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    Hardware: What hardware do you use with MythBuntu?

    Though it would be nice to have a thread about the hardware setups everyone uses with MythBuntu.

    Is your hardware working well with MythBuntu? Then let others know about your choice of hardware and how you got it to work.
    Last edited by DutchLoki; June 27th, 2008 at 07:05 PM.

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    Re: Hardware: What hardware do you use with MythBuntu?

    My setup:

    Country: the Netherlands
    TV provider: Kanaal digitaal (satellite)

    livingroom setup:

    * Mainboard: Gigabyte matx 780G (Gigabyte GA-MA78GM-S2H);
    * CPU: AMD Athlon X2 4850e;
    * Cpu-cooler: Scythe Ninja Mini (using it passive)
    * Video-card: onboard
    * sound-card: onboard
    * networkcontroller: onboard
    * hardisk: Samsung SpinPoint F1 1TB
    * Memory: 2 gig ram
    * Tunercard: 2 * technotrend S-1500, technotrend CI + alfacrypt classic + smartcard from kanaal digitaal.
    * Webcam: Logitech QuickCam Pro 9000 for videocalls (looks good on a flatscreen and works even better!)
    * case: an old miditower case hiden behind the furniture.
    * remote control: ms mce remote (cheap and works great, but will be replaced by a RF type)


    Previous setup (currently active as a frontend in the bedroom):

    * P4 1800;
    * Medion mainboard (not sure about the type)
    * medion videocard (a rebranded nvidea card)
    * 512 mb
    * 450 gig HD
    * 2* hauppauge pvr 350
    This setup will soon be moved to my sister in law (alway good to keep her on the good side ).


    Future plans:

    looking around for a frontend in the bedroom. I'm considering to buy a secondhand laptop with defect screen for about 75 euro or building a low budget ITX system.

    Also going to build a mythbox for my parents which need to work for cable tv (Ziggo). This system will be the same as my current system except for the tunercards. These will probably be replaced by two technotrend c-1501 budget cards, great price and capable of full hd in mpeg 2 and 4 (only the drivers are in experimental status so need to sit on my hands for a while). Also throwing in a quickcam pro 9000 so we can have videocalls with each other (This cam is the best you can get at the moment and has a nice pricetag).
    Last edited by DutchLoki; June 27th, 2008 at 10:32 PM. Reason: typo

  3. #123
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    Re: Hardware: What hardware do you use with MythBuntu?

    My Main backend/frontend in the basement:

    * Diablo X-Man Silver Gamer Case, Coolmax 400W V2.01 Power Supply
    * EVGA nForce 650i Ultra Socket 775 Motherboard
    * EVGA GeForce 8400 GS, 512MB RAM, PCIe w/DVI-TV-OUT
    * Samsung 18x DVD RW SH-S183L SATA LS OEM
    * Seagate 250GB Serial ATA w/NCQ 7200/8MB/SATA-3G
    * Crucial 1024MB PC5400 DDR2 667 MHZ (2 pieces, for 2GB RAM)
    * Intel Pentium D 925 3Ghz DT 800FSB Socket 775
    * Hauppauge WINTV-PVR-150 MCE BNDL MPEG2 w/REMOTE
    * WD Caviar 500GB Serial ATA HD 7200/16MB/SATA-3G
    * Sony DRU190A 20X DVD Burner EIDE
    * Logitech Cordless Desktop LX310 (keyboard/mouse)
    * Linksys Etherfast 10/100 5-port Switch
    Connects to a no-name 26" LCD HD TV via HDMI

    My Frontend/Secondary Backend in the living-room:

    * AMD Athlon 64 X2 Dual Core 4200+ Socket AM2
    * AMD Original AM2 CPU Fan
    * ECS nVidia GeForce6100-SM-M Motherboard
    * 1GB DDR II 667 Memory 240 Pin (Kingston)
    * nVidia GeForce 6100 2D/3D Graphic Engine, up to 256MB Memory (disabled in favour on PCIe Video card)
    * Realtek ALC660 6-channel HD Audio
    * Onboard 10/100 Network Card
    * 6 USB 2.0 Port, 1 Parallel, 1 Serial
    * 1285 Deluxe Black Tower Case
    * 450 Watt Power Supply
    * Hauppauge WINTV-PVR-150 MCE BNDL MPEG2 w/REMOTE
    * Logitech Cordless Desktop EX110 (keyboard/mouse)
    * EVGA GeForce 72000 GS 256MB (will take up to 512MB) PCIe
    * Sony DRU190A 20X DVD Burner, IDE
    * X10 CM11A controller is on this box. It reaches every light from this location.
    * Some 500GB IDE HD
    Connects to a 32" CRT Toshiba TV via SVideo

    Master-Bedroom Frontend:

    * Model Name • VIA EPIA SP13000G
    * VIA EPIA SP8000EG
    * Processor • VIA C3™/ VIA Eden™ EBGA processor
    * Chipset • VIA CN400 North Bridge
    * VIA VT8237R-Series South Bridge
    * MCE remote
    * System Memory • 1 DDR266/333/400 DIMM socket
    * VGA • Integrated VIA UniChrome™ Pro AGP graphics with MPEG-2 decoder /MPEG-4 Accelerator
    * Onboard LAN • VIA VT6103 10/100 Base-T Ethernet PHY
    * Onboard Audio • VIA VT1617A 6channel AC'97 codec
    * Onboard TV Out • VIA VT1623M TV Encoder
    * Onboard 1394 • VIA VT6307S IEEE 1394 Firewire
    * Form Factor • Mini-ITX (6 layers)
    * 17 cm x 17 cm
    Connects to a 21" Hitachi CRT TV via RCA A/V cables

    I have made some changes in June...

    Like replacing the main frontend/backend with:

    * AMD Athlon 64 X2 Dual Core 4600+ Socket AM2
    * 1 x AMD Original AM2 CPU Fan (a little noisy, not too bad)
    * 1 x ECS nVidia GeForce6100SM-M Motherboard
    * 2GB DDR II 667 Memory 240 Pin (Kingston?)
    * 1 x LG 20X IDE DVD RW + Dual Layer optical drive
    * disabled on-board nVidia GeForce 6100 as I couldn't use VGA output
    * Realtek ALC660 6-channel HD Audio
    * Onboard 10/100 Network Card
    * 6 x USB 2.0 Port, 1 Parallel, 1 Serial
    * 1285 Deluxe Black Tower Case
    * 450 Watt Power Supply
    * Hitachi 500GB Serial ATA HD, 7200/16MB/SATA-3G (Main OS and initial installation on here)
    * WD Caviar 500GB Serial ATA HD 7200/16MB/SATA-3G (Media drive in LMCE file structure)
    * D-Link DGE-530T 10/100/1000 Mbps PCI Network Adapter (for the inside Network)
    * EVGA GeForce 7200 GS 256MB (will take up to 512MB) PCIe Video card
    * Hauppauge WINTV-PVR-150 MCE BNDL MPEG2 w/REMOTE
    * TP-Link TL-SG1008D 8-Port Gigabit Ethernet Switch (connected to internal nic in Core, rest of the internal LAN connects here)
    * Logitech Cordless Desktop LX310 (keyboard/mouse)
    * USB-UIRT
    * Gyration Motion Sensing Remote Control (GYR3101US)

    My main box is now LinuxMCE 7.10RC2, in the basement.

    The Living-Room now network boots into LinuxMCE and I replaced the MCE USB transceiver with a USB-UIRT and added another GYR3101US gyro remote.

    The master-bedroom has gone back to MythBuntu 7.10 and talks to the LMCE core, with some NFS mapped shares accessing my media collection on the second 500GB HD in the core.

    This link:

    http://wiki.linuxmce.org/index.php/User:Freymann

    has pictures and full specs, including costs!!
    No longer using Ubuntu or MythBuntu but still highly recommend both!

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    Re: Please post your Functional/Non Functional Hardware

    Merged Threads
    *Don't PM me directly for support, open a new thread
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    Re: Please post your Functional/Non Functional Hardware

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    Angry Re: Please post your Functional/Non Functional Hardware

    Hardware
    CPU: Intel Pentium 3G
    RAM:1.0 gb ram
    Video Card: NVIDIA 7600gt, 256 mb
    Sound Card: onboard Asus P4-P800-e Deluxe
    HD: 500GB
    Remote: Delivered with OrigenAe Case
    Tuners: WinTV-GO (BT878)
    Country: BELGIUM
    TV provider: Havi-TV
    TV signal type: Normal Cable

    Performance:
    Everything works except sound of TV-Card. I can watch TV but not hear it and I didn't found a solution yet.

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    Thumbs down Re: Please post your Functional/Non Functional Hardware

    Hardware
    (This is a combined frontend/backend).
    • Asus M3N78-EMH HDMI motherboard, using the onboard:
      • NVidia GeForce 8200 graphics
      • Realtek ALC883 audio
      • NVIDIA nForce built-in Gigabit MAC
    • AMD Athlon(tm) 64 X2 Dual Core Processor 5000+
    • Hauppage WinTV Nova-T-500 (with supplied remote)
    • 1 TB Samsung Spinpoint HDD
    • 2 GB RAM
    • Pioneer BD-ROM/DVD-RW
    • Antec NSK2480 case


    Country
    • United Kingdom using Freeview


    Software

    • Fully up-to-date Mythbuntu 8.04, plus some additions (below)


    Due to the unsupported nature of my hardware, I've had to upgrade a few components from the current 8.04 release:

    • Kernel 2.6.25.9
    • NVidia drivers 173.14.09
    • v4l-dvb drivers from mercurial to solve the problems mentioned here with the remote.
    • Alsa drivers 1.0.17rc3


    Mythbuntu did not work out of the box on this set up. This blog post helped me get the motherboard working.

    Performance

    Everything works except:

    • HDMI audio out (apparently a future NVidia driver update will fix that) so for now I'm using the VGA-out with stereo out.
    • Crackly audio SOLVED - Downgrade to 0404 bios
    • CPU is a little underpowered for 1080p playback
    • Suspend to RAM


    To playback 1080p I created the following script:

    Code:
    #!/bin/bash
    mplayer -vfm ffmpeg -fs -lavdopts skiploopfilter=all:threads=2:fast "${1}"
    to lower the quality. Playback is fine now, except mplayer doesn't respond to the remote for some reason.


    The case has two 120mm fans circulating air which is a bit noisy, but you can remove one and replace it with a plastic insert that comes with the case. The AMD-supplied CPU cooler is a bit noisy as well, so I'm going to replace it.
    Last edited by rts; July 25th, 2008 at 09:39 PM. Reason: More links

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    Re: Please post your Functional/Non Functional Hardware

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    Last edited by jasondean; January 10th, 2011 at 08:51 AM. Reason: No Longer use Myth

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    Re: Please post your Functional/Non Functional Hardware

    Master Backend (mythmaster - Ubuntu 8.04) - Server Rack(Basement):
    CASE: 4U Rack Mount Chassis ATX Case http://www.plinkusa.net/web4038.htm
    CPU: Intel Pentium D 930 Presler 3.0GHz
    MOTHERBOARD: Intel BOXDG965OTMKR LGA 775 Intel G965 Express Micro ATX Intel Motherboard
    RAM: 2GB DDR2 667
    Sound Card: Onboard - SigmaTel STAC9271D
    HD: 160GB SATA
    Tuners: PVR-500 (2) DirecTv D11-100's Sat boxes
    Country:USA
    TV provider: DirecTV
    TV signal type: Satellite
    Display: 15" 1U RackMount LCD monitor KVM

    Frontend/Secondary Backend (mythsony - mythbuntu 8.04) - Living Room:
    CASE: Antec Solution Series NSK2400 Black/Silver Steel MicroATX Desktop Computer Case with Thermaltake A2331 Media LAB
    CPU: Intel Pentium E2180 Allendale 2.0GHz
    MOTHERBOARD: Intel BOXDG965OTMKR LGA 775 Intel G965 Express Micro ATX Intel Motherboard
    RAM: 3GB DDR2 800
    Video Card: Nvidia GeForce 7300 GT
    Sound Card: Onboard - SigmaTel STAC9271D
    HD: 120GB SATA
    Remote: Logitech Harmony 890 / ACK-581 wireless(IR) keyboard/mouse
    Tuners: (2) DVICO FusionHDTV
    Country:USA
    TV signal type: OTA HDTV
    Display: Sony 55" LCD HDTV

    Frontend/Secondary Backend (master - mythbuntu 8.04) - Master Bedroom:
    CASE: COOLER MASTER Elite 330
    CPU: Intel Pentium E2160 Allendale 1.8GHz
    MOTHERBOARD: Intel BOXDG965OTMKR LGA 775 Intel G965 Express Micro ATX Intel Motherboard
    RAM: 2GB DDR2 800
    Video Card: Nvidia GeForce 7300 GT
    Sound Card: Onboard - SigmaTel STAC9271D
    HD: 120GB SATA
    Remote: Logitech Harmony 550 / ACK-581 wireless(IR) keyboard/mouseTuners: (1) DVICO FusionHDTV
    Country:USA
    TV signal type: OTA HDTV
    Display: Samsung 27" CRT HDTV

    Mac Frontends:
    Mac Mini
    MacBook
    MacBook Pro

    File Server (nasbuntu - ubuntu 8.04 64bit) - Server Rack(Basement):
    CASE: 4U Rack Mount Chassis ATX Case http://www.plinkusa.net/web4038.htm
    CPU: Intel Pentium D 930 Presler 3.0GHz
    MOTHERBOARD: Intel BOXDG965OTMKR LGA 775 Intel G965 Express Micro ATX Intel Motherboard
    RAM: 6GB DDR2 667
    Sound Card: Onboard - SigmaTel STAC9271D
    HD: 160GB SATA
    RAID: LSI 1506064 PCI SATA MegaRAID 150-6 (6x 250GB SATA RAID5)
    Display: 15" 1U RackMount LCD monitor KVM
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    Re: Please post your Functional/Non Functional Hardware

    All systems running mythtv .24 from autobuilds.


    1. Firestorm - Ubuntu 11.10 64 bit custom build secondary backend/ HD frontend

    ASRock Z68 Pro3 LGA 1155 Motherboard
    Intel Core i7-2600 3.4Ghz CPU
    Kingston Hyper X 16GB PC12800
    180GB Corsair Force Series SATA III Solid State Drive
    250Gb SATA (legacy ext3)
    2TB USB 3.0 External Hard Drive (JFS - Fantom GForce)

    2. Manhunter - Ubuntu 10.04.1 with myth installed - Custom build garage machine HD Frontend/slave backend
    Prescott P4 3.0 Ghz (socket 775LGA)
    Asus ASUS P5GDC-V mobo (915G)
    ECS NSG210C-512QS-H GeForce 210 512MB 64-bit DDR2 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready Low Profile Ready Video Card
    2GB PC3200
    harmony 720 MCE remote with MCE usb IR receiver
    USB TV translater and USB->Serial Adapter connected to DirecTv H21 receiver to control channel changing
    250GB Western digital IDE (10GB OS partition-EXT3, rest recording storage group partition - XFS)
    Hauppage HD-PVR connected to H21-200 DirecTV Receiver via Component and TOSLINK SPDIF In
    Connected via DECA cloud (MOCA) from direcTV. nice!


    3. Amazo - Kubuntu 11.10 64 bit custom build HD Frontend/slave backend
    Abit AN-M2 AMD (7025-630a)
    NVidia Geforce 7025 (onboard)
    1 Kworld ATSC 110 (QAM)
    1 PVR-150 (not used in myth)
    X2 4600 (socket AM2)
    2GB PC5400
    250GB WD SATA HD (20GB OS - EXT4, 42GB /home- EXT4, rest for recordings - JFS)

    4. Deathstroke - Ubuntu Fileserver 10.04.1 - Master Backend/HD Frontend
    Dell 530N
    FOXCONN G33M02 (G33 + ICH9)
    E2180 Dual Core 2.0Ghz (socket 775)
    Intel GMA3100
    Rosewill RC-219 Silicon Image PCI Express eSata x2 NCQ non-RAID SATA II Controller Card

    Intel Pro 1000 PCIe gigabit nic
    2 7200RPM Hitachi eSATA 2TB Hard drive for backups (JFS)
    2 1TB SATA Hard drives (Samsung and Western Digital) - File storage - EXT3
    1 250GB Hard drive SATA 40GB (OS 10GB - EXT3, rest recordings - XFS)
    1 250GB External USB Hard drive (EXT3)
    2GB PC5400
    Dvico Fusion 5 Lite (QAM - not currently in use in myth)


    5. Newmyth - Ubuntu 10.04.1 Custom Build
    Slave backend/HD Frontend

    X2 3800 (socket 939)
    2GB pc3200
    Asus A8N-E
    ASUS EN8400GS SILENT/HTP/512M/V2 using VDPAU
    250GB Western Digital 7200RPM (10 GB root partition EXT4, rest is recording partition - XFS)
    1TB eSATA 7200RPM drive (recordings - JFS)
    2 Kworld ATSC 110s (QAM)
    1 Avermedia A180 (QAM)
    Harmony 680 remote, MCE receiver

    6. Julian - Ubuntu 10.04.1 remote HD frontend/laptop Acer 5520-5155
    AMD Turion 64 X2 TL-56 1.8Ghz
    15.4 in TFT active matrix WXGA (1280X800)
    120GB - Serial ATA-150 - 5400rpm (Linux partition is all EXT3)
    2GB DDR2 SDRAM - 667.0 MHz
    NVIDIA GeForce 7000M / nForce 610M
    Dual boot with Vista

    7. Ubuntu-laptop - Ubuntu 10.04.1 remote frontend/laptop (SD only)
    Celeron M 380 1.6 GHz 1MB 400FSB
    12.1” Widescreen WXGA (1280X800)
    60 GB 5400 RPM
    1GB DDR RAM
    Intel Graphics
    System76 Gazelle

    8. Blackadam - Zotac Mag HD-ND01 NVIDIA ION Ubuntu 10.04.1 remote HD frontend
    Intel Atom 330
    SPDIF optical to receiver
    160 GB 5400 RPM
    2GB DDR2-800 RAM
    Harmony 680 remote, MCE receiver

    9. Dark-Knight - Ubuntu 10.04.3 remote HD frontend/Convertible Tablet/notebook Fujitsu T730
    Intel(R) Core(TM) i5 CPU M 450 @ 2.40GHz
    12.1 in Dual digitizer touchscreen (1280X800)
    160GB - Serial ATA 7200rpm (Linux partition is all EXT4)
    4GB DDR3 1066 RAM
    Intel GMA 4800MHD
    Dual boot with Win7 Pro 64 bit

    Keyboard Mouse Combos:


    I have 2 BTC-9039URF-3's and 1 ADESSO WKB-3000UB. They both have nice integrated mice and work out of the box (may need to configure a multimedia key or two, but I don't use those).

    Performance:

    All Systems designated HD can playback 720p/1080i mpeg-2 encoded content and most 720p h.264 encoded content that I've thrown at them. Some struggle with some 1080p h.264 content - but I don't watch much of that.The ones with VDPAU supported cards can playback 1080p h.264. All playback is working great, except that VDPAU seems to deal worse with imperfections in m mpeg-2 streams from QAM recordings than software decoding, so for mpeg-2 I usually switch off VDPAU (my cable signal is poor). My Intel HD system do well with playback as well. Acer laptop needed ndiswrapper to get wireless working, and I have the web cam working, but not the internal mic. Everything but wireless and internal mic worked out of the box with Intrepid, and kept working with the upgrade to Jaunty, Karmic, and now Lucid. Fujitsu Tablet took a little fiddling to get tablet features and touchscreen to work properly. Wireless and camera worked out of the box.

    HD-PVR is wonderful for recording HD quality off of my directv box, and the USB TV Translator works perfectly.
    Last edited by newlinux; January 12th, 2012 at 09:53 PM. Reason: Added my smokin fast Core i7-2600 custom build...
    Linux & MythTV 4 Life
    Running ubuntu on an Atom 330, Atom D525, Turion 64 X2 TL-56, X2 3800, X2 4200, X2 4600, E2180, Core i5 450M, and a Core i7-2600
    My Hardware

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