[mythtv-users] help needed speccing out small silent frontend.

Richard Morton richard.e.morton at gmail.com
Wed Jul 7 20:04:32 UTC 2010


On 7 July 2010 20:46, Ryan Duffy <dusteur at excite.com> wrote:
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> Wow! okay, so the Revo 3610 looks like it might be a winner after all, especially for 190. The verdict seems to be that it isn't all that noisy. I might have been getting confused with the other ION PC thing which is apparently very loud.
>
> A few questions:
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> Does it run Ubuntu (particularly 10.04) with all the hardware working?
>
> Can anyone recommend a remote to go with it (unless I can use my existing Hauppauge Nova TD500 remote?)
>
> It looks like it only has wireless-G, is that correct? I've got a wireless-N USB dongle, but it seems a shame to waste built-in wireless. For the record, I've experimented with my laptop and have no trouble watching TV over wireless-N. I'm using standard UK freeview SD though, no HD.

seriously unless you're away from a microwave; other electrical
signals and anyone else using wifi stay away from wifi; it'll glitch
and you'll end up running a cable anyway. I cat6d a house in a day and
that was a 80's built house.

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> Other video formats: I have quite a large library of videos encoded in all sorts of formats including DivX, Xvid, MPEG2, MPEG4, H.264 and probably others. Will it work with all these, and also with BBC iPlayer?
>

yes, it is all offloaded to the graphics chipset when vdpau is
enabled; except for divx which loads the cpu; my dual core is fine for
sd divx and I have loads of dvds encoded at high quality h264/m4a in a
mkv container.

flash should be fine in the main; it is also only software decoded
currently; hardware acceleration is on the official adobe roadmap, but
who knows...

> What does fast enough mean? For me, if i can webbrowse, view photos (including rotating) and maybe edit the occasional document without it being obviously slow, that is fast enough. I'm used to using high-end quad cores though so I have very little patience for lag.
>

well; a dual core atom isnt as fast as a high end late singlecore
intel chip (pre-multicore)... you are going to notice the speed
difference especially when rendering large pdf's and other documents.
apps take longer to load as well and there is certainly a slight (and
I mean less than half-second) delay on initial presses of my remote
compared to my quadcore be/fe after a prolonged idle.

R


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