[mythtv-users] Mythtv on Rock Pi X

Calvin Dodge caldodge at gmail.com
Thu Jan 14 16:31:20 UTC 2021

Thanks, Jay!


On Thu, Jan 14, 2021 at 8:25 AM Jay Harbeston <jharbestonus at gmail.com> wrote:
> Hi,
> I've been looking around for suitable low power frontend systems which
> can do HD video and involve minimal effort to setup (i.e., I can use
> the distro I have been using).  I have some existing ECS Liva systems,
> but they fail a bit at a time until they die, and 2G of RAM isn't
> enough for sustained usage, especially when editing recordings to
> ready them for clipping. Typically Mythfrontend grabs a little more
> memory, then a little more, until kswapd goes to 100% CPU, and I have
> to power-cycle the frontend.
> I heard recently about the Rock Pi X, an X86 single board computer
> with the same size and port locations as a Raspberry Pi, so I thought
> I'd give it a try.
> I opted for the 4G board with 32G of onboard MMC storage ($75).  Of
> course, I had to add a case with heat sink and power supply, bringing
> the total to around $132.  That doesn't include an RTC battery (on
> order), which isn't necessary, but still handy to let the system
> retain its CMOS settings and RTC time when no power is connected.
> A year and a half ago I bought these devices and they work very well as front ends for mythtv:
> https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07Q8KK7NT/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o00_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1
> They are ‘mini pcs’ that use the Z8350 processor and were $110 when I bought them and came as complete pcs with windows installed on them. I did not use windows on them as I backed it up and then installed xubuntu on them. I bought them on ‘lightning’ deals for $110 complete with power supply and an IR remote( I don’t use the remote).
> There is certainly a time savings buying this type of ‘mini-pc’ .
> While the one I bought is currently unavailable, there are references to current ones for sale on the page above.
> Here is one that is available today for $109:
> https://www.amazon.com/Z83-Pro-Computer-x5-Z8350-Processor-1000Mbps/dp/B07Q39V2CL/ref=dp_prsubs_1?pd_rd_i=B07Q39V2CL
> Regards
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