[mythtv-users] How much horespower for frontend?

Jason fearthepenguin at jasonandjessi.com
Tue Sep 26 14:19:21 UTC 2006

For what it's worth,   my frontend is a Celeron 2.2ghz that I'm running
at 1.6ghz (yup, under clocked) with 512M of RAM. I just have an MX400
video card in the AGP slot and I use the onboard sound. It plays
everything very well, stays nice and cool too.  The backend is where all
the HP needs to be,  try separating your backend off your frontend. My
backend is one of 6 virtual machines inside a Celeron 2.4ghz running
Xen. It has 3 PVR-250s, 512 Meg of RAM and can stream live tv out of two
of the cards and record/commercial flag off the 3rd without a problem.
The only problem I've ever had performance wise on the backend is IRQ
contention because I also run Asterisk with an FXO card in that same
chassis in another VM. That FXO card likes those IRQs.

The place where you made your stand never mattered,
only that you were there... and still on your feet

James Pifer wrote:
> On Tue, 2006-09-26 at 08:13 -0500, Michael Wisniewski wrote:
>> I was running Myth on FC5 on a P4-about a 1 ghz processor and 512 meg
>> ram.  I was having the same issue as you are with it 'stuttering'.
>> When I ran top, the process (myth) was about 20% cpu, and nothing more
>> than 40%.  
>> I upgraded my box to a athalon dual core 64 bit processor and a gig of
>> ram.  The real reason for the upgrade was because the myth box wasn't
>> my open machine and my hard drive was failling.  Anyways, I decided to
>> go with Ubuntu and dump FC5.  
>> It was quite the adventure, but in the end, my video doesn't stutter
>> anymore.  I don't know if it was Fedora that was doing it, the
>> hardware, or some setting.  But something seemed to help it out.
>> Good Luck, 
>> Mike
> Thanks for the info. It's disappointing, but what I was afraid of. I
> think I've always had the issue but it was not as obvious until I tried
> watching LiveTV, particularly sports, on TVOut. Recordings of regular TV
> shows aren't too bad. 
> The WAF is low, but buying a new PC, or even mobo, cpu, and ram are not
> in the cards. I may have to go back to my mediamvp for a while... :-(
> James
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