[mythtv-users] Re: Building a myth box, wanna look over my components?

Mike Isely isely at isely.net
Wed Dec 15 18:41:42 UTC 2004

On Wed, 15 Dec 2004, Gordon Rimac wrote:

> On Wed, 15 Dec 2004 01:21:36 -0600, Derek Gathright <drgath at gmail.com> wrote:
> > NForce2 is bad?  Wow, really?  That what I've had others suggest to
> > me.  Anyone else wanna chime in?
> >
> I had bad luck with an Abit NF7 (nForce2) board.  I was using it on my
> backend and had system freezes frequently (hard lock).  It ended up
> being the PVR-250 cards and/or the ivtv drivers.  Once I removed them
> the NF7 has been rock solid as a front-end and the tuner cards have
> been working fine in an ECS motherboard (SIS chipset) on my backend.

You don't find it odd that the nForce2 rig had problems with that
hardware?  This is actually an interesting datapoint.  One of my more
recent unexplained hard lockups happened while testing a WinTV-Go card in
my nForce2 system.  About ten seconds into recording a show the system
locked up.  Maybe PCI access has something to do with the problems.  The
CD writer-related lockups I've had would fit this because the IDE
controller in that case is also a PCI card.

> Unlike most of my techno-gadgets, my wife has become a big fan of
> MythTV.  She loves the Via EPIA frontend I installed in the bedroom a
> few weeks ago so much that she has given me the go ahead to axe the
> Tivo on the main TV :)  One really nice side effect of Myth is that it
> is handling TV/DVD/MP3/CD she no longer has to mess around with
> selecting different inputs on the TV and receiver so things have
> gotten alot simpler for her.

I'll have to remember that as a selling point :-)


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