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I've used mythtv since mid 2005. During that time my configuration has changed several times, mainly during the quest for a silent system. The most recent change involved an upgrade to make HDTV watchable without xvmc. I recently switched my OS over to ubuntu Hardy, using kernel 2.6.24. The newer v4l drivers in cvs support most of my tuners, and now I am able to get my PVR-150 working at the same time as my digital usb tuners. This is good since I just got cable TV back. My PVR 1250 works now too, so I record QAM digital channels from the cable line as well. I've also replaced my old remote with a Sony learning remote, which I taught keys from my IR keyboard. I decided to stop using LIRC at that point in order to have one less receiver up on the TV stand. Since July of 2007, Myth has been a set-it-and-forget-it box for me, requiring no maintenance at all, adding a new tuner notwithstanding.

current config: backend/frontend combo

  • Distro: Ubuntu hardy (8.04)
  • myth version: 0.21-fixes
  • cpu: AMD Athlon X2 3800+
  • mobo: Asrock 939 dual sata2
  • RAM: 2 GB DDR400
  • video: Nvidia FX5200 (fanless); using VGA output
  • sound: Sound Blaster Live Value
  • NIC: Zonet 802.11g card
  • storage: Maxtor 160GB + 80GB drives
  • tuner1: Pinnacle PCTV HD Pro USB Stick (usb tuner)
  • tuner2: Hauppauge WinTV HVR-950 (usb tuner)
  • tuner3: Hauppauge HVR-1250 (PCIe tuner)
  • tuner4: Hauppauge PVR-150
  • case: Antec Sonata 2
  • remote: Sony Universal remote emulating IR keyboard
  • TV: Vizio VW42L

old frontend only box

  • Distro: Ubuntu Dapper (6.06)
  • myth version: 0.20.1
  • cpu: AMD athlon XP 1700+
  • mobo: some old EPOX VIA KT266A chipset board
  • RAM: 512MB DDR333
  • video: ATI 9600 (fanless); using VGA out
  • sound: Aureal 3D Vortex
  • NIC: Zonet 802.11g card
  • remote: ATI remote wonder

tuners used

  • ATI TV Wonder Pro
  • Hauppage PVR-150 x2
  • Pinnacle PCTV HD Pro Stick
  • Hauppauge HVR-950
  • Hauppauge HCR-1250

None of the above tuners were plug and play (the ATI card was closest) at the time I installed them, so I have experience with the general drudgery of getting them to work. However, currently the HVR-1250 digital part and the PVR-x50's are plug and play with the latest linux kernel. The usb tuners still need a recent v4l dvb snapshot compiled for support. But once that's done, they work well. If you need advice on them feel free to ask.