I'm in Arlington, VA, USA, so I may be looking for/offering help in the Washington, DC area. My computer background is mostly Unix (BSD/SunOS/Solaris/MacOSX); odd things before that -- AmigaDOS, C64, IBM System 32 & 34. Minimal exposure to MS-DOS and Windows, which means commodity hardware for Linux is new territory. I've had a 60GB ReplayTV 3060 since Feb 2001, and it's time for something better.
May 2007 - I'm just getting a system together: refurbished Compaq (AMD Athlon 64 3800+ 2.4GHz, 512KB L2, 1GB PC2-4200 DDR2, 200GB 7200rpm SATA HD, LightScribe 16x DVD±R/RW DL, 9-in-1 card reader, Modem, 10/100 NIC), WinTV-PVR-500 MCE dual tuner, Seagate Barracuda 750GB SATA (added 2nd disk), Streamzap PC Remote. Installing KnoppMyth for starters....
April 2010 - I've finally started trying out that hardware I bought. The Compaq is not in the same room with the ReplayTV, but I think it may be quieter. Installed Mythbuntu 9.10. System doesn't see the 750GB disk, so I've got just the original 200GB. (Overwrote Windows with the install.) mythfilldatabase runs successfully with my trial Schedules Direct account, but the Myth's program guide is empty. I've ripped a couple of CDs also, and Myth doesn't see them for playback either.
May 2010 - Mythbuntu is installed and working well. Schedules updating; programs recording. I'm watching the MythTV more than the ReplayTV. (Love the commercial skipping, and can watch shows over WiFi on my laptop.) Dual tuners make a big difference resolving conflicts. (Plus the ReplayTV's scheduler isn't smart enough to look for repeat airings to resolve conflicts.) I'm down to typically 1 hour/week with a 3-shows-at-once conflict, and I can let the ReplayTV get the 3rd program. I have a 2TB Western Digital Caviar Green disk (SATA, 3Gb/s, 64 MB Cache) arriving next week. I'll put all the recorded video there, and free up space on the original 200MB disk for my photos, selected CDs, and podcasts.
I do have a problem: choppy video during RECORDING (It's always present in the playback – front-end, web, or VLC on local disk) and live; seems to be triggered by areas of white/bright text/graphics in the image, including the V-chip rating label.