[mythtv-users] Using Artigo A1000 as Myth Frontend

Tim Ashman tim at ashmans.net
Fri Jun 5 02:21:17 UTC 2009

On Thursday 04 June 2009 07:16:28 pm Nick Rout wrote:
> On Fri, Jun 5, 2009 at 2:11 PM, Tim Ashman <tim at ashmans.net> wrote:
> > Ok, so I'm new to myth but loving it so far.  I've got a separate backend
> > with to pchdtv5500 cards and the recording is going great.  I've got
> > another PC running the a mythfrontend and it works great.  It is like a
> > 3g, loads of memory, etc.
> >
> > Now my problem,  I purchased an artigo a1000 mini itx kit.  This thing
> > has a via something or other cpu and 1g of memory.  Now I installed
> > minimyth on a usb stick and successfully can boot the machine, browse the
> > recorded shows, etc.
> >
> > However when I try and either watch TV or a recorded show it is too
> > jerky.  It isn't a frame dropping kinda jerky, it is like 1 second of
> > perfect video and audio, then a hard freeze for about 1/2 second, then
> > 1sec good, 1/2 sec freeze, etc.
> >
> > What I am wondering is what would cause this problem?  the minimyth loads
> > entirely in ram, the board is suppose to have hardware support for
> > decoding and when it works for the 1 second it looks very good.
> >
> > Any ideas on how to configure this board, or is it just not fast enough.
> >
> > thanks
> >
> > tim
> Is it SD or HD material?

Well, I'm not really sure to tell you the truth.  The cards are digital cards, 
I'm recording off of the over the air signal, some of the channels do HD but 
some of the shows I'm recording are old ones that are 4x3 when I watch them, 
others are 16x9,  I tried both of them and the same thing happens with both.

I believe my default recording is the highest possible so I thought that I 
might have to set the transcoding or initial recording to a lower resolution 
but being new to myth I'm not quite sure how to do that.

If you can tell me how to setup a recording to a really low res, I'll record 
something and test it to see if that makes a difference.

thanks again for all your help.


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