[mythtv-users] Cost of MythTV Machines -- tangential to topic -- PVR-150

H P Ladds householdwords at gmail.com
Mon Jan 23 17:28:00 UTC 2006

Do you mind me asking -- what Distro and did you update your Hauppauge
WinTV-150 drivers/firmware?

I foobared my card by improperly updating the firmware (using yum --
not the method prescribed by Video4Linux ). Now my machine fails to
recognize the card. I suspect that updating the firmware of an
unrecognized card will be a challenge, but I found drivers/firmware at
V4L and am wondering if I'm on the right path.

Thanks for any help you might offer.


On 1/23/06, John Biundo <johnbiundo at sbcglobal.net> wrote:
> Brian Wood wrote:
> > With some recent discussion here about CPUs and costs I wonder what
> > the "average" cost of a MythTV machine might be.
> >
> I bet this is the most common question for those considering jumping
> into mythtv.  I certainly wondered, and found it hard to really pin down
> what an adequate machine would be.  I ended up establishing a budget,
> which I thought was a bit on the generous side, and just purchasing to
> that budget (well, going over a *little* ;-).
> I ended up spending around $850 including shipping and tax for all-new
> components.  My system has an AMD64 3200+ (venice core), Asus A8N-E
> mobo, Antec Overture II, PVR-150, GeForce 5200 video card, 512MB Ram,
> 200GB Seagate Sata drive.  I figured for an extra $100, I'd buy in the
> sweet spot for CPUs, which was the biggest cost driver (I could have
> saved around $100 for a cheaper but adequate CPU and corresponding
> mobo).  Hard to figure how I could have saved much more than that on new
> components (maybe another $25 on a cheaper disk drive, but c'mon!).  All
> this was from newegg, which was within +/- 5% of the lowest on-line cost
> around.
> I'm generally happy with it, though the Overture is noisier than I
> wanted (which I would have seen if I'd done more research on it; I'm
> still hopeful of being able to quiet it when I finally turn my attention
> there).  I'm also having an oddball problem which may still turn out to
> be hardware related, so I'm not 100% ready to recommend this combination
> yet.
> Anyway, I wanted to say that this topic is probably extremely valuable
> for newcomers, and hopefully is something that can get folded into the
> wiki (I know there's been a lot of recent talk about "personal
> profiles", and this data would fit nicely.  I know there's a mythtv
> hardware database out there, and it's an OK resource, but it's missing
> pricing information, and doesn't seem to be all that active/current.
> Just my .02.
> john
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