[mythtv-users] Hardware Advice: Single board Mini Box for HD?

Bob Sully rcs at malibyte.net
Tue Dec 19 22:26:08 UTC 2006

I flat-out could not get 1280x720 (720p) to work in Linux on an Intel
motherboard with an integrated i915 video chipset (it did work in Windows;
the Linux video drivers were simply not well-supported by Intel)...wound
up pulling the board and swapping in a Gigabyte mobo with an AMD-64 CPU
and an AGP OEM NVidia 6200-based video card -> no more video problems.  I
will *never* use an Intel video chipset for a media box again.

$0.02 worth


Stroller wrote:
> On 19 Dec 2006, at 06:07, Ken Mandelberg wrote:
>> ...
>> Actually, can I do any better building my own than an Intel Mac Mini?
> I don't have experience directly relevant to an HD-playback frontend,
> but from my experiences of the cost of self-building PCs I'm inclined
> to doubt it.
>> The i915 in the laptop is disappointing, and I don't know how much
>> more
>> the i950 buys you compared with a i915. It seems like the Linux driver
>> is still a work in progress and doesn't support xvmc as yet.
> I'm pretty sure that Intel are very supportive of OSS drivers for
> their graphics hardware. See <http://www.intellinuxgraphics.org/>. It
> might not be the BEST answer for you, but I'd guess that even if the
> i950 isn't perfectly supported yet then you may expect support to
> improve in the future. I'd be inclined to buy Intel graphics hardware
> over Nvidia or ATi for this reason.

Bob Sully - Simi Valley, California, USA

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