A silent and not too ugly piece of equipment that can fit and be used in the living-room for watching movies (downloaded and DVD) and TV and listen to music. It should also be possible to record TV to disk, on demand and using a timer. Maneuverable using a remote.
This project has been put on hold due to high work-load and other things. The info is from and work was made in 2003.
I ordered a TV-tuner card from Dustin on 2003-07-31 (SEK 595) that arrived on August 4. I'll start experimenting with that on a plain Linux computer first.
I put the TV-card in a P3 600Mhz machine with 128MB ram at work, and installed a fresh Redhat Linux 9 on it. 'modprove bttv' loaded the correct drivers at once, and 'xawtv' could show the local swedish TV channels after a while. Freevo did too after a little persuading and understanding that 'europe-west' needs to be set for the 'chanlist' setting.
$ /sbin/lspci | grep Bt878 01:08.0 Multimedia video controller: Brooktree Corporation Bt878 Video Capture (rev 11) 01:08.1 Multimedia controller: Brooktree Corporation Bt878 Audio Capture (rev 11)
Driver logging in /var/log/messages.
$ cat /proc/video/dev/video0 name : BT878(Hauppauge (bt878)) type : VID_TYPE_CAPTURE|VID_TYPE_TUNER|VID_TYPE_TELETEXT|VID_TYPE_OVERLAY hardware : 0x1
TV-tuner card: Hauppauge WinTV Nicam Stereo PCI card because it has a chip set (Brooktree Corporation Bt878) supported by Linux drivers, it is cheap and has a remote control that seems to be supported by Linux.
EPIA M10000 1GHZ C3, Mini-ITX.
There's an effort going on to reverse engineer the CLE266 MPEG library needed to use the built-in MPEG circuit of the motherboard.
Via's own page: Linux on the M-series.
2699R), fanless and neat. External power. PCI riser card included.
Width: 292mm / Height: 63.5mm / Depth: 273 mm
256 MB low-profile DIMM
Teac DVD-ROM 8x/24x Slimline IDE
Seagate Barracuda 160GB 7200RPM ATA100
Requires an external "access point".