[mythtv-users] Hardware Advice: Single board Mini Box for HD?
kuphal at dls.net
Tue Dec 19 22:31:17 UTC 2006
Ken Mandelberg wrote:
> I've been using mythtv on a couple of laptops with reasonable success,
> but far from optimal for HD. One is a 2ghz pent-M with i915, the other a
> 2ghz pent-4 with radeon 7500. The first barely holds it own at HD, the
> second is a little short.
> I think its time now to buy hardware thats optimal and avoid the cpu and
> graphics limitations in the laptops.
> I'm looking to build an inexpensive very compact system based on a
> single board computer. From my laptop experience, I think the trickiest
> part is getting a graphics chip without hardware or driver limitations
> in supporting xv with xvmc at hd resoluton.
> Beyond that I need the usual (dvi, vga, sata, firewire, usb, gig-e). I'm
> using an HDhomerun for unencrypted QAM, and firewire to an STB for some
> encrypted channels, so I don't need built in capture.
> Any suggestions? I don't really know whats around in homebrew single
> boards with the right graphics. I don't need to render 3d graphics, it
> just needs to handle HD mpeg2's very well.
> Actually, can I do any better building my own than an Intel Mac Mini?
> 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 think the nForce 4 boards with the nVidia 6150 chipset onboard for
video are your best bet. I believe they are well supported for XvMC and
can also take AMD processors all the way up to the X2 if you just want
to throw hardware at it.
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