[mythtv-users] HD success!

Aran Cox spin667 at mchsi.com
Thu Mar 22 16:54:30 UTC 2007

On Thu, Mar 22, 2007 at 07:37:53AM -0800, Yan Seiner wrote:
> 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.

Congratulations on getting mythtv to work!

Maybe you could tell the list which Asus motherboard you had a problem
with?  Maybe someone might choice to avoid that model... also, what
model of Foxconn did you replace it with?

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