[mythtv-users] does my system make the cut?

David Schlenk mythtv at schdav.org
Wed Jun 4 15:13:59 UTC 2008

1 - yes as long as you have a fasterish hdd and use jfs or another non
ext3 fs, only use hardware encoding and only do SD.
2 - 150s are usually a little cheaper and will be fine for your
purpose but yeah x50 is a good way to go. If you aren't forced to do
ir blasting the 500 might be a good idea if you are short on pci slots
(sounds like you want at least two tuners).
3 - probably, but never used any windows front ends so i'll let others
answer that one
4 - yes assuming that its fast enough (I believe around 1 Ghz is the minimum)
5 - yes

you will need an nvidia card that can do xvmc (or something else that
does xvmc) to watch anything on that P3. I've done SD playback using
xvmc on a PIII 450 so it can be done probably not without xvmc.

Lowend myth can work but some day you'll want HD and when that day
comes you'll need to spend a lot of money (not really, but its more
significant than buying a couple tuners and a $30 nvidia 6200) to get
better hardware.

On Wed, Jun 4, 2008 at 9:43 AM, Vikas Sharma
<nothingelsesohappy at gmail.com> wrote:
> Hello, friendly MythTV community.
> I'm a total noob, so please bear with me. Before I ditch my Cablevision DVR
> and my TV, I want to make sure I have a system that's going to work.
> I want to install the MythTV backend on my old Dell Dimension XPS T700r.
> It's a P3, 700 MHz with 640 MB RAM and a 80 GB, with an additional external
> 80 GB hard drive.
> Questions:
> 1. Will this be sufficient to run the backend? I'd like to be able to watch
> live TV, and record something and watch something else simultaneously.
> 2. Assuming that my computer is sufficient, what video capture card should I
> get? The Hauppauge PVR-250? I'd like to spend as little money as possible.
> 3. Can I watch my stored programs on my newer PC (a Dell Dimension E510), on
> which I'm running Windows XP Media Center? I don't want to install Linux on
> my newer machine, but I see there are Windows frontend programs like
> WinMyth, MythStreamTV... I'd like to be able to skip commercials.
> If that doesn't work, I guess I could always install the MythTV frontend on
> my older machine and just hook both my desktops up to the same monitor (I
> only have one) using some kind of monitor switch. Would that be better?
> 4. Can I watch stored programs on my Mac Powerbook G4 laptop?
> 5. Can I use my Iomega 80GB external hard drive to supplement my 80GB
> internal?
> Thanks in advance!
> Vikas
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