[mythtv-users] Proliant server as a backend...

Tom Lichti tom at redpepperracing.com
Fri Nov 11 09:21:51 EST 2005

Asher Schaffer wrote:
> On 11/10/05, Pete Clarke <pete at devilincarnate.eclipse.co.uk> wrote:
>> Proliant 8500r
>> Quad PIII Xeon 700/2MB CPU's
>> 2GB Ram;
>> 2 x 1000SX Fiber NIC;
>> 1 x Dual 10/100 backup NIC
>> 4 x 73GB U160 SCSI drives, RAID (0/1/5);
>> 2 x PVR250 PAL Tuners;
> The PVR250 I have will only fit in a 32Bit PCI slot, it isn't keyed
> for the 64Bit slots (the 64Bit slot has another keyed position near
> the front of the card).  The PVR500 I have is keyed for a 64bit slot
> however and works fine in one.
> I have a Dell poweredge server with 1 3Ghz Xeon, 1GB of DDR2, 4x300GB
> SATA drives, 1PVR250, 1PVR500, and a  gigabit NIC.  In terms of what
> you are using it for, it is way overpowered.  Are you planning on
> transcoding? that is the only thing that you might ever need that much
> horsepower for.  Even commflagging in realtime shouldn't take that
> much, an epia can keep up with it, and the most commflagging you will
> be doing is 2 at a time unless you plan on adding more cards in the
> future.
> If you want to cut back the spec, you could reduce the memory, and cut
> back to 2 processors.  As for HD space, it isn't that much space, but
> you did mention you have 1TB on fiber, so that shouldn't be an issue.
I'm guessing that he has the machine already, and got it relatively 
cheaply, so I doubt there is much point in scaling it back, unless he 
can use the parts in another server. I for one would LOVE to have that 
as my backend, but what I have now works relatively well, so I'm not 
complaining. If only my workplace would give away GOOD servers, instead 
of the crap they give away now.... :)


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