[mythtv-users] Group advice sought on setup please.
papenfuss at juneau.me.vt.edu
Mon Oct 4 13:51:03 EDT 2004
> Hardware questions:
> 1) TV card. I have seen allot on the PVR-350. They are $250 here. Is this a
> good, fully supported, feature rich card? Or should I be using a cheaper card?
My spin on that is that you're basically weighting high-quality
MPEG2 TVout for *LOTS* of headaches, heartburn, driver problems, buggy
non-MPEG2 playback, etc. I do not have one, but that's been my
I highly recommend the PVR-250 and a good TVout solution. (I
can't believe I just used the managementspeak 'solution' word!).
Unfortuantely, I don't know which vid cards are simulaneously cheap, easy
to set up, and have good quality. I think that many (most?) people
running mythtv don't have nearly as good of quality from their tvout card
as they could/should. All I've tried have sucked horribly compared to my
homebrew VGA->NTSC converter.
> 2) How many TV cards? Record and watch a different channel would be great. So
> two? Two 350's?
Get one and try it first? Trust me when I say that after you get
it set up and working, you'll hardly ever watch LiveTV. I was skeptical
when people told me that 6 months ago, but it's true... you just watch
> 4) What processor speed do I need? I want great performance.
You don't need that much unless you plan on HDTV, or use a
software (BTTV... non PVR-50) card. I was quite satisfied on a
PIII-733 with a PVR-250 and an ATI Rage128 card.... about 40% CPU for
> 1) I am a RedHat fan. However, I will use what ever works best. KnoppMyth?
> Again, looking for ease of install/use, but still want full featured. What
> RedHat version is most supported? FC2? I have also read some howto's on SuSE
> 9.1. That would be an easy install if MythTV was happy there too.
Axel's RPMS and Jarods guide make a vanilla mythtv box on normal
(PVR-250 and nvidia, say) hardware pretty straight-forward.
> Once I am done, I am going to write up a how to and make sure that it is
> idiot-proof and includes an easy working method including hardware etc......
> This product is looking great so I would like to promote it's use with a how-to.
More info is great... I would suggest working with one of the
other howtos out there to prevent too much splintering of information.
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