[mythtv-users] How much horespower for frontend?

Brian Wood beww at beww.org
Tue Sep 26 14:30:43 UTC 2006

On Sep 26, 2006, at 8:25 AM, John Drescher wrote:

> 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... :-(
> How about a new processor? A 2500 sempron can be had for $50 US and  
> most likely will work in your mobo as long as you have an option  
> for a 333 or (166) MHz front side bus. BTW, on ebay you probably  
> can get this one for 1/2 the price...
> http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16819104204

A good suggestion, *if* the problem is truly CPU load (which is  
certainly quite possible).

I'd make sure the problem is not simply disk transfer rate first. The  
folks who have "solved" the problem by upgrading have probably  
upgraded the mobo as well, thus perhaps solving an undiagnosed  
problem of this type and only thought it was the faster CPU that did it.

While liveTV should add only a little additional CPU load without de- 
interlacing, it doubles the amount of data being moved to and from  
the disk system, and thus is where I would look first.

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