On Tue, 2004-08-17 at 07:49, Paul Jakma wrote:
> A Mini-ITX with a WinPVR card sounds like far less hassle..
>It does, doesn't it. But I must say, I looked into this option for
years, some sort of HTPC setup. Initially it was just for playing mp3's
and I was going to use my old P90 desktop (painted black) with an LCD
(or blue VFD), but it suffered from terrible feature creep. The problem
was I didn't want something that looked like a PC sat in my HiFi rack.
So I decided to get the xbox for gaming and look at moding it after the
warranty expired. I worked out, at the time, that it would cost about
700-1000 to get a setup working in that mini-itx/micro-atx with a nice
case. At the time drivers for the WinTV 250/350 cards weren't so hot.
The xbox setup cost a lot less. Xbox + 7 games from HMV at the time was
something like 380. DVD remote was 25, 120GB HDD was 100 and mod was 60,
total cost was 565 (remote, HDD and mod where purchased a year later).
Now I could have got the xbox for 150 or so without the extra games at
the time I bought the remote/hdd/mod and done it all then which brings
to cost down to around 335. That's not bad now is it ?
And with xbmc, it just works. I can't say the same for Freevo or MythTV.
I don't know anyone that got it setup and working properly. I've run it
and had it playback movies etc, but never got the EPG or recording to
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