I am looking for a barebone for VDR.
A while ago, I thought that a dbox2 would be the ideal machine for VDR playback, as it costs only about as much as a full featured DVB card and is entirely noiseless.
As it turned out, VDR playback currently does not run as well on a dbox2 as it does on a PC, so I also looked for a barebone. See the dbox2 threads on the VDR mailing list.
c't 3/2004 has a nice overview - 35 barebones. See http://www.heise.de/ct/04/03/078 for an excerpt.
My criteria were
* Silent (under 1.5 Sone) * good Linux support (++ rating in the c't Test) * no useless gimmics (Radio, analog TV, etc.) * not too expensive * DVI output (I have a DVI flat panel) * Available PCI slot for DVB card
The only system in that test matching these criteria was the MSI Hetis 865GV-GIGA, see http://www.msi-computer.de/produkte/produkt.php?Prod_id=311
My favorite shop, http://www.reichelt.de did not carry it, but I asked anyway (mailto:[EMAIL PROTECTED]) and they could order it for me at a good price. I expect to get it next week, so I have no personal experience with it yet.
Requirements: Space for - DVB-card (T-Trend Rev 2.1)
2 PCI slots available.
- Harddisk 3,5"
2 3.5" slots available.
- DVD writer
1 5.25" slot available.
Gigabit ethernet built-in.
It should be possible to add WLAN later.
I guess you can use the second PCI slot for that.
It would be nice if there were space for an additional DVD drive.
1 5.25" slot available. You can put a DVD-ROM or a DVD-writer in.
Important: The system should be very quiet (soundless???).
Very important to me, too. According to c't, the system is very quiet (1.2 Sone). I will see how that works out for me.
There is also a MSI Hetis 865GV-Lite, which costs less, but has no DVI and only 100Mbit eithernet.
I am looking forward to hear your experiences or to get links to corresponding websites.
Thank you very much.
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