[mythtv-users] Advice for under-tele box?
ryszard99 at gmail.com
Tue Oct 19 10:23:04 UTC 2004
in a couple of weeks i'm going to order a pundit-r for pretty much an
under the tvbox.
On Tue, 19 Oct 2004 11:04:18 +0100, Ciaran <ciaranj at gmail.com> wrote:
> For what its worth, i'm using a Pundit(s) with 2xNova-T DVB cards
> (also in the UK) Much quieter than the X-box but still not silent.
> good enough for me :) It offers svideo/composite/vga outputs but not
> scart or seperates ( I doubt you'll find a card or motherboard that
> I'm happy with my pundit. The picture oculd be a little crisper but
> thats probably the TV not coping with s/video rather than the output
> itself :)
> - Ciaran
> On Tue, 19 Oct 2004 10:52:51 +0100, George Styles <george at ripnet.co.uk> wrote:
> > Hi,
> > The recent death of my Tivo prompted me to press on with a 'proper' myth
> > system (before I was just using Myth to grab tv shows to encode for my
> > palmtop).
> > Ive finally got my myth system working in client server mode (a PC based
> > backend with 2xNova-T cards running Mandrake, and a XBox as the frontend
> > running GentooX. Both with almost current CVS versions of myth).
> > The xbox is a temorary solution to test the girlfriend acceptance factor
> > (she hated my Tivo at first, but it soon became 'her' tivo).
> > Assuming she is happy with the UI, I will be looking to build a always on
> > under TV box.
> > This is because the XBox is a) noisy and b) frequenty used for games (gasp!)
> > so is rebooted and c) a _little_ underpowered for it (it only has 64 meg of
> > ram).
> > Im looking for a PC that has the following: (I am in PAL land (UK))
> > a) Smallish / good looking (maybe a shuttle?)
> > b) Powerful enough to decode MPEG2 (I have DVB cards)
> > c) QUIET (the most important factor!)
> > d) Has SCART output with RGB out (I think the Americans call it component?).
> > Composite output from a video card is very poor quality compared to the XBox
> > connected via SCART RGB.
> > I think the RGB output may be the hardest to achieve, although I read
> > somewhere that you can con some video cards into outputing at a frequency
> > that TVs can accept. Any insight/experience?
> > e) preferably with a remote control (although I can add that later if
> > needed)
> > f) As cheep as possible :)
> > I dont believe that I need a very powerful system (i think the XBox would be
> > powerful enough if it has a little more ram) so Im thinking around the
> > 800MHz to 1GHz mark (any more and cooling becomes a problem).
> > Finally I am considering trying to boot it from compact flash to save on
> > hard drive noise, but that is a 'later' project.
> > I assume many on this list have already built such a box, and am interested
> > in experiences of others.
> > I am not interested in a device that can just 'play' MPEG over the network
> > as I want the full Myth GUI.
> > Also, a couple of PCI slots would be nice so I could maybe move the a DVB
> > card or 2 into it and use it as another backend (but I realise that this may
> > be incompatable with my 'small' requirement)
> > Any comments appreciated
> > thanks
> > g
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