[mythtv-users] HD success!

Jon jon at sd-6.org
Thu Mar 22 17:31:05 UTC 2007


> -----Original Message-----
> From: mythtv-users-bounces at mythtv.org 
> [mailto:mythtv-users-bounces at mythtv.org] On Behalf Of Yan Seiner
> Sent: Thursday, March 22, 2007 10:38 AM
> To: Discussion about mythtv
> Subject: [mythtv-users] HD success!
> 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.
> --Yan

In my experience the sound card is often to blame.  I've had a similar
instance where I installed a sound card instead of using the onboard audio,
the improvement was dramatic. 

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