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    small front ends

    I was looking around and looked at the Sage TV HD200 their idea of a front end. Are their any small boxes like this you can load Mythbuntu on? I am not really a fan of the HD200, it seem nice but is locked with their software, no dvd player and such.

    Looking for something smaller than the horizontal computer case.
    If you can't have fun doing it, it ain't worth doing.

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    Re: small front ends

    If you read this persons write up it talks about using telnet to login to the Linux OS. But still at best you could only use it as a frontend

    http://www.geektonic.com/2009/01/sag...geektonic.html

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    Re: small front ends

    For a build-it-yourself system, the Zotac ION boards are popular.

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    Re: small front ends

    Quote Originally Posted by SiHa View Post
    For a build-it-yourself system, the Zotac ION boards are popular.
    What he said. These look pretty great for a mythfrontend.

    You could likely get by without a case at all, if that works for you.

    I intend on getting a USB adapter and just using a regular USB storage device for the OS. Basically, this is a no-fan, no-moving parts myth frontend.

    There's some decent cases available for that form factor, as well, that look okay.

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    Re: small front ends

    Quote Originally Posted by timconradinc View Post
    There's some decent cases available for that form factor, as well, that look okay.
    Sure are. I happen to be selling a few on eBay at the mo

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    Re: small front ends

    £150 and you can get yourself an acer revo. I have one in my bedroom for a frontend and it works beautifully with full ubuntu and myhtv on it. it is HD aslo with a HDMI output. It isn't completely silent as it has a fan, but the fan only spins up on boot. it boots up very quickly too.

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    Re: small front ends

    Anyone know if you can get the acer revo without software? They want $200 for one with windows on it and I bet it could be $150 without windows, which would get over written anyways.
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    Re: small front ends

    They do a linux one. The distro on it is crap but it's easy to wipe and it is still better than paying the micro-tax.

    The single core 230 one with 1gig of ram will do. you may have to shop around.
    i stuck in another gig of memory to get full HD to work at it's best. I found also that loading mythbuntu made the machine run very sluggishly, but loading ubuntu and then installing mythtv on top works much better. i have no idea why, but it did.

    Good luck.
    PM me if you need any help setting it up. I needed a little help myself and will be more than willing to pass on the tips

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    Re: small front ends

    I did a search and could not find any with linux on them. I would be nice to buy a bare bones type unit since anyone using linux should know how to install the operating system they want.

    The only Linus I can find are in the UK, where you are and I am not.
    If you can't have fun doing it, it ain't worth doing.

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    Re: small front ends

    I called ACER and get sent to India and they are no help. They tell me to call Home Shopping Club, again, no help.

    Call Newegg.com - No one knows anything. They can only help if I bought something and no idea how to order something if it's not a package deal on the website.

    Companies build a nice product and they man the phone with people that know nothing and can't help. They can only read a line card that says the same crap I can read on the web site. Did they stop teaching people how to think?
    If you can't have fun doing it, it ain't worth doing.

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