[mythtv-users] Acceptable Hardware
dfinnie at erols.com
Sun Jun 26 22:43:22 UTC 2005
Here is the system, with links to NewEgg and some questions:
Motherboard - BIOSTAR NF325-A7 Socket 754 NVIDIA nForce3 250 ATX AMD
Motherboard - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?
item=N82E16813138247 - No VIA products
Case - Cooler Master Cavalier...doesn't matter
DVD-Rom - generic thing...doesn't matter much, right? Is it OK if I
forgo the floppy
HDD - 300GB 7200RPM IDE Western Digital (only $133, otherwise I would get
SATA). If I end up needing a second hard drive, will MythTV recognize
it and use it
the same? IE I don't have to say "put this recording on this hard drive"
RAM - 2x 256mb ddr333 (pc2700) - Can I get away with only 256mb? If I
second tuner, should I get more? It's only 16 bucks a pop, but a penny
CPU - AMD Sempron 2600+ Palermo 333MHz FSB Socket 754. Will this be OK?
was the cheapest I could find. -
PVR - Happauge PVR-350 (non MCE). Has remote, reciever, outputs (I can use
those, right?), and an FM tuner (can I use that with MythTV easily? My
an FM tuner any way).
$608 :( Can I skimp on anything? I might just get a case later and
leave it in a
-I plan on using KnoppMyth to install. Are there any known problems
with it and the
-With the PVR-350 has a hardware encoder, right? Just checking..
-The PVR-350 has 1 coax in (for the incoming cable) and 1 coax out. I
plan on using
the S-Video out, so can I use the coax out and dual monitor with a 2nd
TV? Can I
use it as a powered cable splitter (so I can record and watch TV
normally if 2 things
are on at once)?
-If I record using the hardware MPEG2 tuner, can I reencode it into
MPEG4 when I'm
not watching TV?
-Finally, if I just get basic cable (no need for a cable box), then
MythTV will still be
able to change the channels, right?
Thank you!!! (By the way, the program looks awesome from the screenshots
can't wait until I can finally own my very own MythTV..)
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