[mythtv] Hardware requirements confusion

Micah Morton micah at oregontech.net
Tue Feb 4 10:19:44 EST 2003

A while back I bookmarked a site that somebody linked on here.  A site
with a hardware database of mythtv/freevo users. Most of the systems were
under 1ghz and a LOT of them were 450's and around there.. A while back
somebody said that the EPIA 933mhz M9000 motherboard would be
insufficient.. but how is a 450 sufficient and a 933 not?  I know the C3
is a lesser processor by far, but it does have kernel support and can't be
THAT much slower to where a 933 is slower than a PII 450.  There are a LOT
of under 1ghz machines out there for cheap! (800mhz would be ideal for
cost) and it would be nice to be able to use a 800mhz box.

For example. In my lab here at Intel, an engineer brought in a Compaq
Deskpro EN for testing. Its small, vcr-sized case would make a perfect
candidate for this project. This one runs around 550mhz, however some of
them are 800mhz (and a 1ghz model for a lot more money).. On ebay, I've
seen the 800mhz model as low as 120bucks with only several hours
remaining.  These boxes would make nice set-top boxes.. I'm just concerned
about performance.

Thanks in advance for any information!

--Micah Morton
--Linux Network Test Engineer
--Intel Corp

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