[mythtv-users] Building a second frontend for an old TV

jedi at mishnet.org jedi at mishnet.org
Fri Aug 31 21:35:32 UTC 2007

> My wife really likes MythTV on our family room set so
> I have been asked if to set it up for the TV in the
> bedroom also.  It's a several year old 19 inch tube
> with composite video and RCA audio inputs and is not
> HD capable.

    You can do a small test.

    Grab one of your recordings. Setup one of your regular
PC's to decode it (laptop, desktop, backend). Set your screen
resolution to 480p. For 4:3 this would just be 640:480.

     Run your frontend on the box setup like that or just play
the recording file with xine or something.

     See what happens.

     It should just scale the video.

     However, it will be decoding the whole thing so you will
still need something with enough muscle to run as an HD frontend.

     Try duplicating the frontend you already have if you can
get away with it. This will ensure that your chosen configuration
will work for your house and you will have a bit of backup hardware.

> I already have a dedicated backend server (dual 1.8
> GHz Xeon, pcHDTV 5500, Hauppauge 500) and a frontend
> server in the family room.  I will need to add a
> frontend for the bedroom.
> My requirements:
> 1. The bedroom PC will be an old computer I already
> own using a recently purchased, cheap Nvidia PCI card
> with composite out.  The system will be one of:
> (a) 2.4GHz Pentium, 1 GB RAM, ~4 years old
> (b) 933MHz Pentium, 512 MB RAM, ~6 years old
> (c) 600MHz Pentium, 256 MB RAM, ~8 years old
> 2. I need to be able to watch standard definition
> "Live TV" and the on screen guide.
> 3. I need to be able to play back recordings which may
> be either in standard definition (from the Hauppauge)
> or high definition (from the pcHDTV).  Including
> "chase play" of shows being recorded already.
> So how do I set this up, specifically for the
> requirement to watch HDTV recordings?  Can I
> down-convert the stream from the backend to SDTV only
> for this TV?  Do I need to transcode HDTV recordings
> to SDTV to be able to watch them on this set (and if
> so can I still keep the HDTV copies for the other
> set)?  Or will my hardware handle HDTV just fine so
> long as I configure <something> in <some way>?
> I just want to know what I am up against before I
> start investing a lot of time in it.  Thanks in advance.
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