[mythtv-users] Baby Steps 2

Eric Broszeit eric.broszeit at gmail.com
Mon Feb 12 19:58:40 UTC 2007

You can get by with that video card. It is really just displaying the

What you do need to look into is getting a capture card, firewire card, etc.

How are you looking to connect?

You can most likely squeeze by on the 512MB too.

A PIII/800MHz system with 512MB RAM can encode one video stream using the
RTjpeg codec with 480x480 capture resolution and play it back
simultaneously, thereby allowing live TV watching.

On 2/12/07, mythtvster <mythtvster at gmail.com> wrote:
> I am looking for advice on a system I have laying around that I would like
> to use as a PVR. I have an old Dell Dimension Pentium III collecting dust
> that I would like to upgrade to use solely as a PVR. It only has an onboard
> video card and 128MB RAM so this would have to be upgraded correct?
> Since it is only a PCI board what video card(s) are recommended? Do I need
> a video card to encode and decode or will one card suffice? I would like to
> hook this up to a 40" LCD via component or HDMI/DVI if at all possible - do
> they even make a vanilla PCI card (with Linux drivers available) that will
> handle this?
> I plan on bulking the memory up to 512 (it's max), will this be
> sufficient?
> Would this system be OK for a backend?  I do not not want to dump a whole
> lot into it (including time) if the core system is not good enough.
> Thanks in advance.
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