[mythtv-users] Australian HOWTO?

David Whyte david.whyte at gmail.com
Mon Nov 1 11:40:49 UTC 2004

Me, I bought a shitty box from game dude.  It cost me 395 and I bought
a Avermedia DVB-T digital terristrial card.

Specs - 
Sempron 2400
Onboard crappy video and sound
Onboard LAN
256MB Ram, but this will be boosted once I prove I can get this working
40Gig HDD, again, will get boosted as soon as I justify having 500Gig of HDD

I am running FC2.  I tried Mandrake 10.0 but had a hassle with the TV
tuner.  I switched to FC2 so I could follow Jarods guide and quite
frankly love it over MDK.

If I were doing this again.... I think I would by a normal TV tuner,
not the digital ones.  It seems that the DVB modules are still in the
early stages and being such a linux newb, I have had a shit fight
getting them to work.  I am still on the case though and will be
working til late tonight trying again.  I see some new links above I
can look to for help.  I think analog cards are well supported in the
kernel nowadays though so it would have been much easier.

Also, I donīt know how well my onboard graphics card is supported.  I
am using the plain Vega driver becuase I canīt find the proper one
(VIA K266Pro for the interested).  I donīt know what negative effect
this will have on my setup.

Good luck and keep us (me) posted :P

On Mon, 01 Nov 2004 22:23:47 +1100, Dave <david.collett at dart.net.au> wrote:
> Quick run down on my system:
> Albatron KM18G-Pro nforce2 micro-atx motherboard
> (using onboard graphics and sound)
> Athlon-XP 2500+ (barton)
> 256mb ram, 2x120G HDD
> The above stuff was purchased at the computer fairs in canberra, which
> kick ass. (www.computermarket.com) You can also get the mobo etc (which
> is working great) from www.auspcmarket.com.au with whom I've always had
> good service.
> For capture, I use 2x DVB-t cards:
> 1. Nova-t, I got this from www.digitalnow.com.au back when pci dvb cards
> first came out and they were one of the only places to get them. That
> place is actually a guy in canberra, I picked it up from his house on a
> saturday morning! It works perfectly, uses the "budget-ci" and
> "tda1004x" kernel modules in the stock 2.6 kernel. I haven't seen them
> around lately, not sure you can get them locally anymore. Cost was $250
> I think, it was a long time ago :)
> 2. Ultraview dvb-t lite, This is actually a DVICO FusionHDTV Lite in an
> Ultraview box. I got it from the computer fairs for $139. The "lite"
> card actually has some advantages over the non-lite version. a) its a
> half-height card and b) it has a RF passthough for hooking up in-line
> with another card (or tv etc). The full version does not have these, but
> does have an external video-in (capture), which the lite does not. DVICO
> and their rebadged versions are dime a dozen in OZ atm, and seem to have
> a good reputation. Currently they are not supported in the latest
> (2.6.9) kernel though. You need to build recent cvs of both dvb-kernel
> and video4linux. The support for these cards was added by a fellow
> aussie who has a page about it here:
> http://www.itee.uq.edu.au/~chrisp/DVICO-Linux/
> I just looked up that site again now, and it seems he has posted a
> tarball for easy compilation.
> [cheapest dvb-t card I've seen was a 'spirit' which I think is a
> rebadged 'visionplus', for $119 at the computer fairs. IMHO, dvb cards
> are virtually identical under linux provided they are suppored at all.
> Its the software that sets them apart for windows users. Just buy the
> cheapest you can find!!]
> What else....
> After the success of my mythtv trial in the living room using a cheap,
> nastly looking micro-atx case, I purchased an obsenly expensive HTPC
> case from a mob in perth:
> http://www.hometheatrepc.com.au/
> I also got a quiet PSU and cooler from there.
> Software:
> Debian Unstable (sid)
> Mythtv compiled from cvs
> Hope this helps,
> Dave
> On Mon, 2004-11-01 at 20:50 +1100, Geoff O'Callaghan wrote:
> > G'day,
> >
> > Sorry if this is approaching a FAQ, but i'm a newbie with this.  What i'm
> > looking for are any docs/howtos from an Australian perspective.  What gear
> > have you purchased locally, what works, what's rubbish etc.  What would you
> > buy 2nd time around.
> >
> > If it's too off topic or an often repeated request and don't feel the list
> > needs any more emails like this, please email to me direct - i'd appreciate
> > it.
> >
> > Cheers
> > Geoff
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