[mythtv-users] Latest thoughts on small silent frontends

Greg Thompson gthompson20 at gmail.com
Sun Mar 9 12:42:51 UTC 2014

> On Mar 9, 2014, at 8:29 AM, Stephen Worthington <stephen_agent at jsw.gen.nz> wrote:
>> On Sat, 8 Mar 2014 18:30:47 -0500, you wrote:
>>> On Mar 8, 2014, at 4:30 PM, Chris Lewis <chrislewis915 at gmail.com> wrote:
>>> Hi
>>> I'm about to dedicate my current combined BE/FE to being a BE only. I want to add a couple of dedicated frontends to the system.
>>> So what are the options for small cheap silent hd capable devices?
>>> Has any work been done on getting the raspberry pi to work? Or some other arm based system?
>>> If not what's best at the moment
>>> Chris
>> I have 3 of these and they work great. 
>> http://www.asus.com/EeeBox_PCs/EeeBox_PC_EB1033/
>> Greg Thompson
> I would have thought that the Nvidia 610 in one of those was not
> sufficiently capable of doing 1080i.  I know that when I got my Nvidia
> 220, Nvidia 210s were not able to do 1080i properly, and I thought
> that same pattern of the cheapest chip(s) in the range not being able
> to do proper deinterlacing of HD continued through all the subsequent
> generations of Nvidia chips.  Most video hardware options now will
> handle 1080p and all the non-interlaced formats just fine.  But for
> 1080i HD you need something capable of doing advanced 2x
> deinterlacing, and that seems to need more (or better) shaders than
> you get in the lowest Nvidia chips.  If the main CPU can handle the
> deinterlacing, or you can get your TV to do it, then it would work
> fine.  But an Atom CPU is not that capable.  So I think at least an
> Nvidia 630 is what is required.
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It handles all the interlacing options at 1080p just fine. 

See card status on this page. 

Greg Thompson
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