[mythtv-users] Minimum cpu required for VDPAU/HD?

Mark fairlane at springcom.com
Sat Nov 14 17:01:56 UTC 2009

Brian Wood wrote:
> Some folks have been having good results with standard PCI cards using VDPAU.
> My one concern is the Neoware units appear to use VIA chipsets, and VIA has a 
> reputation for bugs and problems, especially with their PCI implementations. 
> PCI bugs would be something you definitely do not want in the usage you are 
> looking at.
> If you could find a thin client with a mini-PCIExpress slot, you might be able 
> to use the Broadcom Crystal card, if and when that becomes easily workable.
> Apparently HP has taken over Neoware, whether that will help or hurt I can't 
> say.
Hmm.  I didn't notice the VIA chipset on the boards anywhere.  One of 
them has a Geode proc and I'm pretty sure
that's way too underpowered.  One looks like Ezra or Nehemiah.  800mhz.  
I am a bit worried I won't be able to
get much memory onboard, and I forgot I still need to decode mp3 audio 
locally.  that might be a bit of a bottleneck.

I bought these to setup a thin client network for the kids, but bought 
more than I needed, and one look at the power usage
told me it might make a nice frontend.  we'll see what they look like 
when I get them running.

I've not seen any thin clients that use a pci-e mini slot yet.  I'll 
keep looking though.

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