Recycling the S1 Case?

Discussion in 'TiVo Series 1 - UK' started by terryeden, Apr 25, 2011.

  1. terryeden

    terryeden TiVo, Tivum, Tiva,

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    Hi,

    Looks like my S1 won't be in use any more. Anyone know if the internal mountings are ATX or something similar? I quite fancy recycling the case to use as a server.

    Alternatively, anyone want a 500GB S1 TiVo with Cachecard + 512MB RAM? You can have it for a crate of (real) ale or cider.

    T
     
  2. alek

    alek New Member

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    Yes I will take it.

    If you will take the monetary value of a crate of real ale.


    Alek
     
  3. Automan

    Automan Ex TiVo User

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    This lot might like one for their collection

    http://www.amberleymuseum.co.uk/

    They have Laserdisc players, VHS, VCR, VCR LP, VHD, CED but no Tivo.

    Automan.
     
  4. spitfires

    spitfires wassock

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    ^ I got all excited when I saw "Discount for Locals"... unfortunately it says only "This page is currently being updated". :(




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  5. DX30

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    I've seen posts from a few people who have done something similar and used a TiVo case as a basis for a HTPC. It does seems involve a lot of metal bashing so isn't for everyone.

    Google found a couple of sites -

    Here is one that uses a mini ITX motherboard in an S1 TiVo

    http://homeservershow.com/converting-a-tivo-series-1-into-a-windows-media-center.html

    Here is one using a micro ATX motherboard in an S2 TiVo

    http://www.johnfatica.com/custom-home-theater-pc-htpc/

    ISTR seeing a project that fitted a micro ATX in an S1 as well, but I can't find a link at the moment.
     
  6. alextegg

    alextegg Tall Member

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    Hmm, I like that idea, wonder how possible to turn it into a home media center, that would be a cool re-use of the S1 :)
     
  7. Yoms

    Yoms New Member

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    I'm hanging on to my two Tivos and would love the Cache card if it's still available.

    Y
     
  8. TCM2007

    TCM2007 New Member

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    Plenty of room in there for a mini-ATX motherboard, so perfectly do-able with some DIY skills.

    You've got me thinking now!
     
  9. alek

    alek New Member

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    Well, do we have a deal ?


    Alek
     
  10. alextegg

    alextegg Tall Member

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    :) I'd still say the S1 case is more attractive than most of these HTPC cases you can see these days!
     
  11. spitfires

    spitfires wassock

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    I was toying with cracking open a freeview box and slapping it's innards inside the S1 case along with a mini-ATX :eek:
     
  12. alextegg

    alextegg Tall Member

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    Good idea. Someone on here put a freeview receiver inside the S1 with the S1 guts some time ago, not sure where I saw it.....
     
  13. spitfires

    spitfires wassock

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    Yes that was our Dave - he used a 12v freeview box inside an S1 (link)

    If replacing the TiVo mobo with a mini-ATX then a 'normal' 240v freeview rig should fit ok.
     
  14. RichardJH

    RichardJH New Member

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    Why not fit 3 usb tuners in the S1 case (could be HD tuners) then you would have a great HTPC. Even better than the Acer Revo and 3 USB tuners that I have hanging out of site off the back of my TV
     
  15. spitfires

    spitfires wassock

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    Good idea. Depends on where you live I suppose - USB tuners don't work well in most of the country (may be better when the transmitters are cranked up to full power) and putting it inside a metal box will kill all chance of a reliable signal :(
     
  16. AMc

    AMc Active Member

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    I've got a £30 Peak branded PCI dual tuner card in my HTPC. It has a low profile bracket - I'm pretty sure you could fit it into a standard motherboard inside the Tivo case without any issue. It has a full size RF connector so can be used off a roof aerial.
    I'm waiting for the cost of DVB-T2 cards to drop before I put one in - I have until November until DSO so there's no hurry.
     
  17. TCM2007

    TCM2007 New Member

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    Eh? USB tuners are no different to any other kind of tuner.

    You plug the lead from your roof aerial into them; you don't need to use a portable aerial.
     
  18. TCM2007

    TCM2007 New Member

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    Probably easier to get a nice fit using one of the internal USB connectors from the mobo, you can then have the external aerial fitting wherever you like.
     
  19. DX30

    DX30 New Member

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    The PCI cards often use the same chips as the USB tuners anyway - they just combine a USB Bridge and USB Tuner on the one card.

    The Peak PCI for instance uses the same ITE AFA9015 USB tuner chip as many USB sticks and the Hauppauge Nova TD-500 PCI card is the Nova TD-500 USB stick tuner repackaged with a USB Bridge on a PCI card.
     
  20. spitfires

    spitfires wassock

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    Ah right, my bad. I was assuming they had their own internal aerial like wireless USB devices. (I've never seen one!). I stand corrected.

    So for 3 USB tuners (as suggested above) you'd also need to fit a powered amplifier/splitter in the S1 box as well ;)
     

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