[mythtv-users] Would the $200 Everx gPC have enough power for a myth-box?

Marvin Match match at ece.utah.edu
Fri Nov 9 03:25:16 UTC 2007

On 8 Nov 2007 at 18:37, Brian Wood wrote:

> Brad wrote:
> > I was wondering if people think the $200 everex gPC that is being sold
> > at walmart would be powerful enough for DVD/movie playback and streaming
> > live TV?  It comes preloaded with Ubuntu, so it shouldn't be too hard to
> > install mythTV.  Here are the specs I could find:
> > 
> > Mobo: VIA pc2500 (micro-ATX)
> > Processor: 1.5 GHz Via C7-D
> > Ram: 512 MB (expandable up to 2GB)
> > Graphics: Integrated, shared memory (hopefully this can be disabled)
> > Expansion: 2 PCI slots
> > Audio: Onboard 6-Ch AC97
> A BIG maybe for SD, and a definite NO for HD, IMHO.

I rather think it would make a fine SD frontend-only machine. It 
looks like it's using the VIA PC2500E motherboard (best guess), which 
would use the unichrome video drivers for it's CN700 northbridge. 
This MOBO uses the same CN700 and VT8237 chipsets found on several 
VIA EPIA MOBO's and mythtv will run on them.

But Brian's right... no way it would do HD, and it wouldn't make a 
very good combined frontend-backend, either. 

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