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I recently aquired a couple of all in wonder cards from a couple of OCN members(9700 pro agp/X1900 pcie, thanx noahmateen1234 & mootsfox!). I am mainly concerned about the X1900 AIW. Does anyone here have any experience installing that particular gpu in a small formfactor case like a shuttle box or a tt Lan Box? I am not so much worried about asthetics and look but being able to use a small formfactor case for limited space requirements. I am limiting my choices to what is available here http://www.thermaltakeshop.com/ref/ref-case.html . I already have a Bach VX and a Aguila which will easily accomodate it, but I would like to stick it in the Lan Box Lite. The X1900 AIW is a whopper of a card, maybe longer than my HD2900xt.

My other question is if its possible to run Dish Satellite service through the card in a similar way you would as if you hooked it up to a VCR. Put the theater chip on channel 3 and connect it to a TV, using the UHF number 2 remote to switch the channels (Dish uses dual tuner boxes so the second TV does not have an actual box, just CATV plugged in with the TV set to the second tuner's corresponding channel). Obviously I would not be able to use the Gemstar program guide service but I would still be able to record live TV.

If these configuerations won't work, I am open to any ideas and or suggestions. The build for the X1900 AIW HTPC is a Opteron 170, in a DFI RS482 Infinity with 2gb ram and MCE OS. Its going in my sons room. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

I am also upgrading an existing PIII 1.2ghz build with the 9700 pro AIW (currently uses a 9550 SE) on an Intel chipset mATX board with agp 4x slot. I am hoping to do a similar setup for my grandmother with her Dish service. Other than running Satellite service through the card, I am not looking to setup a surround sound or anything like that just with a decent set of 2.1's speakers. This system will never run HD broadcasts but for DVD and other media playback it should work great. It smokes my dad's newer DDR2 Celeron system (why does an old PIII seem so much quicker in everyday tasks than the newer 2ghz Celeron?).
    
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Q6600 GO@3ghz P5E3 Deluxe X38 Sapphire HD2900XT Gskill 2x1gb, 1gb single channel DDR3/1333 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
Seagate 7200.11 500gb 32mb cache Pioneer DVD±R Burner XP pro 32bit/Vista Premium sp1 64bit/Ubuntu 8.04 Sceptre 20.1" Widescreen LCD 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
some Kingwin USB model Hiper 580w Black Modular Thermaltake Bach VX w/window 92mm fan Logitech G3 
Mouse Pad
$2.99 Big Lots special 
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Q6600 GO@3ghz P5E3 Deluxe X38 Sapphire HD2900XT Gskill 2x1gb, 1gb single channel DDR3/1333 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
Seagate 7200.11 500gb 32mb cache Pioneer DVD±R Burner XP pro 32bit/Vista Premium sp1 64bit/Ubuntu 8.04 Sceptre 20.1" Widescreen LCD 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
some Kingwin USB model Hiper 580w Black Modular Thermaltake Bach VX w/window 92mm fan Logitech G3 
Mouse Pad
$2.99 Big Lots special 
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I don't know about the lanbox lite but I use
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Lan Box Case Black w/ Window and Handle VF1000BWS
which I removed the handle off of for asthetic reasons. I know it is touted to have room for an 8800GTS, I am using an AIW x1300 in it without issue. I have no doubt it can fit a 8800GTS, also you can remove the hdd caddy (it has one slot on the side, two in the caddy) then you would have unlimited room to the front of the case.

As for satellite, I have directv and cannot get my card to pick it up, now it could be my card I don't know. But I mainly use mine to watch dvd's, burn dvd's, and watch netflix instant movies.
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I don't know about the lanbox lite but I use which I removed the handle off of for asthetic reasons. I know it is touted to have room for an 8800GTS, I am using an AIW x1300 in it without issue. I have no doubt it can fit a 8800GTS, also you can remove the hdd caddy (it has one slot on the side, two in the caddy) then you would have unlimited room to the front of the case.

As for satellite, I have directv and cannot get my card to pick it up, now it could be my card I don't know. But I mainly use mine to watch dvd's, burn dvd's, and watch netflix instant movies.
Appreciate the info. That case will suit my needs so thanx. As for getting satellite working with it I will do more research and maybe someone will post who knows for sure or has a similar setup.
    
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Q6600 GO@3ghz P5E3 Deluxe X38 Sapphire HD2900XT Gskill 2x1gb, 1gb single channel DDR3/1333 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
Seagate 7200.11 500gb 32mb cache Pioneer DVD±R Burner XP pro 32bit/Vista Premium sp1 64bit/Ubuntu 8.04 Sceptre 20.1" Widescreen LCD 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
some Kingwin USB model Hiper 580w Black Modular Thermaltake Bach VX w/window 92mm fan Logitech G3 
Mouse Pad
$2.99 Big Lots special 
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Q6600 GO@3ghz P5E3 Deluxe X38 Sapphire HD2900XT Gskill 2x1gb, 1gb single channel DDR3/1333 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
Seagate 7200.11 500gb 32mb cache Pioneer DVD±R Burner XP pro 32bit/Vista Premium sp1 64bit/Ubuntu 8.04 Sceptre 20.1" Widescreen LCD 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
some Kingwin USB model Hiper 580w Black Modular Thermaltake Bach VX w/window 92mm fan Logitech G3 
Mouse Pad
$2.99 Big Lots special 
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