[mythtv-users] HD success!
jon at sd-6.org
Thu Mar 22 17:31:05 UTC 2007
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> [mailto:mythtv-users-bounces at mythtv.org] On Behalf Of Yan Seiner
> Sent: Thursday, March 22, 2007 10:38 AM
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> 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
> from Newegg, the fix is cheap.
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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