[mythtv-users] MythTV on a VIA Epia

Al Banks ahbanks at gmail.com
Mon Nov 6 19:44:29 UTC 2006

This will just be a frontend - I've got another machine running
front/back.  HDTV isn't a big deal for me at this time.


On 11/6/06, Paul Bender <pebender at san.rr.com> wrote:
> Al Banks wrote:
> > For anyone who is running Myth on an Epia - how is the playback
> > quality on live tv?
> Playback quality is subjective.
> I have a VIA EPIA ME6000 based MythTV frontend connected to a CRT
> television using S-Video. It has no trouble playing back NTSC and looks
> good using S-Video. My wife and two boys think that it looks fine.
> In addition, I have a VIA EPIA SP8000E based MythTV frontend connect to
> an LCD television using VGA. I tried connecting it using S-Video as well
> and VGA looks better. It has no trouble playing NTSC and looks very good
>     using VGA. Unfortunately, while the hardware support ATSC HDTV, it
> does not support it in combination with MythTV.
> > Any recommendations on Epia model for a new deployment?
> The answer depends on how you will be using the system.
> Will this be a MythTV frontend or a MythTV frontend+backend? What
> type/resolution of television signals do you want to support? Does it
> need to be very quiet? How will you be connecting it to your television?
> I use VIA EPIA systems from MythTV frontends by running MiniMyth
> <http://linpvr.org>. I use the fanless versions because they have quiet.
> If want to connect it to your television using something other than VGA
> or DVI (e.g. S-Video), then I suggest you avoid motherboards with the
> VT1625 television encoder as it is not very well supported. Also, I
> suggest that you avoid motherboards with the CN700 as it is crippled,
> resulting in performance that is inferior to the CN400. Essentially,
> this leaves either the VIA EPIA M or VIA EPIA SP series motherboards.
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