[mythtv-users] S-Video Out: Nvidia GF4 of FX5200

Bryan Ware bryan at hb-computers.com
Thu Dec 23 17:41:59 UTC 2004

On Thu, 2004-12-23 at 10:32 -0700, Shawn Asmussen wrote:
> On Wed, 22 Dec 2004 23:30:38 -0800, Brad Templeton
> <brad+myth at templetons.com> wrote:
> > On Wed, Dec 22, 2004 at 04:40:47PM -0700, mark wrote:
> > > I have had good luck with the 5200
> > > Great quality and fairly cheap.
> > 
> > 
> > The 5200 is the low end of the FX line, and reasonably powerful,
> > but if you just want xvideo out of the card, and little else,
> > why even go there.   Plain tv-out cards in the geforce 4 line can
> > be had for $30, and even less in other chipsets.
> > 
> > For HDTV, betware that some drivers can't do xvideo at 1900 wide,
> > such as the open source nvidia drivers.  but for tv-out they are
> > probably all fine.  if xvmc becomes workable, the mx400 line also has
> > that pretty much the same as the 5200.
> > 
> Well, if you want to use the closed source drivers, it might be worth
> it to go a little higher than the geforce 4 card. A lot of people are
> reporting stability issues with older cards with the newer drivers.
> This includes myself. I have an MX 440 card, and although it works
> fine for normal operation, if I ever have to restart the X server
> there is about a 1 in 3 change of the system completely locking up.
> This used to be a huge problem, because every once in a while
> mythfrontend will crash, and the way I used to have it setup, that
> meant that the mythtv user would get logged out, and the X server
> would restart before logging back in and restarting mythfrontend.
> Because of the Nvidia problems, I changed it so that instead of just
> starting mythfrontend, the startup script calls mythfrontend in a
> continuous loop, so that if mythfrontend dies, it just gets restarted
> without the X server needing to be cycled. With that change in, my
> Mythtv system hasn't needed a reboot for almost 2 months now.
> The other problem for me is that if I shut down X to go to a text only
> console (Assuming the machine doesn't freeze up), then the text mode
> is all garbled. Since I almost never do this on my Myth box though,
> that glitch isn't really a big deal.
> Shawn
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