[mythtv-users] Upgrade Suggestions - currently on myth 0.21 with PVR150, 250, 350
jep at obrien-pifer.com
Sat Jul 2 22:36:14 UTC 2011
Good suggestion. I'm in Charlotte, NC in the US. Cable provider is Time
Warner. No set top boxes, basic cable. Only HD is tuned by digital
tuners in my TVs. It's "regular" coaxial connections and I assume atsc.
On Sat, 2011-07-02 at 23:17 +0100, Richard Morton wrote:
> As I don't know the tuner cards you are talking about it would help to
> know your territory, your tv reception coonection and transport type
> (atsc dvbt dvbc dvbs fios etc)
> Please excuse brevity and pistakes this email was composed on a mobile
> Thanks and best regards,
> On Jul 2, 2011 10:03 PM, "James Pifer" <jep at obrien-pifer.com> wrote:
> > I've been running Myth since the 0.14 days. Couldn't live without it
> > WAF is fairly high except for a couple nagging issues we've been
> > having.
> > 1) I'm running my mythbackend on a Dell Poweredge 1600SC. It
> > occasionally locks up. It's totally random and I believe it's
> > related. Plus, on top of that, one of the fans has gone bad.
> > 2) Next is the bigger problem I've been fighting for a long time. We
> > a lot of jumps or bad video in spots, but not on every video. I've
> > tracked which inputs had the bad recordings, and it doesn't point to
> > specific card. I've ran with the unit open with a fan blowing on the
> > cards, and with it closed running it's normally fans (until the one
> > failed above). So I've never figured out of the cards are bad or
> > So I want to upgrade the hardware and at the same time get to a more
> > current release of mythtv. I currently have three PCI cards, 150,
> > 350, so finding a motherboard is doable, but limits me.
> > I don't have HD cable, except for the free channels. My three
> > frontends don't have enough power to do HD on their end, some I'm
> not in
> > a hurry to do it anyway.
> > SO, finally my questions:
> > Any specific motherboard/CPU suggestions with at least 3 PCI slots?
> > Are there any low priced, non-PCI options for replacing my Hauppauge
> > cards?
> > I also run a pretty powerful xen server and I know I could put
> > mythbackend on there, but I can't use the PCI cards. I would have to
> > replace the tuner cards. I could pass through some USB ports. I
> > mind doing it this way at all if I could do it and still have at
> > three tuners.
> > Any alternative tuner options?
> > Any help is greatly appreciated.
> > Thanks,
> > James
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