I got the low profile card buy buying one that had a low profile card, and removing the vga port from the top and bending the backplate over. Worked a treat.
Everything "just worked" on the first boot, sound, net, video. It is silent (well we can't hear the fans spinning) and lives on the drawers at the end of the bed. Our 34cm CRT tv fits perfectly on top of it. We don't bother turning off the minimyth frontend, since it doesn't bother us while it is on.
You can pick these up cheaply on ebay (mine cost AU$81 with no drives or ram), just make sure you get one that you can afford to upgrade the ram to 512MB on, some of them use PC800 RDRAM which costs an arm and a leg. (GX240)
http://search.ebay.com.au/search/search ... dell+gx260
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root@mince:~ $ dmidecode -t baseboard # dmidecode 2.8 SMBIOS 2.3 present. Handle 0x0200, DMI type 2, 8 bytes Base Board Information Manufacturer: Dell Computer Corporation Product Name: OptiPlex GX260 Version: Not Specified Serial Number: Not Specified Handle 0x0A00, DMI type 10, 6 bytes On Board Device Information Type: Video Status: Disabled Description: Intel 845G PCI Accelerated SVGA Handle 0x0A02, DMI type 10, 6 bytes On Board Device Information Type: Ethernet Status: Enabled Description: Intel Pro 1000 MT Network Connection Handle 0x0A03, DMI type 10, 6 bytes On Board Device Information Type: Sound Status: Enabled Description: AC'97 Audio Controller root@mince:~ $ dmidecode -t processor # dmidecode 2.8 SMBIOS 2.3 present. Handle 0x0400, DMI type 4, 32 bytes Processor Information Socket Designation: Microprocessor Type: Central Processor Family: Pentium 4 Manufacturer: Intel ID: 24 0F 00 00 FF FB EB 3F Signature: Type 0, Family 15, Model 2, Stepping 4 Flags: FPU (Floating-point unit on-chip) VME (Virtual mode extension) DE (Debugging extension) PSE (Page size extension) TSC (Time stamp counter) MSR (Model specific registers) PAE (Physical address extension) MCE (Machine check exception) CX8 (CMPXCHG8 instruction supported) APIC (On-chip APIC hardware supported) SEP (Fast system call) MTRR (Memory type range registers) PGE (Page global enable) MCA (Machine check architecture) CMOV (Conditional move instruction supported) PAT (Page attribute table) PSE-36 (36-bit page size extension) CLFSH (CLFLUSH instruction supported) DS (Debug store) ACPI (ACPI supported) MMX (MMX technology supported) FXSR (Fast floating-point save and restore) SSE (Streaming SIMD extensions) SSE2 (Streaming SIMD extensions 2) SS (Self-snoop) HTT (Hyper-threading technology) TM (Thermal monitor supported) Version: Not Specified Voltage: 1.5 V External Clock: 400 MHz Max Speed: 3060 MHz Current Speed: 1800 MHz Status: Populated, Enabled Upgrade: ZIF Socket L1 Cache Handle: 0x0700 L2 Cache Handle: 0x0701 L3 Cache Handle: Not Provided
Sorry for the slow reply
This machine (1.8GHz P4) can not play any of the broadcast HD dvb-t channels in Australia. It plays for a few seconds and then pauses, then repeats. I'm using xv in my playback profile.
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