[mythtv-users] Design a low cost, dual tuner, one box solution

jedi jedi at mishnet.org
Sun Jul 11 20:54:48 UTC 2010

On Sun, Jul 11, 2010 at 01:47:59PM -0700, David Lasker wrote:
> Most Atom 330 MB's have a PCI Express slot. You could use something like a
> Hauppauge HVR-2200 DVB-T card in that slot.
> I just completed building my first system for MythTV. I am in the US, but I
> don't think the UK situation is much different. 
> Originally I wanted to use an Atom 330/ION board. Then I realized I needed
> to have a 2nd expansion slot for an analogue input card. I found I could
> combine a low-end uATX card with integrated (non-Nvidia) HDMI, with a CPU
> powerful enough to make up for the lack of VDPAU, for less money than an ION
> board.

    I would be very wary of any non-nvidia GPU when used with TVs. The other
brands of GPUs and their drivers don't seem to handle TVs and bogus EDIDs 
nearly as well. I would specifically avoid Intel because of this issue.

    I have had some TVs get along with intel based systems and others not.

> In my case, I also wanted optical S/PDIF audio output, which really limited
> my choices. I chose an Intel DG43GT board with an Intel E6300 (2.8
> ghz/1066FSB) CPU, which together cost less than a Zotac IONITX board. When
> playing 1080P H.264 Flash video, the CPU utilization is at about 65%, so I
> have lots of capacity left for other tasks.
> If you don't need S/PDIF then there are even cost boards available. Look for
> those for AMD or Intel LGA775 processors.
> Hope that helps...
> Dave

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