[mythtv-users] Looking for a Media PC system

Jarod Wilson jcw at wilsonet.com
Tue Jul 13 00:46:26 EDT 2004

On Jul 12, 2004, at 20:52, Russ wrote:

> Jarod Wilson wrote:
>> On Sunday 11 July 2004 10:35, Greg wrote:
>>>> I never have gotten Red Hat/Fedora to work (ever).
>> Then you either did something wrong, or you have a hardware problem...
> My very first attempt at Linux (however many years ago) was with Red 
> Hat 6.0. Didn't work. Couldn't get it running at all. Tried again with 
> Mandrake 5.3. It worked and I played awhile then went back to Win98 
> (primarily because some software I was using had no Linux equivalent). 
> I then tried Mandrake 6 and used it even longer, but alas, I fell off 
> the wagon again.

Much scarier times for Linux back then...

> I then bought this new computer (making sure that it was Linux 
> compatible) and bought a 4 distro set (Fedora 1.0/Mandrake 9.2/SuSE 
> 9.0/Knoppix Live CD). Fedora stalled on install (Like it's predecessor 
> Red Hat).

Dunno what's up there, but I have over 100 machines running Red Hat at 
work. And several at home...

> Mandrake installed but was seriously broken.

I like to refer to Mandrake as Red Hat's red-headed step-child...

> At this point I was about to give it up. However, I decided to give 
> SuSE a chance (since it came with the set, other than that I never had 
> a desire to try it). It installed without a hitch. Everything worked 
> out of the box

Whatever works.

> (except sound and that was a minor setting problem - stupid thing was 
> defaulted to mute - go figure).

That's ALSA for ya (since fixed in later ALSA releases).

> Even though I set it up with a dual boot to WinXP, I never use XP. 
> SuSE was never on my list of distros to try and it is the best one 
> I've found yet (My personal opinion).

Its my current favorite on the desktop. But all my servers run Red Hat.

>> (Currently typing this email on my SuSE 9.1 Pro workstation ;-)
> 9.0 but loving it :-)

Now I'm on my Mac OS X machine at home...

> OK, This may be a stupid question, buuut ...

Hey, the stupid question is the only OT part of this email, so it has 
value! ;-)

> In order to get this comp to play tv on this monitor, I would need a 
> tv tuner card (PVP 250/350). Then it would be routed through my video 
> card to my monitor (3.0ghz, 80gig HD, 128 GeForce video card, onboard 
> sound that works), is this correct?


> If I wanted to pipe it to my TV then I would need to get a video card 
> with tv out?

Yes, or an adapter of some sort.

> Also, I have 3 older computers laying around (1 AMD 450 and 2 AMD 
> 1ghz). Would these be big enough to work for Myth TV dedicated boxes?

The 450 is probably a tad slow to be of much use (except possibly as a 
dedicated backend). The 1GHz machines should be solid enough though. I 
get perfect playback on an 800MHz Athlon with a GF4MX.

Jarod C. Wilson, RHCE
jcw at wilsonet.com

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