[mythtv-users] Help with hardware questions...M2NPV-VM?
adeffs.mythtv at gmail.com
Tue Dec 12 16:24:15 UTC 2006
On 12/11/06, Michael Tiller <michael.tiller at gmail.com> wrote:
> 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 Motherboard
> AMD Athlon 64 X2 3800+ CPU
> A 1Gb PC4200 Memory module.
> 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 wiki) 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
> AMD Athlong 64 X2 3800+ CPU (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.
The Foxconn has no DVI output, which can be solved with a $30 PCIEx16
card, but at that point, why bother?
you can also go with the Socket 939 version of the Asus board,
ASUS A8N-VM CSM
which you can use your old RAM for. BUT, AM2 is slightly more
future-proof, which means it should be easier to get a faster
processor in say, a 6mo-year if you wanted to better support, like the
other Steven says, h264 in the future.
So yea, go with your first option.
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