[mythtv-users] Cheap Microtel-good or bad for MythTV

Yan-Fa Li yanfali at best.com
Thu Oct 7 14:26:28 EDT 2004

It's got an AGP slot.  Put a cheap AGP card in it to take the video 
accesses off the Memory bus.  Shared Memory systems are very slow 
because Video requires a lot of memory bandwidth, e.g. refresh the 
screen 60 times a second.  Other than that it should be fine.  One thing 
to consider.  It's probably a VIA based system.  VIA has some of the 
worst issues when it comes to PCI timing problems.  Just look at the SB 
Live/Audigy debacle.


Fernando wrote:
> Hi everyone,
> For those of us new to Linux choosing the hardware is a big deal.
> I'm looking into buying a cheap Microtel from Wal-Mart and thought it wise
> to first ask if anyone has anything good or bad to say about them.
> The URL for the machine and some specs are below.
> I am specifically worried if it will be too noisy and if the "200 MHz
> frontside bus" will cause any noticeable bottlenecks for MythTV if used with
> a PVR-350.
> My plan is to get Mandrake, more RAM, a DVD burner, and maybe a 200 Gb
> Seagate I heard was quiet... Anything I'm overlooking?
> http://www.walmart.com/catalog/product.gsp?product_id=2642766#long_descr
> AMD 1.6 GHz Duron processor with 3DNow! Technology
> 200 MHz frontside bus
> 128 MB DDR memory, expandable to 2 GB
> One PC266 DDR DIMM socket available
> Integrated 10/100 ethernet connection
> Integrated Graphics up to 64 MB, default setting 16 MB
> Integrated 5+1 channels AC '97 audio
> 128 MB DDR memory
> Not included: Hard drive, CD-ROM drive, modem, floppy disk drive, operating
> system
> Thanks for any feedback.
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