[mythtv-users] New Motherboard, any thoughts

James Pifer jep at obrien-pifer.com
Fri Sep 8 19:23:20 UTC 2006


On Fri, 2006-09-08 at 13:56 -0500, Drew Bernat wrote:
> On Sep 8, 2006, at 1:25 PM, James Pifer wrote:
> 
> > Couple questions if you don't mind. I looked at this board on newegg
> > and
> > 
> > it get's a couple knocks because of a couple motherboard components
> > that
> > 
> > interfere with one of the PCI slots. Have you found any problem with
> > 
> > this?
> > 
> 
> 
> No, but like I said I don't have any PCI cards installed. I did have a
> PVR-350 in one slot at one point without problems. So I can say that
> one card will fit - other than that, I have no idea. 
> 
> > Also, you say TV out was easy to setup. Can you elaborate a little?
> > What
> > 
> > distro are you using? What was involved with the setup?
> > 
> 
> 
> Gentoo. I'm using stock 0.19 portage files for Myth, and the NVidia
> kernel drivers. With Xorg 6.8 everything worked smoothly, and svideo
> out just worked. With 7.0 X takes a while (30 sec?) to start up, but
> since I leave the system running Myth it hasn't been a problem. 
> 
> 
> Again, the backend is on a different machine. This is frontend only,
> so all I care about is video out (nvidia kernel drivers) and digital
> audio out (ALSA, snd-intel-hda). 
> 
> 
> My current two issues are to get things working smoothly with XvMC and
> to get Myth to pass through AC3 audio. I've got passthrough working
> with mplayer and xine, so no problems there; and I was going to wait
> for 0.20 to look at XvMC and AC3.
> 
> > My current BE is randomly crashing. I've been wanting to get
> > something
> > 
> > with TVout, so I'm thinking of upgrading the hardware and using it
> > as a
> > 
> > FE and BE. I have a PVR250 and PVR350 so I need to be able to use
> > both
> > 
> > PCI slots. 
> > 
> 
> 
> I can crack the system open and check whether that would be a problem.
> The 350 will definitely fit. Hrm...
> 
> 
> The SATA connectors (2 out of 4) and the CMOS battery are in line with
> one of the two slots. There's 3" of clearance between the front of the
> slot and those components; I don't remember how big a 250 or 350 are.
> I had a PATA drive (and now diskless) so I never noticed. 
> 
> 
> Drew
> 

I appreciate the input! Not sure what I'm going to do. 

Thanks,
James



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