[mythtv-users] mythtv hardware plans

Brian Schott bschott at east.isi.edu
Sun Feb 4 03:35:09 UTC 2007


I have a pcHDTV 5500 and have to say it is still sitting on my  
shelf.  Granted, I got it last year when the driver support was  
bleeding edge SVN.  I went out and picked up a PVR-150 (figuring it  
could be my live-tv backup tuner).  I did get it working on Fedora  
after a lot of grief, but then I ran into the Comcast lack of  
channels issue.  A warning, the analog channel does not have audio!   
There is a cheezy audio out cable that you have to route into a sound  
card jack.  All for the sake of a $2 ADC chip probably.  I ran into  
problems with audio sync in my configuration.  Also, there is an IR  
blaster connector, but the last time I checked the driver wasn't  

Brian (Schott, not Wood)

On Feb 3, 2007, at 4:17 PM, jason maxwell wrote:

> I've got plenty of time, no hurry. Good advice from everyone so  
> far, Thanks.
> The pcHDTV cards are designed specifically for Linux (and not
> windoze), which makes me smile, so the extra bucks are worth it to me.
> AFAICT, the 5500 will work for HD and SD channels, so no need for a
> separate analog only tuner.
> I have an APC UPS on my TV right now, and have another standing by for
> the myth box. Definitely a good investment. Also, I have a few
> "small", <100G IDE drives i can use for the OS, so I will plan on
> that.
> -J
> On 2/3/07, Brian Wood <beww at beww.org> wrote:
>> On Feb 3, 2007, at 10:38 AM, Steven Adeff wrote:
>>>>> - non-VIA chipset ATX mobo
>>>>>   how fast will my proc need to be to do what i want?
>>>> As fast as you can afford :-)
>>> adding to Brian's always good advice...
>> Geee, thanks.
>>>> You didn't mention what CPU architecture you're thinking of but  
>>>> there
>>>> are some really good deals on the socket 939 AMD chips these days.
>>>> You can get an FX60 for under $400 and an Opteron 165 for $100.  
>>>> This
>>>> assumes you're in the USA, your reference to Comcast would indicate
>>>> that.
>>> Look into the mATX boards with built in GeForce 6100/6150 cards.  
>>> There
>>> are a few with DVI output for your HDTV. They will also have SPDIF
>>> output on the back plate or with header pins that you can get an
>>> adapter for ($15). This is a nice all in one solution that can be
>>> easily turned into a standalone frontend later if you decide to  
>>> go in
>>> this direction.
>>> You'll want a minimum of an Athlon x2 for a combined system.
>> I can't recall hearing anyone complain that a system had too fast a
>> CPU, too much RAM or too much storage, although heat, power and noise
>> are also considerations.
>> If you keep your eyes open you can often find some real deals, it's
>> worth the time to look around.
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