[mythtv-users] Transcoding and commercial flagging

Brian Wood beww at beww.org
Mon Dec 11 22:31:37 UTC 2006

On Dec 11, 2006, at 3:19 PM, Matthew Asplund wrote:

> I may just me misunderstanding, but I am having a problem with my  
> mythbox.
> I have an old 1 GHz P3 machine as a mythtv BE/FE, with a PVR-150 as  
> the tuner card, and 512 MB memory (that is all the motherboard can  
> hold; its an old COMPAQ small form-factor PC, and if I put more on  
> the motherboard, it complains that I need to take some out)   I  
> have had two cases where I had some process run away, and exhaust  
> all of the memory, and lock the machine up.  Since much of what I  
> watch is PBS, I thought I could save come processor/memory by not  
> doing the commercial flagging step.  I went into mythtv-setup, went  
> into the setup section and turned off commercial flagging.  That  
> seemed to work.  Then I went to transcode a video, and nothing  
> happened. When I looked on mythweb I saw that there was a huge  
> queue of jobs waiting for commercial flagging, and that my  
> transcoding job was stuck at the end.
> Did I turn off commercial flagging wrong?  Am I misunderstanding  
> how things are supposed to work?
> As an aside, I built this box for my kitchen as a TV watching and  
> music listening system.  My wife loves it, has not problems using  
> it, and is using the Windows box less as time goes on.

I can see running out of physical RAM and having to swap, but not  
locking up totally. Do you have a swap partition set up and  
activated? Is it big enough?

Certainly like to hear such stories about the WAF being high.

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