[mythtv-users] motherboard recommendation?
mtv at aperature.org
Wed Nov 5 03:34:16 UTC 2008
On Fri, Oct 31, 2008 at 4:05 PM, <cromworshipper-mythtvlist at yahoo.com>wrote:
> Thanks for the offer, Darrin
> >From: Darrin <mtv at aperature.org>
> >To: Discussion about mythtv <mythtv-users at mythtv.org>
> >Sent: Wednesday, October 29, 2008 1:22:03 PM
> >Subject: Re: [mythtv-users] motherboard recommendation?
> >On Sat, Oct 25, 2008 at 2:07 PM, <cromworshipper-mythtvlist at yahoo.com>
> >----- Original Message ----
> >I haven't yet determined how well the AMD 780 and 790 series work. Anyone
> with experience to share? I'm a bit distrustful of them becuase, as far as
> I recall, their linux/x11 drivers weren't so good.
> >So maybe this one
> http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813188024 with a
> fanless graphics card.
> http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814127386 ?
> >Good luck. I can't make up my mind.
> >It doesn't really translate since I don't run linux on it, but I have been
> running my XP system on a Gigabyte GA-MA790-DS5 motherboard(apologies if I
> messed up the model number - I'm doing this from memory and don't have
> access to the machine at the moment) and I've been very happy with it.
> Since it doesn't have embedded video, you can choose whatever video card
> you want. Beyond that, I can't really think of any feature on the board
> that wouldn't work with Linux....
> >If you want, I could boot up a Knoppix cd or something similar and see
> what it complains about.
> If knoppix works well on your motherboard, that would be helpful. I assume
> that your knoppix contains only the opensource GNU/linux stack, so it would
> not tell me though whether the closed-source drivers from AMD/ATI would
> actually do a good job of displaying full motion video.
> Of course, if it did not work so well, that would also be good to know.
I spent some time tonight playing with Knoppmyth and I got some strange
results. I got most of the way through configuring it to run as a front
end, but I couldn't contact the backend database. mythfrontend complained it
couldn't ping the server.
So, I jumped to a shell to do some investigating and the localhost network
was not configured at all. I wasn't sure if this was a problem, so I went a
bit further. After some troubleshooting, I can say that the configuration
for my home network was ok, but for some reason, the machine couldn't ping
any other hosts. Looking at the lights on my cisco switch, I could see that
it was probably putting packets on the wire, though.
So then I tried doing a tcpdump and sure enough, it is putting packets on
the wire, but for some reason it's not getting them back. I see a lot of
arp requests that repeat over and over, but no actual icmp echo requests.
Switching back to X left all of the colors looking goofy. Based on that, I
would say that it *could* work if you had enough time to poke and prod at
it, but it's probably not an out of the box type solution. If I can locate
another SATA drive for experimenting, I may try again later on with
ps - I'm using an Athlon 64 X2 5400+ processor in this machine, which should
be plenty fast enough for HD if I can just get that far along in the
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