I have only run into two problems in the construction of my Media Box:
1: The Power Supply is the one element that I have trouble getting "whisper-quiet." I currently am using a ThermalTake Silent PurePower at the lowest fan setting. While it is very quiet (right around 29-31db), it is still noticeable during quiet moments in media playback.
- I had seen that a manufacturer (Enermax, I believe) was working on a fanless ATX power supply. Does anyone have any information concerning this?
2: TV Output seems to be limited by the quality of the TV. It also appears that S-Video out is incapable of producing a full-screen image at proper NTSC rating. I have found this the case using both ATI and NVidia cards. I have not been able to test the DVI-out or Component out functionality yet. Does anyone know if either of these output a proper picture ratio? Just looking to fill the screen from corner to corner...I am using ATI's deafult AIW media apps for simplicity reasons (and some of my prefered players will not program properly using the remote). I have set the Primary Display adapter to the TV and have it at 800 x 600 at 60 Hz (640 x 480 not an option). I ha tried to tweak the image using ATI control panel's built-in display tweaks. The image still tends to have a pincushion effect and leaves approx 2-5% (guessin here) black space on the edges.
Any suggestions would be appreciated. Primarily, this box will be used for recording standard TV video, watching DiVX , DVDs and other compressed media.
Media Box specs:
Athlon XP 2500+ on a DFI KT400A INFINITY
2 Hitachi 160 GB SATA drives in RAID 0
Arctic Cooling CPU cooler
420 Watt Tt Silent Pure Power Supply
ATI AIW 9600 (non-XT, gen 2 AIW remote, not the latest remote model anyway)
CNet Wireless G adapter (will be removing soon)
Cooler Master ATC-620(ATC-620C-BX1 - Black) Case
System set at default settings. Overall colume (measured about 6 inches from the front of the case) was between 33-35 decibels. I don't really trust my old meter though.....It is only noticeable when the environment in my house is quiet.
I was considering doubling the memory at some point, but I have really not encountered any lag even with the older XP generation processor and lower amount of RAM.
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