[mythtv-users] 350 Tv Out vs. Nvidia 5200

David myth at dgreaves.com
Tue Aug 23 12:49:53 UTC 2005

I think one of the main PVR350 stability issues is the chipset.

It doesn't get on with VIA chipsets IIRC.

Cerainly I've had zero issues since I bought a Dell SC420 (with Intel
chipset) and used that as my backend.


Erik Pettersen wrote:

>Forgive the slight threadjack, but... 
>Does the PVR350 suffer the same EOF lockups in mythtv/linux that
>happen in the windows world?
>To the original poster:
>In my opinion; the pvr350 and it's hardware decoder/svideo output
>looks better than most software decoding / video card's svideo out (
>out of the box/stock )
>That's not to say a name brand fx5200 or higher will look bad, just
>that you have to give the  nod to pvr350. I believe with tweaking,
>proper settings, and a good software decoder you can get very
>close/equal to PVR350's output.
>>From the windows side of things, instability when using the PVR350
>while forcing a gui "overlay" through the mpeg decoder/tv out drove me
>to madness after some initial success/happiness.
>I'm of the opinion (unless ivtv and this xv patch mentioned
>previously, which has piqued my interest)  that what little the FX5200
>or the like lacks in PQ via svideo out makes up for in flexibility and
>stability.  Anything you can see on your monitor you can see on your
>TV (mame, other applications, etc) with a regular video card, without
>question.  Plus you've got the option of DVI/HDTV.
>Of course, if you already have a pvr350 I'd consider trying to get it
>to work, but if you were considering buying one or the other at the
>start of a project IMHO video card + hw encoding tuner card is the
>safer/easier route.
>On 8/23/05, Brian Stults <bstults at crim.ufl.edu> wrote:
>>Mark Gardner wrote:
>>>Can anyone comment on the quality comparison between the two
>>>abovementioned chipsets?
>>>Advantages / Disadvantages, I have a 350 and have struggled on and off
>>>now for about 5 months to get it to work (Got it to work once but then
>>>the HD died).
>>>Mostly interested in quality of TV playback.
>>Initially I was using the 350 TV-out.  However, it wasn't playing DVDs
>>very well, so I switched to an MX440 about a year ago.  I used that for
>>about 8 months and was reasonably happy, but the TV quality was nowhere
>>near that of the 350.
>>Having read that people were quite pleased with the FX5200, I bought one
>>about 4 months ago.  It was a step up from the MX440 in TV quality, and
>>DVDs still played very well.
>>About a month after that, John Harvey released his XV driver for the
>>350's decoder, so I decided to give it a try.  Well, now I'm right back
>>where I started - using the 350's TV-out.  TV playback is still far
>>superior to the MX440 and FX5200.  It's flawless.  Perhaps even better
>>quality than going straight from my cable box.  Now, DVD playing is much
>>better than it used to be, and I would say it is equal to the quality I
>>was getting with my FX5200.  I can't remember for sure what my CPU usage
>>is when watching DVDs, but I think it was lower than with the FX5200.
>>Of course, just watching TV on it takes virtually no CPU.  Using the
>>latest 0.3.x drivers, I haven't had any stability problems.
>>The PVR350 TV-out has come a long way in the past few months, so I
>>encourage anyone who gave up on it to give it another try.
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