[mythtv-users] Building a new MythTV box for the living room
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Mon Sep 3 17:15:56 UTC 2007
On 8/16/07, Fredrik Hallgarde <mythtv at tedde.nu> wrote:
> Joacim J skrev:
> > On 8/15/07, *jedi at mishnet.org <mailto:jedi at mishnet.org>*
> > <jedi at mishnet.org <mailto:jedi at mishnet.org>> wrote:
> > > Hello,
> > >
> > > I am thinking of building a new MythTV box for use in the living
> > room and
> > > therefore need to keep the noise low. I have never used a VIA
> > EPIA card
> > > but
> > > it's tempting to build the system on that.
> > > So we assume that I are building on VIA EPIA platform...
> > >
> > [deletia]
> > > * I have looked at VIA EPIA MII12000, would that be a good
> > choice or do
> > > you
> > How well does kind of setup handle h264 video?
> > That would be the only thing that might be a show stopper. My A64
> > 3500+
> > and X2 3800+ systems have not been able to handle h264 adequately
> > well.
> > Basic playback was possible but navigation didn't quite work.
> > Definitely don't skimp on the frontend in terms of looks and
> > noise/heat.
> > Otherwise it will be sitting there in front of your face reminding
> > yourself how ugly it is, constantly on a day by day basis.
> > A mac mini makes a really cool living room frontend but I don't know
> > if it meets your requirements.
> > > recommend other (what do you have)?
> > > * Would that be able to run both frontend/backend?
> > > * Is it compatible with Kubuntu/MythTV?
> > > * Would you recommend CompactFlash or harddrive if a frontend
> > only box?
> > Thanks for your answers..
> > I think VIA EPIA MII12000 have support in OpenChrome since it uses
> > CLE266.
> > From the discussion so far I think the following setup-steps
> > Step 1 - Configure the server (AMD X2 3800+, 2 GB)
> > - Throw my existing Kworld DVB-T card in the server
> > - Purchase a new dual DVB-T ( HAUPPAUGE WINTV NOVA-T 500) card for the
> > server (in total 3 receivers)
> > - Get those capture cards working on Kubuntu Feisty
> > - Install MythTV Backend
> > Step 2 - Configure existing HTPC (home cinema with Kubuntu Feisty AMD
> > Athlon 3200+, 1 GB)
> > - Install/configure MythTV frontend to the server
> > - Evaluate the setup
> > Step 3 - Setup a new lightweight HTPC
> > - Specify the hardware configuration and get it started :)
> > - Configuration so far....(until you get me on better thoughts :) )
> > + VIA EPIA MII12000
> > + 1 GB RAM
> > + IDE-CF adapter
> > + 4 GB CF card
> > + Samsung Slimline DVD burner
> > + MCE Remote
> > + Nice looking case
> I would consider the SP13000 as it has Mpeg4 accelerator as well as a
> Mpeg2 decoder (see the "Comparing the EPIA SP and the EPIA M" section of
> http://www.mini-itx.com/store/?c=444#p1628 for details.) it also has
> SATA which might be of interest if you ever re-deploy the card for other
> use etc.
> I would not expect any available Epia card to handle h264 video.
> If you consider any other Epia card than your intended MII12000 I must
> advice you to read about the chipset support closely, the CN400 in the
> SP13000 is fairly well supported and is capable of quite high
> resolutions (but does not necessarily have the CPU perf to use it)
> whereas CN700 has limited linux support and some other limitations.
Ok, I have revised my frontend setup (not yet ordered)
+ VIA EPIA SP13000G
+ 1 GB RAM
+ Samsung Spinpoint 160 GB 2.5" 5400RPM HDD (silent)
+ Samsung Slimline DVD burner
+ MCE Remote
+ Nice looking case
- Would it be possible to run complete MythTV (frontend and backend +
requirements such as MySQL) on this setup and not having resource problem
(lack of CPU power etc)??
- Since this motherboard have a fan, how much noise does it generate?
(compared to a AMD Athlon64 3500+ with Zahlman fan which I have in the home
The preliminary plan is to have it as frontend only since I have a TV-card
installed in the server. I have tested towards this server with a laptop as
frontend but are not completely satisfied and want to have a fallback to
able to run a full MythTV setup on it. Would it then be better to leave VIA
EPIA and go for a AMD based system; in that case what CPU would you
recommend? (enough CPU, cool and quite,..)
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