[mythtv-users] Advice - Upgrade Backend/Frontend combo or new dedicated frontend

Phil Bridges gravityhammer at gmail.com
Tue Sep 11 19:22:02 UTC 2007

On 9/11/07, Bill Omer <bill.omer at gmail.com> wrote:
> On 9/11/07, Kisner, Thomas <tkisner at necunified.com> wrote:
> > >I'm guessing that the reason you're having trouble playing HD is more
> > >related to the fact that it's a combination front/back than anything.
> >
> > It's the first thing I tried before I was doing any recording or
> > commflagging.  But I didn't check to see who much the backend processes
> > were eating the CPU.  The guy who does MiniMyth (which is obviously
> > always a dedicated frontend) states that you can display perfect HD
> > without XvMC with an Athlon 64 3200+, so I wasn't -sure- if I was
> > under-powered with a 3000+.  With your results I guess not.
> >
> > I just don't know what the approximate threshold is for a
> > Frontend/Backend combo or if HD will work good with wireless to a new
> > frontend.
> >
> My personal opinion would be to split your systems.  I'm a believer of
> dedicated systems for dedicated tasks (to a certain extent).  You'll
> find much more flexibility with splitting the two systems up imo.
> You *might* be able to play back hd with you 3000+ (which is not the
> same as a p4 running at 3GHz btw) if you split your systems.  I would
> give mythfrontend a higher priority and see if that helps as well, but
> making your 3000+ a dedicated frontend might free up enough resources
> to let you get rid of xvmc.  But it is on the low end of being able to
> playback HD.

Depending on the processes you have running, a 3000+ most certainly is
capable of serving as a HD frontend/backend.  I'm currently running
mine in that fashion, and I also have an XP2500+ serving as a frontend
(although the HD is scaled down to 800x600, TV-out).  All this without

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