NaderGator - PROJECTS :
Home Theater PC (HTPC) with IR reciever & remoteDate of this project: 10/17/2010
Do this project at your own risk. As with every electronic project, you may risk damaging your motherboard or controller. I will not be responsible for it.
Yet anoher project based on my custom server box. This may be the final one for this case as ahome theater box (DVD player, Movie player, MP3 .. etc) with custom remote control.there are a few software options available for this porject. Since I have low specs on this box ,I decided to go with view movies & play audio CD's / DVD's only on this one. I do not need theoption to record movies like a "Tivo" box.MYTHTV ..is a great linux option if you need to record tv shows .. used along with a TVtuner/capture card like a Hauppauge or ATI all in wonder cards. GEEXBOX is the one I havepicked to be used with this project. It's a complete bootable Linux OS optimized to run fastand supports the LIRC project to add remote control input.My LCD TV has a RGB input for a standard VGA, so no problem there, I had to reflash theBIOS of my MSI motherboard to ignore the keyboard since we will not be using it. instead Iprogrammed a FISHER vcr remote control to communicate with the IR receiver I have built(serial port) see circuit below :