[mythtv-users] Distro for Asrock Nettop ION330Pro ?

Jarod Wilson jarod at wilsonet.com
Sat May 15 02:54:16 UTC 2010

On Fri, May 14, 2010 at 4:46 PM, Håkon Alstadheim
<hakon at alstadheim.priv.no> wrote:
> Hi all, just ordered an Asrock Nettop ION330Pro for a new Myth FE, and I'm
> debating what distro to run on it. I'll be using the box for viewing h264
> content with AAC sound, (including some weird streams not completely
> supported by current 0.23-fixes).
> If I don't hear anybody tell me otherwise, I'll be installing gentoo (using
> the wiki entries regarding Acer Aspire Revo R3600 / R3610 as a
> starting-point). I'm open to being persuaded into running mythbuntu however.
> Is the extra manual fiddling with gentoo worth the hopefully more expedient
> access to bleeding edge fixes in video drivers and myth ? I'm reasonably
> fluent in the gentoo way, so the extra fiddling won't hurt THAT much  :-~.
> Assuming I'll go with gentoo, would it be wise to stick with 32bit x86 in
> the kernel? The gentoo wiki entries for the Aspire Revo seem to indicate
> that. The box will have only 2 gigs of ram after all. If anybody has a
> kernel .config and a rationale for the choices made, I'd be happy to see it,
> I guess there will be some small differences from the Revos. For make.conf I
> guess I'll use the last suggestion from the wiki for the atom 330:
> <http://en.gentoo-wiki.com/wiki/Safe_Cflags/Intel#Atom_330>
> CHOST="i686-pc-linux-gnu"
> CFLAGS="-O2 -march=core2 -mtune=generic -fomit-frame-pointer -pipe -mssse3
> -mfpmath=sse"
> For myth I'm currently running 0.23-fixes by way of the mt-mythtv overlay on
> an old box. I'll do the same on the Asrock nettop, and I guess I'll want to
> enable ~x86 on the nvidia-drivers, but keep everything else at stable? I've
> seen some talk of issues with HD content on VDPAU, but i suppose the adage
> wrt. drivers is "the newer the better" ?

I've got one of those boxes, and everything seems to work just fine
w/a stock fedora 12 + rpm fusion install. Compiling anything on an
atom kinda blows, let alone every single piece of software you put on
it. But then, I'm kinda spoiled w/some of the systems I use for
building stuff at work... :)

Note that for the asrock ion330ht (and the bd model) there's a
built-in IR receiver, as well as a Linux driver for it. The source is
a bit, um, well, in need of love, but it does work on those machines.
(Starting to look at it, and some day might have time to start
cleaning it up so I'm not ashamed to see it included in the lirc

Jarod Wilson
jarod at wilsonet.com

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