[mythtv] MythTV PC - Any warnings?
Sat, 07 Dec 2002 16:16:27 -0500
>>>>> firstname.lastname@example.org writes:
> Geforce4-mx440 w/ tv out (for tv out to big screen)
> TV-out from the geforce 4 card going to work well?
It will work, but I'm not sure I'd call it "well".
I have one of these, and I finally removed it. It had some issues:
- It seems you have to use the nvidia drivers for mx440 tv-out (and
possibly for xv?). Other nv cards have free tv out support in the
- The nvidia drivers weren't exactly rock-solid for me. My system
would hang about once a week. The drivers also hung the entire
system for several seconds when they loaded; my clock started to
- Nvidia provides no linux tuning software for the tv-out. It's
basically on or off; you can't adjust image size or placement.
There is no overscan adjustment.
On the plus side, the video quality was better than from the $69
webtv+ device (see archives) I now use. With this, there's a faintly
visible flickering atop the image, and the device appears to use too
few bits or something - bright areas tend to become all-white and
overexposed-looking. It's servicable for couch-potato TV, but I'm
still looking for a better solution. I think my better solution will
be a composite-input hdtv and rgbhv->yuv converter box. This is known
to work very well.
Also, steer clear of VIA KT266[a] motherboards. The PCI is broken;
see the archives.
Grant Taylor - gtaylor<at>picante.com - http://www.picante.com/~gtaylor/
Linux Printing Website and HOWTO: http://www.linuxprinting.org/