[mythtv-users] Your ideal (pal) system
kichigai at comcast.net
Fri Mar 10 05:59:24 UTC 2006
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On Mar 9, 2006, at 16.06, GregP 203 wrote:
> I would think the ideal frontend would be an old model of
> laptop/notebook with dvd, TV-out, Irda for the remote
I dunno. I had a Toshiba laptop with an IRDA port, but it was
incompatible with LIRC. I've heard say that a lot of internal IRDA
drives aren't LIRC compatible.
> and graphics
> chip that will work with Xvmc.
> does anybody know of one?
Well, laptops aren't known for their advanced video hardware,
especially not the older models. It could be quite a challenge. Of
course, for the price of a laptop with that kind of a configuration,
you could probably buy an XBox and an IR dongle and just use that
instead. I have an XBox as a front-end, and I'm quite satisfied with
it. You probably can find a pre-configured MythTV/Xebian disk image.
Hacking an XBox sounds daunting, but it's not that big a thing.
> it wouldn't use much power, so you could leave it on and not have to
> wait for it to boot when you want to watch tv.
I don't know about the power usage, but I leave my XBox on all the time.
> there is no power
> supply fan and if it has a cpu fan it is probably not to loud.
The XBox is practically silent. The casing serves as quite an
impressive sound damper. Under Xebian (and XBox Media Center) the
system will control the fan speed based on temperature. After running
for about five minutes, the fan speed usually runs down and stays
pretty low. So it's pretty quiet.
> On 3/9/06, Francesco Peeters <Francesco at fampeeters.com> wrote:
>> On Thu, March 9, 2006 22:03, ffrr said:
>>> Francesco Peeters wrote:
>>>> Hi all,
>>>> I was wondering what would be people's ideal system for mythtv when
>>>> running a frontend *and* backend on a single machine for use in the
>>>> The system would have ethernet access to the local home LAN, and
>>>> connection to the cable.
>>>> So it would need:
>>>> * Ethernet (100/full)
>>>> * Analog TV tuner
>>>> * TV capable output
>>>> * Silent/Very Low Noise
>>>> * Audio (preferrably SPDIF) output to Stereo components
>>>> * and obviously be able to run MythTV
>>>> (Oh, and it needs to be affordable too, so no 50k components <G>)
>>> Why analog TV? Get a cheap DVB-T card. This will allow it to run
>>> on a
>>> much slower CPU as well.
>>> This is what I have, and it serves me very well.
>> Well, you'd need to be able to get the channels on DVB-T first,
>> right? :-D
>> Over here (The Netherlands) we do not have very many free to air
>> channels, and the subscriptions available are all dependent on
>> tuners with
>> smartcards, and up to max 2 smartcards per sub. So If I want to be
>> able to
>> watch TV on all TV's/Computers, I'd need to get 2 or 3 subs. (And
>> I do not
>> know - never investigated it - whether MythTV + DVB-T cards are
>> with smartcard based subscriptions)
>> Analog cable OTOH can be split and amplified, and thus serve all
>> for the
>> same basic subscription rate.
>> So analog tuner...
>> Francesco Peeters
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