While my first attempt to build a mythtv box was just 'another try of potentially funny software' I am currently using a fully customized box in my living room. Simply because using the old-fashioned TV with its own built-in tuner is like living in the middle ages :-)
The WAF is high, maybe too high :-| as my girlfriend now 'owns' the MCE remote for this system...
If you have any questions about my contributions to the MythTV wiki I may have some time to answer them: michel at vlet dot net.
About my contributions to the MythTV wiki
My contributions to the MythTV wiki started on this international MythTV wiki. Currently I am also active as a moderator on the Dutch MythTV wiki. The main contributions on this international wiki are about videocards (especially on the AtiProprietaryDriver and NVidiaProprietaryDriver pages I started. Furthermore I contributed to the pages about the TV capture cards from Hauppauge, Hauppauge PVR-150, Hauppauge PVR-500 and Hauppauge WinTV-Go.
- Number of shows: 451
- Number of episodes: 2219
- First recording: Monday May 22nd, 2006
- Last recording: Tuesday January 31st, 2012
- Total Running Time: 5 years 8 months 10 days 7 hrs 49 mins
- Total Recorded: 2 months 21 days 23 hrs 12 mins
- Percent of time spent recording: 1%
About my boxes
My MythTV backend
- Mainboard: Gigabyte GA-K8NS rev. 2.0
- Processor: AMD Sempron64 2600+.
- Memory: 2GB (1x1024MB + 2x512MB DDR400) Kingston ValueRAM.
- Videocard: NVidia GeForce2
- TV-Card: Hauppauge PVR-500 (using the IVTV driver)
- Disks (RAID-1):
- 2x Hitachi 1TB SATA.
- Optical: Creative Labs 6x-speed DVD-ROM.
- Soundcard: on-board AC97 codec.
- Display: none.
- Distribution: Debian GNU/Linux 6.0 (codenamed squeeze, amd64 architecture)
- MythTV 0.24.2
My MythTV frontend
- Mainboard: unknown.
- Processor: Intel Pentium4 2.4GHz
- Memory: 1GB (2x 512MB DDR266)
- Videocard: XFX GeForce 6200LE (Low profile)
- Disk: 40GB PATA.
- Optical: Optiarc DVD RW AD-7200A
- Soundcard: Asus Xonar DS 7.1 (Low profile)
- Input devices:
- Keyboard/Mouse: Logitech Pro 2800 Cordless Desktop
- Joystick: Logitech Cordless Rumblepad 2
- Remote: Microsoft MCE Remote Control revision #2.
- Display: LG 37LH5000 37" widescreen LCD television (connected to the frontend system using a DVI->HDMI cable)
- Sound: Pioneer DTS receiver (connected to the frontend system using a toslink optical cable)
- Distribution: Debian GNU/Linux 6.0 (codenamed squeeze, i386 architecture)
- MythTV 0.24.2
My test MythTV box (backend+frontend) which also serves as my desktop
- Mainboard: Gigabyte M56S-S3.
- Processor: Athlon X2 4000+ dual-core.
- Memory: 4GB (DDR2-800, dual-channel)
- Videocard: NVidia GeForce 8500 with 512MB RAM, using the NVidiaProprietaryDriver.
- System disk: OCZ Vertex 2 60 GB SSD
- Optical: Optiarc DVD RW AD-7173A
- TV-Card: Hauppauge HVR-2200
- Soundcard: Intel HD audio (onboard)
- Display: Mitsubishi 22 inch.
- Remote: BlackBerry Bold 9900 via FreeMote.
- Distribution: Kubuntu 10.10 (Codenamed Maverick Meerkat, amd64 architecture)
- Kernel: 2.6.35 (amd64 architecture)
- LIRC: none
- MythTV 0.23.1
As I live in the Netherlands, I have only choice between a few options. DVB-T is not available in Brielle, so I have to choose between cable and Satellite. I don't want to mount a satellite at my home, so cable is the option I choose.
Read more about UPC on this wiki, and you know why I have stuck with analogue cable via the PVR. And after all: the analogue signal quality is good enough here in our country ;-)