PVR - I am looking at the HD-3000 from http://www.pchdtv.com/.
That looks like a promising PVR option, BUT it ships with a custom version of Xine (from the site)
"Each card is shipped with a custom HDTV version of Xine Media Player"
I'd bet that without the custom Xine player, that card will not be of much use, at least not the HD portion of it.
I searched the forums for the term "epia" to see what others were dealing with. I get the impression that for the most part, there are a lot of issues but they may have been resolved with the Nehemiah core. Can anyone confirm this? If resolved/fully supported, then is the Eden processor also supported (based on the Nehemiah core)? It looks like a great option for a small form factor MD.http://www.via.com.tw/en/products/mainboards/mini_itx/epia_sp/index.jsp
I'd love to set up a couple diskless/fanless MDs.
I think that a case should be able to at lease support 2 additional PCI cards (PVR and maybe Audio or video[depending on the capabilities of the on-board support])
I am just trying to make the wisest purchasing decisions as far as compatability goes.
That is my point as well. I can't afford to invest in hardware only to find out that it will not work. It would be nice to have a baseline for hardware support. I'm not looking for support info of every piece of hardware/component known, but just a few options for each category (sound cards, processors, Drives/types, video, PVR etc.) that are known to absolutely work in a pluto system.
Looking for cases, I also came across this MSI box.http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16856101226
The back panel is nearly identical to the MD displayed on the pluto web site and the dimensions are exactly the same. Does anyone know if Pluto is branding a version of the MSI Hetis boxes?
To be safe, it appears to me that it's best to stick with the "older" components and hope that the newer technology will be supported soon.
Athlon XP or Intel 4/celeron chips
ATX Mobos (?? manufacturer)
SB Audigy sound cards
Nvidia video cards
Sata drive support
64 bit and dual processing support.
full ITX support
Please correct me if I'm wrong. I am just trying to understand what does and does not work.