[mythtv-users] HD success!
yan at seiner.com
Thu Mar 22 15:37:53 UTC 2007
I have 3 front ends in my system; one is based on an Athlon XP 2000+,
one is based on an Athlon 64 3200+, and one is based on an Intel PIII
(?) 1.4 GHz CPU with crappy i180 video.
The last one has not a chance of handling HD, but the Athlon XP 2000+
does quite well. There is some chattering with liveTV, but recorded
shows work well and CPU usage is around 65%. Since we don't want live
TV anyway, I really don't care. I typically take the Watch TV option
out of the menu altogether.
The Athlon 64 system has been a problem. It was based on an Asus K8N
mobo, and it wouldn't do HD no matter what. It would skip and chatter
and CPU usage was at 100%.
I couldn't understand why a lowly Socket A Athlon could outperform a
mid-range 64 bit system that's clocked at 50% higher speed.
So this morning I tossed out the Asus mobo, and stuck in a Foxconn mobo,
and Bingo! Perfect HD. Not a skip, chop, chatter. CPU usage down
around 35%. We were watching PBS's Raptor Force and it was awesome!
So, just a heads-up if you're having trouble with your HD. It may not
be the CPU horsepower, but the mobo that is lacking. And for US$36.99
from Newegg, the fix is cheap.
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