are the nuts and bolts details of the system.

Quote:
[root@dotmyth ~]# lspci
00:00.0 Host bridge: Intel Corporation 82925X/XE Memory Controller Hub (rev 04)
00:01.0 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 82925X/XE PCI Express Root Port (rev 04)
00:1c.0 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 82801FB/FBM/FR/FW/FRW (ICH6 Family) PCI Express Port 1 (rev 03)
00:1c.1 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 82801FB/FBM/FR/FW/FRW (ICH6 Family) PCI Express Port 2 (rev 03)
00:1d.0 USB Controller: Intel Corporation 82801FB/FBM/FR/FW/FRW (ICH6 Family) USB UHCI #1 (rev 03)
00:1d.1 USB Controller: Intel Corporation 82801FB/FBM/FR/FW/FRW (ICH6 Family) USB UHCI #2 (rev 03)
00:1d.2 USB Controller: Intel Corporation 82801FB/FBM/FR/FW/FRW (ICH6 Family) USB UHCI #3 (rev 03)
00:1d.3 USB Controller: Intel Corporation 82801FB/FBM/FR/FW/FRW (ICH6 Family) USB UHCI #4 (rev 03)
00:1d.7 USB Controller: Intel Corporation 82801FB/FBM/FR/FW/FRW (ICH6 Family) USB2 EHCI Controller (rev 03)
00:1e.0 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 82801 PCI Bridge (rev d3)
00:1e.2 Multimedia audio controller: Intel Corporation 82801FB/FBM/FR/FW/FRW (ICH6 Family) AC'97 Audio Controller (rev 03)
00:1f.0 ISA bridge: Intel Corporation 82801FB/FR (ICH6/ICH6R) LPC Interface Bridge (rev 03)
00:1f.1 IDE interface: Intel Corporation 82801FB/FBM/FR/FW/FRW (ICH6 Family) IDE Controller (rev 03)
00:1f.2 SATA controller: Intel Corporation 82801FR/FRW (ICH6R/ICH6RW) SATA Controller (rev 03)
00:1f.3 SMBus: Intel Corporation 82801FB/FBM/FR/FW/FRW (ICH6 Family) SMBus Controller (rev 03)
01:00.0 VGA compatible controller: ATI Technologies Inc RV370 5B64 [FireGL V3100 (PCIE)] (rev 80)
01:00.1 Display controller: ATI Technologies Inc RV370 5B64 [FireGL V3100 (PCIE)] (Secondary) (rev 80)
02:00.0 Ethernet controller: Broadcom Corporation NetXtreme BCM5751 Gigabit Ethernet PCI Express (rev 01)
04:02.0 Multimedia video controller: Internext Compression Inc iTVC16 (CX23416) MPEG-2 Encoder (rev 01)

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 Post subject: Re: Dell Precision 370
PostPosted: Wed May 09, 2012 1:14 pm 
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This is another thumbs up for this setup. I was looking for a cheap HD frontend for the bedroom and found the posts from Das hammer and gatorback.

All in all I am very happy with it. Got it for $70 on eBay and bought a $30 GEForce 210 card. Had to wrestle with the video card to get audio over HDMI but other then that it just works.

I found the fan to be a little loud for a bedroom setup. S3 sleep works real well and that solved the problem while sleeping but it was still a little annoying during watching. I replaced the case fan with a $11 Silenx fan and now I cant tell if it is on or not. One problem with this dell however is it wants a fan with a proprietary plug with feedback to the motherboard. This fan didn't do that so I need to hit F1 during boot up. Not a big deal for me since I leave it on all the time and use sleep.

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