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Friday, August 12, 2005

MythTV Step 1

Well, after doing 3 weeks worth of research, I decided to take the plunge. I've ordered and received the hardware for my 1st MythTV system.
Note: Many of the links below go to the original NewEgg product listings. If the items are no longer offered, will not see what I have but instead it returns a list of modern alternatives. I am slowly updating the links to the manufacturers pages. This is the nature of hyperlinks, they change.

COOLER MASTER CAV-T04-UWA Silver/Blue Aluminum/Steel ATX Desktop Computer Case 300W Power Supply - Retail
MSI K7N2 Delta2 Platinum Socket A (Socket 462) NVIDIA nForce2 Ultra 400 ATX AMD Motherboard - Retail
AMD Athlon XP 2600+ Barton 333MHz FSB Socket A Processor Model AXDA2600DKV4D - OEM
Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound - OEM
MASSCOOL 5F394B1L3G 80mm Ball Cooling Fan - Retail
Kingston ValueRAM 512MB 184-Pin DDR SDRAM DDR 400 (PC 3200) Unbuffered System Memory Model KVR400X64C3A/512 - Retail
Maxtor DiamondMax 10 6L200R0 200GB 7200 RPM IDE Ultra ATA133 Hard Drive - OEM
CHAINTECH VGA128-SHMX4000D Geforce MX4000 128MB DDR AGP 4X/8X Video Card - Retail
Hauppauge WinTV-PVR 500 MCE White box PCI Interface WinTV-PVR-500MCE Windows XP Media Center Edition - Retail
NEC Silver IDE DVD Burner Model ND-3540A - OEM
AMC AICR-01-SL 6-in-1 USB 2.0 Silver Internal USB Digital Card Reader/Writer - OEM

So yesterday I put the hardware together on my lunch break... This morning, before leaving for work, I sanded the surface of the CPU heat sink, and mounted it to the CPU on the motherboard... Tomorrow I will begin installing KnoppMyth...

This project is one that I must do while my wife is not around. If I want to achieve a high WAF (Wife Acceptance Factor) on the finished product, I must not allow this to take time away from her.

My next post updating the results could be 6 months away.


  1. This is AWESOME, please keep us posted :) -dm

  2. LOL - Richard, that last comment "This project is one that I must do while my wife is not around. If I want to achieve a high WAF (Wife Acceptance Factor) on the finished product, I must not allow this to take time away from her." makes me chuckle. I took the same approach, but even when my wife wasn't around, she was leaving me mountains of work to do! It took me probably 5x longer because, while I told her of my progress, she seemed more interested in getting the "real" work done. Now that I've finished it (almost a year ago now), she is the larest consumer of the system and wished we had it sooner! Good luck and keep us posted.

  3. This post draws a LOT of spam. I guess I have linked to it a lot.

  4. . It is now out of date, however. I just thought it was worth noting, since I often link to this post (as a reference of my hardware specs).



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Believe it or not, I've never been to jail. Not even for a night. I quit going to bars by the time my fake ID was unnecessary, and I quit hacking into businesses and governments once they started paying me.

Now I just provide for my family and try not to notice politics. I get too angry when I watch how much of my income is taken from me, how it is used, and who is doing it. For the same reason, I can't bear to acknowledge celebrities.

After high school, I went to U of K but the outdated computer engineering curriculum and the seemingly endless amounts of money to be made with my internet specific skills drew me to larger tech markets. I have worked in Silicon Valley, New York City, and have settled in Atlanta.