[mythtv-users] Help with hardware questions...M2NPV-VM?

Michael Tiller michael.tiller at gmail.com
Tue Dec 12 03:25:12 UTC 2006

I've been having some problems with getting HD to work in my Myth system.
It is "almost" there, but the system just can't seem to muster what it takes
to run HD.

It turns out that I can address another problem by scavenging the parts from
my MythTV system and that leaves me with the possibility to upgrade the
MythTV system.  So, I'm looking at replacing the existing SiS based
motherboard + 2.4 GHz P4 combination in my current MythTV system with the

ASUS M2NPV-VM<http://www.newegg.com/product/product.asp?item=N82E16813131014>Motherboard
AMD Athlon 64 X2
A 1Gb PC4200<http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16820145525>Memory

My main concern here is with HD playback.  The motherboard seems like a good
HTPC motherboard because of the onboard NVidia 6150 (w/DVI connector), 6
channel audio, etc.  I would also assume (based on the
that the processor should be up to the task as well.

I don't really know that much about the current motherboards and CPUs.  Is
there any drawback to going with something like this instead:
Foxconn 6150K8MA-8EKRS<http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16813186086>
AMD Athlong 64 X2
(Socket 939)

In the case of this combo, I could keep my (admittedly slower) memory,

I plan on keeping the case, hard drives, etc.

The most important question is, will this system be able to handle HDTV
playback?  Without XvMC?

In addition, can anybody see any other issues with running Myth with this

Finally, I'm assuming I can drop this in and an already installed Ubuntu
will still boot up without being upset in the switch from an SiS chipset and
Intel CPU?  Or, am I going to need a special AMD64 version of Ubuntu?

I'd like to order in the next few days so any information would be greatly
appreciated.  Thanks.

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