Re: Please post your Functional/Non Functional Hardware
Alright here is mine:
This is for a Frontend only. My backend is running asa a guest on my VMWare server in the basement.
This system is for a bedroom machine. My main HTPC in the livingroom is running Windows 8.1 with XBMC and the MythTV PVR plugin (working on converting it to a Mythbuntu machine at some point, but it is tricky as I want to retain Netflix compatibility. I am not including system specs for the main rig, as it is running Windows and I have not tested it with Mythbuntu yet.
As can be seen below, I raided my spare parts closet and built a rig with whatever I had laying around, hoping it would work, and I wouldn't have to spend any extra money.
Motherboard: ASUS E35M1-M PRO
CPU: Integrated into motherboard, AMD E350, low power 1.6GHz dual core bobcat. 18W TDP
RAM: 2x4GB DDR3-1600 (running at 1333, as that is the most the motherboard/CPU supports)
Video Card: Integrated in APU. AMD calls it the Radeon HD 6310
Sound Card: Integrated Realtek ALC 887-VD2
HD: OCZ Onyx 32GB SSD. (all real storage is on the backend, which utilizes a 28TB ZFS RAIDz2 array on another guest running FreeNAS linked internally to the backend using a virtual 10gig ethernet connection)
Remote: Mythmote on Android phone (for now)
Tuners: This is a frontend only system. Tuners on backend are Ceton InfiniTV 6 ETH.
TV provider: Verizon FiOS
TV signal type: Umm, not sure. Whatever FiOS uses.
Mythbuntu Version: 14.04
I'm very impressed with this 3 year old low power system. Based on what some are saying it shouldn't be powerful enough, but it is a little trooper and handles the mpeg2 based 1080p TV streams just fine. It struggles with H264 / mpeg4 HD streams in my media library though. They play, but can become jumpy in high detail scenes with lots of movement. I expected this though (after all it's a 3 year old low power Atom competitor), and this machine is really mostly used for TV anyway.
In order for this to work smoothly, I needed to enable VDPAU which some say is troublesome on Radeon chips. The trick appears to be to avoid the firegl closed source drivers and rely on the open source Mesa drivers. The VDPAU enabled MESA drivers are not included with ubuntu due to them adding an additional 8MB to the ISO, but IMHO, they really should be added, at least to the Mythbuntu release.
In order to get this working I added the Oibaf PPA (read this Launchpad link, and follow instructions)
I did have a weird problem upon a fresh install, in which MythFrontend would not load even after retrying the install a couple of times, which solved itself when I (on a whim) deleted the .MythTV folder in my home folder in order to reset all settings.
I would probably recommend against buying an E-350 specially for MythTV based on it being marginal in power, especially for H264/Mpeg4, but if you are aware of it's limitations and have one in your closet (like I did) then it will do the job surprisingly well!
Based on my experiences, I'd say maybe it is time we stop dissuading users from using Radeon hardware.
Last edited by mattlach; July 5th, 2014 at 08:55 PM.
Desktop: Intel Core i7-3930K@4.8Ghz, Asus P9X79 WS, 64GB DDR3-1866, 400GB Intel 750 SSD, Sound Blaster X-Fi Titanium HD, 2x GeForce 980 TI SLI
Laptop: HP Folio 9470m, Core i5-3427u, 8GB
ESXi (FreeNAS + Mythbuntu): Dual Xeon L5640, 96GB RAM, 48TB