[mythtv-users] PVR to the extreme!
Michael T. Dean
mtdean at thirdcontact.com
Fri Oct 15 04:54:42 UTC 2004
On 10/12/2004 10:05 PM, Mike Vega wrote:
> I know it's a WinXP software package but I just had to show you guys
> 6, count them, 6 Hauppauge PVR-250BTV (aka Hauppauge "Roslyn" board) in
> one PRV machine. If they can do it under WinXP, why can't we. Any
Just installed 4 PVR-250MCE's in a friends Myth box on Tuesday. Works
like a charm (Athlon XP 2000+, 512MB RAM). He could get a fifth card,
but 6 is out of the question--the motherboard only has 5 slots.
IvyTV will support up to 8 cards in one machine (assuming the machine
has 8 bus-master-capable PCI slots). It used to support up to 9, but a
ceiling of 8 allowed simplifying the code, and since even with 8, the
DMA channel will probably be swamped, the driver was simplified to
> Also, is this version of the PRV250 supported under IVTV? Didn't
> recognize this flavor.
That's the Conexant "blackbird" reference design. It is *not* supported
under ivtv (it uses the wrong kind of chip). However, Jelle Foks has
been working hard to add support for the blackbird cards to the cx88
driver ( http://www.foks.8m.com/cx88-blackbird.html ).
> If anyone has a similar setup, lets hear about it. The SnapStream guys
> can't have all the fun!!
The fun part is trying to figure out how to improve the signal
quality... Amplifier, better cabling/connectors. Getting 4 digital
receivers (my preference, but he doesn't want to spend $6 x 4 each
month--plus the additional charge for digital cable instead of analog).
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