[mythtv-users] XvMC and libmpeg2 to be dropped in 0.25

Raymond Wagner raymond at wagnerrp.com
Mon Dec 6 03:00:48 UTC 2010

On 12/5/2010 21:33, Eloy Paris wrote:
> On Sun, Dec 05, 2010 at 11:16:32AM -0500, Raymond Wagner wrote:
>> On 12/5/2010 08:52, Eloy Paris wrote:
>>> - Buy a PCI card that can do VDPAU. Cons: any negative downside to using
>>> a PCI card to play HD? Based on the VDPAU in the wiki it seems like it
>>> works. This seems like the best option I have right now.
>> If you're playing content usable through VDPAU, you're only going to
>> be sending a few MB/s, not a problem for PCI.  The other UI bits are
>> not active enough to cause any problems wither.  Any HD content that
>> can't be played through VDPAU will likely require too much bandwidth
>> to realistically be used.
> Newegg has a NVIDA 8400-based PCI card for less than $40. That's what I
> am thinking of buying. The only problem I see with this card is that it
> has 256 MBytes of RAM. Would this amount of RAM be a deal breaker and
> it'd be better to go with another card that has 512 MBytes of RAM?

VDPAU in MythTV really isn't happy with less than 512MB of memory.  A 
quick check of newegg means the price is bumped up to $50.

Your original $400 quote is really a bit excessive, especially for a 
lowly Atom.  You can build a full system with plenty of CPU power for 
any software decoding needs for around $300.  If you have an existing 
system you can scavage, you can manage one for less than $200.  I put 
together an upgrade almost two years ago for $160 (AMD dual-core, nVidia 
micro-atx, 2GB), that is still plenty capable of handling anything I've 
thrown at it.

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