[mythtv-users] Video card suggestions

Brad Fuller bradallenfuller at yahoo.com
Mon Dec 5 19:01:34 EST 2005

Len Reed wrote:

> mythtv at jehster.net wrote:
>> My MythTV box is currently running with an old Voodoo 4500 I had laying
>> around. Since I didn't have a card with a tv-out interface, I used a
>> VGA-to-composite converter I picked up on the cheap. It gets the job 
>> done,
>> but tends to cause a slightly fuzzy picture and occassionally gets 
>> out of
>> sync.
> Yeah, those things don't work too well in my experience.
>> Now I want to "upgrade" and get a card with tv-out and am looking for
>> suggestions. I don't want to spend $200 on the latest ATI or nVidia with
>> 17 gigs of ram or something silly. But I still want something reliable.
>> Anyone want to share their experience with reasonably priced video 
>> cards?
>> I'm looking for something with a composite interface. Will any of them
>> work for console (framebuffer) output, or only with X?
> Your TV can't handle SVideo?  That will look better and be easier to 
> find.
> I've used several inexpensive nvidia-based cards, and they work well. 
> You should be able to pick one up new for US$35-50.  Composite video 
> output might be hard to find in a new card, though.  And beware of 
> cheap svideo-composite adapters; they give crummy results, too.

All you need is a small cap for conversion. How can some be crummy?

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