Re: Please post your Functional/Non Functional Hardware
Setup: Primary Backend/Frontend (currently headless)
MB: Abit IS7-V2
CPU: P4 3.0GHz
RAM: 2.0GB DDR
Video: NVidia GeForce 5500 128MB AGP
Audio: Onboard, ICH5
LAN: Realtek-8169 PCI 1Gbps
HD: 160GB (various IDE) + 1TB Hitachi ST6OA31B (SATA)
Tuners: (2) Hauppauge HVR-1600 PCI
Signal: Analog Cable x 2 + OTA Digital x 2
OS/Software: Mythbuntu 9.10
Compiled and installed latest v4l-dvb drivers (info might be out of date). Both analog and digital works, but MythTV scanner missed a few digital channels until antenna positioning was tweaked. Cable company only offers few digital clear-QAM channels so I use strictly OTA digital.
I also tweaked /etc/X11/xorg.conf for video performance and other issues with my GeForce 5500. I've been running this as a backend since 11-2008 and upgraded 8.10 -> 9.04 -> 9.10 without any major issues. I also periodically compile and install the newest v4l-dvb drivers. This is also my file/music/picture/video server for my Windows network using CIFS shared folders.
Edit: added an additional GB of RAM, no perceived performance difference. Frontend reports that backend is using up to 1.9GB used after watching a show, but normally 400-1800MB
400-600MB when idle.
Setup: Frontend Only
CPU: Celeron 2.0GHz
RAM: 1GB DDR2
Video: ASUS GeForce 8400GS 512MB[G98] (SVideo out)
Audio: Ensoniq ES1371 PCI
LAN: Onboard VIA VT6102 [Rhine-II]
HD: RiDATA 4GB RDCF4G-233X-LIG CF IDE + SYBA SD-CF-IDE-A Adapter
Remote: MCEUSB2 (comes with Hauppauge HVR-1600)
OS/Software: Mythbuntu 9.10 + fixes
I tweaked /etc/X11/xorg.conf for video performance and other issues with my
GeForce 4 MX 4000 GeForce 8400. I mount CIFS shares over the network in /etc/fstab which gives me access to my music, pictures and videos in MythTV. I also changed "swappiness" to 10 since I'm using a CF card, but I still have about 120MB 330MB swap that is almost never used.
Still working on getting suspend/resume working on the frontend with NVidia drivers set to NvAGP 1 and acceptable HD playback. Other than that, I'm a happy camper. Edit: this no longer applies to my current frontend, but left for reference since I had fixed it.
Edit: built a new frontend to replace my old one. ATSC HD playback is fine with the Celeron 2.0 and 8400GS using VDPAU. Had trouble with onboard audio on the new board as well so I used the same PCI sound card. Removed MythGame and the MS Gamepad since I have no time.
Setup: Spare Frontend
MB: Abit IS7-V2
CPU: P4 3.0GHz
RAM: 512MB DDR
Video: NVidia GeForce4 MX 4000 128MB AGP (SVideo out)
LAN: Onboard Realtek-8139 100Mbps
HD: RiDATA 8GB CF IDE + SYBA SD-CF-IDE-A Adapter
Microsoft Sidewinder Gamepad (Gameport)
OS/Software: Xubuntu 9.10 + Mythbuntu Control Center + MythTV fixes
Many Thanks to Linux, Ubuntu, v4l, cx18, lirc, MythTV, MythBuntu and all other developers!!
Last edited by matt06; May 15th, 2010 at 03:47 AM.
Reason: more info, new frontend, fixed link
MythTV BE: ECS A780GM-A, X2 240, 2GB, 40GB SSD, 2TB, (2)HVR-1600, Cable + OTA, 10.04 Server 64-bit, MythTV 0.25.3
MythTV FE: P4M900-M4, Cel 2.0GHz, 1GB, 8400GS 512MB, 4GB CF, MCE, 10.04. FE2: AR3700, 4GB, 250GB, ION, MCE, 10.04