[mythtv-users] Upgrading backend, need recommendations

gibble gibble at gmail.com
Thu Nov 8 16:57:13 UTC 2007

Do you have RRD running and creating graphs so you can see where the slow
down is?

If the delay is when you go to the watch recordings screen, could it not be
the network?  Or the front end that's causing the delay rather than the

Bill Omer-2 wrote:
> I'm thinking about putting a little bit of money in my backend, and
> I'd like some recommendations as to where I should improve.  I'm
> trying to stay on a tight budget, so I dont want to replace the entire
> system right now.  My goal for the upgrade is to improve performance.
> Sometimes going in to the 'Watch Recordings' screen takes for ever,
> and sometimes wont load.  Browsing through the program guide seems
> slow, and I'm constantly getting the "lost connection to backend"
> issue.
> Currently my master backend is an AMD 1.2GHz Athlon with 768 megs of
> ram.  I have two hard drives, the first is a 160 gig drive with some
> bad sectors, so I've only partitioned the first 5 gigs to avoid the
> bad parts and is used just for the os.  The other drive is a 250 ide
> drive for storage.  I also have a pvr-150, pvr-150 and an hd5000.
> The first two things seem obvious, I should upgrade the ram and
> replace the faulty hard drive.  But should I bother with upgrading my
> motherboard and processor?  This is a backend only machine. I have a
> sata raid controller laying around that I picked up off newegg real
> cheap, I'm wondering if I'll get the most bang for my buck if I a big
> sata drive to replace the 250 ide (I think it only has 1 meg of
> cache).
> Any recommendations?
> -- 
> Regards,
> Bill Omer
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