[mythtv-users] PVR-350 questions...

Mark Watts m.watts at eris.qinetiq.com
Fri Aug 27 09:01:14 EDT 2004

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> >Several questions arise from this:
> >
> >1) Would I be able to use the framebuffer part of the PVR-350 for X as
> > well as video output in MythTV? (Does using it as a framebuffer device
> > interfere with the TV functionality?)
> Yes.
> >2) Using the device in this way, would I still get hardware accelerated
> > MPEG2 playback?
> Yes. its the only way you will be able todo so
> >3) Would I get hardware MPEG2 encode too?
> Yes.
> >4) If I bought another tuner card (for satilite tv - probably a Pinnacle
> > PCTV Sat CL), would MythTV be able to use the hardware acceleration part
> > of the PVR-350 to encode the steams from the other card to disk?
> > (basically, does it treat the PVR-350 as a hardware mpeg2 accelerator
> > card?)
> No it does not. you'll only be able to encode mpeg2 with it, using it as
> the input
> >Finally:
> >
> >5) I'm thinking of using either a 1GHz Athlon (if I get everything
> > hardware accelerated) or an XP2200+ if I can't - is the 1GHz Athlon up to
> > it?
> I've talked to people using a 300mhz pII with the card... I personally
> use a 667mhz PIII... so i'd say your doing fine with a 1ghz athlon :)
> --John

Cool - so running the whole system with the 350 as the only output device 
would work :)

Sounds like a plan!



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