[mythtv-users] Rubbish Hardware

Brian Wood beww at beww.org
Fri Jul 6 22:42:19 UTC 2007

Sam Varshavchik wrote:

> I'm running Myth off a dual-Celeron motherboard, 400mhz overclocked to
> 500, also 256MB RAM.  I have to apply some custom patches to MythTV
> which automatically pause filldatabase, commflag, and transcode
> processes if something is being recorded or played back, otherwise I'll
> start losing frames, so it would be fairly accurate to say that this
> setup pretty much nails the lower end of functioning hardware.
> I'll probably be able to get some more juice out of this puppy, when I
> upgrade the base distro to Fedora 7, with its tickless kernel.

That's pretty much correct. It was about the 400 to 500 Mhz. CPU point
that the manufacturers started using software MPEG2 decoding to play
DVDs, instead of hardware decoders, but that was with pretty
well-optimized code, and the machine not doing much else.


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