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 Post subject: Silent, cheap (~$200) XBMC+Linux based HTPC
PostPosted: Tue May 31, 2011 4:34 pm 
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Hi everyone, this is my first post here.

I am a big fan of silent PCs, and basically visit SilentPCReview daily, but I have never contributed here. Finally there is something I can share that might be of interest to the members of this forum.

I have build a pretty much noiseless HTPC last year, and finally got around creating a blog post on it. Here it is:
http://csongor.fagyal.com/2011/05/15/silent-cheap-xbmclinux-based-htpc/

The hardware might be a bit old (first generation ION + Atom), but it's just enough for a (Linux) HTPC.

Some images:
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Enjoy, and just ask if you need any particular details about the "design" :)


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 Post subject: Re: Silent, cheap (~$200) XBMC+Linux based HTPC
PostPosted: Wed Jun 01, 2011 11:44 am 
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Very nice. Silent at last!

Shouldn't have any problems with 1080P playback since it has the ION GPU.


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 Post subject: Re: Silent, cheap (~$200) XBMC+Linux based HTPC
PostPosted: Wed Jun 01, 2011 11:57 am 
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Very nice, your Da Godfather !!!
The 4Gb SSD look really nice for only 20dollars.

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 Post subject: Re: Silent, cheap (~$200) XBMC+Linux based HTPC
PostPosted: Wed Jun 22, 2011 12:56 pm 
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XBMC works ok for you? It crashes on my machines, but it's the only way I know to play commercial DVDs in Linux. I get suspend/resume freezing & video corruption.


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 Post subject: Re: Silent, cheap (~$200) XBMC+Linux based HTPC
PostPosted: Wed Jun 22, 2011 1:39 pm 
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Rebellious wrote:
XBMC works ok for you? It crashes on my machines, but it's the only way I know to play commercial DVDs in Linux. I get suspend/resume freezing & video corruption.


XBMC should work with a proper video driver, but if not, you might try mplayer. I think it's "mplayer dvd://1" to play the first track. OTOH you can just grab your DVD-s and store them in ISO files so that you can play them from your hard drive, I find that much more convenient. (You can use e.g. DVDShrink - with wine if you use Linux - for copying.)


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 Post subject: Re: Silent, cheap (~$200) XBMC+Linux based HTPC
PostPosted: Wed Jun 22, 2011 2:46 pm 
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Other options for playing commercial DVD's include stand-alone programs mplayer and VLC, as well as other media center suites like Freevo, MythTV and VDR.


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