[mythtv-users] Dell Zino HD as FE/BE
raymond at wagnerrp.com
Thu Nov 12 16:59:41 UTC 2009
On 11/12/2009 09:35, Cool Frood wrote:
> Just when I was considering an Ion-based machine for an FE/BE, Dell
> has thrown the Zino HD in the mix.
> AMD Athlon™ 2650e (512K L2, 1.6GHz) processor
> 2GB RAM
> 250 GB HDD
> Integrated ATI Radeon HD3200 Graphics
That processor is marginal at best. You would likely not be able to
decode full bitrate ATSC, much less do so with any deinterlacing. The
$110 more expensive 6850e would be a bare minimum, and even then you can
hardly manage half-bitrate HDPVR recordings, and bluray/hddvd is out of
You should be able to get the HD3200 working well enough with the fglrx
drivers, but it will not currently, and will likely never support
hardware accelerated decoding. You can upgrade to the HD4330 which now
has XvBA support indirectly through VAAPI, but will not be supported by
MythTV until at least 0.23.
So its $414 for a fairly inadequate frontend, that may have better
support five months from now. For that price, you should have no
difficulty building a computer that can decode whatever you want
directly in software.
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