[mythtv-users] New frontend... Atom?

Brian J. Murrell brian at interlinx.bc.ca
Mon Nov 9 19:58:03 UTC 2009

On Mon, 2009-11-09 at 11:37 -0800, Yeechang Lee wrote: 
> In your case, yes, you probably should have bought a new
> computer--probably an inexpensive Atom-based frontend--and kept the
> existing one as a backend or second frontend or something.

Yeah.  Either way, I am upgrading more than I really need just to use
one new piece of hardware.  The memory, CPU and motherboard are
perfectly acceptable, otherwise.  Even more so with VDPAU.

> No computer lasts forever.

No, but to be land-fill ready simply because of wanting one new
component, not because the whole thing has fried out is just wasteful.

> In my case, though, upgrading to VDPAU has meant that my now four
> years-old Pentium 4 3.0GHz frontend/backend will be able to play
> state-of-the-art h.264 HD-PVR recordings.

Athlon 800 here for my FE/BE, and it's being doing just fine until just
recently where I've put a third tuner into it and now it struggles
slightly when recording (and commflagging at least one of them) 3
programs and playing SD at the same time on the Nvidia 5200 in there.

You can see why I want VDPAU.  :-)  Sadly it doesn't seem to be even
available (as in produced, by anyone) on any video card with an AGP
interface.  :-(


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