[mythtv-users] Build a robust FE - irritated with IONs

Greg Oliver oliver.greg at gmail.com
Thu Dec 23 05:33:56 UTC 2010

On Wed, Dec 22, 2010 at 11:18 PM, Dave Richardson <mythtv at derdev.com> wrote:
> I forget if it's been Robert's axe to grind about the IONs being
> underpowered, but... I've just about had it with my IONs.  (ZOTAC C-U,
> B-somethings)
> I have one specific FE that I really want to have perform well and this ION
> mITX stuff amounts to half-a-solution and lot of wasted time tuning. Yeah,
> Myth's a hobby, but if the point of the hobby is to actually WATCH something
> instead of tinkering and tuning, then I want to think about some gear that
> isn't so marginal.
> Main complaint: truly high quality vdpau playback isn't consistently
> possible and seems to require quite a bit of tuning and fiddling to sustain.
>  For me, this makes a credible case against Comcast HD DVR difficult to
> support.
> What specs would put forth a quiet-as-possible FE that had some real balls,
> was ideally fanless/quiet, and didn't need a lot of tuning to kick ass?
> Basically, spec something that doesn't breathe hard when I watch the damned
> nightly news (yes, you may laugh that I watch the news - it's kind of a
> metaphor anyways)
> Anyone else feel this pain?  Is it just as simple as getting into the GT 2xx
> chips/cards?

I did feel the pain - I cannot bash the revo 1600s I have, but I have
to admit that they are underpowered for anything that needs a good
de-interlacer.  I would especially not recommend any system that is
truly only capable of a vdpau slim profile with a screen larger than
42" for a sports fan  :)

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