[mythtv-users] Looking for a Media PC system
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
> (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
> 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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