[mythtv-users] Is this hardware sufficient?

Michael Tiller michael.tiller at gmail.com
Tue Dec 19 12:45:19 UTC 2006

I'm not expert (I don't have this setup) but I have been following opinions
very careful since I just ordered an AMD based system.

What I have seen is that HDTV playback requires at least a 3500+ (fingers
crossed, since that is what I'm getting).  Furthermore, my experience so far
with the most recent versions of Myth has convinced me that this is not
simply a CPU power issue.  I have a P4 2.4 GHz process in my media center
now and this same chip could decode HDTV signals on my Windows machine
without any difficulty but I was unable to get HD playback working on my
Myth system (yes, I tried all the little tweaks out there).  My sense is
that beyond CPU there are lots of other systemic issues with X and video
drivers.  I've seen people with 4200+ systems saying they can't get HD
playback to work but I've also seen notes from other people who used older
versions of Myth on 3200+ systems.  So I don't really know what to tell you.


On 12/19/06, Jesse Dhillon <tobor at berkeley.edu> wrote:
> In your considered opinions, should this hardware be sufficient to
> support a backend/frontend plus one remote frontend, both watching HDTV:
> CPU: AMD Athlon64 3200+
> RAM: 1GB
> Motherboard: nForce3 chipset, DFI LanParty nf3 250GB
> Video: Nvidia Geforce 6800GT 512MB
> HDD: Maxtor 500GB SATA, Maxtor 250GB SATA
> Tuners: 2x pcHDTV 5500
> Linux: Ubuntu Edgy 6.10, amd64 kernel
> If it sounds like this machine should be pulling it off without skipping
> a beat, I am going to install 32bit everything and try again. I
> understand there are some issues with the 64bit edition, possibly the
> SATA driver is one of those things.
> Jesse.
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