[mythtv-users] MoBo+PVR150 or 350?
dowobeha at gmail.com
Mon Nov 22 19:59:50 UTC 2004
On Mon, 22 Nov 2004 20:40:46 +0100, Sim <simon.hampton at freebel.net> wrote:
> I'm trying to work out what to build into a budget (except for cool, quiet
> case) PVR box / music player / photo presenter and possibly DVD player, and I
> have some questions.
> For the video part I am simply aiming to replace my old VHS and dont think I
> need very advanced features.
> If I get a motherboard with a TV-Out, will an Athlon 1800+ be sufficient for
> decoding, so that I could just buy a PVR150 for encoding?
If you have a card with hardware MPEG encoding (which the 150, 250,
and 350 all do), then yes, that processor should be OK.
> Alternatively do I need a video card (or at least one with TV out) if I get a
> PVR350? I thought I read that the 350 is rather limited for displaying
> anything but decoded MPEG2 streams - combination of the itv driver's
> limitations and the need to run X through the 350's framebuffer (and I admit
> I'm not quite sure what I'm writing here).
AFAIK, it depends on what you want to do, and how experimental you want to be.
I *think* (and I don't have a 350, so I can't back this up), that
you're basically right. My s
> In practice the integrated video cards are so cheap that the first option
> looks like the money saver, but I may have overlooked something.
> I was thinking of building on top of Mandrake 10.1, but I see that most of the
> posts refer to Fedora. Should that influence my choice?
> As for the case, what do you recommend? I think a small form factor is
> necessary. Frankly the Asus Digimatrix looks the most like consumer
> electronics and will probably fit best with our TV furniture, but I like the
> look of Shuttles, and could be persuaded for anything else I can get in
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