[mythtv-users] HDTV memory usage?

Drew Bernat abernat at zathras.net
Fri Jan 19 04:28:01 UTC 2007

I'm setting up a new Myth frontend, and I'm seeing some odd memory  
behavior. In particular, mythfrontend is using an enormous amount of  
RAM which results in it getting killed by the kernel. This is with  
0.20-fixes, AMD-64 Gentoo system.

The system is based on the NVidia 6150 chipset, and has 512MB of ram  
native. Some of this is grabbed by the video card, resulting in ~450  
usable by the system. When I run at a 1920x1080 resolution, the  
frontend is killed before it can display the first menu (GANT theme)  
or as soon as we start watching TV (Blue theme).

Dropping the resolution to 800x600 results in a system that is nearly  
out of memory, but not quite.

This is a diskless frontend, so no swap. I'm not sure I'd want the  
frontend swapping in any case. Is anyone else seeing these memory  
usage levels? Any suggestions?


Drew Bernat
abernat at zathras.net

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