[mythtv-users] Building first MythTV back end box...
aclose at gmail.com
Fri Dec 16 11:32:05 EST 2005
On 12/16/05, Kirk Grell <kirkgrell at yahoo.com> wrote:
> --- Andrew Close <aclose at gmail.com> wrote:
> > On 12/16/05, Kirk Grell <kirkgrell at yahoo.com> wrote:
> > > I'm building my first MythTV box. It'll be a back
> > > box that I'll admin remotely (web, rsh, ftp, etc).
> > > It's sole purpose right now will be to schedule
> > > recordings and transcode them to smaller video
> > > for pulling later to my PC at a different
> > > I'm not planning for any other MythTV modules or
> > > end box at the moment.
> > >
> > > Below is the machine I'll be piecing together.
> > > know of any known issues with any of the following
> > > hardware in Linux and/or MythTV?
> > >
> > > - Shuttle XPC SN85G4V3
> > > + nVIDIA nForce3
> > > + Realtek ALC655 Onboard Audio
> > > + Onboard Lan
> > > - AMD Athlon 64 3000
> > > - CORSAIR ValueSelect 1GB DDR 400
> > > - Maxtor DiamondMax 10 200GB SATA150
> > > - NEC DVD Burner ND-3550A
> > > - ASUS V9400 Geforce MX4000 128MB
> > > - Hauppauge WinTV PVR 350
> > > - RedHat Fedora Core 4
> > >
> > > BTW, this will be hooked up serially to a DirectTV
> > > D10-100 receiver.
> > >
> > > Any info regarding this setup or conflicts between
> > > and Fedora and/or MythTV would be greatly
> > save a couple bucks and get the Hauppage PVR-150 or
> > PVR-500 (two
> > tuners) instead of the PVR-350. since you're only
> > building a backend
> > the 350 provides nothing extra. you can probably do
> > with onboard
> > video or a cheapy video card since this is only a
> > backend; unless
> > you're planning to use it for video editing or
> > something. if it's
> > just going to be a standalone backend video isn't
> > neccessary. saving
> > money on the parts you don't need may allow you to
> > purchase a larger
> > hard drive. ;)
> This XPC doesn't include onboard video. Which is why
> I need to get a vid card. But, the card is only like
> As for the PVR-500, 2 tuners won't do me any good (I
> believe), because I only have 1 satellite reciever.
> I could bump down to PVR-150. Main thing is that I
> really want as high quality of video as I can get
> before transcoding. In terms of MPEG2, does output
> from the PVR-150 look as good as output from the
> And, although I didn't mention it before, if it's
> possible, I might want to record audio from the FM
> receiver of the PVR-350. But that's just a perk if I
> go with that card.
from what i understand the 250 and 350 are equivilent in quality as
far as recording. the (possible) advantage of the 350 is that it will
encode/decode various formats for you if you use it as your video
output. you won't be using the 350's video output so you can save
yourself a couple bucks by using the 250. the 150/500 is the newest
card available. as far as i know the 150 has the same quality as the
250, it's just a different chipset and is cheaper. i have a 250 and a
500 (basically two 150s stuck together) and they record at the same
quality. i can't tell the difference between a program recorded by
the 250 or one recorded by the 150.
i don't think the FM radio on the cards is usable in Myth. i know ppl
have talked about it, but i don't think it's a supported feature and i
don't know that there is widespread success in getting it to work. if
it does work, i believe one of the 150 models comes with FM as well
(MCE version - http://hauppage.com/pages/products/data_pvr150mce.html)
so you should be able to get by with a 150 saving yourself some money.
and it will probably be easier to set up than the 350 from what i've
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