[mythtv-users] mythtv hardware plans

jason maxwell decepticon at gmail.com
Sun Feb 4 15:25:42 UTC 2007

I'm checking out the HDHR and have a couple questions. Does it respect
the broadcast flag? I don't think that war is entirely over yet. Does
myth simply record the stream coming in from the HDHR, or is there
still some software encoding that needs to get done? Also, it looks
like you can set up each tuner as either ATSC, or QAM, but not flip
flop between. I want my end result to be a box that can simultaneously
record and/or watch every channel that comes in, seamlessly. What
would be the best way to get to that point?

I don't plan to do much burning of recorded shows to DVD, so i don't
mind transcoding the occasional program if I need to, I would opt for
quality over quantity.

Regarding the sound, I'm a Linux sysadmin in real life, so as long as
it's possible to get stable digital sound, I don't mind fiddling with
it to get there. I guess my question would be is there a particular
chipset I should be looking for in a mobo? or more importantly,

I really appreciate all of the feedback so far. Now I have enough
Googling to do to last me a lifetime. thanks,

On 2/4/07, Stroller <linux.luser at myrealbox.com> wrote:
> On 4 Feb 2007, at 02:57, Brian Schott wrote:
> >> ...
> >> - SATA ~400GB+ hard drive
> >>   I will likely add more storage down the road at some point. I tend
> >> to be a hoarder :)
> >
> > ...
> > This might draw some flames, but instead of hardware RAID,I'd
> > recommend you use LVM to create a concatenated partition across
> > multiple drives ...
> > You can add drives later and grow the filesystem
> Mind if I ask why you suggest this rather than the new storage groups
> feature within Myth?
> LVM is very useful for allowing the o/s & applications to see a
> number of drives as a single mount-point / directory, but a failed
> drive can surely h0se all of the recordings on all of the drives. As
> I understand it "storage groups" allows Myth to use several
> directories for storing its files, and the failure of one drive
> leaves recordings on the others unaffected. Basically, as I
> understand it, "storage groups" is a more "Mythy" way of using
> multiple drives in a non-redundant way (I am not so retentive as to
> regard my TV recordings as important enough to justify RAID) than LVM.
> > I've got 1.6TB (I just tell my girlfriend that hard drives are like
> > shoes :-)!
> LOL!
> Stroller.
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