Media center on ADB Q81-TLN settopbox
I have an old digital TV decoder, a gift from our cable provider to start using digital TV, which has crashed in october or november. I don't want to get it repaired because it costs probably more than a new one.
The system, an ADB Q81-TLN Telenet Digicorder has following specs:
+ Cable tv input: DVB-C
+ Input frequencies: 108 MHz - 862 MHz
+ Loop through frequencies: 88 MHz - 862 MHz
+ Processor: STi5100 CPU
+ FLASH memory: 4 + 16 MB
+ RAM: 64 MB
+ HDD: 160 GB
I looked up the CPU and it seems STMicroelectronics is specialised in DVB-systems and settopboxes, which wasn't really helpfull for me because I don't have much info on the CPU Architecture.
The system seems to crash due to a software problem because when it finally after hundreds of reboots and crashes stops crashing, I can use it to watch 6 channels. The menu's etc. don't work and so I can't get into the "Recorded Media" section.
So I was thinking about installing a custom linux distro onto the device to transform it into a XMBC/GeeXBoX-style media center. I've already checked the system requirements of both distro's but I'm not sure my device is supported because of the CPU. Also I probably have to force a network installation or something like that because the system only has following I/O-ports:
+ Antenna in
+ Antenna out connecting TV using RF cable
+ TV SCART
+ VCR SCART
+ 2x RCA (stereo - audio)
+ Optical S/PDIF digital AC-3 audio
+ V.92 Modem
+ Ethernet RJ45
+ 2 smartcard readers
The datasheet does mention USB-support, but I believe my cable provider hasn't used this option because it would be really helpfull for copying everything to your computer.
I also found a German corporation offering settopboxes with a linux-based software so I guess my idea should be possible.
> www dream-multimedia-tv.de
Does someone know a good media center distro to install onto the system? Is there perhaps someone with some experience that might be able to help me?