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Re: plea for help with

  • To: ukha_d@xxxxxxx
  • Subject: Re: plea for help with
  • From: "paul gordon" <paul_gordon@xxxxxxx>
  • Date: Thu, 29 Apr 1999 09:15:45 GMT
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  • Reply-to: ukha_d@xxxxxxx

If that's the unit I think it is: - looks for all the world like
a "traditional" A/V amplifier, but is also a wizzo PC, then yes,
remember seeing it in T3 over a year ago, and almost wetting my pants
(only kidding) with desire!!! - I've been waiting all this time for
that product to be released in a pukka UK guise, so I wouldn't have
to faff around with transformers, and aggro with dealer/manufacturer
support, and then I'd (probably) buy one like a shot...
The "probably" being the price.... I seem to recall this box
about $5000 USD (aka 5000 GBP) - I reckon I can put my home-brew
equivalent together for a LOT less than that....

But I'm fed up of waiting, with no guarantee that it will EVER be
released here. (Has anyone on this list imported a US one??), Hence
my wanting to put my own one together...


>From: "Timothy Morris" <timmorris@xxxxxxx>
>Reply-To: ukha_d@xxxxxxx
>To: <ukha_d@xxxxxxx>
>Subject: [ukha_d] Re: plea for help with "convergence"
>Date: Wed, 28 Apr 1999 18:36:49 +0100
>Sounds like an impressive product. I assume that you have seen the
>that Philips sell in the US, which does about 80% of what you want?
>> -----Original Message-----
>> From: paul gordon [mailto:paul_gordon@xxxxxxx]
>> Sent: 28 April 1999 16:43
>> To: ukha_d@xxxxxxx
>> Subject: [ukha_d] plea for help with "convergence"
>> This might be a "little" off-topic, but I don't think
its _too_ far
>> out...
>> I'm intending to build a "convergence" PC (just LOVE
>> buzzwords!")
>> What I basically want is a state-of-the-art WINTEL PC to live in
>> AV rack in my lounge, along with the hi-fi / TV / VCR's etc.. The
>> intention being for it to perform several functions, and replace
>> several other seperate boxes:
>> 1) Games playing - replacing the Sony Playstation
>> 2) DVD movie's - removing the need to buy a consumer DVD player.
>> 3) Web-TV - via my ISDN line, for browsing, banking, shopping,
>> gaming, TV guide, etc.. AND for accessing by home intranet which
>> be the front-end for my MP3 jukebox.
>> 4) MP3 jukebox player - replacing my current CD player.
>> 5) Remote control of other PC's in the house via PC-Anywhere
>> 6) Possibly some HA control as well??
>> The existing 33" TV will be used as the monitor, via a
>> connection, the keyboard/mouse will be wireless, so only a base
>> will need to live in my rack. I've already specified most of the
>> parts, and already sourced some of them as well. BUT, my main
>> is this:
>> I _REALLY_ don't want a beige PC in my living room!! - I'm having
>> pretty hard time sourcing a base unit that's black (I mean really
>> black, rather than a sort of muddy dark brown!), and
>> drives to go in it...
>> So I'd be REALLY greatful if all you helpful guys and gals would
>> me know if you hear about anywhere I can get any of these items:
>> Black DVD-ROM drive (zone unrestricted, latest 5X / 6X etc.)
>> Black CD-ROM drive IDE or SCSI, latest 32X / 40X etc.
>> Black ATX (slimline or full) desktop case (not midi/mini/full
>> I could probably dispense with a dedicated CD drive, if the DVD
>> gives good enough audio CD playback (dual-pickup?) - the reason
>> that my wife hasn't "quite" come around to the idea yet,
so I've
>> to promise to leave existing CD playback functionality available
>> alongside the MP3 jukebox facility.
>> The idea would be that this PC would be 'always on' - IE available
>> least as quickly as any other consumer equipment, so it'd have to
>> conform to the ACPI power-management spec, and the
"OnNow" spec,
so a
>> mere press of the front panel sleep/resume button gives me a
>> computer in about 5 seconds, and I'd want to be able to wake it up
>> automatically by selecting the appropriate TV channel as well,
>> (somehow), so in practice, all I do is pick up my URC, select the
>> channel number for the PC, and after a few seconds, I see my
>> homepage, which has links for all the services offered by the
>> I'm not in any hurry - I'm planning on using Windows 2000 as the
>> on this machine, so we're unlikely to be putting it together until
>> Q4, so I'd really appreciate it if you could bear this in mind in
>> coming months.
>> If anyone's interested, my planned spec for this machine is as
>> follows: (subject to change!)
>> Intel P111/500Mhz
>> 128MB RAM
>> 10GB  Wide-ultra SCSI disk
>> 3COM 10/100Mb Ethernet card (running at 100Mb)
>> Creative SB Live! soundcard
>> RIVA TNT-2 AGP 32MB 3D graphics card with S-video out
>> Adaptec AHA2940UW PCI wide-ultra SCSI controller
>> 5X SCSI DVD-ROM drive. - Black!
>> 32X /40X SCSI CD-ROM drive. - Black!
>> As yet undecided MPEG2 decoder card for DVD-movies (open to
>> recommendations!)
>> Infrared cordless keyboard/mouse.
>> Here's hoping someone can help me.
>> Thanks y'all
>> Paul Gordon.
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