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by Henk Poley
Wed Dec 21, 2011 12:02 am
Forum: Quiet Prebuilt, SFF and Barebones Systems
Topic: Zotac ZBOX HD-ND22 replacement
Replies: 1
Views: 2434

Zotac ZBOX HD-ND22 replacement

This spring I bought a Zotac ZBOX HD-ND22 for a MythTV frontend. Now I want a second frontend, but I see the ND22 is not available anymore. Would somebody know a reasonable equivalent/replacement? Requirements: * h.264 acceleration under Linux. aka, preferably an NVidia or maybe an Intel GPU. * CPU ...
by Henk Poley
Sat Jun 09, 2007 7:41 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: MythTV system upgrade
Replies: 16
Views: 6796

Another tip for the NSK3400: Just found out that when you do not tighten the screws in the rubber grommets at all , the hum is neglectable. It's audible when nobody else is in the room, but then the TV with no sound on the speakers is making about as much coil-noise. I might try putting the disk in ...
by Henk Poley
Sat Jun 09, 2007 2:23 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: MythTV system upgrade
Replies: 16
Views: 6796

Just installed the system in it's corner:

Hum-m-m-m :-(

The place it's in seems to resonate with some noise source from the case. Unplugged the harddisk, hum gone. So much for the vibration dampers on the NSK3400, and maybe even the noiselessness of the Samsung SpinPoint T166 HD501LJ..
by Henk Poley
Wed Jun 06, 2007 11:01 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: MythTV system upgrade
Replies: 16
Views: 6796

A little 'duh' advice: there's a mounting-screw for the floppy bay of the NSK3400. You will need to remove the floppy bay to mount the motherboard+heatsink combo. I've assembled the system yesterday and have been running burnK7 on it. Haven't been able to push it above 49C with the Scythe Ninja in '...
by Henk Poley
Sun Jun 03, 2007 1:36 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Thinking of Getting a Mac Pro
Replies: 28
Views: 9438

An excellent guide on memory and the Mac Pro:

http://diglloyd.com/diglloyd/free/MacPro/memory.html

"Bottom line: even heavy Photoshop users won’t see much benefit from more than 6GB of memory."
by Henk Poley
Sat Jun 02, 2007 10:43 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Thinking of Getting a Mac Pro
Replies: 28
Views: 9438

Bonestonne doesn't seem to know what he is talking about. The 'spreading' as in 'stuff gets slower when more gigabytes of RAM are used' does not occur. OS X will use the extra RAM for caching of previously accessed files, and prepared (Quartz) image data. For good measure I've also read a large part...
by Henk Poley
Sat Jun 02, 2007 7:43 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Thinking of Getting a Mac Pro
Replies: 28
Views: 9438

Matt, if you are going to use your system for (semi-)professional SLR photo editing I think you could better ask your questions on a more appropriate forum like the Apple discussion site , a fan site like Appleinsider , or a professional photo site. For the price you are willing to pay, you could al...
by Henk Poley
Wed May 30, 2007 3:09 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: MythTV system upgrade
Replies: 16
Views: 6796

The Antec Solo just isn't going to fit :-(. I'm going with a Micro-ATX board and case. The Antec NSK3400 plus Asus M2NPV-VM contains about everything I need, I can drop the external nvidia graphics card. Also swapped the LG GSA-H10N with a DVD drive that has better availability. Do I 'need' the Seas...
by Henk Poley
Wed May 30, 2007 12:25 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Smallest Case for ATX Mobo
Replies: 12
Views: 5041

Depends on what dimension you want it to be smaller:

Lian Li A05 A : 210 (W) x 381 (H) x 490mm (D)

Antec NSK4400 : 200 (W) x 420 (H) x 420mm (D)
by Henk Poley
Wed May 23, 2007 9:33 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: MythTV system upgrade
Replies: 16
Views: 6796

Just measured the space where my current Asus Pundit is standing. And an Antec Solo is going to be a very tight fit. As in, will the power connecter still fit in the back or not. Drat..
by Henk Poley
Tue May 22, 2007 7:12 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: MythTV system upgrade
Replies: 16
Views: 6796

I would swap the 500GB WD drive for a Samsung HD501LJ. I have two of the Samsungs suspended in an Antec Solo and they are inaudible even with heavy activity. Is this an anecdotal review? Or is there any data on this on the internet? :-) The WD5000KS is tested and recommended here at SPCR. Read up a...
by Henk Poley
Tue May 22, 2007 5:37 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Needed: cheapest of the cheap
Replies: 6
Views: 2082

What exactly do you want to do with it? I mean, if it's just going to be "an MP3 player" you can buy basicly anything and it will be fast enough. Anyways, AMD Athlon 64 X2 3800+ (uses socket 939 or AM2) currently has the best bang for the buck, according to Tom's Hardware.. but in the case of CPU's ...
by Henk Poley
Tue May 22, 2007 12:50 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: MythTV system upgrade
Replies: 16
Views: 6796

About the CPU: The Athlon 64 single core versions at the same clockspeed (2000MHz) are rated as 3200+. So the dual core version should be quite a bit faster than my current P4 Celeron 2.4GHz :-). The 3800+ currently has the best bang for the buck ratio, and people are using slower ones for HDTV alre...
by Henk Poley
Mon May 21, 2007 10:43 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: MythTV system upgrade
Replies: 16
Views: 6796

Jotting down some notes here for DVB-C cards.. 1. In The Netherlands most cable providers use Irdeto 2 encryption on DVB-C (at least Multikabel -my provider- does). For receiving the encrypted channels you need an original "AlpaCrypt" (not the 'Light' or any other version) CAM. This CAM is also used...
by Henk Poley
Mon May 21, 2007 9:46 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: MythTV system upgrade
Replies: 16
Views: 6796

Is this an anecdotal review? Or is there any data on this on the internet? :-) The WD5000KS is tested and recommended here at SPCR.
by Henk Poley
Mon May 21, 2007 11:42 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: MythTV system upgrade
Replies: 16
Views: 6796

Swapped the memory for more appropriate (faster) memory. 512 and 1GB dualchannel seems to be the same price, so upped that too. Swapped the motherboard with one that has 4 PCI slots. The chipset is a bit of gamble though. 2 months ago there were still some reports of sound problems, but the traffic ...
by Henk Poley
Mon May 21, 2007 9:23 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: MythTV system upgrade
Replies: 16
Views: 6796

I am aware of MythTV as a fidgety system to setup and keep running :roll:. Latest updates of 0.18 and higher went pretty smooth though. Anyways, I already have a working setup. So transplanting this is going to be much easier than needing to find out how to get the $%^$ audio grabber built into the ...
by Henk Poley
Mon May 21, 2007 12:06 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Core 2 Mac Mini and OS X - how much RAM does it need?
Replies: 6
Views: 2268

Yes, the Mac Mini is widely overdue: http://buyersguide.macrumors.com/#Mac_mini But I don't think they will fit a 3.5" HD into it. The system is supposed to be an entry system. So it's much like a cheap version of the iBook/MacBook without the builtin LCD and keyboard. They are not supposed to eat a...
by Henk Poley
Sun May 20, 2007 10:14 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: MythTV system upgrade
Replies: 16
Views: 6796

MythTV system upgrade

This is bit of a follow-up on a previous topic . I'm still using the Asus Pundit for my MythTV HTPC, but it is getting noisier lately (yes I did clean the dust out :D), so I'd like to replace it. What I'm planning to buy: Antec Solo (ATX, Geen PSU, Zwart) Seasonic S12-380, 380W (ATX12V 2.0) Scythe N...
by Henk Poley
Sun May 20, 2007 9:04 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Core 2 Mac Mini and OS X - how much RAM does it need?
Replies: 6
Views: 2268

1GB is recommended for OS X Tiger to run smooth. But for a single user machine 512MB can be enough.
by Henk Poley
Tue Oct 18, 2005 12:04 pm
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Shuttle's long awaited SD11G5 Pentium-M SFF
Replies: 74
Views: 54908

You forgot the tv-out..

You forgot to mention the the tv-out in the "SPECIFICATIONS & FEATURES" table. At least, their website says it has one.
by Henk Poley
Wed Aug 03, 2005 5:08 am
Forum: The Silent Front
Topic: ATA over Ethernet (AoE)
Replies: 30
Views: 20439

Right now you're not going to get anywhere near full SATA 1.5Gbps speeds with ANY single drive, much less a single QUIET drive. Erm, solid state storage like, say, Gigabyte iRAM? :wink: Hmm, most Flash drives aren't "super fast" in terms of sustained bandwidth, but in terms of latency (microseconds...
by Henk Poley
Tue Aug 02, 2005 1:48 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Best Bang For the Buck? AMD CPU
Replies: 45
Views: 16344

~El~Jefe~: "2.2GHz minimum" is bullshit :-P You know when Hz'es counted for x86 ? Back when you could still calculate how many miliseconds a screen copy or sprite blitting would take (640x200 x 2 bits per pixel for CGA, takes so much MOVs, so many clockticks per MOV, etc.). These were chips that sim...
by Henk Poley
Mon Aug 01, 2005 12:08 pm
Forum: Quiet Prebuilt, SFF and Barebones Systems
Topic: Mac Mini - cheapest, smallest, and most quiet SFF?
Replies: 22
Views: 13081

noise while in operation: low, but not silent (my P4/2.8 was quieter until it recently developed a disk whine). I'd be happy to know how you'd done that (the P4 system). I would replace my current MythTV system in a snap with the Mac Mini if there were reasonably priced TV cards (erm, Firewire/USB ...
by Henk Poley
Mon Aug 01, 2005 12:02 pm
Forum: Quiet Prebuilt, SFF and Barebones Systems
Topic: Asus Pundit replacement
Replies: 6
Views: 4287

Asus Pundit replacement

I'm currently running a MythTV system on an Asus Pundit with a 2.4GHz Celeron (P4 core). But I'm not quite happy with noise levels. What would you recommend as a "drop-in" replacement for the Asus Pundit? My current system is basicly: - Asus Pundit barebone (built-in video, audio, networking) - Cele...