[mythtv-users] Taking the plunge - check my proof?
swpugh at comcast.net
Wed Nov 24 18:01:23 UTC 2004
First time post so let me introduce myself - my name is Steve, I live in
Los Angeles and have been a "systems guy" type of guy in visual effects
for a number of years. I've built my share of Windows machines, and a
more recently a few Linux boxes. Most of my Linux work has been
installing RH9 or FC2 and then running, screaming and naked, into the
woods at the first sign of trouble. I flipped out the first time I used
yum to get a system up to date, it was almost a religious experience.
I have spent about a week poking around Mythtv.org and
pvrhw.goldfish.org, and have convinced myself to build a Myth to replace
my CD changer and ReplayTV. My goal is to start with a frontend/backend
unit in the living room, and at a later date add some thin frontends in
the bedrooms. For now, though, the "main" machine is the target. I
need to be able to record two shows simultaneously, I doubt that I will
ever need to watch a different channel on live TV while doing so. I
want to store ~30GB of music and at least twice as much video as my
40-hour Replay will hold. I have a plain-Jane 27" television, and also
a DLP projector. Someday I see myself wanting to add HDTV into the mix,
but I'm willing to leave that be for now.
Here's what I have, kit-bashed from a few years' worth of hoarding: MSI
K7D-Master dual Athlon motherboard, 1GB RAM, a PVR-250 tunercard, and a
GeForce4 TI-4600 videocard. I plan to add a Soundblaster (probably
Live! but I haven't researched this angle much yet). Hard drives, I'm
thinking of using a couple 200GB ATA drives and Linux RAID to get 400GB
of storage. My DishTV receiver will require an IR Blaster (yay), and I
hope to run my plain, boring, came-with-the-cable-modem cable into the
second tuner to get second-tuner access to the low-end network
channels. Case will likely be a Silverstone.
I've got a CD-ROM containing the KnoppMyth .iso, do y'all think I'm set
to go? A check through the archives seems to indicate that the TI-4600
may not be the easiest videocard to configure (especially since I'd like
the option to run TV-Out to my tv and VGA-Out to my projector, is that
still an issue? I guess that's what they invented weekends and Scotch
All that to say "Wish me luck, and I will probably be asking a great
deal of questions soon, but will do my best to search the archives first."
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