[mythtv-users] Updating my machine for mythtv
J. Donavan Stanley
jdonavan at jdonavan.net
Sun Jan 25 15:38:18 EST 2004
Rick Gregory wrote:
> - PVR-250 or 350? The 350 seems problematic at this point and I really
> don't want to spend days getting it to work. Is there any HUGE reason
> to go with the 350 vs 250?
The 350 gives you an MPEG2 decoder and TV-Out. The 250 is an encoder
only. The only reason to go with a 350 is to safe CPU cycles decoding /
displaying MPEG2 content (i.e. recordings). If you transcode to MPEG 4
to save space it does you no good. You'll get no benefit from it for
your archived DVDs..
> - Will the CPU above be OK with one of the Hauppauge cards? I'm
> assuming that the PVR cards offload virtually all of the encode/decode
> burden, so the modest processor would be fine? Is that true?
A modest processor is fine for encoding but you may have serious issues
without some sort of hardware assisted decoding (i.e. 350 or xvmc). Can
you currently play MPEG2/4 content on that box?
> - Along similar lines, is there any reason to upgrade the current
> video card given that I'd be using one of the Hauppauge cards?
If you're using a 250 you want a card that can do xv at least and xvmc
with that CPU.
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