[mythtv-users] Newbie with a shopping list for review please
taco_mel at yahoo.com
Wed Nov 21 13:08:49 UTC 2007
> 1-ASUS M2NPV-VM Micro ATX AMD Motherboard
I've been happy with this board, except with the
component output. My TV expects 1080i @ 59.97 Hz and
the TV encoder chip can only do 1080i @ 60 Hz. This
leads to some flicker particularly with horizontal
lines. Fortunately my TV also has a DVI port and I'm
using that with great success.
> 1-Hauppauge WinTV-PVR-500 MCE Dual TV Recorder...
I also have one of these. As others have pointed out,
this card does not do HD. You will have two options
with this card on capturing a signal: analog signal
from the cable line, or capture (S-video, composite)
from a digital cable box. I was pleased with the
capture of analog cable, but there is some discussion
of (older) Philips tuners being better than (newer)
Samsung tuners. I actually purchased my card on eBay
because that was the only way to guarantee Philips
tuners. I have since switched to DirecTV and I am
using this card to capture from the set top boxes
(S-video). I am experiencing the audio distortion
problem described in the wiki. Although the
workaround, which I have updated on the wiki page, is
now working for me. If you're going to be using this
as a framegrabber from your set top box, you'll also
need a way to control your set top box, which I don't
see on your list.
Regarding one remote to control all of your gear,
depending on how fancy you want to get, consider the
Logitech Harmony. I have one programmed up to control
everything and the "activity" buttons are ultimately
mapped into MythTV jump points. It took a fair amount
of setup effort but was well worth the time.
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