[mythtv-users] MythTV client node: xbox or mac mini?
owen at nerdnetworks.org
Fri Dec 9 15:13:01 EST 2005
I used MythTV with great success a couple of years ago, using one
system for the frontend and backend. I planned for this to just be a
proof of concept for me, but it worked out well enough that I never
bothered to upgrade it or anything. I then moved to an apartment
where my roommate had, and was annoyingly devoted to, a TiVo, so I
repurposed my MythTV box for other things.
I've moved again, and I'm looking forward to rebuilding my Myth
system with much newer code, hoping for some nice improvements. In
addition, I'm considering making a separate backend and client
system. There's a closet right next to where my TV is going to go,
and I have an idea that I will run my cable in there, put the cable
box, myth server, and network stuff all in there, and then just have
my TV and a myth client node in the living room. Quieter, no big ugly
PC case, etc.
I was originally planning to buy a Mac Mini for this purpose, but I
have since become the owner of an original Xbox. I know there are
people using their Xboxes as Myth systems also, and I'm wondering how
practical this really is. My box is modded, so I presume that I just
need to install Linux and Myth, get it on the network, and I should
be good to go. But how do I manage playing games also? Is it a simple
process to just reboot into game-playing mode? Do I need to have two
different BIOSes on my mod chip, one for Linux and one for loading
games? Or can I use one of the hacked bootloaders to choose between
booting Linux or playing games? Is partitioning my hard drive for the
Linux setup as well as game availability going to be a giant hassle?
What does one use as a remote control?
On a related note, if I decide to go with the Mac, is there enough
bandwidth over 802.11G wireless to run video to the client node, or
am I totally better off just running ethernet for it?
Thanks in advance for any suggestions :-)
owen at nerdnetworks.org (Owen B. Mehegan)
'But I have that within which passes show,
These but the trappings and the suits of woe.'
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