Hello. First post here. I've been doing some research for the past week or so about setting up an HTPC. My wife is constantly bugging me to be able to record her shows, I'm not a huge TV watcher, but I do enjoy some shows here and there. I have "free" cable that is included in my home owners association that consists of 80 analog channels. There is also over the air digital available for all of the basic channels, which i've yet to tap into because my TV doesn't have a digital tuner. I have a 48" wide screen RPTV with a digital (DVI) input.
I've chosen Mythbuntu as my preferred OS after looking through several others like LinuxMCE, Mythdora, and Knoppmyth. I've read this tutorial http://www.linuxis.us/linux/media/ho...tpc/index.html I've been researching various parts and hardware on linuxtv.org, mythtv.org
I'm a linux nub, I've just installed ubuntu on an old PC i had laying around just to get a feel for the linux OS, but that's about it. I have quite a few PC's laying around that I can pick and pull from. I actually bought a case off of eBay yesterday that I initially liked, but I might wind up changing in favor of one of the ASUS barebone systems. I have a mATX, p4 2.8 DELL with a gig of memory that i plan on filling the new case, along with an ATI X1650 something. I've read a lot about how ATI isn't really supported on linux, so i'm leary of that. I also have a decent sound card laying around as well. Also to note the Dell board has 2 PCI slots, 1 PCIe x1, and 1 x16. The ASUS system i'm looking at has 2 PCI slots.
I pretty much have a few areas of questions in which i need some help with:
Video: I was reviewing a couple barebone systems from ASUS that include onboard video: Nvida GeForce 6150 for AMD platforms, and Intel GMA 950 for Intel platforms. Will i have compatibility/performance issues if i choose either? What about using a standalone ATI X1650?
TV Tuners: I'm pretty sure i want two analog tuners so i can watch and record and the same time... right? On that note, I would definitely want to do the same with the digital channels as well. So i need a total of four tuners, 2 digital, 2 analog, right? What's the best way to fill up 2 PCI slots to get all of that? I'm originally from hauppauge, NY, so I feel i have a connection to that brand, although I was reading up on the Kworld tuners and the PcHDTV as well. I like the Hauppauge PVR-1800, but the analog isn't supported, right? Does the KWorld 115/110 support two digital signals or is it one analog and one digital?
What's the deal with these guys. I read that the Microsoft ones are the best, and when you set up other remotes, you have to emulate the microsoft ones. If one comes with one of the tuners I pick, will I be able to get full functionality out of it? I kind of liked the one that was included with the PVR-1800 kit. Will i have any problem getting one of those MS mini keyboards to work in addition (http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg...=UTF8&v=glance $30) ?
Anyway, I know it's a barrage of questions, I just need a little assistance so i can get started! Any recommendations would be amazingly helpful. Thanks everyone!