[mythtv-users] MythTV on a Via Epia M10000, how?

Damien Tanner dctanner at gmail.com
Tue Aug 31 17:57:04 EDT 2004

Any reccommendations on how to get OSD fadeouts to do smoothly with
cle266 decoding?
I'm using an ME6000 board and have followed the epiawiki.org Gentoo
gui. But when osd fades out it stutters the video playback.


On Tue, 31 Aug 2004 16:23:34 -0500, Anthony Fremont
<spam-me at houston.rr.com> wrote:
> Christoffer Kj°lbŠk wrote:
> >> Hi
> >>
> >> I saw MythTV some month ago, and wanted to make a box with MythTV.
> >> Therefore I bought a Via M10000 board, and have now for a month,
> >> tried to make it work.
> Don't give up yet, you're probably getting close.  ;-)  It's a pain, but
> you'll eventually get it to work.  Unfortunately it's been about 8 months
> since I last delved into the Epia stuff so I've forgotten many of the finer
> details.  I recall that you really have to get all the pieces in place to
> make it work, but it is do-able.  The wiki is pretty nice now so it should
> cover everything you need.  I remember that last year I had to use the wiki
> and a couple of other howto's to figure it all out.
> As luck would have it, I am just now getting back into things with my tiny
> Epia M10000 board (it's going to be my new baby daughter's personal CES
> (crib entertainment/educational system ;-)).  I just upgraded my kernel to
> 2.6 and am now getting ready to do the libddmpeg-1.6 upgrade, so that should
> be loads of fun.  It works pretty well right now, but I want to refresh my
> memory on all this so I'm gonna upgrade it all.  I might even switch to Xorg
> to really make things exciting.  ;-)  I'll try to keep the list advised of
> my progress.
> Gentoo was nice because I could download a couple of 'ebuild' files and
> spare myself from having to patch a stock kernel and X.  I even found an
> ebuild file online for libddmpeg as well.  This made the installation of the
> pre-patched kernel and X server a piece of cake.  I even tried out the VIA
> closed source stuff and Ivor's open source support.  I believe that I am
> using Ivor's stuff right now.
> >> I have followed the howto at epiaewiki, but can't get the graphics to
> >> work. Then I have tried a guide with Fedora, but get kernel panic all
> >> the time.
> Hmm, I use Gentoo so I probably can't help you too much with Redhat.  What
> precisely do you mean when you say you "can't get the graphics to work"?
> BTW, make sure you only load only one of the following three modules at any
> given time:
> via_v4l_drv (mpeg hooks)  <----this is probably the one you want
> viafb            (frame buffer and directfb hooks)
> cle266vgaio (directfb hooks)
> They reportedly don't play nicely together.
> Hint: I also don't use framebuffers in the kernel, so that eliminated some
> of the confusion for me as well.  If you're using framebuffer support, my
> advice is turn it off on the kernel and X configuration.
> >> Right now, I am ready to brake my motherboard in pieces, and give up.
> >> But before I do this, I would like to now, if anyone outthere has
> >> got it working on a Via Epia M10000 card?
> Keep trying and use the wiki at www.epiawiki.org  I can watch pre-recorded
> TV shows (from my master backend system) recorded like this:
>   Stream #0.0: Video: mpeg2video, 480x480, 29.97 fps
>   Stream #0.1: Audio: mp2, 48000 Hz, stereo, 384 kb/s
> using only about 30% of the CPU.  Everything plays back beautifully
> including the OSD fadeouts.  This includes de-interlacing the stream as
> well.  DVD playbacks utilize about 40% or so of the CPU using mplayer or
> xine outside of Myth since I haven't added the DVD support to Myth yet
> because I just installed the DVD drive in it.  Rest assured that the EPIA
> hardware is fully capable of making this work (heck I even got this stuff
> all working on a 600MHZ Epia earlier on so most of my Linux installation was
> compiled without SSE instruction support or C3 optimizations).  The key is
> having the right kernel modules, X drivers and matching libraries.  If any
> single piece is missing, it won't work.  This means you have to patch and
> re-compile X as well as the kernel.
> Good luck and don't give up
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