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About me

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 7.0 (codenamed wheezy, amd64 architecture)
  • MythTV 0.26.0

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 7.0 (codenamed wheezy, i386 architecture)
  • MythTV 0.26.0

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 GT610 with 1GB RAM, using the NVidiaProprietaryDriver.
  • Disks:
    • 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: Iiyama Prolite T2451MTS (multi-touchscreen)
  • Remote: BlackBerry Bold 9900 via FreeMote.


  • Distribution: Kubuntu 13.04 (Codenamed Raring Ringtail, amd64 architecture)
  • MythTV 0.26.0

TV reception

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 ;-)