Gentoo MythTV

07. 09. 08

final parts arrived

Filed under: configuration, Main, shopping — Tags: , , — niko86 @ 20:20

Since the last part of the HTPC Solution arrived yesterday, i am installing the mythtv frontend on it right now.

ok, so whats the last part(s)?
after some google searches i decided to go for this:

-ABIT I-N73HD mainboard, geforce 7100 onboard graphics, nforce630i chipset, hdmi output.
i read that several people had problems getting this board to work under linux and i have to admit, there is no problem, after configuring the kernel it worked right out of the box without any hassle.

-e2200 c2d processor, not that powerful, but cheap and cool.

-arctic cooling freezer 7 lp, for the case i bought it had to be a small cooler, this one is not very small in fact, but its height is optimal for the case.

-2.5″ notebook drive, not that fast, but it is cooler, more quiet and of course smaller than a 3.5″ one.

-2gb of RAM, actually i got 4gb, but after ordering 4x1gb i noticed that there are only 2 ram slots on the mainboard, so now i got 2gb spare…

-Antec Fusion V2, looks nice, perfect cooling solution (got two fans on the side which are sucking the hot air directly from the cpu cooler), vfd display, builtin IR receiver, volume knob.

fusion v2

fusion v2

so what do you have to pay attention to while installing?
if you want to use lm_sensors to control the fans you obviously have to turn off the abit EQ fancontrol thingie in the bios.
for the sensors you need these modules:

to get the SATA controller to work you need this kernel options:


if you want to use the nvidia proprietary drivers, you need this:
Loadable module support ---
[*] Enable loadable module support
Processor and Features ---
[*] MTRR (Memory Type Range Register) support
Device Drivers ---
Character devices ---
[*] /dev/agpgart (AGP Support)
Device Drivers ---
Graphics Support ---
[ ] nVidia Framebuffer Support
[ ] nVidia Riva support

now just:
# emerge nvidia-drivers

# modprobe nvidia

Xorg config:
(substitute the videoram amount to what you specified in the bios)
Section "Device"
Identifier "nVidia Inc. GeForce7"
Driver "nvidia"
VideoRam 65536
Section "Module"
# Load "dri"
Load "glx"

# eselect opengl set nvidia

$ glxinfo | grep direct
direct rendering: Yes

add the xvmc and the nvidia use flag to your make.conf and you should be ready to fly.
Referring to a comment from chguedel you do not need xvmc for this configuration.



  1. Just a note: You won’t need xvmc with this configuration 😉

    Does Suspend To Ram work with this board?

    Comment by chguedel — 07. 09. 08 @ 21:21

  2. thanks for that! just edited the post.
    i am at work this weekend, can’t test it till tuesday.
    i will post on that

    Comment by niko86 — 07. 09. 08 @ 21:21

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