[mythtv-users] MythTV on older system?
mythtv at ultratux.org
Wed Jul 28 21:27:05 EDT 2004
On Thursday 29 July 2004 02:49, Your Name wrote:
> Does anyone here think theres any chance I can get MythTV, or another
> Linux tv
> app running on a 350MHz Pentium II? I don't need time shifting or anything
> like that, just tv viewing. Hard drive and RAM are not an issue, I just
> to know if I can use this old system for Tv viewing without major upgrades.
Yes, but _only_ if you use a hardware encoder, ie a PVR250 or Avermedia card.
But because your system sounds underpowered to play the recording back as
well, your only option is deploying the PVR350 which has a DEcoder as well.
Be advised that that card IS supported but can be a bit more tricky to get
working to your liking. It has a TV-out, so you cannot watch on your monitor,
only on your TV (which coincidentally is what most peole want anyway, so...)
Using additional stuff, for instance playing other prerecorded videos, will
not be possible on your system (or at least, not without framedrops etc.)
By the way, MythTV does not offer "just tv viewing", as such. Viewing TV
entails simultaneous recording and playing back with MythTV, therefore, if
you can watch TV you can do it all. Slow systems sometimes will record or
playback fine but cannot watch live TV as it combines the two. With a system
as slow as yours you may want to keep this warning in mind... However, from
what I hear the PVR350 will do all the work instead of the CPU so there
shouldn't be a problem.
If all you want to do is watching TV, not recording, there are plenty
alternative solutions, albeit they are CPU-bound which will not work well in
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