[mythtv-users] MythTV on a laptop

Tim Draper veehexx at gmail.com
Tue Nov 29 13:45:54 UTC 2011

On 29 November 2011 12:49, Alex Feldman <grizdog at gmail.com> wrote:
> On 11/28/2011 10:25 PM, Nick Rout wrote:
>> On Tue, Nov 29, 2011 at 1:54 PM, Alex Feldman <grizdog at gmail.com> wrote:
>>> I live in the US and will be watching both OTA and cable - if this works
>>> reasonably well I want to make several of them for friends
>> Please don't top post.
>> I am not qualified to advise on North American tuners, but I am sure
>> there will be some USB ones available.
>> As I say, your laptop will be OK for testing and getting used to
>> mythtv, but you really want something bigger as a real solution. A
>> separate backend and frontend is ideal. It means you can put your
>> grunty large ugly noisy backend server in the basement, and a quiet
>> frontend next to the TV.
>> Beware of setting up systems for friends, that are not that easy to
>> maintain remotely, and you WILL be expected to maintain them! (Been
>> there, done that).
>> _______________________________________________
> Sorry about the top posting.  It won't happen again.
> The friends I would be doing this for understand the deal - as a group,
> we've been here before.  But I know what you mean.
> Indeed, the laptop may wind up just being the front end, once we get a
> look at everything.  Everyone involved has a big desktop machine with
> plenty of spare capacity.  So I guess that modifies the question:
> Given I will be starting everything out on the laptop, but then moving
> the backend to a desktop machine, and everything will be in the USA and
> either OTA or cable, does it matter what kind of tuner card I get, and
> if so, what should I look for?  I am particularly concerned about the
> lirc - I have no experience at all with that technology.
> Thanks for any help.

i'd just go with split dedicated BE and FE roles from the get-go.
i started with a single BE/FE machine about a year ago now, and last
month i split the 2 roles.
the notes i had on this setup were fairly different (and more complex)
than the split system.

if it wasn't for my desire to have the ability of wake-from-Remote &
suspend features on the FE, then it would be an out-of-the-box
install, ready to go.

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