Small Linux box to view DivX,MP3,TV,News,Inet and more on TV … aka TopBox

Víctor Fariña Projects, Technology 158 Comments

Goal :
The goal is to build a system (hardware and software) on which i can view all my collection of DivXs,MP3 and DVDs remotely, because i have all films on a big Hard Drive on another Linux System (Debian 3.0).

The hardware i am looking for is :
VIA EPIA-M 9000 Mini-ITX Mainboard or VIA EPIA M10000 Nehemiah (137 eur.aprox )
the case (look one)
512 MB RAM
wireless card D-Link 512+

the only PROBLEM i have is to boot up from a wireless network card …
http://www.viaarena.com/?PageID=281


links :
http://linuxathome.net/reviews/via_epia_m_900001.php
http://linitx.com
http://linpvr.org/
http://www.mythtv.org/
http://www.viaarena.com/?PageID=58

Changes 02-jan-04 :

I finally decided tu reuse an “old” computer with the following configuration :

  • Athlon XP 2000 Mhz (64 € ) (the old one fire up 😉 )
  • GeForce 4 MX440 with TV-OUT of course (50 € )
  • A borrowed Avermedia TV TUNER (69 € when i buy it)
  • Probably D-link DWL-520+ for Wireless connection to network
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