[mythtv-users] PVR 500MCE worth the trouble yet?

Andrew Close aclose at gmail.com
Fri Jul 22 15:17:41 EDT 2005

On 7/22/05, Jurgen Kramer <gtm.kramer at inter.nl.net> wrote:
> Hi,
> The PVR 500MCE's price is getting nicer and nicer and I am thinking
> about getting one. I currently use 2 PVR 250s without problems. Is it
> worth the hassle buying a 500MCE and tossing out one of the 250s?
> Can the 500 be mixed with a 250?

i installed the 500 alongside my 250 two weeks ago.  it took me about
about three hours only because i was searching the archives and
looking for details on setup.  grabbing, compiling and installing the
ivtv drivers was a piece of cake.  i think i'm using ivtv3.6.y(?)  it
was the most recent at that time.  my 250 worked immediately and i had
to tweak a couple config files to get the 500 to work.  i'm running
KnoppMyth and found all the install info/details in the KnoppMyth
forums and on the KnoppMythWiki.  if you look in the forum search for
a posting by 'linuxgeek'.  those are the install instructions (pretty
much step by step) that i followed.  then i had to make a couple
tweaks to the /etc/mythtv/modules/ivtvX (KnoppMyth specific i believe)
files to get picture and sound.  i posted my steps to one of the
threads here on the mailing list.  search for PVR-500 and 'aclose'.
if you're comfortable with Linux and you have 'currently' well
supported hardware then i don't see why you wouldn't want to go with a
PVR-500 over adding two 250s.  but YMMV.  i could just be extremely
lucky. ;)

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