[mythtv-users] New to building computers and MythTV
linux.luser at myrealbox.com
Thu Mar 22 13:47:42 UTC 2007
On 21 Mar 2007, at 16:08, Jon Sustar wrote:
> I've never built a computer before, but I'm really interested in
> building my own DVR that will run MythTV. MythTV sounds great, but
> I'm not sure what type of hardware configuration I should use. I
> know it doesn't take much to run MythTV, but I'm still not sure
> about what tuners are compatible with which motherboards, whether I
> need a graphics card, etc.
You don't mention your general computing experience here - I'd have
thought that most experienced Linux users had built a PC at one time
or another, or had upgraded one sufficiently that they wouldn't have
to ask this question.
Linux is the platform upon which MythTV resides - if you haven't used
Linux before buy yourself a secondhand $50 pc NOW, download Ubuntu
and install it. Linux is difficult & confusing, even before the added
complexity of installing & troubleshooting MythTV. Use Linux for an
hour a day, surf the web, use your distro's help forums to work out
why the sound doesn't work and to install the flash browser software
- just generally tinker.
$50 will probably get you a Pentium III of 600mhz - 1ghz speed, quite
adequate for learning the ropes. Search eBay for "SFF compaq" or post
on your local freecycle "wanted: pc for installing Linux".
I am sorry if I have incorrectly made assumptions about your
experience - you may be the BOFH for all I know - but we see many on
this list who have no experience of Linux (MythTV is obviously so
good that it's the "killer app" for many people!) and this makes life
quite difficult for them. Posts here, HOWTOs and articles on the wiki
tend to take for granted a basic knowledge of Linux, and I think you
will find it impossible to follow them if you have none.
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