[mythtv-users] ATI fglrx MytTV issues [was Re: Looking for recommendations for PCI-E 1x video cards]
arthur at phraction.org
Tue Oct 14 10:16:32 UTC 2008
Roger Heflin wrote:
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> You better keep trying to getting that build-in ATI to work then,
> pcie-x1 cards are slow, rare, and expensive.
> Newegg lists *3* pcie-x1 video cards, and the cheapest one is $99 and 2
> of them are ATI and the other one has a chipset I have never heard of
> and is $120.
The cheapest I've seen this side of the pond is an NVIDIA 8400GS for
something like EUR 90. Fleamarkets/eBay are light on them too.
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> Given the price, you could likely replace the motherboard with something
> that has a x16 (or AGP) slot and buy a new video card for almost the
> same price, and things be a lot less risky (you could use a normal
> NVIDIA card).
The machine I have (for use as a combined FE/BE) is an Asus Pundit 2.
It's SFF (they claim "book-sized") so a replacement motherboard isn't
really an option. I kind of like the idea of a normal NVIDIA card, which
is why I started exploring the 1x video card option.
There are two separate fglrx issues:
1. Corruption in frontend and setup screens when the application is
2. "Stacked" video during playback - I get two identical images, one
on top of the other.
The first problem can be resolved by specifying geometry as something
other than full-screen, although then mythfrontend segfaults on exit if
I viewed a program during the session.
At a guess, the second problem might be interlace-related, although the
MythTV system is connected to my TV via VGA. Alternatively it's caused
by a misconfigured X11 configuration - unfortunately definitive
documentation on fglrx isn't easy to come by.
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