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Mini HTPC build

I've had my HTPC downstairs in my living room for about a year now and I've loved it. Upstairs in my bedroom I've been running a MVix media player, and it's been ok but it has it's faults. I've also been spending some time at my girlfriends place and she has DirectTV. I was really digging the ability to start watching something in one room and then move to another room and continue watching. I remembered reading that there was some developmental stuff with XBMC that would allow you to do the same thing but it was difficult to set up.

I did some further research on the matter and found out that the new XBMC build would allow for an easier intall of a shared database.

After I built the new system I found some sites that explained the installation process of Fonz fun_plug for my DNS-343. Took me a little while, but I now have a running MySQL server on the same NAS box that serves up all my media. With that database storing all media info such as thumbnails, what's watched, and where I've paused or stopped videos; I now basically have a homemade DirectTV room-to-room system.. that I can customize to my liking.

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DIY, HTPC, Tech, XBMC

Dell Inspiron 1521 Disassembly

My laptop has been slowing down for a while, feeling warmer than usual, and I thought I smelled something burning the other day. So I decided to take it apart and do some routine maintanance. After I took the whole thing apart I found that there was a lot of dust and build up on the internal fan. Also most of the thermal paste had .. I dunno, evaporated? So anyway, I cleaned her up, put on some new paste for the CPU and she's running like she used to.

Dell Inspiron 1521 Disassembly image 01

DIY - HTPC

I've been running MVix boxes for a couple years now, and they've handled my basic media needs. About a year ago a friend of mine built a pretty sweet home theater setup and was using XBMC for his UI. Ever since then I slowly became more and more unsatisfied with the UI for the MVix box. So one day I downloaded XBMC (Camelot build), installed it, and started playing around. After getting all me media loaded into the database, customizing the skin, and changing my pants after my nerd-gasm I decided that it was time to figure out how I could utilize this awesome tool.

After some research I found that there was no way to add XBMC to my current MVix box. With that knowledge I began the undertaking of building a HTPC. A couple days later of research and I had decided on the parts that I wanted. I knew I wanted to buy components that'd be somewhat future proof, but I didn't want to spend a lot of money, so with some comparison shopping, and choosing parts more in the mid-range I came up with these.

  • Case - NMediaPC HTPC 1000B RT
  • Mobo - ASUS M4A78L-M 760G AM3 RT
  • CPU - AMD Phenom II X2 550 AM3 3.1G R
  • PSU - Seasonic X650 GOLD 650W R
  • GPU - BFG GTX 260 896M
  • RAM - Crucial Ballistix 4GB, 2x2GB, DIMM 240-pin, 800 MHz
  • HD - 500G WD 7K 16M SATA2 WD5000AAKS
  • LCD Panel - NMediaPC PRO-LCD-B
  • Remote - AVS Gear MG-IR01BK Windows Vista/Window7 MCE Infrared

DIY HTPC image - Parts_01

1. CPU, 2. Programmable front-panel LCD for the case, 3. RAM, 4. Remote

DIY Computer

Posted : 2006-11-30

I've been getting packages in for the past week, and today I finally got the last ones, yuss!

DIY Computer image - 01a DIY Computer image - 01b

1 computer tool kit, 2 RAM dust gaurds, 3 Main DVD rom, 4 Secondary (cheaper) DVD rom, 5 CPU-AMD 64x2

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DIY, Tech

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