[mythtv-users] Newbie hardware purchase question
John F. DeLuca
johnfdeluca at comcast.net
Tue Mar 9 17:27:55 EST 2004
On 9 Mar 2004 at 7:39, KMF wrote:
> On 2004.03.08 23:20 Patrick Reynolds wrote:
> > Recording requires a tuner, and live TV requires a tuner. So to do
> > both, you'll need two tuners.
> Doh! That should have been obvious to me although it wasn't.
> So any mini-system would need to have at least 2 PCI slots
> to watch live TV while recording. Uhhh, what if instead
> you want to record while watching video that was recorded
> earlier? Same thing? An additional tuner is needed or can
> a PVR-350 encode one signal while decoding a file and
> sending it to TVout? Or perhaps the video card could have
> a appropriate decoder and TVout?
To record one show while wathcing a previously recorded show only requires one
card. Two tuner cards buys you the added ability to:
+ Watch Live TV while recording another show
+ Record two shows simultaneously
+ Record two shows simultaneously while watching a pre-recorded show
In essence, watching a previously recorded show doesn't require a tuner card as you
are merely playing a video file.
> > There have been several threads about pretty cases, keeping heat
> > down, and quiet cooling systems.
> I'll redouble my efforts to find answers in the archives.
> > I have a Shuttle SK41G with an Athlon XP 2400+ and
> > am pretty happy from a noise/heat standpoint, but lots of other
> > options work well, too.
> This also looks like a pretty nice setup. I'll have to do
> more investigation before heating up the credit card.
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