[mythtv-users] Sanity check : backend - AMD 64, FC , SATA,
mwahal at gmail.com
Sun Jun 19 01:21:57 UTC 2005
For your frontend, you should also consider
1) media mvp (hauppage) --- speaks myth check out the sourceforge site
for more info .. quite easy to setup
2) IOData Avel Link Player 2 (nice HD front end... though doesnt speak
myth *yet* .. i;m working on some sort of stuff .. pending help from
myth gods .. no replies yet)
IOData LP2 is far superior to Buffalo LT (check out avsforum.com)
I've both working in my home. Though I need to transcode (using vlc)
my HD recordings from 1920x1080/ac3 to 720x480/2channel_stereo to
watch it using MVP.
My setup is very simple compared to you.
Sempron 3000+ ECS Motherboard KT600A (?)
An old antec case with unknown power supply
180GB Hitach drive .. will add more later
HD3000 PCI tuner.
I used knoppix myth R5A15.1 CD .. piece of case. Didnt go thru Jarod
guide. Knoppix Myth works fine if you just want myth. Also, it runs
debian, so easy to do apt-get etc.
This is just my experience .. been thru this last 1 month or so.
On 6/18/05, David Watkins <watkinshome at gmail.com> wrote:
> On 18/06/05, Toad Mazter <toadmazter at yahoo.com> wrote:
> > Howdy all!
> > I'll start off by stating two facts:
> > 1> This is my first post
> > 2> I'm a total Linux NooB
> > Now, that that's out of the way, lets get to it!
> > After months of investigation of WindowsMCE, and
> > trialing Buffalo's LinkTheater, I've finally made the
> > decision to leap to Linux. My goal is to use MythTV
> > for my whole-house content distribution over IP
> > system. I want to be able to have at least 3 - 6
> > viewing stations (using XBOX's and EPIA systems as
> > frontends), with at least 2 of those capable of
> > receiving and decoding HDTV streams. So, I need the
> > sanity check on my backend (no content viewing, to be
> > placed in my MDF (ok, is is a closet ;-) ). All I
> > really want to be able to do with the backend is
> > multichannel/source capture and store, stream recorded
> > and live, store photos/MP3's etc, and probably rip and
> > transcode.
> > Here is what I purchased yesterday (it was in stock,
> > and I was in a hurry to get started... ok, so it was
> > an impulse buy):
> > CoolerMaster Centurion 5 case
> > Gigabyte GA-K8NS-ultra (nForce3 Ultra chipset)
> > AMD Athlon 64 3000+ CPU
> > 1 gig DDR RAM (2 512MB DIMMs)
> > 2x 200GB 8MB cache 7200RPM WesternDigital SATA drives
> > Liteon 16x dual-layer DVD writer
> > eVGA nVidia GeForce 5500 256MB AGB video card
> > (overkill, but the only AGP card they had in stock...
> > and if this MythTV thing doesn't work out, the box
> > could be a decent 2nd gaming machine)
> > So, here I am now with all of the above put
> > together... and I'm not sure what to do next. My
> > questions are:
> > 1. As a professed newbie, should I follow Jarod's
> > guide and install Fedora Core 3 ? Any 64 bit gotchas?
> apt-get doesn't work with the x64 version of Fedora Core 3. I used a
> mixture of yum and smart, and got there in the end.
> > 2. After plugging everything in, I noticed that
> > Gigabyte didn't have any Linux drivers for the
> > embedded devices. nVidia site has nForce3 and GeForce
> > 64 bit drivers, anywhere else I should look?
> > 3. I was originally planning to do hardware RAID0 for
> > the boot, system, and video buffering. Am I going to
> > have a driver issue again with the embedded
> > SiliconImage sil3512 controller? I also want to grow
> > the storage to at least 1TB fairly quickly, can I do
> > some sort of "spanning" of the disk volumes?
> > 4. I am going to order 2 HD3000 cards, which 2
> > standard def cards should I use, PVR150, PVR350, or...
> > ? Again, 64 bit issues?
> no 64 bit issues AFAIK
> > 5. Firewire support: I currently have a couple
> > Motorola 6412 DVR's through Comcast. I want to be
> > able change channels and capture HD streams via
> > Firewire. My MB has an embedded TexasInstruments
> > controller... driver, 64bit?
> > 6. Was my 64 bit purchase a bad move?
> It'll work fine.
> > Ok, thats all my questions at the moment. I am
> > building this system at my office and won't bring it
> > home until I can make sure it will register high on
> > the Wife Acceptance Factor. On a scale of 1 to 10, 8
> > is the highest achievable score ;-) All help is
> > greatly appreciated!
> > Thanks,
> > Adam
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