[mythtv-users] Required CPU and PVR250
Michael S. Keller
samsara at tulsaconnect.com
Tue Sep 7 21:07:29 EDT 2004
Travis Kelley wrote:
> Get a geforce 4 or something and you can watch a recording while your
> recording. That system should be fine.
I started out with a PII-350 and, for everything but OSD fade-out (had
audio stutter), it was working fine. Encoder is a PVR-250 and output
card is an nVidia Geforce FX5200 with 128MB of memory (it's what was on
special at CompUSA that week).
Running Linux 2.6.7 on Debian, compiled the 6111 nVidia driver for it
and had to recompile MythTV to use XvMC. I turned on OpenGL while I was
Then a friend donated a Tualatin 1.4 GHz Celeron to my cause and I
switched out motherboards. Now OSD fade-out has no stutter. I haven't
gotten wake-on-LAN to work with this board and wake-on-alarm doesn't
always work (it's an Abit BM6), so I've given up and am leaving it on
24x7. I'll move the functions of my file server off to other machines to
get electricity consumption back down.
Your PIII should do fine.
The biggest frustration for me was that it wasn't obvious the drivers
for the PVR-250 had to be loaded before the backend, so on-demand
loading of the modules was out. I kept getting snow when I tuned. It was
so frustrating that I installed Windoze temporarily to make sure the
hardware was good.
Not sure if it's the firmware, but my PVR-250 seems always to deliver
720x480 video, no matter the encoder setting. That's one I want to resolve.
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