[mythtv-users] living room myth pvr
jeffsimpson at alum.wpi.edu
Mon Apr 3 18:46:37 UTC 2006
> Hi Timothy,
> I'm new to Myth too. Just set one up completely, and with invaluable help
> from the kind folks on this list.
> I'm also contemplating expanding my MythTV setup across the house, and
> here are my preliminary (untested) thoughts that I'd share with the folks
> here for commentary:
> * old PIII-based system, 512MB RAM, large USB Lacie HDD
> * a Hauppauge WinTV PVR-350 w/ TV-Out (to a regular TV via S-video)
> * a Hauppauge WinTV PVR-250 (no TV-Out) to a 21" monitor + a decent
> graphics card
I would suggest against getting a PVR-350, for various reasons. The MPEG
output on the PVR-350 does look nice, but the problems with support more
than overshadow any quality advantage it might have. Menus are slow, fast
forward, rewind, time stretch, etc don't (and probably will never) work with
the PVR-350. DVD and other video playing won't work well with the PVR-350.
OpenGL is not going to work on the PVR-350, and MythTV is moving to all
OpenGL for the menu systems.
So my suggestion is to get a recording card and a decent NVidia card with
For a recording card:
PVR-150 PVR-250: These cards are basically the same, but the PVR150 is newer
and cheaper. Depending on the package, some come with a remote
PVR-500: This is basically two PVR-150 tuners on one board. If you have
analog cable, this is a good way to get two tuners. If you have digital
cable or satellite, you would need to get two set-top boxes to use both
tuner inputs, and you might need to buy a breakout card to get the inputs
you need for the 500, so you may want to just start with a 150.
Anything nvidia with Tv-Out.
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