[mythtv-users] PS3 as FrontEnd

raphael rpooser at gmail.com
Sun Mar 18 15:51:12 UTC 2007

Brian Wood wrote:
> On Mar 16, 2007, at 6:24 PM, Matthew McClement wrote:
>> I don't think it'd help anything, as otherwise the xorg nvidia driver
>> would be adaptable(it's fairly 2D complete I believe, it's just 3D  
>> that
>> is lacking).
>> I think the main problem is that the PS3 Hypervisor cuts off all  
>> access
>> to the 3D hardware, or rather, it only virtualises enough of the
>> graphics adapter to support FB.
> Quite correct, I believe. I've been following the YDL list and that's  
> exactly what seems to be the case. This no doubt has to do with the  
> PS3 not outputting HD unless it sees an HDCP-capable device on the  
> end of the cable. (Dang DRM).
> I'm driving an HDCP equipped monitor. I don't know if the Linux video  
> output pays any attention to that or not. I guess I'll have to scare  
> up a non-HDCP display and see what happens.
>> The following has a good description of how the separation is done on
>> the PS3:
>> http://moss.csc.ncsu.edu/~mueller/cluster/ps3/doc/ 
>> LinuxKernelOverview.html
> I also just locked up solid after about 10 minutes of playing a Myth- 
> recorded SD file via NFS, not sure what happened yet, trying to do a  
> post mortem now if I can SSH into the box. It was looking good until  
> the lockup, which may be NFS or network related, as it locked up the  
> NFS server too.
> So we're not there yet, just wanted to report that so far it does not  
> look totally impossible. Even if all I can do is play Myth files with  
> Mplayer I think I got my money's worth, very nice little machine for  
> the price.
> Dang that thing runs hot ! If anyone gets one to play with I'd  
> suggest mounting it vertically, seems to run a bit cooler if the heat  
> can gush out the top (side).

It's interesting to hear how hot it is. I wonder if that will change 
when they finish switching all cell production to 65nm. How does it 
sound in terms of noise when it's operating full tilt?
I wonder if that lockup involved overheating or something.

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