[mythtv-users] Ready for use?
beyonddeath at gmail.com
Fri Jul 22 22:57:51 EDT 2005
Ive been using it for about 3 years (way back with the old website and such)
and its rock solid now, back then it took me 2 weeks to get running now i
can have a system up in 2 hours. My only problem is i cant afford better
hardware im stuck on an old p4 1.7ghz with a bttv card and integrated sound.
On 7/22/05, Chris Lopeman <lopemanc at swbell.net> wrote:
> Chris Lopeman wrote:
> > Jay R. Ashworth wrote:
> >> On Thu, Jul 21, 2005 at 03:57:53PM -0500, Chris Lopeman wrote:
> >>> Is anybody successfully using mythTV on a regular basis? I just
> >>> don't
> >>> want to put something together that is going to have problems
> >>> with
> >>> basic functionality every other day. Or is gonna work but look
> >>> like
> >>> crap on my TV.
> >> Sure, there are lots of people.
> >> If you're buying everything from scratch, and you take advice from the
> >> right people, you stand a *much* better chance of ending up with an
> >> appliance.
> >> Is a little Linux background helpful? Sure.
> >> Will everything go perfectly? Probably not.
> >> Does everything go perfectly with a TiVo? Probably not, either.
> >> Is the extra functionality worth the time? Lots of people think so,
> >> including my sister, who, while she's pretty sharp, really mostly wants
> >> it to be an appliance as well.
> >> Is this sort of question-talking annoying? You bet. :-)
> >> Stick with hardware-MPEG cards like the PVR-250, pick the right
> >> VGA/NTSC-out card and distribution, and avoid the pinch-y chipsets on
> >> motherboards, and you shouldn't have too much trouble.
> >> Cheers,
> >> -- jra
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> > Wow, Thanks for all the great and fast responses.
> > Several of you stressed the importance of the right hardware to make
> > things go smoothly. Here the PVR-250 was even mentioned. However, I
> > don't think I can use the PVR-250 because I don't think it can handle
> > OTA HDTV. And in the previous responses I don't think anybody
> > mentioned using HDTV. So maybe the first follow-up question should
> > be, Are any of you using it successfully with HDTV?
> > Assuming the answer is yes, I would like to start specifying
> > hardware. So maybe I should explain what I expect minimally from
> > Myth. I would like to setup _*ONE *_box that can record one HDTV show
> > (probably 1080i or 720p) while being able to pause live HDTV (same
> > resolution) for another show or watch a DVD. I have seen some posts
> > here that imply that MythTV/the hardware chokes under this kind of
> > treasure. Hopefully this is not the case for Myth and it is just bad
> > hardware. All of this needs to work with my Toshiba 62hm94 (in HD of
> > course).
> > So based on what I minimally expect from Myth. Please help me spec the
> > box.
> > Minimal Processor speed? Probably AMD (to cut down on heat and noise)?
> > HD Tuner Card (I'll start with just one to get things working.)?
> > Video Card?
> > I don't know if a specific DVD drive matters, but if it does please
> > recommend one?
> Oops forgot to ask about sound card. 7.1 optical output I would assume?
> > Thanks,
> > Chris Lopeman
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