[mythtv-users] Couple more questions before I buy parts
Kevin D. Snodgrass
kds.mythtv at cox.net
Mon Mar 22 11:47:00 EST 2004
I spent most of the weekend reading (and reading), the XBox
frontend looks like the best option for me, *IF* the output
is as good as that from an NVidia GF4MX or similar. Yes/no?
Putting the mythtv backend in a different room (and moving
the other computers, except this laptop, there also) would
make my living room much quiter. :-)
Two additional questions on the XBox-as-mythtv frontend.
I'm not a game player, so I will never need the XBox to be
an XBox, just a cheap PC to play my recorded video.
Can it handle playback the mpeg2 captures from a PVR-250
straight away, or do they need to be transcoded? I assume
this is the case, since the XBox comes with a DVD drive and
mpeg2 is the DVD standard.
The XBox comes with 64MB RAM, which I think I read somewhere
is shared with the video. Is this really enough? I've got
512MB in this laptop and I'm always swapping to disk. Maybe
the MythTV-XBox setup has a very small footprint. Can I add
more memory? Would it matter?
Many thanks to Jarod Wilson, Dennis Carter (for MythTV-Xbox
support forums), and Daniel Walton and Robert Kulagowski for
pointing out the XBox-linux websites.
Oh, one more question, if I go with the XBox frontend the
MythTV backend will not need to be near as powerful. I've
got an old Intel PII-300 dualy that is currently no being
used for anything. Is MythTV SMP friendly? Would a dual
PII-300 with 512MB handle 3/4 PVR cards?
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