[mythtv-users] 800 MHz P3 for HDTV

Michael T. Dean mtdean at thirdcontact.com
Sat Mar 3 19:33:36 UTC 2007

On 03/03/2007 12:21 PM, Ian Forde wrote:
> On Sat, 2007-03-03 at 10:06 -0700, stan wrote:
>> I've been using an old Intel mobo P3 800 MHz machine with an Hauppauge
>> PVR-350 for SDTV, and it's been working fine.  The hardware
>> encoding/decoding on the PVR-350 does most of the work, and performance has
>> not been an issue.
>> Now I'd like to move MythTV to HDTV.
>> Will the old P3 800 MHz machine be fast enough for HDTV if I use an AGP
>> nVidia display card with XvMC to do the HD decoding?
> Unfortunately, no.  You're going to need a much faster CPU... check the
> wiki or list archives...

With sufficiently fast disk or network (for remote filesystems) access, 
it would probably work as a dedicated backend, though (especially for a 
single capture card).  However, to get the disk support, you may need to 
use something other than the motherboard-provided IDE bus.


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