[mythtv-users] Geforce 8200 already advisable, working out-of-the-box?

James Crow james at ultratans.com
Wed Dec 3 20:03:06 UTC 2008

On Wed, 2008-12-03 at 20:53 +0100, twenty.seven at arcor.de wrote:
> Hi all!
> Some 4 weeks ago, I started looking for hardware to build a new MythTV box. Combined BE/FE, analog cable or DVB-T, 37" 1920*1080 LCD TV, at the moment receiving only SD TV (Germany), but system should be future-proof for HDTV.
> With respect to noise and energy consumption, I would favor integrated graphics and thus had the AMD/ATI 780G chipset on my list, also due to some recommendations in reliable magazines. Then I learned that linux support for 780G is, well, not optimal. So I thought about temporarily adding a Nvidia graphics card until the 780G drivers get better.
> Then came the news about Nvidia's VDPAU which also supports the Geforce 8200 chipset. But after some long hours of reading forums and mailing lists, I am still not sure if a 8200 based system would work without a lot of tinkering? So "out-of-the-box" is of course a little excessive, but  I have only intermediate Linux skills and don't want to patch and configure the system for weeks until I can watch a simple TV show (WAF won't ever recover from this ...).
> Bottom line: I am fascinated by the idea to build a HD capable, quiet, and low-power system. I would not hesitate to e.g. bridge the time until stable drivers for 780G or Geforce 8200 with a separate graphics card if I had the perspective for a really good system in 6 months or so. But, important: The basics just have to work right now without too much efforts.
> At the moment, I am wondering if I should give a Geforce 8200 mobo with Athlon 4850e and Mythbuntu a chance.
> Would be glad to hear your recommendations!
> twenty

I am currently setting up a similar system for a digital billboard
application. I have an Asus M3N78-VM MB with GeForce 8200 graphics. I
will be trying to get audio and video out working over the onboard HDMI
connection later this week or early next week. I used an AMD 4850 cpu.

Mythbuntu 8.10 worked right away on the system. After install I updated
to the 177 Nvidia drivers. So far everything has gone smoothly. I have
not yet attached any audio output device so I don't know how that will

Once I get more done I will let the list know.


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