[mythtv-users] Hardware advice requested.
travis at tabbal.net
Tue Jan 27 15:21:27 UTC 2009
On Tue, Jan 27, 2009 at 7:58 AM, Richard Shaw <hobbes1069 at gmail.com> wrote:
> On Tue, Jan 27, 2009 at 8:28 AM, <Jens.Peder.Terjesen at devoteam.com>
> That's interesting. The original post about VDPAU said a 9xxx card was
> required for VC-1...
That post says:
VC-1 support in NVIDIA's VDPAU implementation currently requires GeForce
9300 GS, GeForce 9200M GS, GeForce 9300M GS, or GeForce 9300M GS.
They really do mean that, not "a 9xxx card". Read the mplayer/VDPAU thread.
It seems that supported cards are somewhat rare and it's hard to know if
what you get will work for VC-1/VDPAU. I have yet to encounter much VC-1
encoded video, even online, so I haven't really seen a need to bother with
it. If I do, and I really must play it, I suppose I'll transcode. Hopefully
NVidia will get better support for it in the future. Even a partial offload
would help. At the very least, it would be nice to be able to tell BEFORE I
buy the card if it's supported.
For my frontend, I did the following a lot cheaper than your wishlist.
Asus mobo, onboard video:
Case, HTPC style:
I used an X2 3800+ I had laying around for the CPU. Works fine for MPEG2
ATSC recordings in software, but I needed VDPAU for h264 HD stuff. I also
used 2GB of RAM, and dedicated 512M of it to video for VDPAU. I also boot
from an 8GB flash stick, so no HD in this machine. I did install a DVD-RW I
don't really use for much.
If you go this route, note that the IDE interface is blocked and unusable.
Asus mounted it horizontal to the board and there is a drive cage bracket
right in front of it. Not a big loss with SATA being so cheap. I would also
recomend SATA cables with right-angle plugs on one side for the DVD drive as
it's a little close to the CPU heatsink. Mine wouldn't have hit the plugs,
but the right-angle ones leave a little more space.
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