06-21-2009 10:53 AM
I'm thinking about buy a Thermaltake DH101 chassis (http://www.thermaltake.com/product/Chassis/desktop
I have seen that the DH101 is in the Logitech database, but are there any important feature that it doesn't work? Are there anything that I should know before buy the chassis?
06-22-2009 03:21 AM
The DH101 comes AFAIK equipped with a Soundgraph\iMON LCD OEM-version. There are definitely confirmed troubles with H555 and iMON-protocol. How far these pertain to other types of Harmonys I do not know. Just now the agent with Logitech working on the remedy of the problems collecting results of a field test and finding a solution is on vacancy for remaining 2 weeks. There are workarounds to cope with these troubles as e.g. using the MCE-type of remote which the iMON-receiver supports too, or to cope with the deficiencies by using only a (small?) subset of the commands provided by the original remote. One feature will for the foreseeable future certainly not be available on the Hs: the (pressure-sensitive?) mouse-control-pad of the OR.
Since 11/2009 I own a DH101 myself: it won against Zalman and Antec because of comparable "beauty" (PC-cases still in no way are a match to the fine finish audiophiles are used to) + better price and "smaller" size respectively. It is still a big size case open to fill with a gaming capable graphic card, a sound card and a SAT+CI-combo. The display is despite its many advertised features rather useless but adds to the looks and who cares for push-buttons and wheels having a working Harmony :] . Perhaps you will find it difficult to balance the airflow at a minimum fan speed level without a selective fan controller ( 1 intake, 2 outlet, CPU, and PSU, one of them easily starting to vary its speed permanently, which is far more annoying than a even higher but constant noise level.) Perhaps important: the DH101 (in fact the iMON!) is capable of switching on the PC from any state (except disconnected) at the expense of a standby-power-loop triggering the PWR-button connector on the MB.
I for myself would not build a HTPC around a specific remote, perhaps you prefer a small Keyboard-Pad combo (by Logitech and others) and have some couch-surfing of the Web on your Big Screen?
Have fun and ask more if you like.
06-25-2009 08:03 AM
Thank you Purgatorio for your answer and advices, but could you let me know some example of troubles that there are with DH101 + Harmony?
Does it works turn on/off the PC using the remote control?
Does it works buttons like play, forward, pause, etc. when you are watching a video?
Is it possible to start aplications using the harmony remote control like the video player?
Is it possible to navigate through the Windows files and folders?
The 90% of the time I would like to use the DH101 as a DVD/Music player for watch films, listen music, etc. I have a H855 and I'd rather have only the basic functions than have more devices in my living room. If it's possible, I don't want to use any other keyboard, remote control, etc.
Thank you and I'm sorry my limited english
06-26-2009 01:14 AM
For my own troubles you can look HERE or HERE or HERE. HERE you can find a thesis I could not verify and HERE is a link to a workaround. For further articles you may use the *bleeped* Search for iMON or HTPC or Silverstone, ... Generally speaking I refrain from stating you can not use a H with DH101, but I certainly confirm that there is up to now NO FULLY functioning command set for the H555.
If you do not insist ( for arbitrary reason!) on such you certainly can apply one of the workarounds and perhaps achieve a satisfactory environment, strongly also dependent on the software you intend to use.
So it is like always, it depends ...