[mythtv-users] Ready for use?

Chris Lopeman lopemanc at swbell.net
Fri Jul 22 21:59:48 EDT 2005

Chris Lopeman wrote:

> Jay R. Ashworth wrote:
>> On Thu, Jul 21, 2005 at 03:57:53PM -0500, Chris Lopeman wrote:
>>>   Is anybody successfully using mythTV on a regular basis?  I just 
>>> don't
>>>   want  to  put  something  together that is going to have problems 
>>> with
>>>   basic  functionality  every other day.  Or is gonna work but look 
>>> like
>>>   crap on my TV.
>> Sure, there are lots of people.
>> If you're buying everything from scratch, and you take advice from the
>> right people, you stand a *much* better chance of ending up with an
>> appliance.
>> Is a little Linux background helpful?  Sure.
>> Will everything go perfectly?  Probably not.
>> Does everything go perfectly with a TiVo?  Probably not, either.
>> Is the extra functionality worth the time?  Lots of people think so,
>> including my sister, who, while she's pretty sharp, really mostly wants
>> it to be an appliance as well.
>> Is this sort of question-talking annoying?  You bet.  :-)
>> Stick with hardware-MPEG cards like the PVR-250, pick the right
>> VGA/NTSC-out card and distribution, and avoid the pinch-y chipsets on
>> motherboards, and you shouldn't have too much trouble.
>> Cheers,
>> -- jra
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> Wow,  Thanks for all the great and fast responses.
> Several of you stressed the importance of the right hardware to make 
> things go smoothly.  Here the PVR-250 was even mentioned.  However, I 
> don't think I can use the PVR-250 because I don't think it can handle 
> OTA HDTV.  And in the previous responses I don't think anybody 
> mentioned using HDTV.  So maybe the first follow-up question should 
> be, Are any of you using it successfully with HDTV?
> Assuming the answer is yes, I would like to start specifying 
> hardware.  So maybe I should explain what I expect minimally from 
> Myth.  I would like to setup _*ONE *_box that can record one HDTV show 
> (probably 1080i or 720p) while being able to pause live HDTV (same 
> resolution) for another show or watch a DVD.  I have seen some posts 
> here that imply that MythTV/the hardware chokes under this kind of 
> treasure.   Hopefully this is not the case for Myth and it is just bad 
> hardware.  All of this needs to work with my Toshiba 62hm94 (in HD of 
> course).
> So based on what I minimally expect from Myth. Please help me spec the 
> box.
> Minimal Processor speed?  Probably AMD (to cut down on heat and noise)?
> HD Tuner Card (I'll start with just one to get things working.)?
> Video Card?
> I don't know if a specific DVD drive matters, but if it does please 
> recommend one?

Oops forgot to ask about sound card.  7.1 optical output I would assume?

> Thanks,
> Chris Lopeman
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