[mythtv] System Plans
Sun, 15 Dec 2002 11:43:50 -0600
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From: "Larry Matter" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Sent: Sunday, December 15, 2002 9:52 AM
Subject: Re: [mythtv] System Plans
> I also have an Athlon 1.2 Ghz. Live TV is no prob. I have not tried
> recording one show while watching another previously recorded show.
I can capture in MPEG 2 (5000-7000+kbps) or even Divx in W2K using Power
PVR, but like you, I haven't tried watching something else at the same time.
Matter of fact, I don't think I've ever watched CPU usage while
recording....need to do that.
> > Maxtor 40GB D740X HD
> Go for as big as you can.
I've got other HDs that I can throw at this if I really get set on it. This
is just a test right now (actually, that was wrong, I have a 60GB drive in
that box along with a 80GB that is going to keep running W2K for awhile.
The 40 I gave to a relative).
> > I/O Magic PC PVR (Supposedly a Pinnacle)
> > Pac Bell remote
> > and has
> > anybody used the IOMagic (or Pinnacle PCTV) TV card?
> I have a Pinnicale PCTV Pro, which so far I like very much. It comes with
> a nice remote that works from at least 15 feet away (and there are lirc
> configs for it already). I did have problems with it in an ASUS A7A266
> mobo, but turns out it was an mobo issue (documented at ASUS site) and
> changing to A7V266 solved it.
Thanks for the info on the Pinnacle. I think it is basically the same card,
so that bodes well for my IOMagic. I didn't figure it would be a problem,
since it is bt based, but I hadn't heard my particular card mentioned here,
and searching the archives didn't get any hits, either.
> > As for which distro of Linux, I think I'll try Debian, since that seems
> > popular here. Any reason a newbie should pic another for a box that
> > will be running MythTV and little else?
> I would not recommend debian for a newbie (I've been using Linux for 10
> years and I still shy away from it :-). I have had no problems with
> Mandrake 9.0; easy to install, automatically detected my TV card and
> installed Xawtv, and everything compiled just fine. The myth docs are
> super for Mandrake as well.
> I also have an SBLive, which has also worked just fine, no problems.
Thanks. Sounds like everybody is advising I avoid Debian, so I'll take that
advice :) Sounds like Red Hat or Mandrake seem good possibilities. I also
looked through the page somebody posted last night ( www.freeplaytv.org ) on
setting it up in Slackware, and it looked doable, too.
I'm still concerned about what I'll do for sound. If my C-Media onboard
doesn't work, I'll have to look around. Anybody using a Forissimo 2 (or any
other Cirrus 4624 or 4630 based sound card, like the Turtle Beach, Hercules
Game Theater, etc?) ALSA seems to support them according to the web page,
but I haven't heard how well for this application. Like I said before, I
really dislike Creative as a company based on past experiences, and don't
like giving them my dollars anymore. I want to avoid a Live if I can. I'll
buy a cheap one if I have to, though. I'm not principled enough to stop
myself from doing what I want to do if there are no other options :)