[mythtv-users] Hardware Advice: Single board Mini Box for HD?
km at mathcs.emory.edu
Tue Dec 19 06:07:33 UTC 2006
I've been using mythtv on a couple of laptops with reasonable success,
but far from optimal for HD. One is a 2ghz pent-M with i915, the other a
2ghz pent-4 with radeon 7500. The first barely holds it own at HD, the
second is a little short.
I think its time now to buy hardware thats optimal and avoid the cpu and
graphics limitations in the laptops.
I'm looking to build an inexpensive very compact system based on a
single board computer. From my laptop experience, I think the trickiest
part is getting a graphics chip without hardware or driver limitations
in supporting xv with xvmc at hd resoluton.
Beyond that I need the usual (dvi, vga, sata, firewire, usb, gig-e). I'm
using an HDhomerun for unencrypted QAM, and firewire to an STB for some
encrypted channels, so I don't need built in capture.
Any suggestions? I don't really know whats around in homebrew single
boards with the right graphics. I don't need to render 3d graphics, it
just needs to handle HD mpeg2's very well.
Actually, can I do any better building my own than an Intel Mac Mini?
The i915 in the laptop is disappointing, and I don't know how much more
the i950 buys you compared with a i915. It seems like the Linux driver
is still a work in progress and doesn't support xvmc as yet.
Sorry if this has been covered in the wiki. I didn't see anything really
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