[mythtv-users] Testing the HDTV Waters
Justin The Cynical
cynical at penguinness.org
Thu May 4 21:23:24 EDT 2006
Calvin Harrigan wrote:
> I've been using Mythtv with SD for years now. I've decided to try HD,
> there are quite a few OTA HD channels available in the area. I browsed
> through the list looking for minimum configurations needed to play back
> HD. The specs seemed a bit high. My current setup is an Athlon XP 1800
> with a FX5200 video card, 512 Megs ram. 360 gigs storage. According to
> dvi->hdmi. So the 1080i was scaled. Does anyone else have a similar
> low end setup that is using hd successfully? Is an 1800 just too slow?
> Any comments appreciated.
The specs listed are for software decoding. If you have a video
subsystem that supports MPEG2 decoding/acceleration, you can get away
with a lot less.
My current machines are a socket 478 Celeron 2.0 (production) and a
socket A AMD TBird 1 gig (development), both boxes with NVidia cards.
The celery has a 6200, the bird a MX440, both 4x AGP. Both of them can
play HD fine using XvMC with peak CPU around 70 to 80%.
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