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Media center PC barebone - add HDD and DVD £149.99 @ Maplin
Media center PC barebone - add HDD and DVD £149.99 @ Maplin

Media center PC barebone - add HDD and DVD £149.99 @ Maplin

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* Advanced stylish barebone media entertainment PC
* Attractive silver and piano black glossy design
* Watch TV as you like: the digital video recorder (PVR) let you pause, record and replay from TV
* Comfortable recording of your favourite TV programmes with electronic programme guide
* Put everything at your fingertips - instantly access TV, DVDs, movies, home videos, music, photos
* Store video, music, data and TV and then record it with a DVD R/RW drive
* Enjoy digital or analogue surround sound with the Intel High Definition Audio with 7.1 surround sound
* Connect to your TV or projector through, DVI, VGA, S-Video
* Supports PC functionality in your living room: Internet, office and gaming
* Digital TV card installed
* Wireless card installed
* Ultra Silent
* Includes remote and wireless keyboard with trackball for ease of use
* Just add operating system, SATA hard drive and DVD-Rewriter to complete a full working media centre

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> HDD: SATA (IDE) up to 250GB

Why can you not add a 1.5 TB SATA drive?

Original Poster

...and before voting cold - check out prices of media center cases.

This isn't just the case, but motherbaord/cpu/ram /keyboard/remote etc including DVB (freeview|) card and wifi.

If you care to read it, it does state SATA

Hot price!

I was recently thinking of building a Media Center PC and would expect to pay this money on the case alone, never mind the other bits included.

Very good price, shame no hdmi out tho

mikerr;4415609

...and before voting cold - check out prices of media center cases.This … ...and before voting cold - check out prices of media center cases.This isn't just the case, but motherbaord/cpu/ram /keyboard/remote etc including DVB (freeview|) card and wifi.



Have to say this is a very old intel chipset and unlikely to take any of the newer low power cpu's such as the c2d.
Also looks like a medion one i worked on recently which doesn't have a standard atx layout as far as rear io panels go, so replacing the mainboard with another is an issue.
Also check psu availabilty as the medion used a very rare type which we couldn't get hold of.

thats a killer

Original Poster

v2drinkers;4415945

And if you care to read the detailed description on the site it states … And if you care to read the detailed description on the site it states Sata(IDE) hard drive :whistling:


and below that PATA(IDE) DVD drive.

It's technically correct, IDE doesn't mean PATA which many people assume.

All current disk drives -both SATA and PATA - are actually IDE (integrated drive electronics),
whereas some are Parallel ATA (PATA) , and more modern ones Serial ATA (SATA)

:whistling:

This looks really good for the price, definitely some heat.

so this doesn't require a cpu or ram only hard drive and dvd and o/s????

"Just add operating system, SATA hard drive and DVD-Rewriter to complete a full working media centre"

whats the cpu and how much ram do they provide it is ddr 1 ram its old tecnology most of it isint it?

ssjinzo;4416845

so this doesn't require a cpu or ram only hard drive and dvd and … so this doesn't require a cpu or ram only hard drive and dvd and o/s????"Just add operating system, SATA hard drive and DVD-Rewriter to complete a full working media centre"whats the cpu and how much ram do they provide it is ddr 1 ram its old tecnology most of it isint it?



Click the link and find out, everything you asked is there

Just had a look at one of these whilst in Maplins and its actually a Fujist Scaleo E which was sold complete a few years ago with a pentium 4 3ghz,250gb and a dvdrw for £899

Here's a review of the Fujitsu Siemens Scaleo E:

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Bought one of these a few months ago from Savastore for half the price. Also bough the following bits from various places:

CPU – Intel Pentium 3.2ghz HT - Ebay for £20
RAM – PNY 1GB PC3200 x 3 – Play for £45
Hard drive, OS and CD drive I had already

Runs fine with windows media centre. Tried a few distributions of Linux but had troubles with all in one way or another.

Looks great when connected to flat screen via HDMI

The trackball on the keyboard is a waste of space, remote control works fine

I have a version of this unit that was sold by PC world under the ADVENT name..

Hard drive is SATA and I have upgraded mine to take a 500Gb bigger might work but never tried

The DVD drive is EIDE I have a pioneer 112 in mine

Processor is 3ghx p4 which can do most things apart from HD video without adding a better low profile graphics card.

lots of info here at Ebuyer which should apply to this unit..

forums.ebuyer.com/arc…tml

Had mine now 3 years works great, bef warned prefers media 2006 to Vista.. but other than that great bit of kit..

im extremely confused... what is this and what does it do?? would sumone mind simplyfying it down for me please?

try google + Media center PC

If you want to run windows, the "Just add operating system, SATA hard drive and DVD-Rewriter" part could end up costing you £200+.
Yes, it looks like a nice case, it's just a shame that it's old tech and that's why it's cheaper.

Hi,

Was wondering what CPU was used in this Media Center PC. Seems quite a good price for £149.99 down from £249.99. Anyway wanted to post here to make people aware that the Maplin / PayPal offer is still valid.

Save yourselves a further £10.00 by clicking on maplin.co.uk/paypal prior to placing your order. And finally don't forget 4% Quidco.

Best Regards.

aliaspeter;4417849

Bought one of these a few months ago from Savastore for half the price. … Bought one of these a few months ago from Savastore for half the price. Also bough the following bits from various places:CPU – Intel Pentium 3.2ghz HT - Ebay for £20RAM – PNY 1GB PC3200 x 3 – Play for £45Hard drive, OS and CD drive I had alreadyRuns fine with windows media centre. Tried a few distributions of Linux but had troubles with all in one way or another.Looks great when connected to flat screen via HDMIThe trackball on the keyboard is a waste of space, remote control works fine




I just got one from Maplin - looks good.

I'm just downloading Knopp Myth 5.5 from [url]ftp://ftp.knoppmyth.net/R5/Current[/url]
Did you try this distro at all?

Thanks.

Google "ebuyer elonex artisan", i've been fairly active in that thread as have other people.

I bought mine from ebuyer for £80 last summer but it didn't include a TV tuner, you weren't guaranteed the ADD-2 card (which you need to make the SCARTs work), and the P4 HT processors were quite expensive from ebay. All in all i reckon i spent about £350 assembling mine, so this is a cracking deal.

Only thing i would add is that the keyboard thing has a **** range and doesn't detect all the key presses. Swapped mine out for a Logitech Cordless mediaboard pro (bluetooth). Also using a standard MS MCE remote instead because it's a better design, and i've got a geforce 8500GT half height fanless card in mine.

Oh, and the front card reader can't pickup 2GB SD cards in Vista, but can in XP. It's not SDHC compatible either.

I picked one up today and have to say it seems a lot of gubbins for the money.

I got 5% off as the only one left in my local store was on display in the shop window, even though it had only been there for a couple of days.

It may seem like the older technology but I dont intent playing Crysis on it

Heat and rep. thanks for the heads up !

Can anyone tell me how well this machine handles HD MKV files, as that is a deal maker/breaker on this for me.

pil064;4447400

I just got one from Maplin - looks good.I'm just downloading Knopp Myth … I just got one from Maplin - looks good.I'm just downloading Knopp Myth 5.5 from [url]ftp://ftp.knoppmyth.net/R5/Current[/url]Did you try this distro at all?Thanks.



No I didnt try this one but did try mythtv which this is based-on.

Please let me know how you get on?

Cheers

aliaspeter;4456931

No I didnt try this one but did try mythtv which this is based-on.Please … No I didnt try this one but did try mythtv which this is based-on.Please let me know how you get on?Cheers



I could not get it to work. So I'm trying XP MCE to see if that will work.
It's installed okay but cannot see the TV card.
Do you have any details about the card model and where I can get drivers?

Ta

jamesdew;4452452

Can anyone tell me how well this machine handles HD MKV files, as that is … Can anyone tell me how well this machine handles HD MKV files, as that is a deal maker/breaker on this for me.



I've tested it at default wit ha 720P VOB I extracted from an MKV.

It was almost there, just a little jerky in places.

This was with the machine at default, nothing a dedicated GFX card and a little extra memory won't fix I think.

pil064;4459225

I could not get it to work. So I'm trying XP MCE to see if that will … I could not get it to work. So I'm trying XP MCE to see if that will work.It's installed okay but cannot see the TV card.Do you have any details about the card model and where I can get drivers?Ta



I have one TV card present which is the Philips SAA713X Hybrid capture.

The driver was installed as an optional hardware update during windows updates.

Haven't tried using it as of yet though.

morrk;4460147

I have one TV card present which is the Philips SAA713X Hybrid … I have one TV card present which is the Philips SAA713X Hybrid capture.The driver was installed as an optional hardware update during windows updates.Haven't tried using it as of yet though.



Ah, I'll take a look at that.

I wsa trying to install the Kworld driver from the CD!

Interesting unit although old technology, it's a shame it can't be upgraded to anything special either.

The system does have an AGP graphics slot, but you won't be able to replace the current graphics card with something good. For a start you'd need a half-height card and even if you found one, the 250W power supply can't supply enough current for a modern card.
computerbuyer.co.uk/rev…tml

simate;4463257

Interesting unit although old technology, it's a shame it can't be … Interesting unit although old technology, it's a shame it can't be upgraded to anything special either.The system does have an AGP graphics slot, but you won't be able to replace the current graphics card with something good. For a start you'd need a half-height card and even if you found one, the 250W power supply can't supply enough current for a modern card.http://www.computerbuyer.co.uk/reviews/82500/fujitsu-siemens-scaleo-e.html#


Not sure where they've got that idea from :?

The system actually has a PCI-Express slot, not AGP. And it's more than capable of driving the 8500GT i've got in mine, plus an old IDE DVD-ROM, and a SATA 500GB hard drive, + 2 USB TV tuners. I'd imagine i could also add some PCI cards if i was that way inclined too.

If you can live with the fan noise, a half height 8600GT would run stuff like COD4 nicely. As it is, i run L4D on high settings on 1680x1050 with no problems - P4 630 3ghz, 2GB RAM, MSI half height/silent 8500GT 256mb.

pil064;4459225

I could not get it to work. So I'm trying XP MCE to see if that will … I could not get it to work. So I'm trying XP MCE to see if that will work.It's installed okay but cannot see the TV card.Do you have any details about the card model and where I can get drivers?Ta



The card I have fitted is a leadtek TV card and the drivers were installed during the install process. You'll need to search on the good old google for a Linux driver if there even is one! Shouldn't be a problem under windows.

Good luck

For those who are having problems with Windows Media Center working with TV cards, the issue is the type of drivers used. DVB-T TV cards use BDA drivers which Windows MCE was specifically designed to use but I suspect many are using analogue TV cards that use the older WDM drivers and these are NOT compatible with Windows MCE. Some manufacturers provide wrappers for their WDM drivers to allow them to work with Windows MCE - Hauppauge and Aver to name two but many do not.

Analogue TV cards with hardware based encoding (ie. the encoding is performed on an inbuilt processor rather than the main CPU) will be compatible with Windows MCE.

Alternatives to Windows MCE that will be compatible with many WDM based TV cards are PowerCinema, MediaPortal and the old but still excellent Showshifter.

pil064;4468424

I can't get Win MC to recognise the TV card.Just keep getting; … I can't get Win MC to recognise the TV card.Just keep getting; ""[IMG]http://picasaweb.google.co.uk/lh/photo/ETNtxDKU7Btug_APP80V3w?feat=directlink[/IMG]http://picasaweb.google.co.uk/lh/photo/ETNtxDKU7Btug_APP80V3w?feat=directlink"Tuner not found"



The fella above knows more then I do about TV cards and WMC, but you would be very unfortunate to have a bare bone kit which was designed for WMC and a card supplied that wasn’t compatible.

Can you identify the TV card in the machine?

aliaspeter;4468723

The fella above knows more then I do about TV cards and WMC, but you … The fella above knows more then I do about TV cards and WMC, but you would be very unfortunate to have a bare bone kit which was designed for WMC and a card supplied that wasn’t compatible.Can you identify the TV card in the machine?



Yes quite right. I have had a look at the specifications and the TV card supplied is A DVB-T tuner card which will use BDA drivers and almost certainly compatible with Windows Media Center. When installing the software, only the drivers should be installed and not proprietary viewing software because some of these create services that use the TV card, preventing the card from being used by other programs like Windows Media Center.

aliaspeter;4468723

The fella above knows more then I do about TV cards and WMC, but you … The fella above knows more then I do about TV cards and WMC, but you would be very unfortunate to have a bare bone kit which was designed for WMC and a card supplied that wasn’t compatible.Can you identify the TV card in the machine?



Thanks for responding.

It's the Philips SAA713X Hybrid capture that the other chap mentioned.
The drivers look okay in Device Manager and no other TV card software is installed.

TV viewing/recording is my main reason to get this so I'm a little dissappointed at the moment.

pil064;4473172

Thanks for responding.It's the Philips SAA713X Hybrid capture that the … Thanks for responding.It's the Philips SAA713X Hybrid capture that the other chap mentioned.The drivers look okay in Device Manager and no other TV card software is installed.TV viewing/recording is my main reason to get this so I'm a little dissappointed at the moment.



first thing to do is try some other software that was designed to use wdm drivers, a quick google on
"Philips SAA713X" should find you some.

maddogb;4473659

first thing to do is try some other software that was designed to use wdm … first thing to do is try some other software that was designed to use wdm drivers, a quick google on"Philips SAA713X" should find you some.



Thanks, I'll give it ago tonight.

maddogb;4473659

first thing to do is try some other software that was designed to use wdm … first thing to do is try some other software that was designed to use wdm drivers, a quick google on"Philips SAA713X" should find you some.


pil064;4474013

Thanks, I'll give it ago tonight.



Windows MCE does not work with WDM driver based TV tuners. The specifications lists a DVB-T card in which case the driver of the card will be based on BDA architecture unless you are using your own TV card rather than the one supplied.

If you can supply the Device Instance ID of the hardware in question, I can determine the compatibility with MCE and locate the drivers if compatibility is met. The Device Instance id can be accessed (in XP MCE) by going into Device Manager, right clicking the device in question, select Properties and finally the Details tab. For Vista MCE, it is not quite the same process but very similar - you should be able to find it.

Edit:

Have a glean over this:

tv-cards.com/mes…501

Despite the information in the forum from the above link, if you can still do the above and provide a Device Instance Id, I can take a look. I have a sneaking suspicion that Maplin have misrepresented the specifications and that the included TV card is not a DVB-T card.

I have listed Media Centre alternatives a few posts earlier. They are the only major ones capable of handling WDM-based TV cards in a generic manner.
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