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superm1
October 3rd, 2007, 09:12 PM
Hi folks,
With the release of the beta, the amount of changes that can be made are likely limited to bug fixes.

In an effort to produce accurate documentation of what people will need hardware wise for setting up a box, we'd like if you can post what hardware you've got (particularly tuners) and how things work with it.

Please don't hijack the thread with trying to diagnose problems you are encountering, make a separate thread for that. Just a simple works/doesn't work followed by a short description will suffice. Hopefully a lot of the problems people encounter will be simple solutions (such as manually adding a remote configuration), but still a separate thread is much preferred to using this thread again. If you have a piece of hardware that you got to work though the help of the forums or other online source, a link to that would be great.

A sample post can look something like this:

Hardware
CPU: Intel pentium4 2.8 Ghz
RAM: 1.0 gb ram
Video Card: NVIDIA 7600gt, 256 mb
Remote: mceusb2
HD: 60 gb hard drive
Tuners:
Hauppauge PVR-350
Silicon Dust HDHomerun

Performance
All hardware properly detected and functional.
Had to install nvidia proprietary drivers before able to use HD playback.

A blank template for your convenience

Hardware
Motherboard:
CPU:
RAM:
Video Card:
Sound Card:
HD:
Remote:
Tuners:
Country: E.g. the Netherlands:
TV provider: E.g. canal digital:
TV signal type: E.g. DVB-S (satellite):
Mythbuntu Version: E.g. 8.10

Performance

tgm4883
October 3rd, 2007, 10:24 PM
Hardware (myrtle)
Setup: Primary Backend/Frontend
CPU: AMD Athlon X2 3800+
RAM: 1.0 gb ram
Video Card: NVIDIA 6100 (onboard)
Sound Card:IDK, whatever is onboard a Gigabyte GA-M61VME-S2
HD: 500 GB SATA hard drive
Remote: MCEUSB2
Tuners:
Hauppauge PVR-150
pvHDTV 5500

Performance
All hardware properly detected and functional.
Had to install nvidia proprietary drivers before able to use HD playback.

Hardware(zeus)
Setup: Slave Backend (and fileserver)
CPU: AMD Athlon XP 2000+
RAM: 768 gb ram
Video Card: Some old video card
Sound Card: IDK, don't matter on backend only
HD: 160 GB hard drive
HD2: Various Hard Drives for file storage (Files, Videos, Music, Pictures)
Remote: None
Tuners:
Motorola 6200 STB streaming over firewire

Performance
All hardware properly detected and functional.
Firewire works OK. Some channels are flaky because of they way they are broadcast (poorly) from the cable company. I haven't bothered to talk to the cable company about it hasn't become a problem for me yet.

pdragon04
October 4th, 2007, 10:15 PM
Hardware
CPU: 2.8Ghz Celeron
RAM: 512MB
Video Card: GeForce 5500 using S-Video out to TV
HD: 250GB (50gb ext3 base install; 200gb xfs for recordings)
HD2: 750gb (xfs; extra storage for dvd-rips, etc)
Tuners: Hauppauge PVR-150

Performance
Had to boot into Safe Graphics Mode to install.
After install, everything working perfect.

mndbndr
October 5th, 2007, 12:00 AM
Hardware
CPU: AMD64 AM2 3800
RAM: 2 GB Crucial Balisitc
Video Card: EVGA 7600GT 512MB
HD: 3 500 GB SATA3
Tuners: Twinahn 102G, Avermedia A180 HD
Sound Card: X-Fi Elite Pro, onboard sound


Performance
Had to boot into Safe Graphics Mode to install.
Installed X-Fi beta driver after install.

crmullins
October 6th, 2007, 01:35 AM
Hardware
CPU: AMD64 Socket 754 Newcastle 2.4 Ghz
RAM: 1 GB RAM
Video Card: NVIDIA GeForce 5200 FX 128 MB using DVI -> HDMI cable
HDD1: 200 GB SATA (10 GB ext3 base install; remainder for future expansion)
HDD2: 200 GB SATA (200 GB xfs for recordings)
Tuners: Hauppauge PVR-500
Remote: Windows MCE usbmce2

Performance
All hardware properly detected and functional.
Had to use lcd monitor for install before hooking up to my plasma tv.
Had to disable screensaver to watch anything over 10 mins long.
Remote worked from the get-go.
Easiest installation I've encountered so far and I've tried them all!

drven1005
October 6th, 2007, 06:05 AM
This is an Intel Mac Mini.

Hardware
CPU:Genuine Intel(R) CPU T2300 @ 1.66GHz
RAM: 512MB
Video Card: Intel i810
Sound Card: Intel Corporation 82801G (ICH7 Family)
Remote: Stream Zap



I've ran in to a few small issues. First, by default the mac mini while connected to an hdtv via dvi is stuck at 640x480. This is true during the install. I had to alt+drag to move the menus around so I could see the forward button.

That wasn't a big deal. The main problem is with the video drivers. Mythbuntu decided to use the "intel" driver. While it did get me X on my tv and I could go through mythtv-setup and the frontend, when I tried to watch a recorded program, it looked awful. Very red, colors seemed to bleed etc..

To fix this, I had to change to the i810 driver by modifying the /etc/X11/xorg.conf file manually.

The other problem I found while installing on a different machine with an nvidia card is that the installer likes to use the open source "nv" driver, which does not support TV out. So to install this on my backend, which doesn't have a monitor, I had to drop to a virtual terminal and modify the xorg.conf to use vesa and then restart gdm. Same problem again where I couldn't see the forward buttons.

Other than that, so far so good.


Other than that, so far so good.

Well I spoke too soon. When you use the i810 driver, all you get is a blue screen when you try to watch HD content.

To get around this, I had to add:

Option "LinearAlloc" "16384"

to my xorg.conf file. Notes from: http://mythtv.org/wiki/index.php/Installing_MythTV_on_an_Intel_Mac_Mini_using_Ubunt u#Viewing_HD_Material

Using the i810 driver also breaks the display resolution utility.

superm1
October 6th, 2007, 06:54 AM
This is an Intel Mac Mini.

Hardware
CPU:Genuine Intel(R) CPU T2300 @ 1.66GHz
RAM: 512MB
Video Card: Intel i810
Sound Card: Intel Corporation 82801G (ICH7 Family)
Remote: Stream Zap



I've ran in to a few small issues. First, by default the mac mini while connected to an hdtv via dvi is stuck at 640x480. This is true during the install. I had to alt+drag to move the menus around so I could see the forward button.

That wasn't a big deal. The main problem is with the video drivers. Mythbuntu decided to use the "intel" driver. While it did get me X on my tv and I could go through mythtv-setup and the frontend, when I tried to watch a recorded program, it looked awful. Very red, colors seemed to bleed etc..

To fix this, I had to change to the i810 driver by modifying the /etc/X11/xorg.conf file manually.

The other problem I found while installing on a different machine with an nvidia card is that the installer likes to use the open source "nv" driver, which does not support TV out. So to install this on my backend, which doesn't have a monitor, I had to drop to a virtual terminal and modify the xorg.conf to use vesa and then restart gdm. Same problem again where I couldn't see the forward buttons.

Other than that, so far so good.
Please start another thread regarding this issue if you can. Detail everything you've already mentioned here. (Don't want to clutter this one). I've got some points to bring up from a discussion with the xorg maintainer tonight.

spoky99
October 7th, 2007, 11:45 AM
Setup: Primary Backend/Frontend
Hardware
Motherboard: Mini-ITX Motherboard LV-671
CPU: Pentium Intel(R) Pentium(R) M processor 1.70GHz
RAM: 512 (work well also with only 256 Mb)
Video Card: ATI Technologies Inc RV350 [Mobility Radeon 9600 M10]
Sound Card: Intel Corporation 82801DB/DBL/DBM (ICH4/ICH4-L/ICH4-M) AC'97 Audio Controller (rev 02)
HD: now only 40 Gb
Remote: grey hauppauge and M$ mce remote via USB
Tuners: 1 hauppauge PVR150 MCE and 1 hauppauge PVR150 (i tryed also one PVR350 but.. the tuner is less sensitive than the PVR150 I don't know is the hardware is damaged ;) I buy it used)

Performance
All hardware properly detected and functional.
I had some problem for the tvout, lcd (crystalfontz 634) and acpi autoboot
the tv out was only a problem of configuration (I will post the xorg.conf)
the lcd was solved (thanks to superM and maxnuv)
I'm working o the ACPI (is not true.. we are working :) )

I also installed the mythbuntu into other computer... I will post the hardware list and the problem soon

p$y
October 7th, 2007, 03:00 PM
Setup: Primary Backend/Frontend
Hardware
CPU: Pentium 4 / 2,6 Ghz
RAM: 1024 DDR
Video Card: Nvidia GeForce 8400GS
Sound Card: Via OnBoard / Soundblaster Live 5.1
HD: 80 GB mythbuntu installed
160 GB with a mountpoint at /var/lib/mythtv
Remote: X10 Medion Remote
Tuners: DVB-T Siemens Mobile
DVB-T MSI Megasky 580
Hauppauge DVB-S


Performance
The OnBoard sound sometimes doesnt work / Soundblaster not recognized (known Ubuntu problem)
Had to download the firmware for the MSI Megasky
the 160GB aren't recognized (Mythweb says there is only the 80GB) mybe my faul (first time set such a mount point)
Had to install in safe graphical mode (installed with tvout/s-video)
Only few functions for the remote (no rewind etc...)
(lircd.conf from http://www.vdr-wiki.de/wiki/index.php/Fernbedienung_-_USB_X10)

gareththered
October 7th, 2007, 05:41 PM
Hardware
CPU: Intel Pentium 4 @ 2.6GHz
RAM: 1Gb
Video Card: Geforce 6200
Sound Card: Soundblaster Live! 5.1
HD: 40Gb PATA & 80 Gb PATA
Remote: Hauppauge Remote ( Does NOT Work :-( )
Tuners: Hauppauge Nova T-500 (Dual DVB-T)

Works very well apart from the IR Remote.
Video card and Sound card detected first time, although I had to use 'asoundconf' to set my SoundBlaster Live! to be the default one instead of the onboard chip.

stevetv
October 8th, 2007, 07:03 AM
hi there... first time poster. i wasnt sure if i was suposed to reply to this post or start a new one.

regardless.. maybe this is a new forum? .. so i wanted to post my experiences. it was positive.

Hardware
Mobo: gigabyte GA-7N400 (its fine.. but it doesnt have sata connectors)
CPU: athlon XP 3200+ underclocked to around 2000mhz socket a
RAM: 1 gig (2 x 512) corsair value select DDR
Video Card: winfast leadtek GF7300GT. connected via component cables to a SD CRT tv.
Sound Card:nvidia onboard.
HD:samsung 400g pata
Remote: streamzap - im not thrilled with the default mapping so ill change it
Tuners: Technisat AirStar 2 DVB-T .. required me to update vlc.


i needed to update VLC before the tuner card would be detected.
the video card was detected fine.. which was nice.

i live in australia. i believe that i asked for xmltv to be installed, but it didn't do it for me. i had to install xmltv via apt-get. I then needed to create tv_grab_au and modify that to suit. I used a piece of code written by manicmike from the knoppmyth forums. his code sets up tv_grab_au. i needed to modify the code to fit the mythbuntu file structure.. but it worked perfectly.

i enjoyed this setup. thanks to those that worked on it.

jmbarra78
October 8th, 2007, 09:37 PM
Hardware
Barebome MSI MEGA PC 651
CPU: Pentium 4 2,6 Mhz
RAM: 1 GB DDR 400
Video Card: nVidia FX 5500
Sound Card: Realtek ALC 650
HD: Maxtor 250 GB ATA 133
Remote: Nova-T 500 Remote control
Tuners: Hauppauge NOVA-T 500

All hardware works fine except remote control... I Worked with Ubuntu 7.04 but in 7.10 doesn't work...

dmf86
October 8th, 2007, 10:35 PM
ATI Radeon 9200 (Only works in VESA mode) - Worked fine in 7.04

tgm4883
October 8th, 2007, 10:37 PM
ATI Radeon 9200 (Only works in VESA mode) - Worked fine in 7.04

Was there anything else about your hardware that you wanted to tell us?

jpwilson
October 9th, 2007, 01:42 AM
Backend (running)
Hardware
CPU: Athlon 4400 X2 (low power)
RAM: 1 gig
Video Card: NVidia 7600
Sound Card: Onboard (Via)
HD: 320 Gb Seagate Sata
Remote: NA
Tuners: 1 x Haup Nova-T 500

Frontend 1 (work in progress)
Hardware
CPU: VIA C3 1000MHz
RAM: 512Mb
Video Card: Unichrome Pro
Sound Card: On board
HD: 4 gig USB Drive
Remote: MCE Remote
Tuners: NA

gtr33m
October 9th, 2007, 03:56 AM
Hardware
CPU: AMD Athlon 3000+
RAM: 2.0 gb ram
Video Card: NVIDIA 7300gt, 256 mb
HD: 80 gb ext3 for O/S and recording, 500 gb NTFS for data storage
Tuners:
Ultraview (DVico) DVB-T Plus

Performance
All hardware properly detected and functional.
Made changes to /etc/modprobe.d/aliases and created /etc/modprobe.d/dvico. May not have been necessary but always had to before to get MythTV working.
No problems with HD, runs smoothly

bowmanr@mailcity.com
October 9th, 2007, 10:22 AM
Combined Backend/Frontend

Hardware
CPU: Pentium IV 1.8
RAM: 512Mb
Video Card: nVidia FX5200
Sound Card: Onboard
HD: 1 x 80Gb, 1 x 500Gb
Remote: Hauppauge
Tuners: 2 x Hauppauge PVR-350

Performance
All SD, works abolutely fine even when recording on both tuners whilst watching liveTV from one of the tuners and streaming recordings to remote frontend.
Also used as home file server via samba, no negative impact on performance.

Remote Frontend #1 -- wired mini desktop

Hardware
CPU: AMD Sempron 2600
RAM: 512Mb
Video Card: Onboard
Sound Card: Onboard
HD: 1 x 160Gb
Remote: Serial (Igor)
Tuners: n/a

Performance
Perfectly acceptable performance watching SD streams from the backend and watching DVDs from local player.

Remote Frontend #2 -- wireless laptop

Hardware
Model: IBM R50e 1834
CPU: Pentium M
RAM: 768Mb
Video Card: Onboard
Sound Card: Onboard
HD: 1 x 40Gb
Remote: none
Tuners: n/a

Performance
Reasonable performance watching SD streams from the backend, occasional prebuffering pauses (once or twice an hour). Prebuffering maybe network related as DVD playback absolutely fine.

~~~~~~~
Note : not mythbuntu boxes, 7.04 install following community install docs

rusty0101
October 9th, 2007, 04:09 PM
Master back end - Beast

Hardware
CPU: AMD Athlon(tm) XP 2400+
RAM: 1 gig ram 2 gig swap
Video Card: nVidia GeForce FX 5200
Sound Card: nForce2 AC97
HD: 3 400 gig 7200 rpm Segate Barracuda pata drives, 1 dvd+/-rw. hda configured with 92 gig root, 2 gig swap, remaining added to lvm group. hdb and hdc dedicated entirely to lvm group. total in lvm comes out to 1 Tbyte
Remote: Hauppauge Grey
Tuners: 3 Hauppauge pvr-250 tuners in case, 2 silicon graphics hdhomerun receivers outside. The three 250s are capturing analog cable, oen hdhomerun is capturing unencrypted digital cable, 1 is capturing off the air hdtv content.


Performance This box currently has a front end running on it, however I am likely to be removing that functionality in the reasonably near future. I have succesfully captured 2 hdtv (not just digital tv) channals and 2 analog channels simultaniously. That is possible because all of the tuners are streaming mpeg2 content already compressed and the system itself is primarily just keeping track of what files are open and where it should be dumping the data. It is serving up content to the front end described below (Beauty) and is making content available to other systems in my home running the mythtv front end software. Those systems are running a combination of gutsy and feisty and have accessed with no problem. One of the reasons that this is not running as a front end is that the HDTV content is not displayed in an acceptable fassion. This box has run Knopmyth for over a year with half the memory and a slower processor. I had hoped that the 2400 processor I had pulled form a motherboard that would not have functioned well (VIA chipset bios, exhibits known DMA crashinb behaviour) would have helped with that, no luck.

Front end - Beauty
Hardware
CPU: Intel(R) Pentium(R) 4 CPU 2.66GHz
RAM: 512 Meg ram, 1.5 Gig swap
Video Card: nVidia GeForoce 6200
Sound Card: embeded Intel ICH4/ICM4-L/ICM4-M AC'97 controler
HD: Seagate baracuda 160 gig drive (smallest I could find when the 30 gig that came with the system died), cd-rw/dvd-ram
Remote: Streamzap pc remote
Tuners: none


Performance This started as an IBM netvista that came with the described Intel processor, memory audio and a cd-rw/dvd-ram drive. The embeded intel video could only be configured in bios to accept 8 meg of stolen memory, and no matter what I tried I was never able to get HDTV to succesfully play through that video interface. The hard drive (30 gig) that came with it, died slaming it's heads against the wall, so I picked up the smallest new hard drive I could find. (generally happy with Segate drives up to this point, but was not specifically looking for that) With the GeForce 6200, the propriatary 3D enhanced-new drivers and the Preferred MPEG2 Decoder set to "Standard XvMC" HDTV content plays acceptably. The card also has 256 meg of ddr2 memory, though I'm not sure how much that helps. The card is 8x agp capable, but is only runing at 4x agp. Not sure if this is a limitation of the nVidia drivers or the motherboard.

You may note elsewhere that the minimum recomended specs for hdtv content are 3 gig. In general I support that recommendation. My front end is capable of hdtv content playback at an acceptable rate for me, but it is not doing hdtv recording at the same time. That is happening (if at all) on the back end system. The front end box that I have assembled totals about $35 in parts. I was not looking for 5.1 surround sound or digital audio out. This specific box uses a low profile format, and while the video card is a low profile card, it did not come with the low profile bracket. I consider this to be a flaw that I will be correcting at some point. But ti's why I am not advertising the manufacturer of this specific card.

Video output frm the front end is going through a 50 foot VGA cable to a DLP projector. The resolution is outside the native resolution for the projector which may be an issue for some users, however the projector ahs a native resolution of 1024x768. 1280x960 with the projector set to 16:9 and the format set to 16:9 works acceptably for me. For now the 'screen' is a wall painted white, which probably suggests to some people that I don't care about the quality as much as they do. That's ok too.

Configuring the Hauppauge remote on the front end still needs a few tweeks. Originally this system had been configured with the StreamZap remote, and the software to change remotes does not seem to know how to update the ~/.mythtv/lircrc file with the new profile. It involved a manual run of mythbuntu-lircrc-generator which gathered from the /etc/lircrc file that I was using a hauppauge receiver and generated a .lircrc file for me, with multiple hauppauge remotes defined. Minor chor editing out the Hauppauge_WinTV_Nexus-S, Hauppauge-350 and Hauppauge (non _pvr) lines. Some tweeking remains to make the channel up/down, blank, audio up/down, and color buttons usable, but it's not a priority at this time.

jmbarra78
October 9th, 2007, 05:34 PM
My Nova-T 500 control remote works fine!!

I follow this wiki:

http://www.mythtv.org/wiki/index.php/Hauppauge_WinTV_Nova-T_500_PCI

mr_bungalow
October 10th, 2007, 03:36 PM
Combined frontend and backend

Hardware
CPU: P4 2.8 (Prescott) - Machspeed Motherboard
RAM: 1 Gig
Video Card: nVidia GeForce 5600
Sound Card: Onboard Sound (VIA 8533 - I think)
HD: 250 + 160 IDE Hard Drive
Remote: Zapway.de homebrew serial receiver (not working) w/ harmony remote
Tuners: Hauppauge PVR-150

Performance: Forced to upgrade when I lost support on my FC4 machine this fall. I only use standard definition at this point in time and everything worked out of the box EXCEPT for the serial IR receiver. Thanks for the slick installer!

superm1
October 10th, 2007, 04:29 PM
Combined frontend and backend

Hardware
CPU: P4 2.8 (Prescott) - Machspeed Motherboard
RAM: 1 Gig
Video Card: nVidia GeForce 5600
Sound Card: Onboard Sound (VIA 8533 - I think)
HD: 250 + 160 IDE Hard Drive
Remote: Zapway.de homebrew serial receiver (not working) w/ harmony remote
Tuners: Hauppauge PVR-150

Performance: Forced to upgrade when I lost support on my FC4 machine this fall. I only use standard definition at this point in time and everything worked out of the box EXCEPT for the serial IR receiver. Thanks for the slick installer!

Can you start another thread on this issue? I have a feeling it should be a pretty simple fix.

gumperoncini
October 11th, 2007, 08:17 PM
Hardware
Dell GX260
CPU: P4 - 2.4GHz
RAM: 512mb
Video Card: Nvidia GeForce4 MX440
Sound Card: Onboard
HD: PATA 160GB
Remote: Black Hauppage "Vista" MCE Remote (1069)
Tuners: Hauppage PVR-150


Performance
I installed mythbuntu (mythbuntu-7.10~071002-i386) in less than an hour and everything worked perfectly straight away. Incredible! Especially since I have spent 100+ hours trying to get this to work on 2 versions of fedora, mythdora and 2 versions of Ubuntu 6.10, 7.04.

propagandhi
October 12th, 2007, 04:58 AM
I have two MythBoxes - the first one is here:

Hardware:
CPU: Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 LGA775 2.40Ghz 8MB L2 Cache 1066Mhz FSB
RAM: 2GB DDR2 800Mhz
DVD Drive: LG GSA-H62N SATA DVD Multi Drive
Video Card: Nvidia 8600GT 256MB PCI-Express
Sound Card: On Board HD audio ALC880 7.1 Ch
Motherboard Chipset: Intel G965+ICH8
HDD: Seagate Barracuda 750GB SATA HDD
Remote: DVICO USB MCE REMOTE
Tuners: DVICO Fusion HDTV5 Dual Express [/B]


Performance

* Need to add irqpoll to kernel boot parameters for normal boot, otherwise you experience either very slow boot or sometimes impossible to boot, just hangs. (tested this on 4 units i have deployed). This is something to do with the SATA setup)

* Currently have only one tuner of the dual tuners working. You have to check out the v4l-dvb latest source using mercurial, and then make and install it, then add to /etc/modprobe.d/options the line:

cx23885 card=4


This gets one of the dual tuners working at present.

Other than this everything works great!

propagandhi
October 12th, 2007, 05:08 AM
My second mythbox is here:

Hardware:
CPU: Intel Core 2 Duo 2.16Ghz
RAM: 2GB DDR2 800Mhz
Video Card: Nvidia 8600GT 256MB PCI-Express
Sound Card: On Board HD audio ALC880 7.1 Ch
HDD: Seagate Barracuda 750GB SATA HDD
Remote: DVICO USB MCE REMOTE
Tuners: DVICO Fusion HDTV Dual Digital 4 [/B]

Performance

* I had to follow these instructions to get the tuner card working:

http://fremnet.net/article/228/dvico-fusionhdtv-dual-digital-4-under-linux

Other than that, everything is just peachy!

ryanVickers
October 12th, 2007, 05:29 AM
see "Gutsy install thread" in signature ;)


CPU: AMD Athlon 64 X2 (2.01Ghz) 3800+
GPU: NVIDIA GeForce 7600GT
HD(s): Seagate 300GB (main), and Wester Digital 8GB (secondary), and Toshiba 20GB Laptop (external)
Motherboard: Asus A8V-E SE
RAM: Kingston 512MB (x2) (1GB total)
Monitor: Samsung SyncMaster 940BF
Mouse/Keyboard: Microsoft Digital Media Keyboard and 'generic' mouse :wink:

Tteddo
October 12th, 2007, 03:19 PM
Hardware
CPU: Athlon XP 2800+
RAM: 1 Gig
Video Card: Radeon 9550
Sound Card: NVidia nForce2 with ALC650F
HD: 40Gig Primary 200Gig Video
Remote: Ati Remote Wonder RF
Tuners: Hauppage PVR 500


Performance
All working in initial install except remote (still working on it)
Initial install for one desktop, now have digital out to 1080p TV at 1920x1080, and vga out to complete 2nd desktop to another monitor to use as computer.
1 regular PS2 KBD and Mouse, and 1 MS wireless USB KBD and mouse

mjezell
October 13th, 2007, 08:49 PM
Mythtv 2.02 Running on ubuntu 7.04 server

Hardware
CPU: AMD Athlon 64 3400+ Venice 2.2GHz
RAM: Kingston ValueRam DDR SDRAM 400 (PC 3200) 4@512MB
Video Card: Foxconn FV-N76SM3DT GeForce 7600GS 512MG 128-bit GDDR2 PCI Epress x16
Sound Card:Foxconn 761GXK8MB-RS On board Realtek ALC655 6 channel
HD: 1- Samsung IDE 20 Gig
2- Western Digital SATA 500 Gig
Remote: Hauppauge
Tuners: Hauppauge WinTV-PVR-150 PCI Interface 1045 Tuner Card

Performance: Had to stick with 7.04 server when I updated to .20.2 myth because of issues with using the restricted Nvidia drivers which caused myth to not see my tuner card. Other than that it was a pretty clean upgrade.

budge31
October 15th, 2007, 07:18 AM
Hi all.

Heres my working setup

Backend:

Mythbuntu 8.04
Winfast NF4UK8AA Motherboard.
Dualcore AMD 4200+
2.5 gig generic ram
7300LE Nvidia Graphics Card
640gb sata2 + 320gb sata2 +300gb sata2 +320gb PATA +320gb PATA for recordings
640gb sata2 + 500gb sata2 for Videos
1 200gb for OS and Music
2 DNTV Live! Tiny USB Devices (2 Tuners)
1 DNTV Live! Pro Tuner
2 Fusion HDTV Tuners

Frontend 1

MSI K8 Platinum Motherboard
AMD 3200+
1 GB Ram
100GB SATA 2 Samsung 2.5 inch Drive for OS.
Onboard NIC
Nvidia 8500 GT
Sony Bravia W-Series 46"
Onboard SPDif Out to Surround Sound Amp
Logitech Universal Remote

Frontend 2

Gigabyte 7n400L (Or something like it)
AMD Athlon 2800+
768 mb RAM
LG DVD Read/Writer
Gigabyte 7600GS Video Card Component Out to CRT TV
Onboard Soundcars SPDIF Fibre

Frontend 3
Dualboot Vista and Ubuntu (Testbox)
Intel Q6600 Quad core
4 GB Ram
Asus P5K/EPU Motherboard
8600gt Video card


Apart from my LVM becoming corrupt due to (I think) a faulty PSU, all working, and improving with every update.

Update: I ended up taking out the 8500gt as I didn't realise that the underscan/overscan feature was not available with the 8 series NVIDIA cards. I am outputting to a 32 inch WS CRT at the moment and the overscan makes it unwatchable. I am now running a second-hand 7600gt I swapped for the 8500gt with a mate. Not happy, but what can you do...? Getting a 42inch LCD sometime in the near future. That should cheer me up.
Update 2: Now have my Sony Bravia 46". The 8500gt problem mentioned above is no longer an issue.
Update 3: Since Mythtv 0.21 I have dumped the LVM and moved to storage directories. I now sleep much better instead of worrying about losing all my recordings to a faulty HD.
Update 4 : Upgraded the processor on the backend from a X2 3800+ to a X2 4200+ because I had one lying around. Also upgraded from 1 gb ram to 2.5gb of ram on the backend as the backend was running out of memory under certain circumstances (not anymore).

pavon
October 15th, 2007, 07:52 AM
Backend:
CPU: Intel Core 2 Duo 6320
RAM: 1 GB
Video: Onboard Intel 965G
Sound:Onboard Intel.
Ethernet:Onboard Intel.
HD: 250GB WD SATA
Tuners: Hauppauge PVR-250
Remote:Hauppauge remote
OS: Ubuntu 7.04

Performance: Great. Wish it had TV-out so I could use it as a front end as well.

FrontEnd:
CPU: VIA Samuel 2 600MHz
RAM: 512 MB
Video: Onboard VIA CLE266
Sound:Onboard VIA
Ethernet: 3c905
HD: 2GB Flash
Tuners: N/A
Remote:Windows Media Center
OS: Mythbuntu 7.10 Beta

Performance:
Had to tweak xorg.conf file to get correct DPI, work around OSD hack.
Had to modify lircrc to get Back button working on remote.
Playback stutters on complex scenes, even after enabling (VIA) XvMC.
There is sometimes a very long (15 sec) delay in processing button presses on remote.
Performace seemed better with iMedia MythTV (had to stop using it when my onboard ethernet died, as it didn't have any other NIC drivers)

mynis
October 15th, 2007, 08:04 PM
CPU: am2 3800+ duo core
RAM: 2 gb patriot 800mhz ddr 5-5-5-12 (pdc22g6400elk)
Video: evga 8800+ gts factory over clock (320-P2-N815-AR)
Sound:m-audio delta 1010lt
Motherboard:Gigabyte ga-m55+ s3g rev 1.0
HD: 250GB + 320 GB Seagate SATA

sound card completely nonfunctional since kernel update, no known fix. everything else works perfect!

Crashedfiesta
October 17th, 2007, 10:13 PM
Hardware:
CPU: AMD XP1500 (really...)
RAM: 1Gb
DVD Drive: Pioneer DVR-105 DVD-R Re-writer
Video Card: Nvidia Geforce 2 MX/MX400 32Mb
Sound Card: On Board AC97 thingy
Motherboard Chipset: Errr...not too sure
HDD: Hitachi 160Gb IDE
Remote: Hauppage Grey one
Tuners: Hauppage PVR-150

Performance:

Failed. When booting from the CD my floppy drive goes into meltdown and then the installer drops back to the command prompt. The command /sbin/modprobe failed apparently...

It's supposed to be a combined front and backend and has worked successfully(ish) with Mythdora but I've always preferred Ubuntu.

am_pcguy
October 20th, 2007, 02:50 PM
Hardware:
ASUS P1-AH2 Barebones kit
CPU:AMD Athlon 64 4200+ X2
RAM: 2GB Mushkin DDRII 800 Dual Channel Kit
DVD Drive: LITE-ON LH-20A1L-05 20X DVD-RW SATA
Video Card: Nvidia 6150 (onboard video)
Sound Card: On Board Azalia ALC86-DTS
Motherboard Chipset: whatever comes with the P1-AH2
HDD: Western Digital 500GB SATA
Remote: Kworld
Tuners: Kworld 115
Display: Panasonic AE-700 Front Projector

This is my first MythTV install. I built the box and installed MythTV last night. The install was very smooth even though there don't appear to be instructions on how to install for Gutsy. I just used the Feisty instructions as a guide.

I followed these instructions for the Kworld 115 card: LINK (http://mythtv.org/wiki/index.php/Kworld_ATSC_110)
I set up 3 programs to record and went to bed. They were all there this morning when I got up. This setup is playing ATSC HD very well, over the air or recorded. I've yet to test the optical audio out, or remote.

EDIT: The Kworld 115 doesn't provide audio on the NTSC SD Tuner. I've followed several guides and I'm still working on the issue. I may start a new thread requesting help on this issue. On the ATSC side of the tuner everything is working great, recording and playback with now issues. Also I ended up with one bad stick of ram so I'm running with 1GB until I get that replaced.

york2600
October 21st, 2007, 07:04 PM
Hardware
CPU: AMD Athlon 64 3200
RAM: 1Gb
Video Card: Geforce 5200FX
Sound Card: Soundblaster Live! Audigy
HD: 250GB PATA and 750GB SATA in LVM
Remote: Windows Media Center Remote (MCEUSB2) ( Does NOT Work ) / iMon Pad Remote (Did not attempt to configure as I don't use it, but this probably is interfering with the MS remote)
Tuners: None installed (2 sitting on a shelf)
Extra: LCD. iMON VFD. No options to setup the LCD

besmith2@hotmail.com
October 22nd, 2007, 02:48 PM
Dedicated BE
Hardware : Sony Viao RS ( BEER-TAP)
CPU: 2.4 Ghz HT
RAM: 1.0 Gb
Video Card: NVidia FX-5200
Sound Card: On-board
HD: None
Remote: None
Tuners: Hauppauge PVR-150
Hauppauge PVR-350

Dedicated FE
Hardware : Mini-itx Epia 800 (COORS-LITE)
CPU: 800Mhz
RAM: 512MB
Video Card: On-Board
Sound Card: On-Board
HD: None
Remote: None
Tuners: None

Performance:
Backend works great, frontend works good.

JB2007
October 23rd, 2007, 12:46 AM
Backend/Frontend
CPU: Sempron 2800+
M/B: Basic Gigabyte
RAM: 512Mb RAM
HDD: 200Gb PATA
Sound: onboard
Video: Leadtek FX 5700 128Mb - TV out (to TV ;) )
Tuner 1: Happauge Nova-T DVB-T (Phillips)
Tuner 2&3: Dvico FusionHDTV Dual Digital 4 (new PCI version)
Remote: MCE Remote original Microsoft
Software: Mythbuntu 7.10 RC + Shepherd for Guide Data

Sydney Australia

Nova-T worked out of the box - well you need to download firmware but was too easy.
Dvico was a little more troublesome - although once the latest V4L was setup and firmware loaded - it just worked. Followed howto that everyone points to..
CPU barely hits 40% with all three cards recording... (20% is frontend process) tempted to try another Dual Digital 4 to take it to 5 tuners... and seperate the frontend from the backend + add a couple of more frontends. Have tried the Live CD frontend and it worked seamlessly. Plan to offload post processing to my Vmware machine as commercial flagging alone can chew 40% CPU...

Planned upgrade: another 1Gig of RAM + 500GB SATA drive + another dual tuner.

Mythbuntu Rocks... cheers! :guitar:

napsilan
October 23rd, 2007, 04:25 AM
Hardware
CPU: p4 3ghz
RAM: 512mb
Video Card: ATI x800xl, fglrx 42.3 (tv-out)
Sound Card: onboard ac97
HD: 320gb sata seagate, xfs
Remote: Gyration media center remote
Tuners: PCHDTV 5500
OS: Feisty Kubuntu + mythtv backend and frontend, dist-upgraded to gutsy (still uses openbox)


Performance

TV card worked right away after picking the right driver, and it actually shows up as 4 capture cards in "input connections" because it does both analog and digital using different drivers. Because the tv card doesn't have an onboard encoder, my cpu has to do it all. Using the kerneldeint and denoise3d playback filters and mpeg4 encoding and xvideo, watching an analog tv file while it is still recording is smooth now. Sound in recordings is pretty quiet, and I usually run the playback volume at max (external cord from capture card to onboard mic input, and I haven't messed with alsamixer). Digital SD plays back fine live. HD live playback does work when I turn off the deint and denoise filters. The remote was instantly recognized as a keyboard and mouse, but needed keymapping, and still has 4 buttons that aren't recognized at all (stuff like the dvd menu button). I needed to install fglrx to get TV-out working (did not try gatos). There's a small blank space at the bottom of my TV screen, probably due to video card driver issues.

Meph1st0
October 23rd, 2007, 08:58 PM
Just installed last night. Hardware config is as follows:

Dell Dimension 4600
CPU: Intell P4 2.4ghz
Mobo: standard mobo for a dimension 4600
RAM: 1GB PC2700 DDR333
Video Card: Nvidia GeForce 6200
Hard drives: 2x 320 GB (Haven't setup LVM yet but plan to thanks to the recent sticky)
Optical: DVD-RW DL Memorex and DVD+RW NEC
Tuner: pcHDTV HD-5500
Remote: Snapstream Firefly

All hardware installed without any problems. I had to use the lircrc and lircd.conf files from mythtv.org for the firefly. After that the remote worked fine.

I also had to setup ndiswrapper for my netgear wireless card. That was no problem either.

Mythbuntu is awesome.

RabidWolf
October 24th, 2007, 11:44 AM
Hardware-Backend/Frontend
__________________________

CPU: P4 2.6 HT @ 3.13
Mobo: Asus P4C800-E Deluxe
RAM: 2048 Kingston HyperX (PC3200 DDR)
Video Card: BFGTech 7800GS OC (256) AGP
Sound Card: SB Audigy 2 Platinum
HD: 500 GB Seagate
Remote: Hauppauge
Tuners: Hauppauge-WinTV-PVR-150
Monitor: VS VX922 19" LCD @ 1280x1024


Performance
____________

I just wanted to say how smooth the install went, everything went fine, including setting up grub, thanx to the advanced option during the bootloader setup, I read through your install manual and step by step everything went perfect, taking notes on the kernel and root entries for grub before rebooting I was able to add it to my existing grub and Mythbuntu booted up fine without making me chroot in to fix my existing grub, leaving my multiboot setup intact.

Recording works great, love the commercial skipping, still need to figure out transferring stuff from an external ntfs removable hdd into the myth install as user, will search the forums.

So far everything is performing fine, but I only watched a little TV so far. The entire install was pleasant, polished, professional. Thanx again

djhedges
October 26th, 2007, 05:15 PM
Hardware
CPU: AMD Athlon 2ghz
RAM: 512mb ram
Video Card: NVIDIA 440mx
Remote: pvr-150 black & gray
HD: 2 Harddrives in LVM fashion about 450gb
Tuners:
Hauppauge PVR-150

Performance
Tuner worked right out the gate.
Had to install the nvidia legacy drivers for my card to work
Used a different .lircrc file which worked much better

axelsvag
October 26th, 2007, 05:55 PM
Hardware
CPU: AMD Athlon 64 X2 4800+ (2,4GHz) Socket AM2 65W Box
RAM: Corsair Value S. PC5300 DDR2 2048MB
Video Card: Nvidia 7600GS Silent 512 MB
Sound Card:Onboard
HD: Samsung SpinPoint T166 500GB SATA2 16MB 7200RPM
Remote: Windows MCE Phillips new model
Tuners: Hauppage 500 MCE
Motherboard: Asus M2A-VM HDMI
Chassi: Antec Fusion V2?

Performance
Installation worked perfect if you don´t use an old CRT television. Everything works besides... Remote is recognized sometimes and sometimes not. After install of xubuntu desktop videofiles can´t be played in xine, mplayer, vlc or totem. Audio OK but video just gives many shades of green colours. Same picture in all players. I have still not found a way to make my LCD/VFD on the chassi work. Old Feisty manuals don´t seems to work.

Zafrusteria
October 27th, 2007, 09:42 AM
Hardware
CPU: AMD X2 +6000 (64bit)
RAM: 4 Gb
Video Card: Nvidia 8600GTS 265mb
Motherboard: Azus Crosshair
Sound Card: on the MB
HD: 3 x SATA 256 Gb Matrox
Remote: none
Tuners: none

Hardware
CPU: Athlon 32 bit 3200
RAM: 2Gb
Video Card: Geforce 68000 128Mb
Sound Card: mother board
HD: 2 x IDE 160Gb Matrox and Seagate
Remote: none
Tuners: none

All working no problems.

alleycat69
October 28th, 2007, 12:29 PM
Hardware
CPU: XP2200
RAM: 1 Gb
Video Card: Nvidia 8500GTS 265mb
Motherboard: Gigabyte
Sound Card: AC97
HD: 20GIG , 80GIG, 40GIG IDE
Remote: Hauppage
Tuners: Nova T500, PVR 150
DVD rom - Gigabyte


All hardware is working.

CaptainPatent
October 28th, 2007, 06:41 PM
Hardware
Setup: Primary Backend/Frontend
CPU: AMD Athlon XP 1800+
RAM: 512 MB SDRAM
Video Card: ATI 9200
Sound Card:AC'97 Onboard
HD: 200GB Western Digital
Remote: ATI Remote Wonder
Tuner: ATI TV Wonder 200

Performance
All hardware properly detected and functional.
TV has artifacts and will skip just a couple frames. TV is still watchable but I recommend against getting a TV Wonder 200 for a MythTV box

evongugg
October 30th, 2007, 05:06 PM
Hardware
CPU: Athlon XP 3000+
RAM: 1 Gb Kingston DDR-400
Video Card: Nvidia 5950
Motherboard: Asus A7N8X-E Deluxe
Sound Card: Soundblaster
HD: 120GIG IDE
DVD Rom: Sony
CD-R: Lite-On

No problems. Everything works.

freak1
October 31st, 2007, 04:07 PM
Hardware
CPU: Intel Core2 Duo T7300
RAM: 2 Gb Kingston DDR-400
Video Card: Intel GM965
Motherboard: AOpen MP965-DR
Sound Card: Intel 82801H
HD: 80GB SATA
DVD-R: Sony
IR: Fintek
Network: Intel 3945ABG

Problems:
1) IR doesn't work. Fix is located here but unable to commit changes: http://www.nabble.com/lirc_mceusb2.c-fintek-productid-typo-t4626593.htm (http://www.nabble.com/lirc_mceusb2.c-fintek-productid-typo-t4626593.html)l
2) Network asks for keyring password on bootup to allow wireless to work
3) Alsa does not detect the SPDIF (tested with mythvantage using OSS and works great)
4) Had to manually install libgl1-mesa-dri to get GL to work

Great start though!

superm1
October 31st, 2007, 04:36 PM
Hardware
CPU: Intel Core2 Duo T7300
RAM: 2 Gb Kingston DDR-400
Video Card: Intel GM965
Motherboard: AOpen MP965-DR
Sound Card: Intel 82801H
HD: 80GB SATA
DVD-R: Sony
IR: Fintek
Network: Intel 3945ABG

Problems:
1) IR doesn't work. Fix is located here but unable to commit changes: http://www.nabble.com/lirc_mceusb2.c-fintek-productid-typo-t4626593.htm (http://www.nabble.com/lirc_mceusb2.c-fintek-productid-typo-t4626593.html)l
2) Network asks for keyring password on bootup to allow wireless to work
3) Alsa does not detect the SPDIF (tested with mythvantage using OSS and works great)
4) Had to manually install libgl1-mesa-dri to get GL to work

Great start though!

Can you please start another thread for your issues and try installing libpam-gnome-keyring for (2)? Also, why did you need (4)?

freak1
October 31st, 2007, 06:03 PM
Moved to http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?p=3677980#post3677980

JustInterested
November 5th, 2007, 06:57 AM
Using Mythbuntu Gutsy 7.10 AMD64

Hardware
CPU: AM2 4200+
RAM: 2G
Video Card: Onboard GeForce 6150
Sound Card: OnBoard
HD: SAMSUNG 320G
Remote: MCE USB2
Tuners: 2 x WinFast DTV 1000
Motherboard: ASUS M2NPV-VM

Performance
All h/w recognised and working - attached to PC LCD monitor at the moment... Need to do more reading/research to attach to LCD TV for best viewing experience (Panasonic TX-32LXD700A).

CCB0x45
November 6th, 2007, 08:50 AM
Just got mine completely working, everything runs perfect:

Running Mythbuntu Gutsy 7.10 i386
Dual Core Athlon 64 2.3ghz
Biostar NV770 Based HDMI Board MicroATX
2 Gigs of Ram
Hauppage PVR-150 (Both remote and blaster works!)
Mitsubishi WD 63628 63" HDTV running HDMI Port 1 720p(after a lot of config)
Antec Fusion Silver case(VFD works, I havnt gotten the volume knob to work yet but I think it will eventually)
Encore PCI Wireless-G card(Based on RTL 8185 chipset, only works with ndiswrapper)
Also runs torrentflux and mythweb perfectly, im working on getting mythstreamtv working.

Balki
November 6th, 2007, 12:29 PM
Hardware
Motherboard/CPU: VIA Epia SP13000 (1.3Ghz)
RAM: 512mb
Video Card: integrated on motherboard (CN400 chipset)
Sound Card:integrated on motherboard
HD:320gb
Remote:Hauppauge
Tuners:Hauppauge PVR250


Performance
Everything auto-detected fine. Performance is fine with auto-installed openchrome drivers.

e00
November 7th, 2007, 06:32 AM
Hardware
CPU: AMD X2 4800
RAM: 2Gb
Video Card: Nvidia 6100 integrated on mobo (Asus M2N-MX SE)
Sound Card: integrated hi-def
HD: 320Gb
Remote: Sunwave MCE USB
Tuners: Leadtek Winfast DTV1000

Performance
Works well. Only problems are:

Setting up a video resolution appropriate for a hi-def plasma connected via VGA
Getting the remote to work sufficiently that I won't need a keyboard (some functions work, some don't)
Finding EPG source for Australia

linuxlibrarian
November 12th, 2007, 05:54 PM
Hardware
Athlon 64 Socket Am2 2.4 ghz Orleans
Biostar TForce 7050pv M2 motherboard
1 gig Corsair DDR2 RAM
250 gb Western Digital SATA Hd
Hauppauge PVR150 MCE Vista Edition (the usb blaster/xmitter with the Black MCE remote. PVR 150 PCI card)
Nvidia (integrated on motherboard) 7050 graphics using nvidia-new drivers (proprietary)
Zonet wireless card
DVD drive
Antec case/380 psu


Performance:

Everything works great (finally).

Using with a DirecTV Philips DSX5250 STB and an RCA CRT Television. Channel changes, scheduled recording, everything works. Even remote.

Main issues that may or may not bother someone with this set up: Prebuffering pauses on the Hauppauge card causes a few fits and starts and jitters. Not bad, and not too annoying, mainly because our television isn't terribly good either. I suspect altering pci latency, increasing buffers, and possibly changing the channel frequencies might help this a bit. (I seem to do better with "us-cable" than "us-bcast" when using DirecTV, even though it technically is an antenna.)

A good, low budget set up though... esp. recommend if you don't have a top of the line TV and no plans to upgrade the TV in the near future.

old_salt
November 13th, 2007, 10:05 PM
Hardware - HP Dv9000z
CPU:AMD Turion64 x2
RAM:2Gb
Video Card:nVidia Corporation C51 [Geforce 6150 Go] (rev a2)
Sound Card:nVidia Corporation MCP51 High Definition Audio (rev a2)
HD:
NIC: nVidia Corporation MCP51 Ethernet Controller (rev a3)
Remote:
Tuners:

Other:
- Broadcom Corporation BCM4312 802.11a/b/g (rev 01)
- FireWire (IEEE 1394): Ricoh Co Ltd R5C832 IEEE 1394 Controller
- Ricoh Co Ltd R5C822 SD/SDIO/MMC/MS/MSPro Host Adapter (rev 19)
- Ricoh Co Ltd R5C843 MMC Host Controller (rev 01)
- Ricoh Co Ltd R5C592 Memory Stick Bus Host Adapter (rev 0a)
- Ricoh Co Ltd xD-Picture Card Controller (rev 05)
- PCI bridge: nVidia Corporation C51 PCI Express Bridge (rev a1)
- nVidia Corporation MCP51 USB Controller (rev a3)
- Matsushita Lightscribe DVD/RW-DL



Performance
Fair to midland.

Top Output on Gutsy install using 64bit Install--------------

Tasks: 128 total, 2 running, 126 sleeping, 0 stopped, 0 zombie
Cpu(s): 0.2%us, 0.0%sy, 0.0%ni, 77.0%id, 0.0%wa, 62.8%hi, 0.0%si, 0.0%st
Mem: 1998036k total, 1008836k used, 989200k free, 82048k buffers
Swap: 4208988k total, 0k used, 4208988k free, 526892k cached

The Hardware interrupts are unusually high and USB 2.0 is inoperable and must remove the uhci in order to get USB ports operable at all.

stinger30au
November 13th, 2007, 10:34 PM
Hardware
CPU: Intel pentium4 3 Ghz Prescott
RAM: 1.0 gb ram
Video Card: NVIDIA Geforce 2 64megram
HD: 2 x 40 gig ide and 1x80gig sata
Audio:Onboard


Performance
All hardware properly detected and functional.
This includes my HP Deskjet 1120C colour printer and my Canon Lide20USB Scanner.

Had to install nvidia proprietary drivers by clicking on the "restrited drivers"tab when 7.10 started.it restarted and all is ok

Performance
Runs very sweet and silky smooth. Did a format and fresh install after backing up my data

billionmonkeys
November 15th, 2007, 06:45 AM
Hardware
CPU: amd64 3500
RAM: 1gb
Video Card: nvidia geforce 7100 GS, connected to NTSC tv via s-video, using nvidia binary driver
Sound Card: onboard nvidia audio
HD: sata
Remote: hauppauge
Tuners: hauppauge 350 and 250

Problems:
1. Cannot run install while system is connected to a TV. The resolution used by the installer is not tv-out compatible.
2. using the default mythbuntu theme, it is almost impossible to tell if a checkbox in the setup menu is selected or not on my tv.
3. commercial skip doesn't seem to work. I haven't investigated this problem yet.
4. picture quality issues when watching hockey games on this system. (noticible jumpiness when the camera pans across the ice). not sure if this is a playback issue or an issue with capturing. Tried messing with the quality settings to no avail so far.
5. hauppauge remote settings not good
6. overscan-related issue - if you narrow down the screen resolution on the config page (so all the menus fit on the screen) you will have problems with the underlying window manager putting the menu bar on top of the myth screen.
7. would be nice if the driver for the lcd device was installed/configured by default.
8. have both the hauppauge remote and a (useless) imon remote. i chose the hauppauge in the install screen but it automatically seems to support them both out of the box, I had to manually update the lirc config in /etc since /dev/lirc0 seemed to be allocated to the imon.

Limulf
November 15th, 2007, 05:10 PM
Hardware
CPU: Intel Core 2 Duo T7250 2x2GHz
RAM: 2 Gb DDRII SDRAM
Video Card: NVIDIA GeForce 8600M GT
Sound Card: integrated
HD: Toshiba MK2035GSS (link (http://sdd.toshiba.com/main.aspx?Path=HardDrivesOpticalDrives/2.5-inchHardDiskDrives/MK2035GSS/MK2035GSSSpecifications))
Remote: RC115V(link (http://www.edio21.com/prod_rc115v.asp#))
Tuner: PRO-NETS DM100A (link (http://www.pro-nets.com/eng/product.php?mode=show&cid=109&pid=143))
Webcam: Bison 1.3 MegaPixel Digital Camera


Performance
Ubuntu 7.10 64bit. Installed without problems, and works quite well, except the following issues:
1) The famous load/unload cycles issue (https://bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/acpi-support/+bug/59695/): after some testing, I found that
$ sudo hdparm -B 192 /dev/sda solves it.
2) Webcam is not detected
3) Remote is not detected.
4) Tuner is not automatically detected. As in WindowsXP the drivers the vendor gave me configure this card as if it were an "AF9015" I have tried installing the kernel modules from here (http://linuxtv.org/wiki/index.php/Afatech_AF9015). Problem is that, when I scan for stations, I find no one.
5) Suspend / hibernate do not work, computer shuts down instead.
6) Screen's brightness control performs weirdly, if I set brightness below 15% it goes back to full intensity instead.
7) Screen is blank during startup, until login box appears. This can be inconvenient for new Ubuntu users, who don't know that once in a while there will be a hard disk scan. As they don't see a thing, they could try to reboot the computer before it finishes it.


Thanks for your kind work.

budge31
November 16th, 2007, 03:15 PM
Hardware
CPU: AMD X2 4800
RAM: 2Gb
Video Card: Nvidia 6100 integrated on mobo (Asus M2N-MX SE)
Sound Card: integrated hi-def
HD: 320Gb
Remote: Sunwave MCE USB
Tuners: Leadtek Winfast DTV1000

Performance
Works well. Only problems are:

Setting up a video resolution appropriate for a hi-def plasma connected via VGA
Getting the remote to work sufficiently that I won't need a keyboard (some functions work, some don't)
Finding EPG source for Australia


Did you get your epg working?

I use Shepherd, and it hasn't missed a beat since I set it up.

http://svn.whuffy.com/index.fcgi/wiki

twkisner
November 18th, 2007, 08:31 AM
Hardware
CPU: AMD Athlon 64 3000+
RAM: 1gb
Video Card: AGP nvidia 6200 component out
Sound Card: built in (I forget)
HD: Sanyo Vizon HDTV (4:3)
Remote: Firefly mini
Tuners: 3 Air2PC PCI ATSC cards (2 first rev., 1 Second rev.)


Performance

I have to manually install the drivers for my tuner cards (even though they are on the supported list on the install document). I had to go to Fiesty hardware install directions to get them working (-should someone move those over?)

I'm changing remotes to the Firefly mini. I'm going to have to manually key-map it, but when I do I intend on posing a guide. The one on the mythtv wiki for Fedora sounds silly to me.

*Update* I used Xmodmap to remap the keys. Right now use the "run on startup" feature to run a script that does it when the GUI loads, but does anyone know the proper way?

mdkendall
November 20th, 2007, 06:55 AM
Hardware
CPU: Intel Celeron D 430 (1.8GHz)
RAM: 1GB DDR2
HD: 500GB Seagate Barracuda SATA
Motherboard: Shuttle SG31G2
Video Card: NVIDIA 7200GS, 256MB
Video Capture: Hauppauge PVR-150 MCE
IR Transceiver: SMK RXX6000 USB-attached transceiver (supplied with PVR-150), mceusb2
IR Remote: MCE remote, 1069-type (black) (supplied with PVR-150)

Performance
All hardware properly detected and functional.

I am using the NVIDIA proprietary drivers. I installed the software and set the system up using an LCD monitor, then changed to a (standard definition, NTSC) TV attached to the S-video out of the video card. TV-out works fine regardless of the screen resolution, but it seems to me that things look best with the resolution set to 800x600.

Using mceusb2 the IR transceiver received the associated remote and controlled Myth with no further setup. After I added the definitions for my set-top box remote to lircd.conf and added a channel changer script I was also able to use the transmitter functions without problem.

Shuttle SG31G2 fans (PSU and CPU) are very quiet; I am very pleased.

Hard drive noise is distracting; it is actually fairly quiet but the constant ticking of the heads during recording is distracting. I am going to try some rubber isolation mounts.

Using the default Mythbuntu theme I bumped the font sizes up about 4pt each (from 12pt, 16pt and 25pt to 16pt, 20pt, 30pt IIRC) and the configuration screens are now much more readable on my SD TV. I agree with a previous comment that the 'checkbox' widget in this theme is terrible. The checked and unchecked state are an embossed or debossed square respectively (and its is not clear which way round that would be even if you could see it) which are distinguished by dark blue and slightly-darker blue shading. It is practically unusable on a SD TV.

I thought the Celeron might be underpowered and was prepared to have to change it, but actually it is doing fairly well. I see no recording or playback issues. Load average during recording is less than 0.1 (as would be expected given the hardware MPEG encoder) and during concurrent recording and playback it runs around 0.4.

roseway
November 20th, 2007, 02:10 PM
Hardware
CPU: Athlon 64 X2 4000
RAM: 2 GB Kingston
Video Card: Onboard nVidia 6150
Sound Card: Onboard ADI 1986A
HD: Western Digital 5000AAKS SATA
Remote: Hauppauge Nova-T
Tuner: Hauppauge Nova-T PCI (conexant version)

Performance
Everything worked correctly out of the box except the remote control. I set up the RC using the guide at http://www.mythtv.org/wiki/index.php/Hauppauge_WinTV_Nova-T_500_PCI#Remote_control plus extra information at http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=183545&highlight=nova

superm1
November 20th, 2007, 04:53 PM
Hardware
CPU: Athlon 64 X2 4000
RAM: 2 GB Kingston
Video Card: Onboard nVidia 6150
Sound Card: Onboard ADI 1986A
HD: Western Digital 5000AAKS SATA
Remote: Hauppauge Nova-T
Tuner: Hauppauge Nova-T PCI (conexant version)

Performance
Everything worked correctly out of the box except the remote control. I set up the RC using the guide at http://www.mythtv.org/wiki/index.php/Hauppauge_WinTV_Nova-T_500_PCI#Remote_control plus extra information at http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=183545&highlight=nova
Can you please file a bug against mythbuntu with any specific changes that you had to make. We can attempt to address them and have out of the box support for Hardy. Thanks!

roseway
November 20th, 2007, 05:02 PM
Will do (when I've found out how to :) )

superm1
November 20th, 2007, 05:04 PM
Will do (when I've found out how to :) )
https://bugs.launchpad.net/mythbuntu/+filebug

roseway
November 20th, 2007, 05:29 PM
Thanks. I see that there's already a bug report dealing with this, so I've simply subscribed to it and added a comment.

Nikas
November 21st, 2007, 04:28 PM
Hardware
CPU: AMD64 3200+, 2200 Ghz
RAM: 1.0 gb ram
Video Card: cheap NVIDIA-card.
Remote: None
HD: 40 gb sys disk. 250 gb for recordings and live tv.
Tuners:
2 x Hauppauge WinTV Nova T-500 = 4 dvb-t tuners total.
Performance
All hardware properly detected and functional.
Added latest firmware and updated the v4l-dvb-drivers.
Got "I2C read error" with IR-cable connected but I'm using the computer as server only so i dont need to have the ir-cable connected.

spinlock99
November 23rd, 2007, 05:49 PM
Hardware
CPU:
RAM:
Video Card:
Sound Card:
HD:
Remote:
Tuners: Hauppauge WinTV (using bt878, bttv, and tuner linux modules)

Performance:Using a standard Mythbuntu install I have been able to watch tv using xawtv with no recompiling of kernel modules. It just worked out of the box!!! I have gotten MythTV to play TV using the V4L Capture Card and not the MPEG2 as it says in the manual.

The Odometer
November 24th, 2007, 07:31 PM
Hardware
CPU:AMD Athon XP 2200+
RAM:512 MB DDR
Video Card: Chaintech Geforce FX 5200 128 MB
Sound Card:Onboard Nforce2
HD:250 GB
Remote:MCE Remote
Tuners:Hauppauge Win-TV PVR 150 MCE


Performance:
Worked right out of the box. Had a few problems with TV Out-but they were fixed easily. Thanks for a great distro!

kameleon25
November 24th, 2007, 10:38 PM
Hardware
CPU: AMD 64 4600+ x2 65W
RAM: 1.0 GB (512x2) A-data ADQVE1908K PC6400 Ram
Video Card: Onboard ATI Xpress 1250 connected via HDMI
Remote: Streamzap pc remote
HD: 160GB SATA
Tuners: Firewire to Scientific Atlanta 8300HD DVR Comcast box
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-MA69GM-S2H
Performance: Mostly worked out of the box. Much easier to deal with than the manual mythtv install I had previously.

Had to install Ubuntu 7.10 from cd first then install the mythbuntu control center. My hardware had issues with booting into the graphical interface using the mythbuntu 7.10 disk. Got it all installed and then had issues with the ATI Xpress1250 chipset to display 1080p properly on my Sharp Aquos 42" LCD. Had to remove the restricted fglrx driver and then reboot the pc with the sharp turned on and tuned into the HDMI port. Worked like a charm. I previously had this running on ubuntu 7.04 but something happened and it all crashed. Found mythbuntu and decided to install that.
The only issues that remain is my streamzap remote and the firewire to the comcast box. The streamzap actually "works" as far as selecting and navigating the menus. But it does not work for manipulating the video stream. The firewire is an issue in itself. I have not really delved into that fully yet but if anyone has any pointers they are appreciated.

pasta514
November 25th, 2007, 09:37 AM
BACKEND
Hardware
CPU: AMD BE-2300 45W
Motherboard: Abit AN52
RAM: 2x2GB Crucial
Video Card: ATI Radeon X600
Sound Card: n/a
HD: 1x160GB Maxtor & 1x500GB Maxtor
Remote: n/a
Tuners: ATI HDTV Wonder

Performance
Had to download the DVB firmware for the HDTV card.
Want to use this as a samba server as well, so was hoping to mirror the 160GB disk with 160GB partition on the other disk with RAID/LVM, then use the remaining disk space in non-RAID. So far no luck. Maybe the samba server will sit on another machine.

FRONTEND
Hardware
CPU: AMD AthlonX2 6000+
Motherboard: Abit AN-M2HD nForce 630a
RAM: 2x2GB Crucial
Video Card: GeForce 7050PV
Sound Card: Realtek? MPC67/ALC883 7.1 HD Audio
HD: 160GB Maxtor
Remote: WinMCE USB
Tuners: n/a


Performance
connected to Sharp Aquous through HDMI. No Audio through HDMI; known nvidia driver issue. Have not had time to check out other audio options yet.
Significant overscan on the screen. Also a driver issue. Overscan should be OK for media, but problematic for running a linux desktop. Have tried to debug without success.

e00
November 27th, 2007, 11:48 AM
Did you get your epg working?

I use Shepherd, and it hasn't missed a beat since I set it up.

http://svn.whuffy.com/index.fcgi/wiki

Tried to set up Shepherd. Seemed to set up ok, except for waiting 20 minutes or so for it to download data (over cable!). But it didn't properly update the guide database so recording via EPG didn't work at all.

Don't really have time to debug it, so disabled it. Recording works fine using manual record or the station's transmitted guide.

williammanda
November 28th, 2007, 02:40 AM
Hardware
CPU: Intel Core 2 Duo 6400
RAM: 2 GB
Video Card: Nvidia 7300 le 512 MB ram PCIe
Sound Card:: Onboard sound - ADI AD1986A
HD: 250 GB
Remote: Snapstream Firefly RF
Tuners: pcHDTV HD-5500 & Dvico FusionHDTV5 Gold Updated 1/5/08
Monitor: Westinghouse W4207 42"

Performance
Everything worked correctly out of the box except the Nvidia restricted drivers had to be updated to ver 169.04. I use Xine outside of mythtv. Update 1/5/08 Using the Nvidia driver 169.07.

Hardware
CPU: AMD Dual Core 4200
RAM: 2 GB
Video Card: Nvidia 7300 gt 512 MB ram PCIe
Sound Card: Onboard sound - ADI AD1986A
HD: 250 GB
Remote: Snapstream Firefly RF
Tuners: Dvico FusionHDTV5 Express (PCIE version) Updated 1/5/08 I had to get the latest linuxtv drivers to use the pcie card since kernel 2.6.22.14 doesn't support it.
Monitor: LG 42LC7D 42"

Performance
Everything worked correctly out of the box except the Nvidia restricted drivers had to be updated to ver 169.04. I use Xine outside of mythtv. Update 1/5/08 Using the Nvidia driver 169.07.


Hardware
CPU: Intel P4 HT 3 Ghz
RAM: 1 GB
Video Card: ATI X1650t 512 MB ram AGP
Sound Card: Onboard sound - AC 97
HD: 160 GB
Remote: none
Tuners: Hauppauge PVR-150
Monitor: Viewsonic VA520 Analog 15"

Performance
Enable restricted drivers for the ATI video card. Mythtv playback for SDTV is ok. Digital tv is choppy. Xine media playback of SDTV is ok but digital playback gives a message " the amount of dropped frames is to high". I am using the xshm driver since xv will not work with the ATI card. Any ideas?
Update 12/23/07
I've since removed the ATI card and used the onboard video Intel 82865G and all video works fine even HD. Anyone want an ATI card

umggc
November 29th, 2007, 11:18 PM
Combined Front/Back End:

CPU: AMD Turion ML-30 (socket 754)
MB: MSI K8MM3-V (VIA K8M800 VT8237R)
RAM: 1 GB DDR 400
GPU: GeForce 6200 128 MB

Tried 2 tuners:

Leadtek Winfast TV2000/XP Expert: works. Set as software v4l card, using mpeg4 in recording profile, adjusted ALSA setting to use aux audio;

ADS PTV 305 (same as KWorld MCE-TV 200): not working. Had to manually type in device name in hardware encoder card setup to recognize, channel scan worked, live TV went black screen than nothing. Probably because IVTV driver does not support blackbird cards.

gnickm
November 30th, 2007, 04:44 AM
CPU: VIA C3/EDEN
MB: VIA EPIA-M10000 Fanless
RAM: 512MB DDR
GPU: Integrated VIA CastleRock AGP w/TV out

Used as a video playing front-end, so no tuners. Absolutely no problems installing or running, Mythbuntu 7.10 "just worked" right off CD.

spalVl
December 10th, 2007, 03:03 AM
CPU: Athlon XP1800
MB: SOLTEK SL-75DRV5 Socket A (Socket 462) VIA KT333 ATX AMD
RAM: Kingston ValueRAM 512MB 184-Pin DDR SDRAM DDR 266 (PC 2100)
HDD: Maxtor DiamondMax Plus 9 6Y080L0 80GB 7200 RPM IDE Ultra ATA133 Hard Drive
GPU: nVidia GeForce4 MX 440 AGP (S-Video out)
Sound 1: Integraded VIA Technologies, AC97 Audio Controller (Disabled)
Sound 2: Chaintech AV-710 (Optical out)
PS: Generic 300w PS
CD: CDRW 24X10X40|SONY CRX175
Tuner: Leadtek Winfast TV2000XP Deluxe tuner NTSC

Had to connect it to a VGA monitor to get installed. After that setup restricted Nvidia driver and hooked to TV.
Used custom modeline migrated from Knoppmyth with video settings for TV.

Ran into the VNC CD needs to be inserted to enable problem.

Ran into the MythWeb password problem resolved with post from this forum.

Audio: Had to change to /dev/adsp in Setup>General and enable AC3/DTS to SPDIF.
Mplayer needed /etc/mplayer/mplayer.conf audio section modified with audio options.

ac=hwac3,hwdts,
ao=oss:/dev/adsp

Been unable to get the remote working appended to this post.
http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=610426

Great distro, REALLY like Mythbuntu Control Centre and the lightness of XFCE, plus is easy to switch to Mythbuntu SVN repository.

Brando569
December 11th, 2007, 04:18 AM
Hardware
CPU:AMD Athlon 64 x2 4200
RAM: 2x512mb Kingston HyperX DDR400
Video Card:Nvidia 7600GT and/or 8600GTS OC
Sound Card:onboard nvidia (realtek?)
HD:WD 5000KS 500GB Sata II 16mb cache

Performance
kubuntu runs great on my system, well with the exception of compiz-fusion screwing up randomly (no borders, freezing). the only problem that i have is when i have my 8600GTS in it doesnt display the kubuntu splash screen.

milhouse
December 17th, 2007, 09:19 PM
Hardware

CPU: Athlon 64 3000+
MB: ASUS K8V-SE Deluxe
RAM: Kingston HyperX 512MB 184-Pin DDR SDRAM
HDD: Seagate 120GB 7200 RPM IDE Ultra ATA133 Hard Drive
GPU: nVidia GeForceFX 6600 AGP (S-Video out)
Sound: Integraded VIA Technologies, AC97 Audio Controller
Tuner: DViCO Fusion HDTV 5 RT Gold

Performance

Installed 7.1 w/o issue. Tuner card recognized and configured both analog and digital tuners easily. Installed nVidia restricted drivers using the restricted drivers manager. Display on both my 20" LCD monitor during setup and 4:3 CRT TV via s-video for use was flawless.

Setup suffers from the "pink screen of death" and will upgrade nVidia drivers to solve this.

Digital tuner works fine.

The analog tuner on the FusionHDTV 5 has audio problems. There is some very loud static for 2 or 3 seconds then an audio bitrate mismatch when you switch from a digital to analog station. Changing again to another analog station usually fixes the issue. Not a workable solution for unattended recording. Fixes may be out there, I just didn't need the analog tuner so stopped trying.

voctikal
December 22nd, 2007, 09:15 PM
Hardware

Case nMEDIAPC HTPC 300BA
Mobo BIOSTAR TForce TF7050-M2 AM2 NVIDIA GeForce 7050PV HDMI Micro ATX AMD Motherboard
CPU AMD Athlon 64 LE-1600 2.2GHz Socket AM2 45W Single-Core
PSU COOLER MASTER eXtreme RP-500-PCAR ATX
RAM A-DATA 1GB (2 x 512MB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800
Game Controller Logitech 963326-0403 Cordless RumblePad 2 USB
Remote Streamzap Remote
HDD Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 320GB 7200 RPM SATA
Optical Sony NEC Black 20X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW

Almost forgot the 52 inch big screen

dougsnell
December 23rd, 2007, 03:03 PM
Hardware - Wal-Mart Everex TC2502 (with new HD)

CPU: 1.5 GHz VIA C7-D
RAM: 512 Mb DDR2
Video Card: (not used) on-board VIA UniChrome Pro
Sound Card: (not used) on-board
HD: 250 Gb (WD, I think)
Remote: Hauppage 350 (4 color buttons on bottom)
Tuners: Hauppage 500 and Hauppage 350

Performance

Runs Mythbuntu. Virtually no overhead on processor, very low-watt consumption. Had problems getting everything working with the 350 TV-out, but the new Gutsy howto was perfect.

... and it works a lot better than it did under Windows with BeyondTV :)

JeepFreak
December 24th, 2007, 09:53 PM
Hardware
CPU: Intel Pentium D 925 3 GHz Dual Core
Motherboard: Intel DG965WH Media Series
RAM: 1GB Kingston PC2-6400 DDR2 DIMM 240-pin 800MHz Non-ECC
Video Card: ASUS EN7300LE/HTD/128M GeForce 7300LE Supporting to 512MB(128MB on BoarD) 64-bit GDDR2 PCI Express x16
Sound Card: On Board
HD: Western Digital Caviar SE16 250GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s
Remote: Soundgraph iMon Pad
Tuners: Hauppauge WinTV-PVR-500
Case: Silverstone GD01MX


Performance
I just installed Mythbuntu 7.10 and the system works remarkably well right out of the box. The remote is flakey and needs configuring. The card readers on the front of the case do not work (actually... I only know that they do not autodetect media). And, of course, the iMon LCD does not work.

Overall... I am very impressed with Mythbuntu!! I can't believe I've been putting this project off for almost a year!

Thanks,
Billy

ozybushwalker
December 28th, 2007, 10:10 AM
Hardware
CPU: Via C3 1GHz on GA-PCV2 Mini ITX mother board
RAM: 256MB
Video Card: On board in VIA CLE-266 Chipset
Sound Card: AC97 On board in VIA CLE-266 Chipset
HD: Seagate 80GB PATA
Remote: included with Tuner
Tuners: Leadtek Winfast DTV1000 T


Performance
The tuner has DVB (Digital) facilities with composite video input. I haven't tried the remote or the composite video input yet. The digital tuner works well but it took me a while to figure out how to configure it correctly. Perhaps if I had read the installation manual it might have been a bit clearer.

I tried to get a suitable EPG but there was no option for Australia in the setup script. I found the shepherd EPG but ran into trouble getting it going because there were insufficient perl modules. I tried to follow the shepherd installation procedure at http://svn.whuffy.com/index.fcgi/wiki/Installation
but it reported a missing perl module and I haven't yet tried to rectify that.

Overall, I'm very pleased with what I have seen so far. Thanks Mythbuntu team.

My initial euphoria has soured with experience. Because I saw some swapping and jerky video I upgraded the memory to 512MB but that didn't fix the jerky video problem. After investigation (described in my bug report at
https://bugs.launchpad.net/mythbuntu/+bug/179634
I got better performance by editing /etc/X11/xorg.conf and adding the line VideoRam 16384 to the device section.

AlecJ
January 11th, 2008, 04:08 PM
Hardware MSI K9N6GM
CPU: Amd 64 x2 4400
RAM: 1Gb
Video Card: Nvidia FX 7300 GS
Sound Card: on board Nvidia ALC883 7.1 (not working as 7.1 yet)
HD:Maxtor 160Gb
Remote: Nova-T 500 grey snow board type
Tuners: Kworld expert (works from the box (crap remote))
Nova-T500 (have to follow http://www.mythtv.org/wiki/index.php/Hauppauge_WinTV_Nova-T_500_PCI
for Mythbuntu to find it.


Performance
Works Great!
Still trying to get 7.1 working

ian dobson
January 17th, 2008, 07:42 PM
Backend:-

Intel Q6600
2Gb ram
RAID 5 array (4x500Gb SATA)
1Gbit network
PVR 150 analog tuner
Running 7.10

Frontend
Intel C2D 2140
Gigabyte G945 motherboard
512Mb ram
40Gb 21/2 harddisk
Nvidia G7300 graphic card
SABA TV (Now this feels strange in a PC spec)
PVR 150 remote control + homebrew IR input (see 5)
TV running off S-VIDEO port as PAL-B at 1024/768 (Need to change this sometime).
Running 7.10/Mythbuntu

Problems:-
1) The backend doesn't have an X server so getting myth-setup working took abit of work.
2) The AL1 network card has a problem with > 4Gb ram so I only have 2Gb at the moment
3) The PVR 150 recordings where far too quiet until I increased the recording volume in MythTV
4) The TV out isn't 100% OK. Bright colours are abit "smudgy". I think that the luminance signal is abit too high. I'll try making a new cable sometime.
5) Mythbuntu doesn't support "home brew" adapters from the setup screen, I had to say I had a PVR 150 remote then manually reconfigure LIRC to use the Serial driver and disable the serial port in the Kernel using setserial.

The WAF (Women acceptance Factor) is quite good. My wife has started using MythTV even though I'm still fixing afew hardware bugs and the system isn't really "on-line". Mythweb makes everything much easier. I have a normal harddisk recorder and it's a pig to work with (User interface is slow /unresponsive, EPG doesn't always work)

Regards
Ian Dobson

Mrbbad
January 21st, 2008, 05:53 AM
Hardware
Motherboard: BIOSTAR TForce TF7050-M2 AM2 NVIDIA GeForce 7050PV HDMI Micro ATX AMD Motherboard
RAM: 1Gig (4 sticks of 256MB RAM)
CPU: AMD Athlon 64 X2 4000+ Brisbane 2.1GHz Socket AM2 65W Dual-Core Processor
Network: GIGABYTE GN-WP01GS PCI Wireless Adapter
TV Tuner: SABRENT TV Tuner / Video Capture / MPEG Recording PCI Card with Remote Control TV-PCIRC PCI Interface
HD: 40Gig Barracuda
Remote: TSHA IR01 (Example here (http://www.directron.com/hair01sv.html); didn't buy it from them, that is just a view of the remote.)

Comments
Sound & video are on the motherboard. Ran sound out of TV Tuner to Motherboard and then to the TV. Hard-coded (how annoying) the system so Mythbuntu would stop asking me for the wireless password on boot to access the Internet.

Problems
Had to use 'low graphics mode' during install because the on-board video was not supported. Downloaded, installed, compiled (didn't do this part myself, worked on this with a friend) appropriate NVIDIA drivers (annoying).

I *do not* recommend the motherboard I got currently (though it is AWESOME!) for those building their own systems -- not until the on board video card is supported by the installer for sure.

The remote that came with the TV Tuner did not work, bought the above listed one instead and it worked perfectly.

Some stations have this green fuzzy line at the bottom -- it's easy to ignore since the line is quite small; but we couldn't find a way to remove it.

40GIGs of space is no fun, will have to add another HD in the future.

Current Status
After a 24 hour marathon, somehow, someway, we got it working, it is now recording and playing standard definition cable TV very well.

If for some reason anyone has a question about any of that, please PM me.

Chuckels550
January 30th, 2008, 07:47 PM
Hardware
CPU - Slot 939, AMD Athlon64 3500+
RAM - Corsair 4x512 GB DDR, 400 MHz FSB, CAS 2.5, TWINX Value
Mobo - MSI K8N Neo2 Platinum (MS-7025)
Hard drives - ATA 133 Maxtor 250 GB 16 MB Buffer and SATA II Western Digital 750 GB 16 MB Buffer
DVD Burner - LG GSA-H10A 16x Super Multi DVDRW/CDRW
Soundcard - Creative Labs Soundblaster Audigy X-Gamer - used for TV-Out
Graphics - Asus Nvidia N7600GS, TV-Out DVI, 256 MB DDR, AGP 8x Silent (fanless) - I use the graphics card TV-Out
Wireless NIC - Dlink DWL-G520 High Speed 2.4GHz (802.11g) Wireless PCI Adapter, Rev B
TV Tuners - Hauppauge WinTV PVR 350, model 990 (NTSC tuner) and Hauppauge WinTV PVR 150, model 1045 (NTSC tuner) - both used only for capture, but I use the WinTV PVR 350 remote with LIRC.
Keyboard/Mouse - Microsoft Wireless Laser Desktop 6000
Display - Sharp 32" LCD TV set to Digital A/V (no monitor)

Cabling the TV Tuner, Sound Card and TV
Additional cables required:

Coaxial Cable Splitter and coaxial cable for connections to LCD TV, WinPVR 350 TV Tuner, WinPVR 150 TV Tuner
Audio patch cable, short as possible, (for connection between the TV tuner card and sound card)
DVI cable (for connection between the LCD TV and the Graphics Card
Audio cable with small headphone jack (for connection between the soundcard and the LCD TV

Note: The WinPVR 150 does not need to be connected to anything other than the cable TV input.

Connect one cable TV coaxial cable to the Hauppauge WinPVR 350 connector and one to the Hauppauge WinPVR 150 connector on the back panel. The top coaxial connection on both TV tuners is for cable FM, which I don’t use.
Connect the Hauppauge IR receiver to the WinTV PVR 350 back panel IR receiver connection.
Using a audio cable with the small headphone jacks, connect the Audio Line Out on the sound card to the LCD TV audio input for the DVI connection.


Comments:
Everything listed works and works well for me at 720p
I configure storage using LVM2.
I had problems with Network Manager, with getting the cabling to the correct audio out jack on the soundcard and with configuring alsamixer.

Network Manager has never worked well for me and I would love to see it disappear from Ubuntu releases. When it broke this time, I uninstalled it and installed/configured Wicd instead. Wicd has no problems with maintaining static IPs, which is a requirement for MythTV and has proven very reliable as well as easy to set up.
I found it confusing to decide where the correct line-out jack was for my soundcard, but once I realized that the Analog/Digital line out was used for the subwoofer in a 5.1 set-up I was able to find the correct line-out to use.
Setting up alsamixer was by guess and by gosh. For my soundcard, if the Analog/Digital line out Jack is on, nothing works. The settings in MythTV were ALSA: default and default.

stdPikachu
January 31st, 2008, 03:09 PM
For my soundcard, if the Analog/Digital line out Jack is on, nothing works. The settings in MythTV were ALSA: default and default.

IIRC this is the same for every Audigy. In addition, if they're anything like mine you won't be able to mute the master or PCM channels either. I filed a bug report with ALSA about this ages ago but still don't think it's been incorporated upstream.

kreegor
February 8th, 2008, 02:09 AM
Hardware
Motherboard: Gigabyte P31-S3G
CPU: C2D E2160 (stock)
RAM: 1 Gig DDR2 667 (generic)
Video Card: POV 256MB nVidia 8400GS
Sound Card: Onboard
HD: 160Gig Western Digital
Remote: Dvico FusionRemote MCE
Tuners: DVICO (Ultraview) Fusion HDTV DVB-T Plus

Problems

Some remote buttons were not configured properly. Simple change in the lircrc file.
Sound was very quite. Had to install Alsamixergui to boost the sound
Accessing a Samba share crashes my Windows machine. No idea why just yet :)


Performance
Installation was simple, tuner card worked out of the box and remote worked from install. This machine has no trouble displaying high quality video. Recording quality is great and playback is really smooth.

Overall, I am more than happy with it!

solitaire
February 8th, 2008, 02:28 AM
Hardware
Motherboard: Dell Inspiron 8200 Laptop
CPU: P4m 2Ghz (stock)
RAM: 512Mb (generic)
Video Card: nVidia GeForce4 440 m
Sound Card: Onboard
HD: 27Gb Western Digital
OS: Ubuntu 7.10 Gutsy Gibbon

Performance
Generaly Good. Issues with faulty Heatsink on Graphics overheating the unit (Not an OS Issue).

Mythstory
February 8th, 2008, 06:42 PM
Hardware
CPU: Intel 6550
RAM: 2.0 gb ram
Video Card: on mb Gigabyte G33 intel Graphics
Remote: Winfast DTV 1000 T bundle
HD: 500 gb SATA Seagate hard drive
Tuners:
2 X Winfast DTV 1000 T bundle
Performance
All hardware properly detected and functional.
But HD Recording of 2 chanels at once works
But HD live and playback does not work on Myth

Winfast PVR2 Software on WinXP does work for watching,Playing
and recoding of HD TV on same box..But is less stable..Is faster
changing channels. Will check on HD Threads

DuncanG
February 9th, 2008, 12:45 AM
Hardware
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-MA69GM-S2H
CPU: AMD BE-2350, Scythe Mini Ninja cooler, 1 GB RAM
Video Card: Onboard ATI X1250
Sound Card: Onboard Realtec
HDD: Samsung 1TB HD103UJ
Tuner: AVerMedia AVerTV Hybrid+FM PCI A16D
Case: Antec NSK2480B

Performance
Not working yet. Mythbuntu and graphic install of Ubuntu fail due to onboard graphics, so text install and manual MythTV install required. Playback via MythTV jerky, so working on drivers next.

Specific problems
Gigabyte GA-MA69GM-S2H: SATA connectors are off the edge of the board, so does not fit in MicroATX case without cutting metalwork. Problems with onboard graphics not yet resolved, but enough to prevent straightforward install.
Samsung 1TB HD103UJ: Slow on cold start and not recognised by BIOS, so reboot always required.
AVerMedia AVerTV Hybrid+FM PCI A16D: Not supported out of the box (Linux), but install instructions http://mcentral.de/wiki/index.php5/AVerMedia_AverTV_Hybrid_FM_PCI_A16D may be working, cannot tell until playback resolved.
Antec NSK2480B: Power connector for two close SATA devices - so cannot power both HDD and DVD without extra lead, as they are several inches apart. Otherwise an excellent case.

rmoore2112
February 10th, 2008, 04:51 PM
Hardware

This hardware is a great value for a quiet frontend and a powerful backend. Please pay attention to the installation notes, especially the NVIDIA drivers section (it will save you from re-installing the whole shebang!).
The tuners were supported out of the box !!

Role MythTV Frontend and Backend
Motherboard EVGA e-7150/630i Motherboard - NVIDIA nForce 630i, Socket 775, MicroATX
Case Antec NSK 2480
CPU:Intel Core 2 Duo E4500
CPU FAN ZEROtherm CPU Cooler CF900 775
RAM: 2 GB Corsair TWINX 2048MB PC6400 DDR2 800MHz (2x1024)
Video Card: Integrated nVIDIA e-7150
Sound Card: Integrated
HD: WD Caviar 500GB Serial ATA HD 7200/16MB/SATA-3G
CVD/CD LITE-ON 20x DVDRW SATA
Remote: Microsoft MCE Remote with IR reciever / blaster (version2)
Tuners: HDHomeRun, Hauppage WinTV PVR-150

Installation Notes

Install Mythbuntu 7.10 in SAFE Mode - DO NOT use the restricted drivers for the NVIDIA card - use generic VESA driver during the install.
Install the complete system before performing the configuration steps below.


e-7150 Configuration

Download the 169.04 beta video drivers (http://www.nvidia.com/object/linux_display_ia32_169.04.html) from NVIDIA.

When you install the driver, the installer will compile a version for your Kernel. To do this, you will need to install the kenrnel source & headers, gcc and build-essentials.

After the NVIDIA drivers are installed run

nvidia-xconfig


Onboard Sound Configuration


install linux-backport-modules which includes the hda_intel module.
You will have to add the backports repository through synaptic-package-manager

deb http://it.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ gutsy-backports main restricted universe multiverse

deb-src http://it.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ gutsy-backports main restricted universe multiverse Deb-src-http://it.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ gutsy backports main restricted universe multiverse


sudo apt-get install linux-backport-modules

If you are going to use the digital output on the back of the motherboard, you will have to enable it through the ALSA mixer.


Performance
The system performs great!!. I was able to rip a dvd, and watch recorded HD content on two different front ends while capturing from the two HDHomeRun tuners.

david.birch
February 12th, 2008, 03:48 AM
Setup: Frontend/Backend 7.10

CPU: Core Duo E6600 - dual 2.4GHz
RAM: 2GB
MB: Asus P5B-VM
Video: XFX nVidia 7300GS
Sound: onboard Intel HD (ICH8)

Tuner 1: Hauppauge Nova-T-500
Tuner 2: Leadtek DTV1000T

Functions well (great playback on 1080i signals in Aus with low cpu usage - < 5%) aside from a current problem with 0.20.2 frontend pausing between program changes on the same channel.
Remote on Hauppauge works, haven't testing on the leadtek but it's input is detected so i assume it should work. AC3 Pass thru wouldn't work for me in myth but would in mplayer & vlc, not sure what the prob is - assume it is configuration error.
Only other issue is tuners getting picked up in random order by kernel at boot - there is no way to differentiate between the hauppauge tuners to write a udev rule, so i had to write a script to grep dmesg & update the cardinput table...

incubi
February 12th, 2008, 09:00 PM
Hardware
Mother board: Asus A7N8x-x
Chipset: Nvidia nforce 2
CPU: AMD Athlon XP 2400+
RAM: 1G Kingston
Video Card: Nvidia 5200 FX
Display: Syntax Olevia 542i 42" LCD HDTV using VGA input
Sound Card: SB Live
HD: 50G WD IDE, and 2 WD 250G IDE
Remote: Newer pvr-350 /w colored buttons at bottom
Tuners: PVR-350


Performance
My first try was with mythdora and it installed but had choppy video. My system worked well on first install with mythbuntu 7.10! All hardware was detected and remote worked default. PVR-350 TV Out worked with a mod but not worth the work because the video was not much better then VGA. Needed to format and mount the two 205G drives then point myth to them.

Overall good performance!
__________________

txcrackers
February 18th, 2008, 12:40 AM
Setup: Backend/Frontend

Hardware
CPU: AMD XP 2100
RAM: 1Gb
Video Card: PNY NVidia GeForce 6200 256mb
Sound Card: SoundBlaster Live!
HD: Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3250820A 250GB
Remote: eDATA DEC-200B (Toshiba IR01)
Tuners: Hauppauge WinTV-PVR 150 MCE 274

Performance
Worked out-of-the-box. The only issue I had was figuring out the correct frequency table to use.

r_endymion
February 19th, 2008, 05:08 AM
Hardware
CPU: Pentium D 3.2
RAM: 2 gigs
Video Card: GeForce 6600
Sound Card: Onboard Intel HDA (Realtek ALC880) using SPDIF
HD:200GB Seagate SATA
Remote:
Tuners: Leadtek Winfast TV Expert 2000 XP


Performance
Card detected fine, audio was a PITA to get configured. ALSA will not load on boot, will not load until I first play an audio file. I'm sure its a config problem, only my first week using Linux.

Caps18
February 21st, 2008, 02:59 AM
Hardware Working With No Problems:
PNY GeForce 6200 AGP (8x running on 4x AGP motherboard)- Mythbuntu detected it and downloaded the nvidia drivers much better than Fedora


Hardware With Some Problems, but now setup 100%

Hardware With Some Problems, but still needs fixed

Hardware that doesn't work
Rosewill PCMCIA To PCI adapter

(Doesn't work in Fedora either, or at least I wasn't able to get it to work and it caused problems during boot-up when installed)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16815166013


I'll come back and update this again later.

lytke
February 21st, 2008, 12:09 PM
Hardware
CPU: C7 on VIA EX10000EG
RAM: 1GB
Video Card: onboard cx700m2
Sound Card: onboard VIA VT1708A
HD: 80GB PATA
Remote: Hauppauge
Tuners: Hauppauge nova-t 500


Performance
Install okay, tuner discovered and working
video driver (vesa) only allows 768x1024, not able to customize
- does show a TV picture -very slow - unusable
- is it possible to include driver from VIA ? (available on viaarena for 7.10 and other older versions)

rddone
February 26th, 2008, 03:26 AM
Hardware
CPU: AMD XP 2400+ in old MB (running at 2000, since MB cant detect 2400)
RAM: 1 GB RAM
Video Card: NVIDIA GeForce 6200 256 MB using composite video out -> Channel modulator
HDD1: 30 GB PATA using a bit over 1GB.
Recordings played from file server over NFS mount.
Tuners: None (recording is done on other machine)
Remote: Tira-2 USB using Satellite 1142 on JP1 universal remote

Performance:
CPU time of less than 20% while playing 640x480 mpgs.
Video quality is awesome even on 52" LCD through modulator->demodulator combo fed from composite video output.
Had to force video mode for install even with monitor capable of 1280x1024.
All hardware properly detected.
Disabled all Power saving features of monitor in xorg.conf since TV out not properly restored after blanking
Tira USB remote was a huge learning curve, even after having to manually setup PVR-150 remote on Mythbuntu 7.04.

Everything works perfectly now, and could replicate setup from scratch in a couple hours.

tr333
March 1st, 2008, 02:17 AM
Hardware
Case: Antec NSK2480
Mobo: Gigabyte GA-G31M-S2L
HDD: 120GB IDE
GPU: nVidia 8600GT
WiFi: D-Link DWL-G510 (rt61 chipset)
CPU: Intel E2160 1.8GHz C2D
RAM: 2GB
Audio: Onboard Intel HDA
Optical Drive: ASUS Lightscribe 20x DVD-R.

Performance
Case looks good sitting next to a TV, and is nice and quiet.
Ethernet and WiFi not working out of the box on Mythbuntu 7.10. Ethernet now working after removing r8169 driver and compiling and installing r8168 driver (using instructions found on ubuntuforums). WiFi still not connecting to WPA2-AES network even after compiling rt61 legacy driver from serialmonkey. This should hopefully improve in 8.04 with the rt2x00 driver in the 2.6.24 kernel. Haven't yet tested the 8600GT on S-VIDEO output.

jakev383
March 8th, 2008, 01:52 PM
Hardware

CPU: Intel P4 2.4Ghs Celeron
RAM: 1G
Video Card: Onboard Intel based
Sound Card: Onboard
HD: Seagate 250G
Remote: N/A
Tuners: PVR 150 and a PVR-500


Performance
Works great. I can use all 3 cards at the same time. Do date I've recorded on 2, and watched liveTV on the last. The PVR150 does get a "sharper" image than the PVR500, so I have it +1 in priority for recordings. This is my backend, and is currently running MythDora4. Only time I've ever noticed a hiccup was while recording a show, comm-flagging another show, the wife was watching a show on one of the front ends, and I was re-encoding some shows to burn to DVD at the same time. It would cause the front end to stutter every once in a while.



CPU: Intel P4 2.4G
RAM: 2G of DDR2
Video Card: NVIDIA GeForce 6800 (restricted drivers)
Sound Card: On board
HD: 500G Seagate
Remote: N/A
Tuners: N/A


Performance
Works great, except for the NVIDIA pink screen bug. I use this machine to edit my shows before exporting to DVD on the backend. This is a Ubuntu 7.10 machine with the Myth components installed.


CPU: Via MII 10000 (1Ghz)
RAM: 512M
Video Card: OpenChrome (onboard)
Sound Card: (onboard)
HD: 10G Toshiba (laptop drive)
Remote: PVR150 remote using a home-built serial adapter
Tuners: N/A


Performance
Works great as well. I have not tried PIP since it's connected to a 20" TV in my bedroom, but we watch our shows and movies on this machine without problems. I do turn it off at night since the CPU fan is loud. Slim DVD drive also works great, and I use it to rip DVDs to the NFS share. This machine runs MythBuntu 7.10. I have another frontend with exactly the same specs, except for the HD which is a 20G Seagate 2.5" drive.

miket3115
March 9th, 2008, 01:52 PM
Hardware:

CPU - Intel Dual Core @ 2.66Ghz
Mother Board - Intel D945GTP
Ram - 3 gig's
Video card - ATI Radeon Sapphire HD 2400 Pro
sound - Onboard
HD - 250 gig Western Dig.
Cams - Microsoft life cam 3000 and a Logitec Quick Cam
Lan - Onboard
Wireless - DLink DWL510
Printer - Lexmark X1195

Performance:
System works well running Gusty 7.1, took me a little while to get my printer to work. It prints fine now, although, the built in scanner and photo copier functions are a no go as of yet.

I had Gusty installed on this system for about two weeks when I installed the Graphics card and to my dismay when I booted for the first time the system crashed. It did boot on the second try but only to a command prompt which asked me to login. No GUI at all.

I reinstalled Gusty and it seemed to work, however, on further inspection I discovered the system was using a Generic VESA Driver and not the Radeon driver. The driver works well and I've not taken the time to fiddle with it to find a compatible ATI drive.

I down graded my web cam from the Microsoft to a Logitech as i couldn't get the Microsoft webcam to function.

To date I haven't been able to get a Mic to work on this system, I believe it has something to do with the Intel chipset but not sure on that.

That being said I am still very impressed with Ubuntu.

MIke
Just say no to Microsoft!;-)

myth-karl
March 9th, 2008, 11:02 PM
Hardware

CPU: Athlon x2 4800 (dual core)
RAM: 2G (ebuyer value)
Video Card: Onboard ATI X1250 (690g chipset)
Sound Card: Onboard
HD: WD 500gb IDE
Remote: N/A
Tuners:
Others: Antec Fusion Black v2


Performance
All works fine expect lcd, volume knob and IR reciever. Some progress on this from codeka. Graphics work ok out of box through HDMI. Also had to install GUI mixer so I could enable SPDIF output. Some graphical glitches occasionally during video playback. HD playback has diagonal lines.

rickyble
March 10th, 2008, 02:01 PM
Backend

Hardware
CPU: dual 550s Pentium II
Ram: 1GIG
Video: 3D Oxygen
Remote: None
Hard drives: 30 GIG system
250 GIG /Home
Tuner: None
Capture Card: None

Performance: Excellent

Frontend

Hardware
CPU: 700 Pentium III
RAM: 320 GIG
Video Card: Nvidia FX 5500(both DVI and S-Video work)
Sound Card: Digital SPDIF
HD: 6 GIG
Remote: None
Tuners:None

Performance: Good

All videos are captured using hacked Directv and transcoding on the fly using TysuiteJ and saved to the Mythtv video directory. DVDs ripped are saved to the videos directory. Downloaded music saves to the Mythmusic directory. These are shared out though Samba and NFS mounts. Saved videos are both SD and HD. HD will not play smooth. Jerky. I suspect the CPU is not fast enough for HD. CD import will not work right now. I will add a tuner card and capture card eventually.

haggus
March 25th, 2008, 11:51 PM
Hardware

Asus M2NPV-VM
CPU AMD X2 5000 Brisbane Blackbox 65Nm
Northbridge Nvidia geforce 6150 GPU
Southbridge Nvidia nforce 430 MCP
2Gb Mushkin DDR2 800 Mhz Ram
250Gb Seagate SATA2 HD
Logitech wireless keyboard and mouse model YRK56-A
Soundmax 5.1 channel codec
twinahan 1020A red DVB-S
Hauppauge pvr 150 MCE
LG 42" plasma
5.1 surround through jvc home theatre

Everything was detected right out of the box with mythbuntu 7.10 x 64 however I did oringinally try 1Gb of kingston DDR2 667Mhz ram but had video problems with pxelation and mythfrontend regular crashes puuting more ram in seemed to fix this although it goes against everything I read because myth is not supposed to eat up ram. Running version 0.21 compiled from svn using debuild -us -uc I had tried the mce 150 remote which I had working twice but I couldn't get it to work well but with wireless mouse and keyboard don't really need this

jakev383
March 26th, 2008, 11:59 AM
Hardware

CPU: Intel P4 2.4Ghs Celeron
RAM: 1G
Video Card: Onboard Intel based
Sound Card: Onboard
HD: Seagate 250G
Remote: N/A
Tuners: PVR 150 and a PVR-500


Performance
Works great. I can use all 3 cards at the same time. Do date I've recorded on 2, and watched liveTV on the last. The PVR150 does get a "sharper" image than the PVR500, so I have it +1 in priority for recordings. This is my backend, and is currently running MythDora4. Only time I've ever noticed a hiccup was while recording a show, comm-flagging another show, the wife was watching a show on one of the front ends, and I was re-encoding some shows to burn to DVD at the same time. It would cause the front end to stutter every once in a while.



CPU: Intel P4 2.4G
RAM: 2G of DDR2
Video Card: NVIDIA GeForce 6800 (restricted drivers)
Sound Card: On board
HD: 500G Seagate
Remote: N/A
Tuners: N/A


Performance
Works great, except for the NVIDIA pink screen bug. I use this machine to edit my shows before exporting to DVD on the backend. This is a Ubuntu 7.10 machine with the Myth components installed.


CPU: Via MII 10000 (1Ghz)
RAM: 512M
Video Card: OpenChrome (onboard)
Sound Card: (onboard)
HD: 10G Toshiba (laptop drive)
Remote: PVR150 remote using a home-built serial adapter
Tuners: N/A


Performance
Works great as well. I have not tried PIP since it's connected to a 20" TV in my bedroom, but we watch our shows and movies on this machine without problems. I do turn it off at night since the CPU fan is loud. Slim DVD drive also works great, and I use it to rip DVDs to the NFS share. This machine runs MythBuntu 7.10. I have another frontend with exactly the same specs, except for the HD which is a 20G Seagate 2.5" drive.


Just wanted to update that I recently added a new front end to my setup:



CPU: MSI Fuzzy945GM1 (2.4G Celeron Intel CPU, has DVI out on board)
RAM: 512M of 667Mhz DDR2
Video Card: Intel 945 (onboard)
Sound Card: (onboard)
HD: 60G Seagate SATA
Remote: generic serial receiver, with a universal remote
Tuners: N/A

Performance
Worked out of the box once I used the Intel graphics drivers. I do not have true HD resolution set up yet on my Westinghouse 42" 1080P, but the 1280x1024 screen looks nice enough. I only have SD content and tuners, so I can't comment on HD performance at this time. Everything else worked great with minimal fuss.

imric
March 29th, 2008, 04:46 PM
Hardware
CPU:AMD2800
RAM:2gb
Video Card:nvidia fx5900
Sound Card:generic 16bsb
HD: 40gb, 250gb
Remote:winMCE usb
Tuners:
wintv-pvr-usb2
MSI PC@anywhere

Performance
The wintv tuner works fine.
The MSI card fails to initialize /dev/dsp1 (though it showed on the livecd), and so will not play through my sound card.

dafreak
March 30th, 2008, 01:29 PM
Hardware
CPU: P4 1.4Ghz
RAM: 768 MB
Video Card: Matrox G450MAX
Sound Card: Hercules Fortissimo
HD: Western Digital 40 GB
HD: Seagate 320 GB
Remote: MCE USB2 remote (really a Harmony 670 setup that way)
Tuners: ATi TV Wonder (pair of them)

Performance:

Video works fine out of the box although not at the resolution that I want to run it at. Sound continues to be an issue as I cannot get audio out of the SPDIF connector yet. Remote works great however which makes me happy. Lots of stuttering out of the ATi TV wonder cards though.

grytpype
March 30th, 2008, 03:42 PM
The following mobo did NOT work for me and is being replaced:

Asus M2V-MX SE Socket AM2 VIA K8M890 DDR2-800 PCI.e Motherboard

Everything was working except video capture. After about 2 sec of capture of either Firewire video or PVR-250 video with ivtv, the capture would freeze. The ivtv driver was throwing a DMA TIMEOUT error in syslog. I never determined the problem with the Firewire capture, but I figure it was probably a DMA problem as well.

Details here:
http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=738387

I think the VIA chipset is very problematic with respect to DMA and should be avoided. I am replacing with an NForce-based mobo.

lilmagnus
March 31st, 2008, 09:53 PM
Hardware
CPU: P4 2.8GHz
RAM: 768 MB
Video Card: GeForce MX 440, 128 MB
Sound Card: On-board CMX?
HD: 160 GB
Remote: MCEUSB2
Tuners: Hauppauge PVR-500MCE
Wireless: D-Link WDA-2320 (restricted MadWifi drivers)

It all worked flawlessly after an hour of install, tweak, test. Windows XP with GB-PVR on same hardware was absolute CRAP!

NightwishFan
March 31st, 2008, 10:04 PM
CPU:AMD Athlon 64 X2 Dual Core Processor 3800+ @ 2.0ghz
RAM: 2X 512 DDR2 (898 usable)
Display Adapter:Nvidia Geforce 6100/6150 nForce 430 Integrated (128mb)
Hard Disk: 200gb ATA WDC
Sound Card: Realtek (Unknown Model)
Internet: Unknown Ethernet

All works flawlessly except my display adapter which is almost always detected as 640x480 resolution max. Gutsy sees 1280x800(?) With the restricted drivers all works well (1440x900) although some programs assume I do not have Open GL acceleration when I presume I do.

jjohns63
April 5th, 2008, 04:12 AM
CPU: Intel E6750 Core 2 Duo 2.66 GHz
Tuners: PVR-350, AverMEDIA A180
Mobo: Gigabyte GA-G31M-S2L
Antec Fusion V2 Silver case

Well I had a couple issues, the tuner cards work great, just had to add the nxt2004 firmware for the A180. The mobo had one major problem, the NIC didn't work out of the box, the driver provided with Gutsy is incorrect. There's an updated driver on Realtek's website but it's hard to compile when you can't download any compilers. The case works great, the VFD works wonderfully, I'm very happy with that. But the built-in IR receiver apparently only works with MCE remotes. Oh well, I just used my homebrew seiral receiver.

Edit:
I'm using the onboard Intel G31 graphics and the onboard audio, only stereo, no SPDIF

johnnybirdman
April 5th, 2008, 09:16 PM
Hardware
CPU: P3 866 (Dell L866r guts in a different case)
RAM: 512
Video Card: evga mx4000 (nvidia)
Sound Card: generic - came from my parts box
HD: 1 - 40GB Maxtor; 1- 250GB Seagate
Remote: PVR-350 remote
Tuners: PVR-350
Mythbuntu Version: currently 8.04

Performance:
Tried an install with 7.10 first and it would not even boot into the live CD. 8.04 Live CD worked fine, then installed fine as well.
All hardware works out of the box. I don't use for recording TV but for .avi's/vids, DVD, music, weather, streaming, etc. and it all works. A few software beta bugs fixed and all is running well.
Hard to believe how easy it was to install and setup... and the remote was just plug in ir trans/rec, check the box and it worked. Awesome. Now just need to get a better looking HTPC case and get the PC of the floor and make the other half happy.

Only remaining issue is volume up/down does not actually control volume when playing music, but does for DVD and vid playback. Odd.
Thanks to the project leaders.
J.

Valentin_X
April 11th, 2008, 07:19 PM
Hardware
Setup: Primary Backend/Frontend (hardy fully patched)
CPU: E6600
RAM: 4.0 gb ram
Board: MSI P6N SLI
Video Card: NVIDIA 8800 GT 512MB Gainward
Sound Card: TerraTec aureon 5.1
HD1: 250 GB SATA hard drive
HD2: 250 GB SATA hard drive
HD3: 750 GB SATA hard drive
HD4: 500 GB USB hard drive
Tuners: LeadTek PVR 3200 H

Performance
graphic card not spontaneous working.. take some time to get it running. now xserver does not work proper after first login, if ctrl+alt+backspace and relogin it works more or less (gnome upper panel switch between the length of both screens and one screen, drive icons not shown and background is black and do not accept any input (eg. right click) ). TV tuner does not work until now. dvd playback does not work (css, read installed). sometimes shutdown is not working because xserver does not shut down (i have to make ctrl alt backspace ) then it shuts down with some network_manager errors. and last but not least only one (IDE) dvd device is recognized and i can not burn anything. most of the other stuff is working i think :lolflag:. hopefully i found the time to get the rest running. pm me if u have some tips.

cheers

techniciantf
April 20th, 2008, 08:38 PM
Have been trying and finally.........

Thanks for 8.x beta.
Although I could not get the grub loader to work.....

Have a-lot of different hardware and have been trying to find a system that works. It's not perfect but....

System 1 : Main Backend
P23G motherboard, Celeron 3ghz, 1 g mem. 500g sata, mce 150 w/remote.
All is working Well.

System 2 : Secondary Backend
M7VIG Pro mother, AMD something or other, 1g mem, 250g ide,
150 Happ Tuner.
All is Well

Looking to add three frontends, two more backends, and possible network boot.Definetly booting from usb or compact flash IDE adapters.

I have won a few tuners on Ebay and am going to expand the recording system soon.

Hardware Problems
Have a ADS usb instant tv, can't get to work.
Have V.Everything Geoforce2 Twin with tuner, no go.
Have Happ 1600 HD, getting working with newer system. but why can't I use the normal tuner?

Questions: Can i set up network cameras as channels to watch?
also, I'm not shure just how to use the video in (composite).

All in all, thanks for the great work on this project.

gstrock
April 26th, 2008, 07:54 AM
Sanyo M1 cell phone, can not attach as a usb mass storage device.
I'm fed up.

about 2 releases ago or so, it worked.
I upgraded to Hardy in early March and it worked.
Then by the final release of Hardy it didn't work.
Why do they taunt me like that???

voctikal
April 26th, 2008, 10:29 PM
Combined Frontend/Backend

Case - Nmedia HTPC Case
CPU - AMD 64 - LE 1600 2.2 GHz
Mobo - TForce TF7050-M2 AM2 NVIDIA GeForce 7050PV HDMI Micro ATX
Graphics - NVIDIA GeForce 7050PV
Sound - Onboard Audio
HDD - 2 750 GB Seagate 7200 RPM SATA 3.0 Drives
Optical - Lite-on DVD Burner
PSU - COOLER MASTER eXtreme 500W Power Supply
RAM - A-DATA 1GB (2 x 512MB) DDR2 800 (PC2 6400)
Remote - Streamzap Remote
Gamepads - 2 x Logitech Cordless RumblePad

Performance - Just did the upgrade to 8.04 and everything went smooth. All types of video play very well, both SD and HD, even though this is only a single core cpu. Video is surprisingly well for onboard.

No complaints thus far as far as performance goes.:guitar:

amphibem
April 27th, 2008, 03:00 AM
Hardware
CPU: Athlon 64 3800 (2.4GHz)
RAM: 1GB
Video Card: Nvida 6100
Sound Card: Realtek ALC662
HD: Seagate 320GB
Remote: Microsoft MCE USB2
Tuners: Hauppauge PVR150


Performance
Installed fine except for GRUB failing to install, used LILO instead.

Records and plays back analog TV fine, adding a Nova-T 500 soon so will update.

Analog 5.1 doesn't work (working on this, see http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=760091), 2 channel sound works fine.

System status shows full memory usage which I find suprising, however this doesn't appear to affect usability.

thafemann
April 27th, 2008, 04:42 AM
How did you get the PVR-500 MCE remote to work?

Also, how did you get the card to work? Everything was detected but the video card doesn't give any video. :(

mtbdrew
May 8th, 2008, 08:15 PM
Hardware
CPU: AthlonXP 2000+
RAM: 1GB
Video Card: Nvida 5500
Sound Card: Onboard SIS
HD: Seagate 300GB
K7S5A Pro (SiS 735 chipset)
Tuners: AverTVHD MCE A180

Performance
Installed fine but had to jump through hoops to get the firmware for the tuner loaded.
No LiveTV and no record functionality even though I can scan the channels and use program guide (EIT) to setup record time. Harware works out of the box with MythDora 5 installed.

repaco
May 8th, 2008, 11:48 PM
Hardware
CPU: Amd sempron +2000 32 bit
RAM: 1 gb
Video Card: Ati Radeon 9550
Sound Card: don`t know
HD: 2 * 80 = 160GB Hard Disks (Matrox)

Performance
Black Screen after boot and previous Login Box. System doesn`t work.
Maybe Ati Drivers Bugs.

falcon15500
May 22nd, 2008, 01:58 AM
Hardware:
CPU: AMD X2 5200+
Mobo: GA-MA69GM-S2H
RAM: 2Gb 800Mhz
Video: Nvidia 6200TC 256Mb (passive)
Audio: Onboard
HD: Seagate 500Gb SATA
Tuners: 2 x WinFast DTV1000T
Remote: New style MCE

Problems:
Have been trying to get onboard video (ATI 1250 from 690G) working but everything I have tried so far has failed. It's either choppy as hell or I get two squashed images, on above the other? Hoping that this will be sorted soon as I want to use the onboard HDMI someday. If anyone can help me with this, let me know!!!

Remotes for the Tuners are POS. I think a hardware limitation means that the generic kernel needs to be recompiled using a 1000Hz timer, for the remote to be reliable. This is a pain in the **** each time a new kernel version pops out, so I replaced with the MCE remote that worked out of the box.

Performance:
With the Nvidia card in, performance is flawless for both SD & HD. I have the system hooked up to a 22" LCD and pretty much only ever watch HD transmissions. From everything I read, the system should have tonnes of grunt left for other frontend, should the need arise.

I am using the Shepherd EPG grabber, which is an absolute godsend! More power to these people IMO.

DutchLoki
June 27th, 2008, 05:03 PM
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.

DutchLoki
June 27th, 2008, 05:20 PM
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).

freymann
June 27th, 2008, 09:17 PM
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!!

tgm4883
June 27th, 2008, 11:38 PM
Merged Threads

DutchLoki
June 28th, 2008, 10:04 AM
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(needed a quote for a PM and clicked save)

El_Matthews
July 12th, 2008, 09:12 AM
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.

rts
July 13th, 2008, 10:07 AM
Hardware
(This is a combined frontend/backend).

Asus M3N78-EMH HDMI (http://www.asus.com/products.aspx?l1=3&l2=149&l3=643&l4=0&model=2082&modelmenu=2) 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 (http://www.mythtv.org/wiki/index.php/Hauppauge_WinTV_Nova-T_500_PCI) (with supplied remote)
1 TB Samsung Spinpoint HDD
2 GB RAM
Pioneer BD-ROM/DVD-RW
Antec NSK2480 (http://www.antec.com/us/productDetails.php?ProdID=92480) 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 (http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=828934).
Alsa drivers 1.0.17rc3


Mythbuntu did not work out of the box on this set up. This blog post (http://coyotesg.blogspot.com/2008/06/cracking-ubuntu-804-to-work-with-nvidia.html) 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 (http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=857508) SOLVED - Downgrade to 0404 bios
CPU is a little underpowered for 1080p playback
Suspend to RAM


To playback 1080p I created the following script:



#!/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.

jasondean
July 13th, 2008, 09:19 PM
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macbookpro2
July 29th, 2008, 10:37 PM
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

newlinux
July 30th, 2008, 02:54 AM
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 (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157251)
Intel Core i7-2600 3.4Ghz CPU
Kingston Hyper X 16GB PC12800 (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820104173)
180GB Corsair Force Series SATA III Solid State Drive (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820233211)
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) (http://www.motherboards.org/reviews/motherboards/1474_1.html)
ECS NSG210C-512QS-H GeForce 210 512MB 64-bit DDR2 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready Low Profile Ready Video Card (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814134085)
2GB PC3200
harmony 720 MCE remote with MCE usb IR receiver
USB TV translater (http://www.patersontech.com/products/usbtvtranslator.aspx) and USB->Serial Adapter (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16812186105) 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 (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16815116030&Tpk=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 (http://www.abit.com.tw/page/en/motherboard/motherboard_detail.php?pMODEL_NAME=AN-M2&fMTYPE=Socket%20AM2) 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 (http://www.foxconnchannel.com/product/motherboards/detail_overview.aspx?ID=en-us0000319) (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 (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16816132020)
Intel Pro 1000 PCIe gigabit nic (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16833106033)
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 (http://www.newegg.com/product/product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131530)
ASUS EN8400GS SILENT/HTP/512M/V2 using VDPAU (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814121344)
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 (http://computers.toptenreviews.com/gaming-laptops/acer/acer-lxaja0x233-details-23758.htm)
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 (http://system76.com) Gazelle

8. Blackadam - Zotac Mag HD-ND01 NVIDIA ION (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16856173001&Tpk=zotac%20mag) 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 (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16834110433&cm_re=t730-_-34-110-433-_-Product)
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.

pjennings
August 1st, 2008, 12:50 AM
Hardware
CPU: Athlon 64 X2 5000+ BE
RAM: 2x512MB DDR2 800
Motherboard: Abit AN-M2
Video Card: GeForce 7025 (onboard, using DVI output @ 1280x720)
Sound Card: ALC888 (onboard, using optical output)
HD: 120GB and 500GB PATA
Remote: ATI Remote Wonder II
Tuners: HDHomeRun
Country: USA
TV provider: OTA
TV signal type: NTSC/ATSC

Performance:
I upgraded from a Sempron 2600+ in order to record/play HD content. I had some trouble with the system locking when starting X, which I fixed by updating to the latest NVIDIA proprietary drivers. I also had some problems with the onboard network that was apparently caused by the HDHomeRun, since the problem went away when I unplugged the HDHomeRun for a while. I am still toying with the audio settings since I have never used digital output before. It is working as long as I don't enable AC3 passthru.

jnorth
August 4th, 2008, 06:15 PM
Hardware(mc01)
CPU: Intel Core Duo 1300 @ 1.66GHz
RAM: 2GB
Video Card: Integrated Intel GMA950 GPU (DVI->HDMI converter->LCD)
Sound Card: Integrated (Digital available but using analog->amp)
HD: 3 (830G total) on-board 80G SATA, 250G firewire, 500G USB. LVM setup (RAID0 basically- backups are on another server)
Remote: Harmony 520 transmitter. Built-in macmini receiver. Custom program using the incrementing Apple remote ID ability to generate over 40 commands available to the Harmony. PITA but sweet once it gets set up.
Tuners: Plextor ConvertX TV402U USB tuner
Country: E.g. the Netherlands: USA
TV provider: E.g. canal digital: Comcast
TV signal type: E.g. DVB-S (satellite): Cable

Performance
Sweet- but this is my first ever MythTV box. I have been running it for around 6 months so far with no issues.
It was a pain to get the remote working, but once I figured out that by using Apple's ability to "lock" a specific remote to a specific Mac Mini, it was actually generating unique sets of codes. I was able to save 6 codes to both the mini and the remote, reset the unique ID button by holding play and pauses, and get 6 more codes, and so on.
The other thing I had a problem with was the Plextor. Since I'm using a mini I have to have USB or firewire based solution, and cheap also - this works great now but was a pain to setup because of an ALSA/kernel issue. Downgrading a couple of minor kernel revisions works great. So I'm running on 8.04 now and loving it!

managementboy
August 6th, 2008, 04:06 PM
Hardware(mc01)
CPU: Intel(R) Core(TM)2 Duo E8200 @ 2.66GHz
RAM: 8GB
Video Card: nVidia Corporation GeForce 8600 GT (rev a1) (DVI connected to 1600x1050 LCD and VGA to Sanyo Z1 native res)
Sound Card: Intel Corporation 82801I (ICH9 Family) HD Audio Controller (only Stereo for now)
HD: 2 (694G SATA2 + 370G IDE)
Remote: Logitech Harmony 525 and Serial Donlge and Logitech dinovo Edge via bluetooth dongle
Tuners: Technisat SkyStar2 DVB card (rev 02)
Country: E.g. the Netherlands: Germany
TV provider: E.g. canal digital: Astra 19
TV signal type: E.g. DVB-S (satellite): DVB-S

Performance
Very fast. OpenGL OSD and Video only with patches (check this (http://www.nvnews.net/vbulletin/showthread.php?t=111308) site). Native Sanyo Z1 via nvidia-settings at 50Hz. 64bit system.

Nate B.
August 7th, 2008, 12:40 AM
Hardware
CPU: 3.0 GHz P4 HT (two penguins in KNOPPIx!)
RAM: 1 GB
Video Card: GeForce FX 5200
Sound Card: SoundBlaster Live!
HD: EIDE 40 GB (soon to be upgraded to SATA 500 GB or 1 TB)
Remote: Hauppage 350
Tuners: Hauppage PVR-150
Country: USA
TV provider: DirecTV
TV signal type: S-Video in, VGA to composite via an Averkey Micro (planned as it should arrive in a few days) because my old TV doesn't like a simple S-Video to composite cable conversion. :confused:

Performance
So far, so good. I began this project with installation of the tuner into a second hand IBM ThinkCentre M50 tower along with the video and sound card ten days ago. Setup has been both easy and a bit of a challenge, but that's to be expected of a complex piece of software with an associated learning curve (not only the software but arcane video trivia). My thanks to the Mythbuntu crew for making this work so well "out of the box".

I guess that now that it's working, it's time to break it by exploring some of the more obscure corners of Myth. :)

Update

Last night I added the final pieces to my Myth box, a 1 TiB drive and DVD+r/RW drive. In the process of trying to eliminate a series of rolling lines (caused by having the NEC monitor and TV hooked to the Averkey iMicro at the same time) I tried the onboard Intel i865G video adapter with stellar results after a bit of playback brightness/contrast tweaking and recording picture level adjustment.

Right now I'm watching live TV from my satellite receiver and the picture rivals the direct composite video from the receiver. The improvement in picture quality of the i865G over the FX5200 (both through the iMicro) with the proprietary NVIDIA driver amazed me. I notice that my load average is about half of before even now sampling at 6 Mib/S and having playback at the high quality setting. Part of that may be due to now having an SATA drive to store the video. At the very least the NVIDIA card is out and I'm sure my case will run several degrees cooler since it was a fanless unit and the heatsinks were quite hot.

So, if anyone can use VGA output with SD video, the i865G may be a good bet.

The Pinny Parlour
August 9th, 2008, 12:06 PM
Hardware
CPU:P4 3.0Ghz
RAM:1.5
Video Card:Sis Onboard
Sound Card: Onboard
HD:Seagate 40Gb
Remote: none
Tuners:Asus My Cinema U3000 Mini (USB)
Country: Australia
TV provider: ?
TV signal type: ?

Asus My Cinema U3000 Mini (USB) doesn't work. Tried many tutorials/help files...nothing works.

schmidtbag
August 17th, 2008, 10:20 PM
I have the integrated nVidia (but Intel based) audio AD1986A. It is classified as ad198x in ALSA. It works, but anything I run that is processor intensive will have delayed and usually a low quality playback.

I've been searching a lot to see how to fix this but I'm getting very little luck. I'll post again to mention whether this works OK or not.

mediaimpactman
August 22nd, 2008, 02:02 PM
Here is what we use to make the world go round.

Hardware
CPU:AMD Socket AM2 5000+
RAM:2GB GSkill DDR2 800
Video Card:ASUS nVidia 6200LE
Mobo:Gigabyte GA-MA74GM-S2
HD:WD SATA II 7200RPM 320GB or 500GB or 750GB or 1TB
Remote:Hauppauge 1039
Tuners:Hauppauge HVR 1600 & PcHDTV 5500
Country:USA
TV provider:Cable or Satellite

Mike
__________________________________________________ ________
"More Cowbell!"

JB2007
August 23rd, 2008, 07:42 AM
Master Backend/Frontend
Running: Mythbuntu 8.04.1 AMD64
CPU: AMD Athlon 64 4800+
Motherboard: Asrock ALiveNF7G-FullHD Motherboard (GeForce 7050, DVI & VGA dual output, PCI-E x16, SATA II, RAID, LAN, 6Ch audio)
RAM: 2GB
Video Card: Integrated (using DVI > HDMI cable)
Sound Card: Integrated
HDD: 2 x Samsung 500GB SATAII
Remote: Microsoft MCE old
Tuner1: Nova-T single HD DVB-T
Tuner 2 & 3: Nova-T 500 MCE dual HD DVB-T
Country: Australia (Sydney)

Slave Backend/Frontend
Running: Mythbuntu 8.04.1 AMD64
CPU: AMD Athlon 64 4800+
Motherboard: Asrock ALiveNF7G-FullHD Motherboard (GeForce 7050, DVI & VGA dual output, PCI-E x16, SATA II, RAID, LAN, 6Ch audio)
RAM: 2GB
Video Card: Integrated (using DVI > HDMI cable)
Sound Card: Integrated
HDD: 1 x Samsung 250GB SATAII
Remote: Microsoft MCE old
Tuner4&5: Nova-T 500 MCE dual HD DVB-T
Country: Australia (Sydney)

Network Gigabit(1000baseT)
EPG Guide Data: Shepherd

Performance
Love it! The old Nova-t needs a firmware file - however the get_DVB_firmware script gets that for you. The new Nova-T 500 MCE's work out of the box - although there are a couple of tweeks to stop the IR polling and turn on the onboard LNA (low noise amp). System was built for HD Free-to-air and purforms very well I can record whatever i want here in Australia with the 5 tuners and multirec that is now part of MythTV I have never had a conflict. There is no issues recording 2 HD channels and watching another on the Master while recording and watching another on the Slave. Purchased both machines for just under A$800 had the old Nova-T already and purchased 2 x Nova-T 500 MCE's for A$185 each so for around $1200 I have almost unlimited recording capabilities on Australian FTA and two frontends. About 1hr setup for each machine and a couple of days tweaking settings. Been stable now - no restarts for 2 weeks, hasn't missed a beat.

uncle pennybags
August 27th, 2008, 04:08 AM
I've got this -

Motherboard -- Gigabyte m61pme-s2
CPU -- AMD Athlon 64 x2 brisbane 2300
RAM -- 1GB kington ddr2 800
HDD -- Some crappy Maxtor 250gb on ide
Capture card -- Happuage hvr-1600 (see note later)
Audio & Video -- Intergrated nVida graphics & audio
Mythbuntu -- 8.04.1

all hooked up and running. Only one major hurdle, schedules direct doesn't seem to like me

----------note------
HVR-1600 seems to work fine with the beta software installed. See google for further info

jimgrill
August 29th, 2008, 02:36 PM
Primary BE/FE Hardware
Motherboard: ASUS P5K LGA 775 Intel P35 ATX Intel Motherboard
CPU: Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 Wolfdale 3.0GHz LGA 775 65W Dual-Core Processor Model BX80570E8400
RAM: G.SKILL 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 1066 (PC2 8500)
Video Card: ASUS EN8400GS SILENT/HTP/512M GeForce 8400 GS 512MB 64-bit GDDR2 PCI Express x16
Sound Card: integrated w/ S/PDIF digital out
HD: Western Digital Caviar SE16 WD6400AAKS 640GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s
Remote: (mceusb) Microsoft A9O-00007 WinXP Media Center Infrared Remote
Tuners: PVR-500, firewire
Country: USA
TV provider: Comcast Cable - HD
TV signal type: US-Cable
version: MythBuntu 8.04.1

Performance
Excellent. Can record on two inputs, including one in HD, while also watching HD recordings. I'm using the video card's DVI output via DVI-HDMI adapter to a Sharp Aquos 42" LCD. Installation was a snap. I had to tweak nothing. Got 1080p output with proprietary nvidia driver without any hassle. Firewire is able to change channels perfectly and obtain a lock in seconds. HD recording via firewire is also working perfectly. Setup was quick and painless!

Secondary FE Hardware
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-SINXP1394(GA-8SQ800 Ultra2)
CPU: Intel P4 2.6 Ghz
RAM: 4X 512MB
Video Card: nvidia geforce 7600GS 512MB
Sound Card: integrated
HD: Old used 20 G
Remote: (mceusb) Microsoft A9O-00007 WinXP Media Center Infrared Remote
Tuners: None

Performance
Good. This system was a primary BE for a while with a pvr-500 and firewire. It could record and play HD, but not too well with simultaneous playback of other recordings. It could, however, record SD and play back other recordings with ease. As a dedicated FE it is probably overkill. I may add a SD tuner and a bigger hdd and make it a secondary BE as well.

waspbloke
September 7th, 2008, 12:58 PM
Hardware
Motherboard: ASUS A7N8X v2.0
CPU: AMD Athlon XP2600
RAM: 512MB DDR
Video Card: Geforce4 Ti 4600 (using twinview TVout)
Sound Card: Creative SB Live
HD: Maxtor 40GB ATA
Remote: -
Tuners: Hauppauge WinTV HVR900
Country: UK
TV signal type: DVB-T
Version: Mythbuntu 8.04.1

Performance
Hardware all working from install except USB WinTV HVR900 which needed patching using Markus Rechberger's driver: https://bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+bug/204578/comments/58.

Took a while to figure out MythTV setup to get the DVB input working correctly.

Still not got my PCI raid controller being used, it has (striped) 2x 80GB Maxtor ATA drives.

Mobo was initially a problem, PC would just die without warning at random times until I disabled all the unused integrated on-board stuff (3COM & Nvidia ethernet, Nvidia sound, firewire) not a problem as I was already using PCI Realtek eth and PCI SB live.

apollyonis
September 12th, 2008, 05:00 AM
Hardware
Motherboard: ASUS unknown - whatever bundles with the ASUS V3-M2NC61S
CPU: AMD Athlon 64 X2 3800+ Windsor 2.0GHz Socket AM2 65W Dual-Core
RAM: 4GB Transcend JETRAM 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel
Video Card: MSI N9400GT-MD512 GeForce 9400 GT 512MB 128-bit GDDR2 PCI Express 2.0 x16 Using TwinView TVout to a Panasonic via HDMI
Sound Card: Realtek ALC888
HD: Western Digital Caviar SE16 WD5000AAKS 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s for the /mythtv storage and unknown 100GB for O/S and dual boot
Remote: -
Tuners: pcHDTV 5500
Country: US
TV signal type: NTSC (IIRC, edit after confirming)
Version: Mythbuntu 8.04.1

Performance
All hardware working save for a very fine line of static at the top of the screen. I believe this to be caused by the voltage from the provided power supply but I will have to get my hands on another 250Watt power supply to confirm. All recording profiles are set to highest setting and connected through S-Video to DirecTV. Resolutions of 720x480 recording and MP3 for audio @ 44800kbps on all recording profiles. I will eventually connect an HD antenna as an alternate input. The sound is coming in through a Y connector from the composite audio and video is S-Video for the highest possible SD recording. The PCI-E nVidia card has an active fan but this is quiet enough to leave running in the bedroom.

Additionally, since this is connected to the DirecTV I will be looking into a serial-> usb connector to automatically change channels on the D11-500 with the Patersontech USB TV Translator. (http://www.patersontech.com/products/UsbTvTranslator.aspx) and adding a serial port via PCI to the computer.

MarkAtNeerim
September 13th, 2008, 10:04 AM
Hardware
Motherboard: Gigabyte EP35-DS4
CPU: Intel E6600 Core 2 Duo 2400MHz
RAM: 4GB Kingston 6400
Video Card: ASUS EN8500GT-Silent
Sound Card: Realtek ALC889A
HDD: WD 150GB WD1500ADFD-00NLR5
WD 500GB ST3500320NS x2
DVD: Pioneer DVR-112D
Remote: MCE compatible (new version Philips et al)
Tuners: Hauppauge WinTV-HVR1300
Hauppauge Nova-T-500MCE dual DVB-T
Country: Australia
TV signal type: PAL
Version: Mythbuntu 8.04.1

System works well, wouldn't recomend the HVR-1300 as we haven't been able to tune analog TV - which is why we bought it, driver development appears to have stalled. The Nova-T-500 works well with XVMC setup and installed and driver development is current.

Don't get caught trying to install the default Hauppauge remote that MythTV shows as the default for this Nova-T-500MCE tuner, the MCE version of this card comes with an MCE compatible remote.

if using a NVidia 8500GT card see Envy installation guide - http://albertomilone.com/envyngfaq.html#A and see
http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showthread.php?t=1027557 for help on editing xorg.conf.

Dumdideldum
September 16th, 2008, 03:10 PM
Hardware
Motherboard: Epox 8rda+
CPU: AMD Athlon XP2400
RAM: 512MB DDR
Video Card: Geforce FX5200 (using twinview TVout)
Sound Card: Onboard nforce2
HD: several discs, 2 combined within lvm
Remote: SupportPlus SP-URC-89C-0373
Tuners: Hauppauge WinTV PVR150
Country: AT
TV signal type: analog
Version: Mythbuntu 8.04.1 + fixes

Performance
Using proprietary drivers for nvidia and some manual tweaking allowed me to display on TV (CRT) via SCART in a resolution of 800x600.

The mainboard worked without any special work, as far as I remember correctly.
I configured lirc manually within /etc.
Besides that, everything worked like a charm - except acpi wakeup and mythwelcome. It took me several months and several started and stopped tries till I found it working.

I have written a small (and sloppy) howto for Epox 8rda+ users who might find this information helpful:
Howto (http://justanotherwebblog.wordpress.com/2008/09/09/howto-mythtv-with-acpi-wakeup-and-mythwelcome/)

zapree
September 17th, 2008, 12:49 AM
A bad sound card for linux in general because alsa doesnt have any of their drivers is the Diamond: Xtreme sound 5.1 and 7.1 series, i got it before i had linux and now its giving me ALOT of problems because of the driver :P

db260179
September 19th, 2008, 03:30 PM
Just to let people know that the Haupuagge Wintv HVR-1110 has the following working/not working:

Working:- DVB-T, Analog TV with sound, S-Video and Composite Video

Not Working:- Analog S-Video and Composite sound (driver issue)

Will May
September 19th, 2008, 09:03 PM
Hardware
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-73PVM-S2H
CPU: Intel Core™ 2 Quad Q9300
RAM: 4GB DDR2
Video Card: On-board nVidia GeForce 7100 (comes with HDMI connector)
Sound Card: On-board Realtek ALC889A
HD: 400GB & 640GB (both SATA)
Remote: Remote that comes with Hauppauge NOVA-T
Tuners: Hauppauge NOVA-T
Country: UK
TV provider: Freeview
TV signal type: E.g. DVB-S (satellite): DVB-T
Wireless: Edimax 54 Mbps from linuxemporium.co.uk
Case: Antec Fusion 430 (includes small LCD)

Everything works out of the box apart from a few things:

* The LCD required compiling lcdproc (http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=779674)
* Sound over the HDMI cable doesn't work but apparently is fixed in the latest version of nVidia's binary drivers, but haven't had a chance to check it out.
* The remote had a few issues such as Mythbuntu not using all of the buttons on the remote and also the remote had a tendency to change its event number which I had to fix using a custom udev rule.

Performance
Takes everything that can be thrown at it.

fiepel
September 21st, 2008, 09:21 AM
Hardware
CPU: VIA Nehemia C3 (EPIA M10000)
RAM: 512 MB
Video Card: CLE 266
HD: 60 gb hard drive
Tuners:

Performance
*DOES NOT WORK*
Mythbuntu 8.04 boots and runs desktop. mythfrontend crashes with "illegal instruction". Probably due to "optimized" code. Cannot find a way to properly recompile packages.

lokimon
September 22nd, 2008, 04:47 PM
Hardware
Motherboard: biostar TF7050-M2 board
CPU: AMD Athlon 64 x2 4000+
RAM: Corsair Twin2x2048-5400C4 2GB kit
Video Card: built in - HDMI out
Sound Card: built in
HD: WD 500GB SATA2 16mb 7200rpm
Remote: Hauppague
Tuners: Hauppague PVR-350, PVR-150, Firewire connection to DCT2200 cable box.
Country: US
TV signal type: us-cable
Cable Provider: RCN-Digital Cable
Version: Mythbuntu 8.04.1

Performance

works well, captures HD content, and is able to record both HD and standard def content at the same time (have not tried recording 3 shows at once yet.)

had to set the firewire box to broadcast rather then p2p and had to power off both the cable box and the myth box and restart both to get it to work in the end.

GuiGuy
September 26th, 2008, 10:57 PM
Hardware

Motherboard: ASUS M3A
CPU: AMD Athlon AM2 64 x2 4800+
RAM: Corsair 2 x 1024 DDR2
Video Card: ASUS (NVIDIA) 7200GS HDMI out to
DISPLAY: LG 42" LCD High Definition (1080) at 50hz
Sound Card: built in
HDD: 4 X 500G Seagate SATA (unable to sort RAID out)
Remote: MICROSOFT MCE remote
Tuners: 1 X Ultraview PLUS, 1 X DVICO Dual 4, 1 X Hauppage NOVA t-500.
Country: AUSTRALIA
TV signal type: AUSTRALIA - Terrestial
Version: Mythbuntu 8.04.1

The Dvico Dual 4 was a PITA to set up. Everything else worked straight out of the box, more or less.

vixmusic01
September 28th, 2008, 09:58 AM
Dual Boot Vista + Ubuntu Hardy 8.04
Kernel Linux 2.6.24-19 rt

Hardware: ASUS notebook computer A8M
Motherboard: Asus
CPU: AMD Turion 64 x2 Mobile Technology TL-52
RAM: 1.9 Gig
Video Card:NVIDIA GeoForce
Sound Card:
HD: 120 G
Remote:
Tuners: no
Country: Canada - notebook originally from Korea
TV provider: E.g. canal digital:
TV signal type: E.g. DVB-S (satellite):

Performance: Built-in webcam and microphone worked fine in Gutsy -- since upgrading to Hardy they don't work. I did post about this, but no one responded.

I have not found any webcam to work yet.

I am now working on ffado drivers and jackd-progress on my blog:

http://livemorelightly.com/2008/09/21/ubuntu-hardy-free-firewire-drivers-jackd/

I do not use the computer for television, but video works fine.

I don't know how to find the hardware list in Ubuntu, so I can't answer every item.

Hope this helps.

Victoria

novellahub
September 30th, 2008, 07:17 PM
** System has now been retired **

Hardware
Motherboard: Intel Desktop Board D845GERG2L (mATX)
CPU: Pentium 4 1.7 Ghz [socket 478]
RAM: 1 GB DDR 400 (512 + 512 running at 266 speed)
Video Card: ATI 9200 (Not used since running machine headless)
Sound Card: On-Board
HD: Two 300 GB Hard drives
Remote: None (Slave ony recording box)
Tuners: Hauppauge PVR-500
Country: United States (Minneapolis / St. Paul Metro area)
TV provider: Comcast
TV signal type: Analog Cable

Performance
Fresh install of Mythbuntu 9.10 (Upgraded to 10.04.2) as a slave backend. Both tuners were recognized right out of box. I did a customized install where the first 300 GB HD has the root partition (/) that uses 10 GB. The rest of the space on the first hd was formatted as /myth2 using XFS. I then formatted the second hard drive using all the 300 GB space as /myth using XFS as well. Both /myth and /myth2 store recordings in a tv directory.

0x29a
October 1st, 2008, 06:08 AM
Current distro: Kubuntu 8.04.1 x86_64
Motherboard: HP Pavilion zv5000 (DP523AV CTO) NForce 3 chipset
CPU: AMD Athlon(tm) 64 Processor 3700+
RAM: 1024 MB
Video Card: GeForce4 440 Go 64M
Sound Card: NForce 3 audio (rev a2)
HD: WD Scorpio 80 GB
Remote: N/A
Tuners: N/A
Country: U.S.
TV provider: N/A
TV signal type: N/A

Edited lspci output:
FireWire (IEEE 1394): Texas Instruments TSB43AB21 IEEE-1394a-2000 Controller (PHY/Link) Functionality unknown. Never tried it.
Ethernet controller: Realtek Semiconductor Co., Ltd. RTL-8139/8139C/8139C+ (rev 10)
Wireless controller: Broadcom Corporation BCM4306 802.11b/g Wireless LAN Controller (rev 03)
PCMCIA Slot: (CardBus bridge): Texas Instruments PCI1620 PC Card Controller (rev 01) Functional under SuSE
Card Reader: (CardBus bridge): Texas Instruments PCI1620 PC Card Controller (rev 01) Non-functional under Linux (any distro)

Fail Summary: Card reader has never worked under any distro of Linux. Broadcom 4306 requires windows driver using either ndiswrapper or fwcutter. Proprietary Nvidia driver works perfectly under SuSE. Under Kubuntu, not so much. Have yet to get it to load under Kubuntu.

Baka no Kami
October 2nd, 2008, 11:54 PM
Distro: Mythbuntu 8.04.1 x86
Motherboard: Shuttle st62k (Shuttle Zen)
CPU: 3.0Ghz Pentium 4
RAM: 512 MB
Video Card: Integrated ATI Radeon 9200
Sound Card: Integrated Realtek ALC650
HD: Lexmark Firefly 4GB thumbdrive
Remote: Snapstream Firefly
Tuners: Hauppauge WinTV-PVR-150
Country: U.S.
TV provider: N/A
TV signal type: Would be NTSC.

Performance
Chose standard install. Could not complete backend setup at end of install because mythtv user was denied access to mysql.
Attempted to change password and found that mythtv user was never added. Ran 'dpkg-reconfigure mythtv-database' which added the user (didn't check if mythtv database had been created before), but I still had to manually set the password before MythTV could start.

Chose Snapstream remote during setup, but the config files installed didn't work. Remote worked fine after downloading new config files.

sekeunzer
October 6th, 2008, 01:25 PM
Machine 1 (Master Backend+Frontend):
Hardware
Motherboard: VIA J7F4
CPU: VIA C7 1200MHz
RAM: 1024 MB
Video Card: onboard
Sound Card: onboard
HD: Samsung HJ501
Remote:
Tuners: Hauppauge WinTV HVR 1300 (RC not tested yet)
Country: Germany
TV signal type: DVB-T

Machine 2 (Diskless Frontend):
Hardware
Motherboard: (Laptop FS Amilo)
CPU: Centrino (Dothan) 1700MHz
RAM: 1024 MB
Video Card: ATI mobile
Sound Card: onboard
HD: local not used, uses nfs-install (see https://help.ubuntu.com/community/DisklessUbuntuHowto)

Performance

-had problems with HVR 1300 and onboard grafics on early 8.04(-kernel)-versions, 2.6.24-19 works perfect now

-watching TV/Video on Machine 1 ok, no problems (70-90% CPU-Load)

-streaming TV/Video to Machine 2 ok, no problems
(Machine 1: 15-30% Load, Machine 2: ca. 30% Load)

-watching TV/Video on Machine 1 and streaming to 2 ok, no problems, even when watching different TV multiplexes
(Machine 1: >80% Load, Machine 2: ca. 30% Load)

-activated ATI proprietary Driver on Machine 2: NOT GOOD!
(CPU-Load on Machine 2 nearly 100%, TV/Video freezes)

-hardware-knob for volume on Machine 2 doesn't work

-tested Live-CD-Frontend on Machine 2 via wlan b/g and that was working ok (throughput with iperf: 6-20 MBit/s)

-Fast Ethernet vs Gigabit Ethernet: no differences

mark467
October 11th, 2008, 10:33 PM
Hardware
Motherboard: Intel DG31PR
CPU: Intel® Celeron® Dual-Core processor E1200
RAM: 1 GB 667mhz DDR2
Video Card: PNY GeForce 8400gs PCIe
Sound Card: Intel® High Definition Audio 5.1 Realtek* ALC888 audio codec

HD: WD 500 GB SATA 2
DVD: Sony DRU-V200S/BR DVD/CD Rewritable Drive
Remote: ATI Remote Wonder
Tuners: ATI TV Wonder
Country: USA
TV provider: Comcast
TV signal type: Analog Cable

Performance:
Works Great. Ripping DVD's While recording tv no problems. The onboard LAN and audio auto detected and work great. The remote is so-so not all buttons work. This is my 2nd attempt for this backend. Had hardware issues with first one (will post as non working setup)

mark467
October 11th, 2008, 10:40 PM
Hardware
Motherboard: Asus P5GC MX
CPU: Intel® Celeron® Dual-Core processor E1200
RAM: 1 GB 533mhz DDR2
Video Card: PNY GeForce 8400gs PCIe
Sound Card: Onboard Realtek ALC883 audio codec

HD: WD 500 GB SATA 2
Remote: Pinnacle MCE Remmote
Tuners: ATI TV Wonder
Country: USA
TV provider: Comcast
TV signal type: Analog Cable

Performance:
Lots of issues. The onboard Atheros chipset LAN would reset a lot and the onboard audio never worked right. Bad choice for a MB I guess. I could never get the pinnacle remote to work. Replaced the MB and remote.

rusty0101
October 13th, 2008, 01:29 AM
Have had a couple of revisions to the platform setup here.

Beas has been updated a couple of times, and a couple of months ago the video card ignited. I was able to pull the hard drives and one of the video capture card. I ended up replacing the case, motherboard, and processor. From /proc/cpuinfo:
model name : Intel(R) Pentium(R) Dual CPU E2200 @ 2.20GHz

For storage I have 2 1 terrabyte Western Digital green SATA drives, running in quiet mode Also 2 500 gig drives in external sata housings. Booting off of a 400 gig PATA drive where the home directory is.

Audio is currently through a sound blaster usb interface, feeding into a Yamaha sound system via a fiber optic link.

Video is through an ATI 3200 hdmi enabled card. The motherboard has a nVidia 5100 card on board, which should be sufficient, (has a DVI port even) however for some reason it's comming up in lower resolution modes only. (Vesa 800x600 max) The ATI is outputting 1920x1080x60 into a projector. Native resolution on the projector is 1024x768, so the 1920x1080 is an illusion, but it still looks good.

Currently 1 internal capture card, a pvr-250. 2 external HDHomeRuns, 1 with an antenna for local TV, the other on the cable capturing a few channels there. Trying to get a couple of other video capture devices going. Would rather have a second (preferably third as well) analog capture device. I have a Pinnical usb hdtv/analog tv capture device, (I forget the model) and a hvr-950, both of which should work, but I have to work on them yet, they are not being recognized properly yet.

Note on the audio situation. I ran into the problem where I wasn't sure which card would be which after a boot. However if you type 'cat /proc/asound/cards' I get the following:


rusty@beast:/proc$ cat asound/cards
0 [NVidia ]: HDA-Intel - HDA NVidia
HDA NVidia at 0xfe9f8000 irq 11
1 [External ]: USB-Audio - SB Live! 24-bit External
Creative Technology SB Live! 24-bit External at usb-0000:00:04.0-4, full speed
2 [HDMI ]: HDA-Intel - HDA ATI HDMI
HDA ATI HDMI at 0xfeaec000 irq 7


Where "External" always refers to that SB interface. In setup general on the third page (the one for 'Audio') I set 'Audio output device:' to "ALSA:hw:External" to specify which interface to use. (Note that this interface does not have any volume control built into it. Mute does not work, I do all audio level adjustment on the Yamaha Tuner.) For video playback I have added "-ao alsa:device=hw=External,0" to the mplayer commands.

Still using the StreamZap PC Remote, as well as a usb keyboard (primarily for editing video, it's faster.)

Occasionally I'm using my PS3 as a front end. It's primary purpose in life is as my Blue Ray disk player. (Contemplating adding a Blue Ray drive to beast, but I have no idea how long it will be before BR playback will be available.) The built in software for the PS3 does recognize the Mythbuntu box as a media server, and can play most of the content. It doesn't recognize .nuv files, and occasionally has issues with audio in mpeg files though, so .avi files tends to be what I'll use it for most as a front end.

I've brushed the dust out of George, and replaced the motherboard in him. He's now my video re-encoder box. I'll transfer a movie that I've edited the comercials out of and re-encode to avi the movie on him. Currently running headless.

Laptops and desktops around the house have Mythtv Front End installed on them, and once the 8.10 release happens, I'll migrate all of them. Too many to itemize though.

Added 2 entries to the mythtv portion of the streamzap lircrc file. The Yellow button doubles as the 'w' key, and the Blue button doubles as the '_' key. The former allows me to cycle through the fill sizes, and the latter allows me to select digital tv station sub channels. I'm thinking about setting the Green button to be a double for an '#' key for digital cable channels, and the Red button to 'd' to delete recordings.

For the most part everything is working. Things I would consider changing though include moving storage into an external box. Possibly George. The issue is that as well as I do have things woring, I occasionally encounter issues, that require a reload of the box. Checkdisk on a 1T drive takes a while.

johnsoak
October 14th, 2008, 11:10 AM
Hardware

Backend - Only Configuration – Front ends standalone
(Server runs headless in storage space SSH & VNC installed)

Motherboard: Asus A8V Deluxe (5 PCI Slots)
CPU: AMD Athlon64 X2 3800
RAM: 2Gb DDR400
Video Card: Matrox Millenium G400 AGP (only used for set up)
Sound Card: On Board Realtek ALC 850 8 Channel CODEC
LAN Marvell Gigabit (connected to 100Mb Switch)
HD1: Seagate ST3160021A 160Gb - System (ext3) - Covers, LiveTV, Music (xfs)
HD2: Samsung SP2514N 250Gb - Videos, Recordings (xfs)
Remote: Not Required
Tuners: 3 x Nova-T-500 & 2 x Nova-S
Country: UK
TV provider: Freeview & Sky
TV signal type: DVB-T & DVB-S
Software Ver: 0.21.0+fixes18207-0ubuntu4~hardy1


Performance

Everything was detected and installed “out of the box” with the exception of the LNA activation for the Nova-T-500s
The Nova-T-500s require a very good aerial / antenna signal to give good performance – with a mediocre signal blocking and dropped frames are very evident.

They also require a clean signal, so if you need to use a booster, make sure that this is as close to the aerial / antenna end as possible otherwise you amplify the noise too!

Not yet seen any issues using all of the tuner cards and am running with 2 streams per card option enabled.

Watching 3 LiveTV streams simultaneously whilst recording two DVB-T streams does not seem to strain the CPU

One of the easiest installations I have carried out – required some fiddling with shares to get the frontends to talk to it, but this is well documented elsewhere – lots of tweaks to Fes to match my requirements but am still working on these!

Will upload FE details once tested!

Slate8
October 14th, 2008, 12:51 PM
Hardware
Motherboard: Asus K8VSE Deluxe
CPU: AMD Athlon 64 3200
RAM: Corsair 512MB DDR X 2 (1Gb)
Video Card: nVidia 7600Gs
Sound Card: Onboard ADI AD1980 (Analogue Stereo output)
HD: Western Digital Raptor 74GB 10,000RPM SATA 8MB Cache
Remote: MCE V2
Tuners: Hauppauge Nova T-500 PCI
Country: United Kingdom
TV signal type: Freeview

Performance
Mythbuntu 64-bit works without issue. All hardware detected and working upon install when connected to monitor. Change over to Domino 20 DLP projector but correct resolution not detected on reboot (640x480 was the only choice). Had to manually enter refresh and resolution in Xorg.conf. Setup cloned output to tv (s-video) and projector (vga) with nvidia-settings. Everything working great now.

codered867
October 20th, 2008, 04:01 PM
Hardware
Motherboard: ASUS M3A78-EM AM2+/AM2 AMD 780G HDMI Micro ATX AMD
CPU: AMD Athlon 64 X2 5000+ Brisbane 2.6GHz Socket AM2 65W Dual-Core Processor
RAM: G.SKILL 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 1066 (PC2 8500) Dual Channel
Video Card: Built-In ATI 3200HD
Sound Card: On-Board
HD: Western Digital Caviar SE16 WD6400AAKS 640GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s
Remote: Anyware GP-IR02BK
Tuners: SiliconDust HDHomeRun, Motorola DCH3200 FireWire
Country: US
TV signal type: us-cable
Cable Provider: RCN-Digital Cable
Version: Mythbuntu 8.10 beta

Problems:
After enabling the restricted AMD driver mythtv-frontend would start up completely distorted. I found that a few other people had this problem and was able to fix it by running it 1919x1200 instead of 1920x1200. In order to get the Motorola DCH3200 working I followed this guide https://help.ubuntu.com/community/MythTV_Firewire and was able to get everything working including switching channels through the firewire port. The last problem I encountered and still have is when I switch to a SD channel after watching a HD channel the frontend either crashes out or channel is completely distorted, this seems to just be a front-end problem.

Working:
Everything else worked pretty much out of the box. The HDHomeRun tuner was simple to set up and had no problems picking up unencrypted QAM. Also thank you RCN for not having any 5C encrypted channels I'm loving recording all my premium channels at full 720p :).

fryed_1
October 25th, 2008, 02:23 AM
Motherboard: [forthcoming]
CPU: P4 2.4Ghz
RAM: 2Gb Crucial DDR
Video Card: Nvidea Gforce 6200
Sound: On-Board
HD: 4x500Gb WD Sata 7200rpm
Remote: PVR-150 MCE Remote (labeled RC6 Gateway Remote)
Tuners: (2) PVR-150 MCE, (1) Kworld BT878
Country: US
TV signal type: us-cable
Cable Provider: Comcast
Version: Mythbuntu 8.04

Problems:
Everything works great. Recording two shows and watching a third tends to introduce a little skipping on the live show, but doesn't effect recordings. IR blaster still doesn't work. Occasionally the sound will take on a veyr thin and distorted sound (1/20 times of changing the channel maybe), but changing to a different channel and back again usually fixes this

Working:
Everything else.

Something Other
October 30th, 2008, 01:37 PM
Hello everyone, thanks for all this awesome information. I have a question. I want to set up mythbuntu on my current machine. I am going to be using only over the air signal and the majority of the stations I get are in HD. My goal is to be able to record one channel and still be able to watch another. If price is not a worry, what tv tuner cards would you recommend? I take it I would need 2 in order to accomplish my goal. Any and all help is much appreciated! Thanks.

thepizzaman
October 30th, 2008, 11:42 PM
Hardware
CPU: AMD Athlon X2 5000+ 2.6ghz
RAM: 2gbs ddr2 dual channel PC6400
Video Card: ATI Radeon HD3450 and ATI Radeon 2100
Sound Card: Relteak HD onboard sound
HD: 320 Western Digital SATA2 and 500 Seagate SATA2
Tuners:AVerMedia MCE1500 (not working, yet....)
Country: US
TV provider: Time Warner Cable
TV signal type: Cable

mark467
November 5th, 2008, 04:09 AM
*** Update at end of post****
I just bought a cheap Trendnet TEG-PCITXR GB NIC and Dlink DGS-2208 GB 8 port switch. The trendnet worked out of the box with Myth and I have a big jump in speed for little money.\
Trendnet card $15 and Dlink switch $55 from compusa (tigerdirect)
My main muthbox has intel onboard gb nic. Here are the iperf results from gb nic and switch and then my onboard 10/100...

Server listening on TCP port 5001
TCP window size: 85.3 KByte (default)
------------------------------------------------------------
[ 4] local 192.168.1.25 port 5001 connected with 192.168.1.169 port 34429
[ 4] 0.0-10.0 sec 694 MBytes 580 Mbits/sec
[ 5] local 192.168.1.25 port 5001 connected with 192.168.1.26 port 51543
[ 5] 0.0-10.2 sec 114 MBytes 94.1 Mbits/sec


**************Update
spoke to soon. i am having a problem with videos (dvd ripped to iso) stuttering slighly, also transfering the same file between 2 intel onboard gb nics took 1m 80s and between trendnet and intel took 10 min (which is longer than it took between to 100mb intel nics

volaer
November 12th, 2008, 03:41 AM
Laptop Specs
Processor Type: Intel Celeron M 575 (2.0GHz, 1MB, 667FSB)

Chipset: Mobile Intel® GL40 Express Chipset
Memory: 1GB DDR2 RAM

Video Type: Intel® Graphics Media Accelerator 4500M with up to 1759 MB of Intel DVMT 5.0 (64 MB of Dedicated Memory, up to 1695 MB of Shared Memory )

56K Modem and Gigabit LAN
Wireless LAN Built in Wireless LAN (802.11a/b/g/Draft-N) Wireless (Atheros AR5B91 Wireless Network Adapter)

Card Reader: Built in 5 in 1 Card Reader
Built-in Camera: Acer CrystalEye Webcam

Performance:
My laptop freezes, whenever I play video files including mp3 and sounds that will use visualization. Everything in my desktop freezes except my mouse cursor. Even the cntrl-alt-delete function freezes. so i don't have any choice in rebooting my laptop except to take off the battery....

My wireless connection (the Atheros) also doesn't work. How am I going to enable it???

please help...

laffinet
November 18th, 2008, 04:11 AM
Motherboard: Asus M2N68-VM
Processor: AMD AM2 x2 5000+
Graphics: Nvidia Geforce 7Series (onboard)
Hard drive: 320G SATA Western Digital
Memory: 2G 667MHz
TV card: Leadtek DTV2000H Rev. J
Network: D-Link DWA-510 wireless
Remote: Rock MCE Remote
DVD: some Samsung 20x DVD-RW SATA
Case: Antec NSK2480B
Power supply: incl.

Issues:
- got tired trying to get the Leadtek remote to work so bought the "Rock" MCE remote (http://www.pcworld.idg.com.au/index.php/taxid;2136212606;pid;4896;pt;1), worked out of the box
- ensure that HDMI is connected while installing Mythbuntu, hard to get working otherwise
- newest NVIDIA driver causes live TV to freeze, one version down (forgot number) works without problems
- had to modify xorg.conf to make sure correct resolution is selected

Other: thinking about buying a Scythe Mini Ninja CPU cooler to reduce noise, not sure if it fits on the motherboard though.

gdir
November 22nd, 2008, 03:01 PM
This is my combined back- and frontend running Mythbuntu 8.10:

Hardware
Model: Asus EEE Box B202
Motherboard: Intel 945 GSE
CPU: Intel Atom N270 1.6 GHz, running at 1.75 GHz
RAM: 2 GB
Video Card: Onboard Intel GMA950
Sound Card: Onboard Intel
HD: 160 GB 2,5" 5400 RPM (Seagate ST9160310AS)
External HD: 2 x 1 TB WD MyBook, configured as RAID1 (mdadm)
Remote: iPod Touch running MyMote
Tuners: WinTV Nova-TD-Stick (USB stick with dual DVB-T tuner), IR receiver not recognized
Country: Germany
TV provider: German DVB-T
TV signal type: E.g. DVB-S (satellite): DVB-T, 1024x576/720x576
TV: Panasonic Viera 32" LCD (TX-32LE7F/S)

Performance:
Backend role:
The EEE Box B202 performs very well as MythTV backend. With the Nova-TD-Stick it is able to record two (even up to four) streams of DVB-T simultaneously without getting much load. Of course, that's not in HD resolution, but just 1024x576 or 720x576. Commercial flagging takes about half the time of the original recording.
The Nova-TD-Stick has two individual tuners. If have MythTV configured to record up to 2 channels (on the same multiplex) on each tuner. So far I have used up to three streams at the same time (1x LiveTV, 2 x recording)

Frontend role:
If have connected the EEE Box to the TV with a DVI->HDMI cable. It was very difficult to get a useful signal to the TV. The native resolution of the TV is 1366x768, but I was only able to send 1280x720 to it. There is still about 5 mm underscan on the top right and even more overscan in the lower left corner. MythTV uses about 1220x680 pixel.

In the first days I wasn't satisfied with the image quality in LiveTV (I'm comparing it to the analog cable tuner of my TV). Some channels were good (better than the analog tuner), others showed MPEG artefacts. After several tests I found out that it's not the fault of the slow EEE Box, but caused by heavily compressed DVB-T-MPEG streams. Some channels use MPEG streams with very low bandwith. These shows the MPEG artefacts.

I have spend some time to get XvMC working on the GMA950, but finally decided against hardware accelareted XvMC and Bob deinterlacing. The image quality of ffmpeg and Yadif or GreedyH is better. During the playback Mythfrontend.real uses about 40-50% CPU, the load is about 1.0 - 1.5.

General information about the EEE Box:
The EEE Box sits near the TV in the living room. It is extremly silent. Although the CPU is overclocked to 1.75 GHz, the fan stays very calm. The box doesn't get warm even under heavy load. The hard disk is silent, too.

Problems/To do:
- The IR receiver of my Nova-TD-Stick is not recognized. There seem to be two different revisions of this stick. On one revision the IR receiver works, on mine not.
- After a reboot mdadm fails to assemble the RAID1 automatically. At the moment I have to assemble it manually after a reboot. If seen similar bug reports on launchpad.
- I am working on a problem with DPMS: As far as I can see DPMS is disabled by MythFrontend while watchting TV or a recording. After stopping the playback, when the frontend menu is displayed, DPMS is enabled again. When I'm in the menu, the power saving starts after some idle time. I can wake up the display by pressing the space bar on the keyboard. But I am unable to wake up the display with MyMote. MyMote communicates with the frontend through the telnet interface. When the display is in power save mode and I try to switch to live TV with MyMote, the communication between the front an backend fails. I will try to work out the details in the next days.
- If anyone has an idea how to improve image quality with Intel GMA950 XvMC or on the other hand reduce CPU load while using ffmpeg, I would be very thankful.
- I'm thinking about switching from DVB-T to DVB-C (german provider Kabel Deutschland). I hope to get MPEG streams with better quality there. But so far I haven't found out which external DVB-C tuner would work with Mythbuntu 8.10. It needs to be connected with USB. For all non public channels I would need a CI, too. Anyway, it would like to test any USB DVB-C tuner with or without CI, as long as the linux driver works.

So far,

Guenther

2008/11/25 Update:
I'm still working on the image quality of the frontend. I'm testing several playback profiles. The EEE Box is possibly too slow for certain deinterlacing operations.

ak2534
November 24th, 2008, 02:32 PM
Hardware
Motherboard: Asus A7N8X-E WiFi
CPU: AMD Athlon XP 3200+
RAM: 3x512M DDR400 (1,5G)
Video Card: Ati Radeon X1950Pro 512Mb AGP
Sound Card: On-board sound
HD: Hitachi 120GB
Remote: Technisat
Tuners: Technisat Cablestar 2 PCI (does not work)
Country: Finland
TV provider: Welho
TV signal type: DVB-C

Software
Mythbuntu 8.10

Performance
Tuner does not work.

"b2c2-flexcop: no frontend driver found for this B2C2/FlexCop adapter"
lspci lists the tuner card as Airstar 2 PCI, not Cablestar 2 PCI

Previous working distribution
The card seems to get detected correctly in MythBuntu 8.04.1.
So it seems that the support for the specific card was dropped out in 8.10. The question remains, why?

d_morgan
November 25th, 2008, 07:24 AM
Hardware
Motherboard: Shuttle SG33G5
CPU: Intel Core2 Duo E6750 (2.66 GHz)
RAM: 2x 1GB DDR2-800 (total of 2GB memory)
Video Card: On board (intel g33 chipset / intel gma 3100)
Sound Card: On-board sound (intel g33 chipset / intel hd audio controller)
HD: 1 TB
Remote: Technisat
Tuners: Haupauge HVR-1600
Country: US West Coast
TV provider: Broadcast over-the-air ATSC
TV signal type: ATSC (NTSC selected in myth)

Software
Ubuntu 8.10 but using mythbuntu control centre
Myth 0.21.0+fixes18722-0ubuntu1

Performance
Great.

Working on
ACPI shutdown and wakeup timers
irc control of my surround amplifier
wine or virtual machine of winxp for netflix instant watch

jeff45
November 28th, 2008, 04:16 AM
All systems are still in experimental/tweak stage
currently, all my programming is OTA NTSC(a little side note for clarification)


Backend: Dell Poweredge 2450 server 2U(no I'm not kidding)

CPU: 2 - PIII, 1 Mhz, 256K cache
MB: Dell 35XYT, Dell PERC 3/Di: SCSI-3 Raid controller, 3-64/32bit PCI riser, onbaord VGA 8MB/2x USB/LAN/2x PS2/2x serial/1 par.
Memory: 1GB, ECC (2 x 512MB), 133 Mhz
HD: 4 x 9.1GB SCSI-UW2 in raid0=36GB(sys), 1 x 250GB IDE (seagate), 1 x 320GB ext USB (seagate)
Tuner Card: 1 x Happauge PVR 150 PCI, 1 x Kworld HD Plus 120 PCI(doesn't work, yet)

Performance: All hardware functioning except the Kworld card.
Once I got Ubuntu/Myth installed and setup backend(a couple of hurdles, although nothing linux/ubuntu related.)everything works great on OTA NTSC programming using the PVR 150. However, I'm still working on getting the HD plus 120 working - would like go "HD" w/ myth. Obviously, I'll have to upgrade my frontends to support "HD", but was hoping my current backend could handle it. I'm confident that I could run 2 more NTSC encoding tuners without problems. I did try an external USB drive set up as my default recording folder and the recordings turned out choppy w/ dropped frames - now its backups only.

Frontend: Salvaged Sony VAIO

CPU: PIII, 933 Mhz, 256k L2.
MB: ASUS(sony branded) CUSL-LV w/ snd, lan,2x USB
Memory: 512MB (2x 256B)
HD: 40 GB IDE, 80 GB IDE (windows XP)
Video: nVidia MX400, 64MB
Tuner Card: none

Performance: All hardware works except an ATI TV wonder USB wireless remote.
Playback/liveTV is fine till I open another window like firefox browser, then it will drop a few frames here and there. I use this interface more for managing recordings than viewing, so its really not an issue. The ATI remote wasn't a priority - I just had it lying around and thought why not. I think it'll work eventually.

Frontend 2: Softmodded Xbox

Info: Other than dashboard/software, everthing else is original Xbox

Performance: XBMC works great, but...........
Softmodded and installed XBMC no problems. Unable to install myth or get the mythtv python script to work on XBMC (tried many methods many times). However, Video playback is exceptional - Hardware MPEG2 decoder?
One other small glitch I've noticed is when exiting a video, sometimes it takes about 30-45 sec to return to the folder and it appears empty. I then have to go back one folder and return to see my recordings - not sure if this is backend storage issue or xbox config.

drifting
November 30th, 2008, 11:39 AM
Backend Hardware
Motherboard:Asus M2NSLI
CPU:AMD 3800 X2
RAM:8GB
Video Card: Nvidia 7800
Sound Card:Nvidia (not used)
HD:4TB total,4 x 1TB Seagate Sata disks
Remote:none
Tuners:Nova-T500,2 x Nova-S
Country:UK
TV provider:Freeview, Freesat
TV signal DVB-T.DVB-S

Performance
Works very well, although random stopping of Myth backend, even plays back h264 well (BBC-HD)

Hardware Frontends
Motherboard:Asrock AliveNF6P-vsta
CPU:AMD X2 3800
RAM:2048
Video Card:inbuilt nvidia
Sound Card:inbuilt (unknown as yet)
HD:Sata 80GB
Remote:MS MCE USM
Country:UK

Performance
SD TV perfection, sound, good, works very well, very high GF acceptance, HD pauses BBC-HD(wished I knew why?) Mythstream does not work (no urls)

Other than the over which I consider minor irritations, I love my Mythbuntu to bits.

Paul.

ACGarib
December 4th, 2008, 05:24 AM
Both the backend and frontend are installed on a laptop running Ubuntu Intrepid Ibex.

Hardware
Dell Vostro 1500
CPU: core2duo T7300 2GHz
RAM: 2 GB
Video Card: Nvidia 8400m GS
HD: Just using Laptop screen at 1440x900
Remote: came with the tuner
Tuners: Hauppauge HVR-1950
Country: US
TV provider: University of Delaware
TV signal type: NTSC cable, QAM256 digital cable

Performance
NTSC and QAM work. Audio is out of sync every now and then, but it's usually fine. Video is usually smooth, but sometimes it will momentarily stutter, both SD and HD. I don't get any ATSC signals so I can't try that. Have not tried the Svideo input yet either. The remote works, but it's laggy and sometimes I have to push the button twice for it to register. Since I'm only a foot away from the screen, I just use the keyboard anyway.

richard.e.morton
December 17th, 2008, 09:02 PM
Hardware
Via Mini-ITX SP13000
CPU: Via Nahelem 1.3Ghz - soldered on board
RAM: 512MB
Video Card: onboard
HD: 1200 x 800 resolution screen - no HD playback attempted

Tuners: None
Country: UK
TV signal type: Freeview Terrestrial DVB

Performance
A bit of a bizarre one, when using SP13000 to watch TV from remote MasterBackend, the playback is jittery, as it is with DVD VOB video playback. After considerable investigation and trial and (lots of) error (still not working) there was comments that an Myth .20 on FC7 worked with this board. I have installed MythDora5 (based on FC8) and rather than the CPU maxing out during playback it now works with about 70% utilisation.

This is connection to a Mythbuntu master backend currently. But I want only have to learn and use a single distro.

Hope that helps someone - and I look forward to Mythbuntu working with this board.

rokrbo
January 3rd, 2009, 12:00 AM
Hardware
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-EG43M-S2H
CPU: Intel E5200
RAM: 2 Gb
Video Card: onboard
Sound Card: onboard
HD: WD 640Gb
Remote: Technisat
Tuners: Technisat Skystar 2 Rev. 2.8
Country: Germany
TV provider: Astra 19.2E
TV signal type: DVB-S (satellite)

Performance
Installed Jaunty Alpha, patched and compiled custom kernel for the open-source driver for the Skystar 2 Rev. 2.8 driver. Works smoothly.
Configuration of remote still makes trouble.

user11
January 3rd, 2009, 12:24 AM
Xubuntu (8.04.1/8.10) in a Compaq Presario 5030

Specs on my PC:

Intel Pentium II processor - 300 MHz

256MB pc100 ram

12 GB hard drive

44X Max CD-ROM drive

Integrated ATI 3D Rage LT Pro (64-bit Hardware Accelerated 3D Graphics)
2 MB 100 MHz SyncGraphics video memory (upgradable to 4 MB)

"Aureal A3D Interactive 360 Positional Sound"
According to Compaq driver download section, the integrated sound card is the ESS 1869, 1887, or 1888 Audio chipset.

Sound card complete MIA, video card can not be optimized with ATI driver but functional. All options and resources exhausted for the sound card.:confused:

tad1073
January 3rd, 2009, 12:33 AM
My Computer (http://support.gateway.com/s/PC/DX/1015694R/1015694Rsp3.shtml)


Hardware
Motherboard: Yes
CPU: Intell Core 2 Quad Q6700
RAM: 6 gb
Video Card: Nvidia Geforce 9500 GT
Sound Card: Dynex 5.1 Surround w/ Optical Audio Out
HD: WD 640 gb
Remote: none
Tuners: none
Country: United States
TV provider: Comcast
TV signal type: DTV

Performance

No problems thus far.

---------------- Now playing: Incubus - Nice to Know You (http://www.foxytunes.com/artist/incubus/track/nice+to+know+you) via FoxyTunes (http://www.foxytunes.com/signatunes/)

grif.ghatak
January 3rd, 2009, 05:27 PM
Hardware
Motherboard: Intel i810 M6TWG
CPU: Intel Celeron Coppermine 850 MHz
RAM: 128x2 SD RAM
Video Card: Integrated 3d Accelerator
Sound Card: Intgrated
HD: Samsung SV200 something.. 20GB
Country: India

This is a very old system (6 years old) and I had only 1 problem that my Serial mouse was not detected and since my P/S2 mouse port is faulty therefore I could not replace that with a new P/S2 mouse.

Although I found a way to get it work by tweaking the xorg.conf file but I think that it should have had provisions to detect it automatically.

I've used Puppy Linux, Mandriva, Knoppix etc. and it was easily detected in all of them.

stollefsen
January 5th, 2009, 06:37 AM
Hardware
Motherboard:ASUS P5LD2-VM
CPU: Intel(R) Core(TM)2 CPU 4300 @ 1.80GHz
RAM: 2 Gig SDRAM
Video Card: 82945G/GZ Integrated Graphics Controller
Sound Card: 82801G (ICH7 Family) High Definition Audio Controller
HD: ST3320620AS
Remote: HAUPPAUGE PVR-350 , USB-UIRT
Tuners:HAUPPAUGE PVR-350
Country: Canada
TV provider: TELUS TV
TV signal type: NTSC-A From SA IPN330 set top box

Performance:

Installed Mythbuntu 8.10. Cannot use PVR-350 with tv out and x-out nor USB-UIRT on initial GUI installation.

I can get the PVR-350 out on the tv to work by manually configuring my xorg.conf.

But, I have been unsuccessful in configuring remotes and LIRC using myth-control and in determining root cause for LIRC configure to cause PVR-350 remote from receiving properly and for USB-UIRT to transmit properly.

earlycj5
January 11th, 2009, 05:55 AM
Hardware
Case: Silverstone LC-19 (http://www.silverstonetek.com/products/p_contents.php?pno=lc19)
Motherboard: ASUS M3N78-EM AM2+/AM2 NVIDIA GeForce 8300 HDMI Micro ATX AMD
Processor: AMD Athlon X2 4850e 2.5GHz Socket AM2 45W Dual-Core
RAM: 2GB
Tuner: Hauppauge WinTV-HVR 1800 MCE
Hard Drive: 1TB SATA.
Country: USA
TV Signal: OTA digital

Performance
Everything seems to work well. Initially I had the ASUS M3A78-EM motherboard, the ATI drivers were just headaches so I bought the M3N78-EM and use the on-board NVIDIA GEForce 8300 graphics. The case only allows for one card so I selected a motherboard that had HDMI out. Sound off the motherboard is fine as well.

I use this as a combined front/back end. I set the tuner up with the help of the howto from theduke88 here: http://ubuntuforums.org/showpost.php?p=6129026&postcount=132.

After that it was pretty easy but I've been using Linux for several years already. I use this for OTA digital, no cable or satellite.

Oh, I've not checked for sound over HDMI, I've plugged directly into the MOBO for sound.

Update, it is capable of recording HD and playing HD recordings at the same time.

oldpgmr
January 12th, 2009, 03:42 AM
Hardware
Motherboard: Machspeed P4M800
CPU: Intel Celeron 2.4Ghz
RAM: 1 gb
Video Card: NVIDIA GeForce 7600GS 256 mb
Sound Card: VIA Chipset
HD:
Remote: N/A
Tuners: Hauppauge PVR-150
Firewire to DCH3200
Country: US
TV provider: Comcast Digital:
Performance under 8.10
All hardware properly detected and functional.
Had to install nvidia proprietary drivers to prevent general choppyness
HD content recorded from Firewire (when it worked) could not be played back through the TV properly but could be viewed as a stream.

ikke2808
January 14th, 2009, 02:33 PM
Hardware
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-M78SM-S2H
CPU: AMD Phenom 8650 Triple-Core 2,3 GHz
RAM: 4 GB, Corsair TWIN2X 6400 DDR2
Video Card: Onboard GeForce 8200
Sound Card: Onboard
HD: 1 TB Samsung SpinPoint F1
Remote: TechnoTrend on card (not fully working yet)
Tuners: Technotrend C-1501-CI
Country: The Netherlands
TV provider: Ziggo
TV signal type: DVB-C

Performance:
Basic functionality is working, after some initial problems on locking certain frequencies. The remote is less configurable then expected, but still working on that. Bluetooth keyboard is not connected automatically on boot.

AHanff
January 14th, 2009, 07:05 PM
Hardware (Backend Only)
HP T5700 Thin Client modded as follows:

PCI Extender Module (Addon for the Case to allow a PCI card to be fitted)
250GB IDE 2.5" HDD
512MB PC2700 RAM
Hauppauge PVR-150
Dusky Control (for controlling Sky STB)

Performance
During Recording the system load creeps up to about 0.18, when not recording system load is 0.00 (GDM has been stopped and the system is running headless with SSHD and MythWeb Plugin for management).

All encoding is handled by the PVR-150 so no CPU overhead other than I/O for the HDD.

System runs at 12 Watts during recording and less when idle.

I originally set this up as an experiment to see if it would work and now that it does it will remain as my HTPC for some time to come (until I can afford the NVidia Ion platform) - for a low power energy efficient system I think this is hard to beat.

It should be noted that this system will only work with SD and would not be suitable for HD.

The other advantage is all the hardware is cheaply available on eBay.

I needed to make a few modifications to get this to work. The HP T5700 ships with a Flash DOM with Windows XP SP2 Embedded and only 256MB RAM. Obviously I needed to remove the Flash DOM (which is connected to a 44 Pin IDE connector - Laptop size) and replace it with a HDD for this you need to get a 44pin to 44pin IDE cable - I picked one up for $5 on eBay (2.5" long which was more than enough).

I made some changes to the chasis too to make connecting the IDE Drive easier by cutting an access "whole" with my dremel. I currently have the HDD mounted on the inside of the chasis and it sits about 5mm above the PVR-150 but with a long IDE cable the drive could be mounted on the outside of the chasis however this would require modifying the case with a dremel by cutting out a square piece the size of the HDD where the cooling grill is and replacing it with a mesh grill which can be pushed out slightly (embossed) to allow the HDD to sit nicely. Although this really is not needed as heat is not an issue.

Another thing to note is the BIOS in this machine will only support upto 512MB RAM, so don't make the mistake I made and buy a 1GB Stick as the system will not boot.

I used Unetbootin to put the MythBuntu ISO onto a bootable USB pen drive for installing.

Alexander Hanff

GuiGuy
January 17th, 2009, 10:02 PM
I'm approaching a year since I scrubbed all trace of Vista from the home entertainment center and replaced it with MythBuntu. I thought it's time to report back:

BACKEND

LOCATION: AUSTRALIA

MOBO: ASUS MA3
CPU: AMD AM2 4500+
RAM: KINGSTON 2 X 1G
HDD: 4 X 500G Seagate SATA
VIDEO: NVIDIA 7100GS
NETWORK: Onboard Ethernet adapter
TUNERS: 2 X ULTRAVIEWS PLUS DTV (Dvicos in disguise)
1 X DVICO FUSION 4 DUAL DIGITAL
1 X HAUPPAGE NOVA T-500 DUAL TUNER

Backend runs headless via a NETGEAR RANGEMAX router

Main frontend
MOBO: ASUS M2N-VM
CPU: AMD AM2 3500+
RAM: 2 X 1G generic
SOUND: Onboard SPDIF out
HDD: 1 X MAXTOR 80G
VIDEO: NVIDIA 7300GT (Onboard 6100 not good enough)
NETWORK: Wired (over power cabling (http://www.netcomm.com.au/products/ethernetoverpower/np285)) using onboard controller.
REMOTE: Microsoft MCE Remote
DISPLAY: 42" LG LCD 1080p at 50hz (PAL)

Others around the house have frontends installed on their PCs. They use wireless to access the backend.

The only reason I have 2G in the frontend is because I can :P

I had the usual learning curve, although I mostly used a trial and error approach to fine tune.

SPDIF sound is still a problem, but I think it is MythTV or Linux, not the hardware. Every now and then when switching source the sound will corrupt. It sounds like loud white noise. Stopping and restarting the source once or twice usually fixes it. It's annoying, but I've learnt to live with it.

Other than the intermittent sound PITA, the system is remarkably robust, although I have re-installed a backup image onto the backend once or twice when I screwed it up :) -

Picture quality on the main front end is OK. De-interlacing also leaves a lot to be desired. I cannot find a setting combination that gives quality images when watching fast action sports like basketball, in which case I switch over to the LG LCD's internal digital tuner. It is much more capable than anything I have seen on a media center box, be it WinXP MCE, Vista MC or MythTV.


BTW, the EPG is shepherd (http://svn.whuffy.com/). Install, configure and forget.

Cheers

beachdaze
January 18th, 2009, 08:13 PM
Hardware
Motherboard: Asus A8N-SLI Deluxe (NForce 4)
CPU: AMD x2 64 3800+
RAM: 4GB DDR400
Video Card: NVida GeForce 6600GT 256MB
Sound Card: Creative X-Fi Platinum
HD: 2x300GB Sata, 1TB Sata
Remote: None
Tuners: PVR150
Country: USA (Florida)
TV provider: Brigthhouse (Time Warner) Digital cable
TV signal type: Digital Cable - no set top box

Performance
Setup was rather easy, although I missed a few steps due to my own impatience!

I still get some green artifacts when viewing the signal (the don't show when booted into the Windows partition using the included WinTV app).
But otherwise very enjoyable.

DrJohn999
January 19th, 2009, 03:28 AM
Hardware
Motherboard: ASUS M3N78-EM, BIOS 418
CPU: AMD Phenom 9600 (Quad core) w/ stock CPU fan
RAM: OCZ Platinum 2GB (2 x 1GB) SDRAM DDR2 1066
Video Card: Onboard NVIDIA GeForce 8300 (driver 177)
Sound Card: Onboard Realtek ALC1200
HD: Western Digital Caviar Black WD1001FALS 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s
Remote: eDATA DEC-200B Vista Certified Infrared Remote Control W/ Receiver & Blaster
Tuners: HDHomeRun
DVD-RW: SAMSUNG Black SATA Model SH-S223Q
Case: Antec Silver/ Black Veris Fusion 430
Wireless KB/Mouse Pad: ADESSO WKB-4000US USB RF Wireless Mini Keyboard
Country: US
TV provider: OTA / SchedulesDirect
TV signal type: ATSC

Performance
Hardware
Assembly went well. One problem w/ PSU jumper cable & connector to VFD supply: one pin had been overheated at Antec and was pushed out on first assembling. Removed pins and pushed directly into socket.

The VFD display can be made to work by fiddling with LCDd, but OOB it does not. LIRC doesn't see either the IR receiver or the volume control. Others have had limited success here; I gave up and am waiting for the right drivers to show up. Meantime I'm using the USB IR receiver included with the eDATA DEC-200B which "just works."

Case is very quiet w/ fans on low (2200 rpm) setting. CPU temperature (lm-sensors) hovers at 35C, %usage around 35-44% while recording one channel and viewing another simultaneously, both in hidef. Haven't loaded up additional clients yet. I plan to build a diskless PXE booted client next, perhaps using this same MOBO but with a less capable CPU and half the memory.

The Adesso works very well as long as your cell phone is nowhere nearby. They're both 2.4 GHz devices.

Software
ESSENTIAL to apt-get update / upgrade all Ubuntu packages and then get latest MythTV weekly 0.21 fixes builds. Some problems with NetMan and Nvidia control were fixed since the Mythbuntu 8.10 CD image was released.

Initially couldn't play LiveTV after bootup w/o restarting backend. MUST set LAN to a fixed IP address using updated NetManager. A DHCP reservation alone on your server or router won't solve this problem. Also MUST change priority of loading for MythTV backend in /etc/rc2.d from S20mythtv-backend to S40mythtv-backend. Then all is well.

You can find out how to do all this in this forum, just search.

No audio over HDMI yet (need newer ALSA driver). Haven't tried SPDIF.

Overall this is an excellent combination for a MythTV frontend/backend combo system!

captainskyhawk
January 19th, 2009, 04:24 PM
Old Dell Dimension
Celeron 1.4 GHz
384 MB PC100
40GB HD
IXMICRO (IXTV) ( BT848 ) Tuner
USA
Mythbuntu 8.10

Works, but no sound from tuner card as of yet. Had to manually configure card using instructions on this page (http://www.mythtv.org/wiki/Bttv) (card=9 and tuner=6). Surprising performance considering old hardware, just need to get the sound output from the card working!

john roll
January 19th, 2009, 09:01 PM
I upgraded from 7.10 to 8.10 and then when that didn't work I tried
9 alpha 3.

my pvr-150 would not work with 8.10 and the 9a3 install would not
boot into X11 graphics.

I ran 7.10 very happily for over a year.

I'm not sure what to include here. I have a 1.2Ghz athlon is a shuttle sytle case with 1 Gig memory.

here is lspci:

root@tv:/var/log/mythtv# lspci
00:00.0 Host bridge: VIA Technologies, Inc. VT8375 [KM266/KL266] Host Bridge
00:01.0 PCI bridge: VIA Technologies, Inc. VT8633 [Apollo Pro266 AGP]
00:0a.0 Multimedia video controller: Internext Compression Inc iTVC16 (CX23416) MPEG-2 Encoder (rev 01)
00:0b.0 Ethernet controller: Realtek Semiconductor Co., Ltd. RTL-8139/8139C/8139C+ (rev 10)
00:0c.0 FireWire (IEEE 1394): VIA Technologies, Inc. VT6306 Fire II IEEE 1394 OHCI Link Layer Controller (rev 46)
00:10.0 USB Controller: VIA Technologies, Inc. VT82xxxxx UHCI USB 1.1 Controller (rev 80)
00:10.1 USB Controller: VIA Technologies, Inc. VT82xxxxx UHCI USB 1.1 Controller (rev 80)
00:10.2 USB Controller: VIA Technologies, Inc. VT82xxxxx UHCI USB 1.1 Controller (rev 80)
00:10.3 USB Controller: VIA Technologies, Inc. USB 2.0 (rev 82)
00:11.0 ISA bridge: VIA Technologies, Inc. VT8235 ISA Bridge
00:11.1 IDE interface: VIA Technologies, Inc. VT82C586A/B/VT82C686/A/B/VT823x/A/C PIPC Bus Master IDE (rev 06)
00:11.5 Multimedia audio controller: VIA Technologies, Inc. VT8233/A/8235/8237 AC97 Audio Controller (rev 50)
01:00.0 VGA compatible controller: S3 Inc. VT8375 [ProSavage8 KM266/KL266]

sforces
January 24th, 2009, 05:49 AM
How'd you get it to work? I'm running Ibex with same tuner and can't get mine working. :(


Both the backend and frontend are installed on a laptop running Ubuntu Intrepid Ibex.

Hardware
Dell Vostro 1500
CPU: core2duo T7300 2GHz
RAM: 2 GB
Video Card: Nvidia 8400m GS
HD: Just using Laptop screen at 1440x900
Remote: came with the tuner
Tuners: Hauppauge HVR-1950
Country: US
TV provider: University of Delaware
TV signal type: NTSC cable, QAM256 digital cable

Performance
NTSC and QAM work. Audio is out of sync every now and then, but it's usually fine. Video is usually smooth, but sometimes it will momentarily stutter, both SD and HD. I don't get any ATSC signals so I can't try that. Have not tried the Svideo input yet either. The remote works, but it's laggy and sometimes I have to push the button twice for it to register. Since I'm only a foot away from the screen, I just use the keyboard anyway.

ttolstead
January 25th, 2009, 08:48 PM
Hardware
Motherboard:Asus A8M2N-LA (Nodus)
CPU:Athlon 64 X2 5200+
RAM:4gb DDR2 PC5300 dual channel
Video Card: MSI GeForce 7100GS 256m ram PCI Express x16
Sound Card:Integrated
HD: 400gb
Remote:Vista Media Center Remote
Tuners: PVR-150
Country: United Stares of America
TV provider: Dish Network
TV signal type:satellite (NTSC)

Performance
All hardware except the PVR-150 properly detected and functional. On previous installs of Gutsy and Hardy, the PVR-150 worked properly with VLC. The card appears to be recognized but will not tune, only snow.
ubuntu 8.10 2.6.27-7-generic AMD 64

movieman
January 27th, 2009, 03:46 PM
Hardware:

Motherboard: Intel D945GCLF2
CPU: Atom 330
RAM: 2GB
Video Card: Integrated Intel
Sound Card:Integrated
HD: Caviar Green 1TB
Tuners: PVR-150
Country: Canada
TV provider: OTA
TV signal type: OTA NTSC

Performance:

Pretty good for SD, though I get occasional stuttering in DVD playback or Mythweb streaming; I don't think that's CPU-related because the CPU load is low at the time. Can't reliably play HD with a single-threaded codec, but should be OK with multithreading as that's what the CPU is designed for. Can record one channel to disk while transcoding two more to MPEG-4 (~25fps), commercial flagging another (approx 100fps) and streaming a fourth to my laptop through Mythweb.

Uses 50W at idle and 57W maxed out (e.g. transcoding and commercial scanning while playing a video). A significant part of that is probably down to the cheap PSU that came with the case.

Issues:

TV-out doesn't work with current drivers, BIOS upgrade required to install Linux, haven't figured out how to enable 5.1 sound.

For HD playback it's probably worth waiting for the Nvidia Ion platform with integrated Nvidia GPU; I suspect I'll build a separate front-end when that's available.

Updates:

Managed to get 5.1 audio output working with suggestions from this thread: http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=760091&highlight=alc662

bigtreacle
January 28th, 2009, 01:02 PM
Hardware
Motherboard: MSI Mega 865 (small form factor)
CPU: Intel P4 2.8Ghz
RAM: 510Mb
Video Card: On board intel
Sound Card: On board
HD: 250GB Maxtor SATA
Remote: mceusb2
Tuners: Hauppauge PVR-500
Country: UK
TV provider: Analog Terrestrial
TV signal type: Analog

Performance
Ok so far, but only tested at 2am this morning!

Issues:
Had to roll back the ivtv firmware for the PVR-500 back to a 2007 one to get the tuner to work.

jr_herman
January 28th, 2009, 09:01 PM
Working Hardware
Motherboard:GIGABYTE GA-G31M-ES2L LGA 775 Micro ATX
CPU:3.0GHz Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 Wolfdale
RAM:Kingston 2GB
Video Card:EVGA GeForce 9500GT 512MB 128-bit
Sound Card:Turtle Beach RIVIERA 5.1
HD: SAMSUNG Spinpoint 500GB 7200 RPM
Remote: N/A
Tuners: Skystar 2 DVB-S
Country: USA (Texas)
TV provider: Still working
TV signal type: Still working

Performance
All hardware was recognized. Had to set soundcard as default. Also install gnome-alsamixer to get SPDIF, IEC958 working to Yamaha sound receiver. Matter of making all the peices work as planned. (READING)

techno-dug
February 4th, 2009, 01:56 AM
Hardware
Motherboard: Gigabyte
CPU: P4 2.8ghz
RAM: 1gb
Video Card: Nvidia 6600LE
Sound Card: OnBoard
HD: 80gb & 250gb
Remote: Remote From Twinham TV Card
Tuners: Leadtek DTV1000 & VStream PCI
Country: Australia
TV signal type: DVB-T

Performance
All worked out of the box. Had to fiddle with the tuner cards to get them both working together.
Struggles a little with High Definition channels. Faster CPU & more RAM would help..........but hey for stuff that was laying around, who's complaining!

dontpntpool
February 5th, 2009, 11:10 PM
Hardware
Motherboard: Intel OEM E210882 D845GLLY (http://support.intel.com/support/motherboards/desktop/d845glly/)
CPU: P4 2.2ghz
RAM: 512meg
Video Card: onboard
Sound Card: onboard
HD: 40GIG Western Digital
Remote:
Tuners: Dual haupauge PVR 350
Country: USA
TV provider: Huxcom
TV signal type: Cable

Tuner card Info:
Card 1:
480000-07A
61381 Rev D 423
Card 2:
610000-08
48132 Rev D 323

My LSPCI output:

00:00.0 Host bridge: Intel Corporation 82845G/GL/GE/PE DRAM Controller/Host-Hub Interface (rev 01)
00:02.0 VGA compatible controller: Intel Corporation 82845G/GL[Brookdale-G]/GE Chipset Integrated Graphics Device (rev 01)
00:1d.0 USB Controller: Intel Corporation 82801DB/DBL/DBM (ICH4/ICH4-L/ICH4-M) USB UHCI Controller #1 (rev 01)
00:1d.1 USB Controller: Intel Corporation 82801DB/DBL/DBM (ICH4/ICH4-L/ICH4-M) USB UHCI Controller #2 (rev 01)
00:1d.2 USB Controller: Intel Corporation 82801DB/DBL/DBM (ICH4/ICH4-L/ICH4-M) USB UHCI Controller #3 (rev 01)
00:1d.7 USB Controller: Intel Corporation 82801DB/DBM (ICH4/ICH4-M) USB2 EHCI Controller (rev 01)
00:1e.0 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 82801 PCI Bridge (rev 81)
00:1f.0 ISA bridge: Intel Corporation 82801DB/DBL (ICH4/ICH4-L) LPC Interface Bridge (rev 01)
00:1f.1 IDE interface: Intel Corporation 82801DB (ICH4) IDE Controller (rev 01)
00:1f.3 SMBus: Intel Corporation 82801DB/DBL/DBM (ICH4/ICH4-L/ICH4-M) SMBus Controller (rev 01)
00:1f.5 Multimedia audio controller: Intel Corporation 82801DB/DBL/DBM (ICH4/ICH4-L/ICH4-M) AC'97 Audio Controller (rev 01)
01:00.0 VGA compatible controller: nVidia Corporation NV34 [GeForce FX 5500] (rev a1)
01:01.0 Ethernet controller: Intel Corporation 82544EI Gigabit Ethernet Controller (Copper) (rev 02)
01:02.0 Multimedia video controller: Brooktree Corporation Bt878 Video Capture (rev 11)
01:02.1 Multimedia controller: Brooktree Corporation Bt878 Audio Capture (rev 11)
01:03.0 Multimedia video controller: Internext Compression Inc iTVC15 MPEG-2 Encoder (rev 01)

[B]PROBLEMS:
VIDEO: My video would not work at all without putting in a PCI video card then I could get to x windows. I tested by trying to booth the live cd in live mode and in install mode, there was no text mode afaict. When gettting to the graphics mode the live cd would have numerous graphic glitches and then would just lock up. Caps lock would work, ctrl-alt-bs or ctrl-alt-f1 would not work. After installing the nvidia card I was able to install the os. After install I tried booting from the HD without the PCI video card using the onboard video outbout but the x server still locked up.

INSTALL: I told it to only install backend without frontend and it still installed everything. I specified the mysql root password to be "none" and after the install it was a random password.

UPDATE: First run only a partial update could be ran. After update no plugins were checked and they could not be installed.

USE: Tried booting a 2nd computer with the live cd to configure the backend server but none of the passwords I set are working. Could not SSH in I was able to use a web browser after I guessed that I was supposed to add /mythweb. My tuners were not setup on the webpage, still trying to figure that out. Was able to use VNC to manage the server but its EXTREMELY SLOW.


IDEAL OPERATIONAL STATUS:
PC1 - MythTV backend Tuner box
PC2 - iSCSI backend storage server for MythTV recorded content
PC3 - HD XBMC frontend playing content from PC2 and streaming live from PC1
xbox - XBMC frontend for 720p and below content and live content from PC1
Laptop - control and playing via web

STATUS:
LONG LONG WAY AWAY

ederopaa
February 6th, 2009, 09:27 PM
Hardware

Motherboard: Asus M2N-SLI Deluxe AM2 motherboard
CPU: AMD Athlon 64 X2 5200+
RAM: 4 x Kingston 1024MB 667MHZ DDR2 NON-ECC DIMM-memory
Video Card: Asus GeForce 7600 GS, 512MB
Sound Card: Onboard
HD: 2 x Western Digital Caviar GP 1TB
Remote:Microsoft Media Center Remote with usb receiver
Tuners: 3 x Terratec 1200 dvb-t
Country: Finland
TV provider: YLE
TV signal type: DVB-T
Other stuff: SilverStone LaScala SST-LC20B HTPC ATX case
2 x Nexus Silent 80x80mm fans (back)
Enermax Modu82+ 625W ATX power supply
Samsung SH-S182M/RSMN Super-WriteMaster dvd
Scythe SCMNJ-1000 Ninja Mini 6
Nexus PWM Series Silent Fan 80mm on the side of the Ninja
Sony Bravia 32" S-series

Performance

This setup is really silent and it runs cool! I've had no big problems with this.

I've recently put together 2 almost identical setups for my brother and mother. The only difference being the motherboard (Asus M2N32-SLI DELUXE/WIFI), the tuners (Satelco EasyWatch PCI DVB-T) and a slightly updated CPU (AMD Athlon 64 X2 5600+). With the M2N32-SLI DELUXE/WIFI mobo I could not get the serial port ir-receiver to work after updating the Kernel from the initial install kernel??

chiark
February 9th, 2009, 10:27 AM
Back end server

Hardware
Motherboard:Dell optiplex GX150
CPU: Pentium III 1.0GHz
RAM: 512MB
Video Card: Internal
Sound Card: Internal
HD: 120GB WD RAID edition IDE
Remote: n/a
Tuners: Leadtek Winfast USB DVB-T (on USB2.0 PCI card), Hauppauge Nova-T PCI
Country: UK
TV provider: DVB-T in UK
TV signal type: DVB-T

Performance[/QUOTE]
Very good for the back end.


Back end server

Hardware
Motherboard:Via EPIA SP-13000
CPU: 1.3GHz C7
RAM: 512MB
Video Card: Internal
Sound Card: Internal (SP/DIF)
HD: 80GB Seagate Momentus
Remote: ATI Remote Wonder (v1)
Tuners: n/a (yet!)
Country: UK
TV provider: Backend
TV signal type: DVB-T

Performance[/QUOTE]
Needs to have acpi=noirq as a kernel option otherwise wired network does not work! Video profile needs to be CPU--

dadie11
February 11th, 2009, 09:32 PM
..... hope this is not too late. I've been building this little swine for a year or so. Nearly there. Small graphics problem nearly sorted (slow and blocky) ~ remote is more problematical; especially as the config. is supposed to be the correct one. No apparent cooling problems, I have fitted a second fan on the northbridge, though. David Crawford.

elroldan
February 11th, 2009, 10:20 PM
Hello, im new in this forum, but i dont know too much english so
i hope all the people in this forum understand me.
i dont know if are another forum in spanish. If are another please give me the link
Hardware
CPU: Intel Core 2 Duo 2.3 Ghz
RAM: 4.0 gb ram
Video Card: NVIDIA 8400GS, 512 mb with turbocaché
Remote: i dont know what is this
HD: 230 gb hard drive
Tuners:
i dont know what is this

Performance
i dont know where i can found the driver of my motherboard
GA-G31M-S2L and the driver of my video card i need the driver of lan of my motherboard. in this momment i have windows vista ultimate but i want to change my OS to ubuntu 8.10 i have the CD but without thats driver i cant use my computer to play and work. thanks for you help

Dartr
February 13th, 2009, 05:38 PM
Hardware

Motherboard: ASUS M3N78-EM
CPU: AMD Athlon X2 5050e 2.6GHz 45w
RAM: Corsair 4GB (2x2GB) 800MHZ DDR2
Video Card: Onboard Nvidia 8300 512MB shared from system RAM
Sound Card: Onboard Realtek
HDD: Western Digital Raptor 150GB system/data
HDD: Western Digital Caviar 250GB recordings
DVD: NEC 3500 w/ bitsetting firmware
Remote: Streamzap
Tuners: Silicondust HD Homerun
Country: US
TV provider: Antenna
TV signal type: 8-VSB ATSC
Playback quality: High
Case: Nexus Clodius
PSU: Nexus 430w Compact PSU (16db!)
Case Fans: 2 x Nexus Silent 120mm fans
CPU Cooler: Nexus AXM-8200 CPU cooler
Monitor: HP LP2275w
OS: Intrepid 64 w/ Gnome desktop + MythTV


Performance

This is a very quiet and cool-running build. The internal case temperature never requires additional fan speed. I'm planning to disconnect the CPU fan as the heatsink never even feels warm.

Load averages range between .2 and .4, with 2 users logged into Gnome desktop and one user logged in remotely with NX client. Never skips a beat with 1080i recordings. Can easily record two 1080i MPEG-TS streams while watching one with pause/rewind, etc. On-the-fly automatic comm flagging works well too.

MythWeb streams nicely from original 1080i recordings. Currently using 480x360 @ 256kbps. Haven't tested higher bitrates yet. Music streaming does not work, however. Just can't seem to get the right combination of permissions/symlinks right.

Everything pretty much works out of the box, except having to relocate the recordings directory, and MythArchive fails while using ffmpeg to transcode for DVD [now patched/fixed]. Haven't taken time to solve yet. Would like to configure Streamzap buttons better as some buttons aren't functional yet...haven't figured this out yet [now configured in lircrc].

Very, very pleased overall. :)

kappe
March 4th, 2009, 07:52 PM
Hardware
Motherboard: Intel Atom D945GCLF2
CPU: Atom 1.6 Ghz 2 core
RAM: 1024 ddr2 800
Video Card: Intel GMA 950 integrated
Sound Card: ac97 integrated
HD: 500 Gb sata
Remote: Windows media center remote
Tuners: n.a
Country: Italy
TV provider: n.a
TV signal type: n.a (next step DVB-T)

Performance:
S-video output don't work, (bug fixed, wait mythbunt update: http://bugs.freedesktop.org/show_bug.cgi?id=17776 )
good performance for media center use.

orlande
March 15th, 2009, 03:54 PM
DVB-S2 card Technotrend budget-pci-320 with chip SAA7146
does NOT work (mythbuntu 8.10).
snd_aw2 is loaded, although it is blacklisted.

# lspci -vnn
03:07.0 Multimedia controller [0480]: Philips Semiconductors SAA7146 [1131:7146] (rev 01)
Subsystem: Technotrend Systemtechnik GmbH Device [13c2:1019]
Flags: bus master, medium devsel, latency 32, IRQ 3
Memory at fdcfe000 (32-bit, non-prefetchable) [size=512]
Kernel modules: snd-aw2

/etc/modprobe.d/blacklist
and
blacklist-oss -> /lib/linux-sound-base/noOSS.modprobe.conf
contain a line: blacklist snd_aw2

What else can I do to permanently remove the module snd_aw2?

mric5180
March 17th, 2009, 01:03 AM
Hardware
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-MA78GM-US2H
CPU: AMD AM2 Athlon Dual Core 5200+
RAM: 2Gb RAM DDR2 800MHz Kingston
Video Card: On board motherboard
Sound Card: On board motherboard
HD: 1x 40Gb IDE Seagate for OS (master) AND 1x 400Gb IDE Seagate for recordings (slave)
Remote: Came with tuner
Tuners: Leadtek Winfast DTV 1000T
Country: Australia
TV provider: Free to air (channel 7, 9, 10 etc...)
TV signal type: DVB-T

Operating System: Ubuntu 8.10 (Intrepid Ibex)

Performance:
Works great. No dramas at all. Had a few setup issues but once solved the system is fantastic. CPU load is small, remote works well. Turns off when not in use and back on when about to record. Why buy a tivo when you can use MythTV? More details can be found at http://sites.google.com/site/mricci43/

xfred
March 21st, 2009, 10:56 PM
dual DTV2000H Rev J with Y04G0044 remote:

Working:

- digital working including high-def after adding card=51 option
- remote working after some serious messing around

Not working:

- can't get any analogue reception (V4L).
- having some trouble setting up video capture (admittedly I'm not really sure where to start with this one, so may just be my incompetence showing).

phroman
May 10th, 2009, 07:00 PM
Hardware
Motherboard: ASUS P5Q
CPU: Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 3GHz
RAM: 2gig Corsair model TWIN2x4096-8500C5
Video Card: GeForce 7300 SE/7200 GS PCI Express (forgot manufacturer)
Sound Card: On board audio * (see note below)
HD: WD 320 gig SATA
Remote: Snapstrem Firefly * (see note below)
Tuners: Hauppauge WinTV PVR 250
Country: USA
TV provider: Direct TV
TV signal type: DVB-S (satellite)
Mythbuntu Version: 9.04


Onboard Audio: Had to add the following line to the end of /etc/modprobe.d/asla-base.conf

snd-hda-intel model=6stack-digHad to run from the terminal:
alsamixer
Had to un-mute iec958 as this is the SPDIF out on my mobo. Audio fine after this.


Snapstream Firefly Remote: If you enable the Snapstream X10 Remote in MCC, the file generated in /usr/share/lirc/remotes/atiusb/lircd.conf.atiusb, will have the incorrect name entry for "remote name", as compared the /etc/lirc/hardware.conf. It will say "Snapstream Firefly", this is wrong, it must be changed to match the name of the remote that is named in /etc/lirc/hardware.conf, which will be "Snapstream X10 RF.

Have had no luck at all with controlling my Direct TV HR21-100 STB. Have tried multiple setups of serial-usb and ir, but I just can't get it worked out.

pcooley
May 14th, 2009, 04:46 AM
Hardware

Motherboard: Asus M3N78-EM
CPU: AMD Athlon 64 X2 Dual Core Processor 5200+ Brisbane 2.7GHz
Heatsink/Fan: Thermaltake TR2-R1
RAM: 4GB RAM DDR2 800MHz Patriot
Video Card: On board video Geforce 8300
Sound Card: On board motherboard Realtek ALC1200 8 -Channel HD audio
HD: 2 x SATA 1TB WD Caviar Green WD10EADS-00L
Optical: Lite-On iHAS120 DVD-RAM
Remote: Harmony One Advanced Universal Remote
Tuner: HDHomeRun Home Networked Digital TV Tuner
Receiver: ONKYO TX-DS696
Case: Antec Fusion Remote Black
TV: Panasonic 42" plasma TH-42PX60U
Country: USA
TV provider: Comcast

Operating System: Mythbuntu 9.04

Performance

Installs and detects all hardware. Plenty of power to record 2 HD streams, flag commercials, and watch a recording. CPU stays < 40 C.

Very impressed with both Ubuntu and the MythTV projects. Kudos to all involved.

Note: Majority of the configuration was spent on mapping/documenting the Comcast channels to scheduledirect.org and secondly mapping the remote control buttons to the appropriate keybindings.

Additional Configuration needed
* Using SPDIF sound needs "options snd-hda-intel model=6stack-dig" added to /etc/modprobe.d/alsa-base.conf and then alsamixer needs to be run to unmute the digital out (IEC958). Discussed on many threads.
* Configuring the Soundgraph LCD/IR in the Antec Fusion case requires the latest csv code and some additional configuration documented here: http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=1103474.
* HDHomerun connection is attempted before the network is up. Requires having the mythbackend in rc2.d to be started last a mv to S99zmythtv-backend.

Paul Cooley - http://linuxlore.blogspot.com/

iQuizzle
May 25th, 2009, 07:37 AM
CPU - AMD 5050e
Motherboard - Biostar 790GX 128M
Ram - 2gb Kingston HyperX 1066
Hard Drive - Western Digital Green Power 750gb
Case - Auzentech R-2 Toast
Tuner - Hauppauge PVR-150
PSU - PC P&C Silencer 370W
Optical - Lite-On DVD
Remote - Anyware GP-IR02BK Vista 2 channel IR Remote Control

Comments:

The 790GX chipset has full 1080p HD playback capability (I've read) and it has an HDMI output. Not too shabby for onboard graphics. This is the reason I chose the AMD route (that and a low power 45W TDP rated CPU), in spite of the fact that they still need to play catch-up on their linux drivers. Couldn't get the catalyst drivers working for the 790GX chipset in mythbuntu 9.04. Also, the Realtek 8111 ethernet was not working, and the Realtek rtl8185L wireless chip worked poorly. I reverted to mythbuntu 8.04 and the catalyst drivers and ethernet drivers worked effortlessly. The only thing required for the catalyst drivers was a few lines added to the xorg.conf file to better its performance in myth. These can be found on the mythtv wiki. Still no wireless, but I'll attempt to fix it later. The remote was plug and play for both versions of mythbuntu! I was very happy with the ease of use and would recommend it to anyone. Plenty of buttons, inexpensive ($25) and available on newegg. I'd recommend it to anyone. It uses the standard MCE/phillips key mappings provided with mythbuntu, so no complaints there. The picture isn't perfect with the hauppauge card, but it's not to bad either. What can you expect for a regular NTSC tuner. It seems to work reliably though, so I'm happy. I also recommend the WD green power hard drives for HTPC. It uses less power (about 5W) than regular hard drives, but they are extremely quiet..which is nice for home theater builds.

In case anyone is interested, the auzentech case looks nice, but mountings are a little weird. The optical drive has to be mounted vertical and my old dvd drive (which has trouble opening in a horizontal mounting as it is) refuses to push the tray up vertically.

mookie60
June 1st, 2009, 02:23 AM
Hardware
Motherboard: not sure, Dell Optiplex 260 (a $70 salvage yard pc)
CPU: 2.26gHz
RAM: 512mb
Video Card: nvidia geforce 6200
Sound Card: integrated with MB
HD: Segate 80gb IDE
Remote: mce remote (phillips) supplied with Hauppauge tuner
Tuners: Hauppauge 1600 (analog & digital tuners)
Country: US
TV provider: Bright House networks
TV signal type: basic cable, no set top box
Mythbuntu Version: 9.04

Performance

Analog performance mostly very good. It does need the startup script to avoid the first record glitch (see wiki page for this card).

Under 8.10 it did have a problem where the analog (mpeg) tuner would sometimes lose it's settings during a reboot; requiring an annoying process to reset it. This has not yet happened with 9.04

Initially the digital (qam) tuner would work only intermittently. After identifying and partially correcting a ground loop problem (caused by the addition of the pc to the home theater), it's now working pretty well, though channel signal strength always shows 0%.

The box will not do HD without some stutter; probably due to the older CPU.

Overall, I'm very happy as this is my first Mythbox.

exredhat
June 8th, 2009, 06:38 PM
Distro: Xubuntu 9.04 (with mythubuntu-control-center added)
Mobo: Gigabye GA-73PVM-S2H
CPU: Core 2 duo 2.5GHz (E7200)
Graphics: Onboard Nvidia 7100
Audio: Onboard
Tuner: WinTV-NOVA-TD-500 PCI
Network: USB Wireless N Edimax EW-7711UAN
Periperals: Keysonic Wireless Keyboard 2.4GHz USB with Touchpad
Disk: Seagate 400GB SATA2
RAM: 2GB DDR2 800MHz

Everything works, bar the remote, with minimal playing arround. Install the NVidia driver for OpenGL and Xbox Media Centre. MythTV works fine and is good. SMPlayer is good too. Tuners work fine.

I don't know why the remote doesn't work. It does work in Windows XP though. The PCI WinTV is recognised, but not the remote (not found at all - in dmesg or lsof). I think I'm going to have to buy another USB remote, but have not found one which I know will work with Linux :(

If any company sells remote controls which work for Linux then they could make some money :)

Caps18
June 11th, 2009, 04:46 PM
I don't know why the remote doesn't work. It does work in Windows XP though. The PCI WinTV is recognised, but not the remote (not found at all - in dmesg or lsof). I think I'm going to have to buy another USB remote, but have not found one which I know will work with Linux :(

If any company sells remote controls which work for Linux then they could make some money :)

The Microsoft MCE ones do. I use two of these around the house. I'm not saying it's perfect and all the buttons work, just the main buttons that do what I want it to in order to control MythTV.

http://www.amazon.com/Windows-Certified-Infrared-Receiver-Ultimate/dp/B000ST7QPA/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=electronics&qid=1244735070&sr=8-1

It would be nice if there was a list that showed what the best hardware was to buy that would work. Like an awards show type thing, a few choices get nominated that we know work, and then we all vote on which one is best.

richard.e.morton
June 11th, 2009, 06:03 PM
Distro: Xubuntu 9.04 (with mythubuntu-control-center added)
Mobo: Gigabye GA-73PVM-S2H
CPU: Core 2 duo 2.5GHz (E7200)
Graphics: Onboard Nvidia 7100
Audio: Onboard
Tuner: WinTV-NOVA-TD-500 PCI
Network: USB Wireless N Edimax EW-7711UAN
Periperals: Keysonic Wireless Keyboard 2.4GHz USB with Touchpad
Disk: Seagate 400GB SATA2
RAM: 2GB DDR2 800MHz

Everything works, bar the remote, with minimal playing arround. Install the NVidia driver for OpenGL and Xbox Media Centre. MythTV works fine and is good. SMPlayer is good too. Tuners work fine.

I don't know why the remote doesn't work. It does work in Windows XP though. The PCI WinTV is recognised, but not the remote (not found at all - in dmesg or lsof). I think I'm going to have to buy another USB remote, but have not found one which I know will work with Linux :(

If any company sells remote controls which work for Linux then they could make some money :)

Look on the Mythbuntu and MythTV sites there are lots of posts about how to get various remotes to work. You should be able to use the information to get your remote to work with the app of your choice

Richard

newbdriver8
June 17th, 2009, 04:49 AM
sorry if this doent belong, please help, cant find in forums.

hitachi deskstar 160gb ata133 hd new\broken in.
replacement for maxtor drives of 80+60gb old drives out of a bin that worked.
fresh install gets (error 5) disk geometry error?

k7, an19mb, 3gb pc2700, LG multidrive.sbaudigy2, nvidia 5200 agp,

sdutta1980
July 3rd, 2009, 02:52 AM
Hardware
Motherboard: Intel DG31PR
CPU: Intel® Celeron® Core 2 Duo Processor
RAM: 2 GB 667mhz DDR2
Video Card: Inbuild
Sound Card: Inbuild
HD: Seagate 250 GB SATA 2
DVD: ASUS DVD/CD Rewritable Drive
Country: INDIA

Performance:
Works Great without sound. Ripping DVD's no problems. The onboard LAN card detected and work great but the audio card had not been detected. No sound at all. Donno how to configure my 5:1 channel creative speaker system in this. Please advise.

philcamlin
July 3rd, 2009, 02:54 AM
Hardware
CPU: intel celeron D 2.53 ghz
RAM: 1.5GB DDR2
Video Card: RADEON X300SE
HD: 40 GB SATA HDD
Sound Card: no idea :P it works nie though

Performance
everything works lovely :)

larsolav
July 6th, 2009, 06:05 PM
Hardware
Motherboard: ZOTAC GF9300-D-E LGA 775 NVIDIA GeForce 9300 HDMI WiFi Mini ITX Intel Motherboard
CPU: Intel Pentium E5200 Wolfdale 2.5GHz LGA 775 65W Dual-Core Processor Model BX80571E5200
RAM: A-DATA 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model ADQVE1A16K
Video Card: NVIDIA GeForce 9300 (Onboard)
Sound Card: Onboard 8 channel, SPDIF, HDMI
HD: Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST380815AS 80GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive
Remote: Anyware HA-IR01SV Infrared Certified MCE VISTA Remote Control
Tuners: No tuners Frontend only
Country: USA
TV provider: OTA
TV signal type: ATSC
Mythbuntu Version: 9.04
Extras: SILVERSTONE NT07-775 90mm CPU Cooler, Scythe S-FLEX SFF21D 120mm Case Fan, SAMSUNG DVD Burner Black SATA Model SH-S223L, APEX MI-008 Black Steel Mini-ITX Tower Computer Case 250W Power Supply. This is based on an AVS Forum recommended build.

Performance

Dual boot Windows 7 RC and Mythbuntu 9.04 frontend only.

In Windows 7, HDMI sound worked until I installed NVIDIA drivers. Then it stopped working. For hdmi audio to work in Windows 7 I had to install the HD audio driver found under beta drivers for nforce730/geforce 9300 for Windows 7 64 bit. http://www.nvidia.com/object/nforce_win7_64bit_15.37.html

In Mythbuntu HDMI audio works great. Just had to unmute in Alsamixer. However, the attached WIFI for the board does not work in Mythbuntu. I do not know if there are drivers for this WIFI card for Ubuntu. I will try using ndiswrapper.

With my 32” Vizio I have lots of overscan in Mythbuntu. In Windows 7 there were sliders in the NVIDIA settings for removing overscan. Can not find such sliders in the NVIDIA settings for Mythbuntu.

Works great as a frontend for the bedroom. Quiet and keeps relatively cool.

molder
July 6th, 2009, 11:00 PM
Hardware
Motherboard: Biostar P4-M900-M4
CPU: Pentium 4 2.80 Ghz
RAM: 2.0 GB
Video Card: MSI nVidia 9500 GT 512 MB with HDMI output
Sound Card: onboard Realtek ALC861VD
HD: Maxtor 40 GB and Seagate 120 GB
Remote: iPhone MyMote Had to install IRC option to get remote to function
Tuners: ATI HDTV Wonder
Country: Austin, Texas USA
TV provider: none OTA
TV signal type: DVB-T
Mythbuntu Version: 9.04
NIC: Had Linksys WMP11 functional with fwcutter, upgraded to D-Link WDA-1320 and system crashes. Have not solved issue yet. Wireless works marvelously with the tuner card installed.

Preformance:

Have not got the HDMI sound functinoal yet either. I also use the Averard VDPAU fixes. Occasionally jitter but not exactly a problem. I use a 50 inch 720p Panasonic plasma TV. Some overscan is present and last time I tried to fix it I ended up with a new installation to correct my tinkering ;)

muranternet
July 7th, 2009, 09:12 PM
Hardware
Motherboard: Intel D915GAV
CPU: Intel Pentium 4 3.4GHz (Prescott model 550, SL7KM), Rocketfish cooler (clone of Coolermaster Vortex 752), Arctic Silver Ceramique compound
RAM: 3GB DDR (some random stuff I had lying about, 2x1GB 2x512MB, probably a mix of mushkin/corsair value)
Video Card: ATI Radeon HD 4550 512MB
Sound Card: Onboard
HD: 3x 120GB WD SATA I, 1x 120GB Seagate SATA I, 1x 750GB USB WD MyBook (external)
Remote: Insignia something something, built the lircrc by hand using Tivo codeset
Tuners: Silicon Dust HDHomerun, Hauppauge WinTV PVRUSB2
Country: US
TV provider: Comcast
TV signal type: E.g. DVB-S (satellite): NTSC, QAM256
Mythbuntu Version: E.g. 8.10 9.04
PSU: Soly Tech 600W (had it lying around)
Case: Some generic midtower

Performance

This was a new build using hardware I could scrounge for free or lying around to replace my proof of concept box built in a totally inadequate HP Pavilion P4 1.8GHz.

Good performance on playback, output VGA to a 720P HDTV.

Still having some problems getting the external drive to auto-enumerate on a rare reboot from fstab. Box will lock during POST if user,noauto is omitted from the options line in fstab. Fortunately I don't reboot the box at all generally so when I do I just mount it. Still annoying; I had it working in the last box.

Used an inelegant method of getting the ATI to work. First installed using the DMA900 onboard graphics driver (which tears at 720P), then plugged in the HD 4550. Worked without changing drivers. Because I have heard about nightmares with ATI cards under 9.04, and because an earlier try using this same card on a motherboard with no integrated video resulted in auto-HDMI out for everything (including sound) with no recourse to return to onboard analog ALSA sound, I just left it alone. As far as I know the system thinks it's using a generic video card.

Had to set volume controls in 3 spots to get sufficient analog output: in ALSA mixer, in Mythtv, and via the ALSA mixer in the console.

Using remote control via HDHomerun. No issues as long as hardware.conf is configured properly to allow udp and the correct port. I built the relevant lirc files using irrecord and some hand editing.

For some reason mplayer will not accept any remote inputs. Very strange. I worked around this by just switching to internal for all playback, and haven't had a problem.

There is some choppiness when playing back 720P MKV files from an external ext3 mount, but I can live with that since most of my mythvideo stuff is SD.

Transcodes are pretty slow as expected. For standard definition and analog I transcode to MPEG4, 2200kbps, 720x400 resizing, and it usually clicks at about 41fps. For HDTV I transcode to MPEG4, 2200kbps, 1360x768 and it plods at 11fps. With these transcoding levels I generally save about 50% space on recordings with no degradation.

No crashes yet, with constant uptime at about one week. My old box would crash, and I suspect either heat (stupid small tight HP case) or lousy power supply.

Originally tried using the stock HSF, but anytime max clocks were being used (transcode or HD playback) the stupid stock fan would whine through the whole house.

Partitions as follows: 20GB / ext3, 20GB /home ext3, 3GB swap, 20GB /var/lib/mythtv XFS, 60GB /var/lib/mythtv/recordings XFS, then 3 drives all XFS for /var/lib/mythtv/recordings1 (...2 ...3), then external 750GB ext3 for a video share. Videos moved in and out over the network generally from a WindowsXP desktop via samba.

Occasional packet loss on HD feeds from the HDHR if there is a file transfer happening at the same time. I can fix this by either upgrading my LAN to gigabit or else trying to subnet the HDHR off a second NIC.

pumkinut
July 14th, 2009, 04:20 AM
Hardware
Motherboard: ZOTAC GF9300-D-E LGA 775 NVIDIA GeForce 9300 HDMI WiFi Mini ITX Intel Motherboard
CPU: Intel Pentium E5200 Wolfdale 2.5GHz LGA 775 65W Dual-Core Processor Model BX80571E5200
RAM: A-DATA 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model ADQVE1A16K
Video Card: NVIDIA GeForce 9300 (Onboard)
Sound Card: Onboard 8 channel, SPDIF, HDMI
HD: Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST380815AS 80GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive
Remote: Anyware HA-IR01SV Infrared Certified MCE VISTA Remote Control
Tuners: No tuners Frontend only
Country: USA
TV provider: OTA
TV signal type: ATSC
Mythbuntu Version: 9.04
Extras: SILVERSTONE NT07-775 90mm CPU Cooler, Scythe S-FLEX SFF21D 120mm Case Fan, SAMSUNG DVD Burner Black SATA Model SH-S223L, APEX MI-008 Black Steel Mini-ITX Tower Computer Case 250W Power Supply. This is based on an AVS Forum recommended build.

Performance

Dual boot Windows 7 RC and Mythbuntu 9.04 frontend only.

In Windows 7, HDMI sound worked until I installed NVIDIA drivers. Then it stopped working. For hdmi audio to work in Windows 7 I had to install the HD audio driver found under beta drivers for nforce730/geforce 9300 for Windows 7 64 bit. http://www.nvidia.com/object/nforce_win7_64bit_15.37.html

In Mythbuntu HDMI audio works great. Just had to unmute in Alsamixer. However, the attached WIFI for the board does not work in Mythbuntu. I do not know if there are drivers for this WIFI card for Ubuntu. I will try using ndiswrapper.

With my 32” Vizio I have lots of overscan in Mythbuntu. In Windows 7 there were sliders in the NVIDIA settings for removing overscan. Can not find such sliders in the NVIDIA settings for Mythbuntu.

Works great as a frontend for the bedroom. Quiet and keeps relatively cool.
Could you please post your sound configs if possible. I have the same setup Zotac GF9300 + e5200. I got sound through HDMI working in Windows7, but I'm having a bit of trouble with sound in Ubuntu. I kind of have it working through HDMI, but not all the way.

Any help would be appreciated, thanks.

ds_pablo
July 14th, 2009, 10:52 PM
Hardware:

Backend (Appliance)
CPU: 550 MHz PIII
RAM: 768 MB
HD: 20 GB for system, 500GB for recordings
Video: nVidia GeForce 4 MX 64 MB hooked up to nothing
Audio: Onboard hooked up to nothing
Tuners: PVR-150 and HVR-1600
TV Provider: Local Cable provider/OTA
TV Signal: Analog Cable/8-VSB
Mythbuntu Version: 9.04

Frontend
MoB0: Zotac nf630i-d-e
CPU: Pentium Dual Core E5200 2.5 GHz overclocked to 3.0 I think
RAM: 256 shared with onboard vid, 1.24ish dedicated system RAM
HD: 4GB compact flash card (3.7 gigs filled with boxee installed)
Video: Onboard nForce630i/geForce7100
Audio: Onboard nForce630i/geForce7100 (ALC 662 I think)


Performance:

Well, the backend sure can be sluggish (the old PIII is not too quick) and I actually have another frontend as well as run a frontend on my mac. Once videos and recordings are cached up and streaming over the network, performance is phenomenal: I can easily watch HD and record two analog streams or any combo thereof. I have the zotac box hooked up over HDMI and in windows it can do audio over the HDMI but I haven't managed to make this work in linux yet (any help there would be appreciated!). Anyway, I am in the process of migrating the backend to an old but newer box with a 1.6 GHz P4 and when that is complete, the whole setup should be a little (okay maybe a lot) snappier. Wish me luck!

bumperaxe
July 16th, 2009, 11:03 AM
Hardware
Motherboard:Asus P5QL-SE
CPU: Core 2 Duo E7400
RAM:Kingmax DDR800 2GB
Video Card: Palit 9500GT 1GB
Sound Card: On board
HD: Samsung SATA2 1TB
Remote: Sony PS3
Tuners: Leadtek 1000S
Country: Australia
Network: Tenda 11N wireless PCI card
Mythbuntu Version: 9.04

Performance
Most hardware detected and functional with exception of -
Sony PS3 remote, not yet working
Tenda wireless card, detects network but won't connect (now using wired LAN via wireless access point)
New driver requred fo TV tuner, worked after following info on this forum
HD record and playback works great
Shepherd guide grabber also great

chipppy
July 20th, 2009, 02:54 AM
Hardware
MainBoad: ASUS P5Q SE/R
CPU: Intel E8500 3.15GHz Dual core
RAM: 4 GB 1066
Video Card: Gigabyte 8400GS 512MB (for composite out) + 9400GT 1024MB (for HDMI)
HDD: 1 X 500 GB + 1 X 1000GBSATA3
Tuners: Divco Fusion HDTV DVB-T Digital 4 (remote no used, Wii remote used)
Sound Card: onboard


Performance
Running Mythbuntu 9.04
All hardware automagic which was great
Had to boot into Safe Graphics Mode after install, due to needing to update graphic driver to Navida. Activated new driver and rebooted and all perfect from a hardware point of view.

brianko
July 20th, 2009, 06:11 PM
Hardware
MainBoad: Asus M2N-E
CPU: AMD Athlon 64 X2 4200+ dual core
RAM: 2 GB
Video Card: nVidia nForce 570 Ultra
HDD: WD 500MB PATA
Tuners: Hauppauge PVR-350
Sound Card: onboard


Performance
Running Mythbuntu 9.04

FF during playback will lock up the front end on this setup! (http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?p=7605134#post7605134) Otherwise, all other functionality appears normal.

sawbuck
August 1st, 2009, 10:56 AM
I have had to rebuild a MythTV system after functional issues with a Fedora 8 based system cropped up in late Spring '09. I thought this time around I would try to simplify effort and do a package combo of linux/MythTV. I selected Mythbuntu since I had seen a lot of references to Ubuntu. Much of my hardware is the same except for more system memory (2 Gb) and a different graphics card (was ATI Radeon 8500 LE 128Mb). This go around I thought more system memory and a bit higher end graphics card would eliminate choppy Live TV. More notes on progress below - so much for simple.

Hardware
Motherboard: ASUS P4B533
CPU: Intel 2.4 Ghz
RAM: 2 Gb
Video Card: EVGA 6200 AGP 8x 512 Mb (NVIDIA GeForce chip)
Sound Card: integrated onboard - C-Media Electronics Inc CM8738 (rev 10) (added edit 9/23/09)
HD: 250Gb
Remote: none
Tuners: Haupauge HVR 1600 (using ATSC)
Country: US
TV provider: US Broadcast
TV signal type: Digital (HD & DTV)
Mythbuntu Version: 9.04
Frontend/Backend & Backend for networked Frontend - (added edit 9/23/09)

Performance

8/1/09

As of a week or so of use, after initial setup with Windows 7 RC (worked fine including TV in the Media Center), my huge problem is trying to find working drivers for the new video card. So far nothing works and I'm forced to use the low end standard graphics supplied with Mythbuntu. I may be close to exhausting possibilities without success and need to resort to another *!@@!#*!!! graphics card purchase, Or as I did with my old card, record, clip commercials, and transcode to a basic viewing format.

8/24/09

With the kind assistance of a poster who answered my plea to point me to somewhere that would give me some hints on using the EVGA 6200 Graphics card I was able to actually use the card's dense graphics ability and get into the NVDIA config utility. In other words it now works. The HVR 1600's chipset apparently has issues with ATI and NVDIA but tweaking vmalloc (I set it to 256 Mb) and XVMC I am back in business. Aside from HD Live TV or any raw recording of HD being choppy it is performing well with any transcoded recordings. I continue to learn and tweak.

jamestrowbridge
August 9th, 2009, 10:03 PM
..... hope this is not too late. I've been building this little swine for a year or so. Nearly there. Small graphics problem nearly sorted (slow and blocky) ~ remote is more problematical; especially as the config. is supposed to be the correct one. No apparent cooling problems, I have fitted a second fan on the northbridge, though. David Crawford.

This guy used an ODT upload, in order to make it easier, here is what is in that file:
Hardware
Motherboard: Jetway J7F2WE2G
CPU: VIA C7 2Ghz Processor (CN700)
RAM: 1gb 533 Corsair DDR2
Video Card: Via IGP
Sound Card: Onboard 6-Channel CODEC Compliant to AC 97
HD: 500gb Samsung 'Spinpoint' SATA2
Remote: Hauppauge
Tuners: Hauppauge Nova-T_500 PCI (2xDVB)
Country: England
TV provider: Terrestial DVB
TV signal type: E.g. DVB-T Additional 1) Jetway DVI add~on daughter board 2) Cubit 3 Case (White, if you're interested!)

blkmeth
September 6th, 2009, 01:17 AM
Hardware :D:D:D
Motherboard: Gigabyte S-Series GA-G41M-ES2H
Chassis: Chenbro PC405
CPU: Intel 930 Pentium D Dual Core 3 GHz 800Mhz FSB
RAM: 2GB Patriot PC2-6400 800MHz
Video Card: onboard video via m/b HDMI port
Sound Card: Realtec ALC888 HD onboard Audio
HD: Seagate 200GB (Single)
Remote: Hauppauge TV remote (came with tuner card)
Tuners: Hauppauge WinTV-HVR 1600 Model 1178
Country: E.g. the Netherlands: North America (USA)
TV provider: E.g. canal digital: Comcast Cable
TV signal type: E.g. DVB-S (satellite): ATSC cable only (digital frontend hangs and drops)
Mythbuntu Version: Mythbuntu 9.04

Performance

All hardware detected and fuctional except for digital tuner due to ivtv driver issues. Have to manually install mfg version audio HD driver ( Realtek ALC888 ) to get alsa sound mixer to work with onboard audio. Video card HDMI out does work in low graphics mode.

vixmusic01
September 6th, 2009, 11:45 PM
Hardware
Motherboard: Intel
CPU: Intel Pentium 4 2.00Ghz
RAM: 623.2 MB
Video Card:
Sound Card: Delta 44
HD: available 61.7GB
Remote:N\A
Tuners:N\A
Country: Canada
TV provider: none
TV signal type: N\A
Mythbuntu Version: N\A

Release Jaunty 9.04
-------------------------------------------
Ubuntu Studio Controls

Enable memlock checked 90%
Enable raw 1394 access checked

--------------------------------------------

NO SOUND

Delta 44 sound cards worked very well in Gutsy.
Now they don't work except with Audacity.

Preferences> Sound shows the cards, but when I try to play the test sound

audiotestsrc wave=sine freq=512 ! audioconvert ! audioresample ! gconfaudiosink: Could not open audio device for playback.

Everything else seems to work OK.

Can you help?

Victoria

Monteblanco
September 7th, 2009, 10:37 AM
this is what i get..ive been trying to get compiz to work on my machine its a k8v-mx motherboard with a amd sempron 2800 (1.6ghz)processor and a VIA k8m800 512mb RAM and 80GB harddrive

can someone help
david@david-desktop:~$ chmod +x compiz-check
david@david-desktop:~$ ./compiz-check

Gathering information about your system...

Distribution: Ubuntu 9.04
Desktop environment: GNOME
Graphics chip: VIA Technologies, Inc. K8M800/K8N800/K8N800A [S3 UniChrome Pro] (rev 01)
Driver in use: openchrome
Rendering method: AIGLX

Checking if it's possible to run Compiz on your system... [SKIP]

Checking for hardware/setup problems... [SKIP]

At least one check had to be skipped:
Error: openchrome driver in use

gunbladeiv
September 16th, 2009, 07:22 AM
All my hardware detect flawlessly except for my microphone which doesnt work at all. I'm recoding a wind sound which means that my microphone do not work normally. Anyone know how to solve this issue?

I'm using karmic. But so far that i know, jaunty also have the same problem. :(

TheStroj
September 16th, 2009, 01:56 PM
Hardware
Motherboard: Asus P5Q PRO
CPU: Intel Core 2 Quad Q9400 @ 2,66 GHz
RAM: A-Data - 2x2GB 800 MHz DDR2
Video Card: Gigabyte 9800 GT 1GB GDDR3
Sound Card: Integrated
HD: 500 GB
Remote:
Tuners:
Country: Slovenia
Mythbuntu Version:

Performance
Everything works great!

Nathan.Flow
September 16th, 2009, 03:48 PM
Hardware
Motherboard: ASUS M3A79-T Deluxe AM2+/AM2 AMD 790FX ATX AMD
CPU: Phenom II X4 940 Deneb 3.0GHz Black Edition
RAM: OCZ Reaper HPC (2 x 2GB) DDR2 1066 (PC2 8500)
Video Card: SAPPHIRE Radeon HD 4870 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported
Sound Card: Onboard Audio-ADI AD2000B-8 Channels
HD:
Remote: N/A
Tuners: N/A
Country: N/A
TV provider: N/A
TV signal type: N/A
Mythbuntu Version: N/A

Performance Honestly, not sure, the biggest problems I have are with my mutable monitor setup, getting it work as I want is not quite as intuitive as I would like. Every thing seems to work as it should.:confused:

badger_fruit
September 16th, 2009, 08:53 PM
Hardware
Motherboard: Intel Pentium 4/Pentium D socket 775
CPU: Intel 3.0GHz, 800MHz Front Side Bus, 2x1 MB cache
RAM: 1GB
Video Card: On-board Volari Z7 16mb
Sound Card: None
HD: 40GB
Remote: None
Tuners: Hauppauge TD500
Country: UK
TV provider: Freeview
TV signal type: DVB-T
Mythbuntu Version: 9.04

Performance

This is the server/backend setup, works perfectly well!

The clients that connect to it are

IBM Thinkcentre S50
1GB RAM
3GHZ P4HT
NV6200 Gfx card
Ubuntu 9.04 on one, Suse 11.0 on the others (2)
Runs sweeeeeeeet

prupert
October 5th, 2009, 11:38 AM
Hardware
Motherboard: Intel D945GCLF2
CPU: Intel Atom 330
RAM: 2 GB
Video Card: Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 950
Sound Card: Realtek ALC662 audio codec
HD: 500GB SATA WD
Remote: Hauppage MCE Remote w/ USB IR Reciever
Tuners: Hauppage WinTV NovaT USB DVB-T
Country: The UK
TV provider: Freeview
TV signal type: DVB-T
Mythbuntu Version: 9.04

Everything worked out of the box. All I needed to do was follow this: http://ubuntuforums.org/showpost.php?p=7054850&postcount=38 to get the svideo out to work.

chipppy
October 9th, 2009, 11:07 AM
Good Evening
9.10beta works in the box as per hardware in signature all worked straight up including the standard install of the 2nd HDD.

Cheers
chipppy

belly917
October 9th, 2009, 08:39 PM
Backend Hardware:
Motherboard: IBM 8185-W2D
CPU: Intel Pentium 4 3.2Ghz
RAM: 1Gb
Video Card: Nvidia
Sound Card: Onboard
HD: Western Digital Caviar 300Gb
Remote: Included with DViCO FusionHDTV7
Tuners: DViCO FusionHDTV7 Gold (x1) & pcHDTV HD5500 (x2)
Country: USA
TV provider: Over-the-Air & Time Warner Cable
TV signal type: ATSC -> FusionHDTV7 & QAM256 (TWC) -> HD5500
Mythbuntu Version: 9.04

Frontend Hardware:
Motherboard: Asus
CPU: AMD X2
RAM: 2Gb
Video Card: XFX Nvidia GeForce 6200 (AGP) (DVI->HDMI)
Sound Card: Turtle Beach Audio Advantage Micro Virtual 5.1 Surround Channels USB Interface Sound Card (optical to receiver)
HD: Western Digital Caviar 40 Gb
Remote: Anyware HA-IR01SV (MCEUSB2) I use the USB receiver only with my Logitech Harmony 550
Mythbuntu Version: 9.04

dhughes
October 11th, 2009, 05:29 AM
Functional Hardware
Motherboard: Epox 8k5a2+
CPU: AMD Athlon XP2200+
RAM: 1GB DDR
Video Card: ATI Radeon All-in-wonder 9600XT 128MB
Sound Card: Realtek AC '97 (integrated/on-board)
HD: 80GB
Remote: none *(see below)
Tuners: Hauppauge PVR-150 (2004 on tuner sticker) **(see below)
Country: Canada (south eastern)
TV provider: Eastlink
TV signal type: Plain old regular cable
Mythbuntu Version: Mythbuntu 9.10 Beta

Additional:

*Remote Some sort of IR type remote came with the PVR-150, I chose the driver lirc (?) during set-up of Mythbuntu i.e. I checked the box that yes I was using a remote, I think I picked just generic Hauppauge remote" or something like that. It didn't work.

**Tuner During set-up I accidentally installed an older Hauppauge card (1998 is the year on the tuner body sticker) and it worked! I'm not sure what model it is, V4L was the driver that worked for it. Although the new one worked better, it uses the ivtv driver.

Brand new install, my first ever so I'm still getting the bugs out but I'd say it's going pretty well, a bit jittery, but for a new install on such old hardware I'd say it's good.

Non-Functional Hardware

OutputThis set-up is only being output to a computer monitor not a TV, I don't seem to be able to get it to show on my TV using S-Video and I don't have a VGA, DVI on my TV only RCA (red/white/yellow connectors) but I don't have an RCA cable.

edit: correction, the remote is working!

novellahub
October 19th, 2009, 06:20 PM
**System has been retired **

Hardware
Motherboard: ECS GF8200a
CPU: AMD Phenom II X6 1055T AM3 (Hex Core)
RAM: Kingston HyperX 4GB (4 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 1066 (PC2 8500)
Video Card: eVGA Nvidia GT240
Sound Card: N/A (Audio via HDMI)
HD: Samsung 830 Series 64GB SSD,Western Digital GP 1 TB drive, 2 X SAMSUNG 2TB 5400 RPM SATA, Hitachi 1TB 7200 SATA drive
Remote: Microsoft MCE
Tuners: 3 X ATI HDTV WONDER VE, HDHR Prime
Country: United States (Minneapolis / St. Paul Metro area)
TV provider: Comcast QAM
TV signal type: HDTV (Panasonic VIERA TC-P42X1)

Performance
Fresh install of Mythbuntu 12.04 LTS as a master backend/frontend. Migrated recordings from backup of older 10.04 LTS install. I had to download the tuner firmware and force the tuner types:

http://www.linuxtv.org/wiki/index.php/ATI/AMD_HDTV_Wonder

Machine boots in 10 seconds with the SSD. I enabled noatime and discard options for the mounting of the SSD.

tnat
October 20th, 2009, 06:51 AM
My hardware:
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-G41M-ES2H
CPU: Intel Core 2 Duo E7400
RAM: 2GB DDR2
Video Card: onboard Intel GMA X4500
Sound Card: Realtek ALC887
HD: WDC 2,5" 160GB
Remote: Toshiba MCE PX1246E-1ETC
Tuners: 2x Hauppauge WinTV Nova-SE 2 PCI
Country: Austria (Europe)
TV provider: DVB-S Astra 19,2°
TV signal type: DVB-S
Mythbuntu Version: Mythbuntu 9.10 Beta

All hardware is working out of the box with updated Mythbuntu 9.10. 4 parallel recordings over the 2 dvb-s-cards while watching live-tv are no problem.
Greedy High-Motion x2 causes only 15% CPU usage. TV is connected to the DVI-port and gets 1920x1080@50 signal.

kenaveli
November 2nd, 2009, 06:55 PM
Hardware
Motherboard: ASUS P4C800 DELUXE
CPU: P4 3.2GHz overclocked to 3.5GHz
RAM: 2GB
Video Card: BFG nVidia GeForce 7800GS OC 256MB DVI/TV-Out AGP
Sound Card: Soundblaster 5.1
HD: 2 Western Digital 80 GB, 1 500 GB Ext US Seagate Freeagent
Remote: KWORLD standard issue, currently no known solution to get this working. Using Microsoft wireless keyboard and mouse on my sectional couch.
Tuners: KWORLD 120 ATSC/NTSC connected to Winegard SS-3000 Amplified Indoor UHF/VHF Antenna (http://www.google.com/product_url?q=http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B001DFZ5II&fr=AI0rofcuMchEpa8p6ArqMKDHh2o6_LTlxqgMgSGDvu-L8OLJkY7nsNOomg3_mAkJeq4Vxp_Yliy35JMkiGgmIynp4Gd6y su3GZjKBtTCIgb04SHPq_y7xpsAAAAAAAAAAA&gl=us&hl=en&sa=title)
Country: Colorado, USA
Display: Westinghouse 37 Inch 1080p Monitor using DVI cables
TV signal type: Digital Terrestrial Television
Mythbuntu Version: 9.10 downloaded on 10/29/09

All parts bought on Ebay. All parts bought on Ebay. I have had this computer since 2002 and have made upgrades to it ever since.


9.10 livetv is a lot smoother than 9.04 no V-sync issues anymore. VLC is way better than Xine.
130 processes running when watching live TV. 10% process usage too.
KWORLD 120 does not display signal strength, but does show S/N ratio, so it may be a little more difficult to tune to local terrestrial channels.
If you need help with the KWORLD 120, let me know. I used the steps listed in http://www.mythtv.org/wiki/Kworld_ATSC_120 and can verify it still works with mythbuntu 9.04 but much better in 9.10.
I had to add the line sudo /etc/init.d/mythtv-backend restart to /etc/rc.local before the exit0 line, so that when I reboot the workstation the backend will launch otherwise you would have to restart the backend each time after reboot.

superm1
November 2nd, 2009, 07:12 PM
Hardware
Motherboard: ASUS P4C800 DELUXE
CPU: P4 3.2GHz overclocked to 3.5GHz
RAM: 2GB
Video Card: BFG nVidia GeForce 7800GS OC 256MB DVI/TV-Out AGP
Sound Card: Soundblaster 5.1
HD: 2 Western Digital 80 GB, 1 500 GB Ext US Seagate Freeagent
Remote: KWORLD standard issue, currently no known solution to get this working. Using Microsoft wireless keyboard and mouse on my sectional couch.
Tuners: KWORLD 120 ATSC/NTSC connected to Winegard SS-3000 Amplified Indoor UHF/VHF Antenna (http://www.google.com/product_url?q=http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B001DFZ5II&fr=AI0rofcuMchEpa8p6ArqMKDHh2o6_LTlxqgMgSGDvu-L8OLJkY7nsNOomg3_mAkJeq4Vxp_Yliy35JMkiGgmIynp4Gd6y su3GZjKBtTCIgb04SHPq_y7xpsAAAAAAAAAAA&gl=us&hl=en&sa=title)
Country: Colorado, USA
Display: Westinghouse 37 Inch 1080p Monitor using DVI cables
TV signal type: Digital Terrestrial Television
Mythbuntu Version: 9.10 downloaded on 10/29/09

All parts bought on Ebay. All parts bought on Ebay. I have had this computer since 2002 and have made upgrades to it ever since.


9.10 livetv is a lot smoother than 9.04 no V-sync issues anymore. VLC is way better than Xine.
130 processes running when watching live TV. 10% process usage too.
KWORLD 120 does not display signal strength, but does show S/N ratio, so it may be a little more difficult to tune to local terrestrial channels.
If you need help with the KWORLD 120, let me know. I used the steps listed in http://www.mythtv.org/wiki/Kworld_ATSC_120 and can verify it still works with mythbuntu 9.04 but much better in 9.10.
I had to add the line /usr/bin/mythbackend to /etc/rc.local before the exit0 line, so that when I reboot the workstation the backend will launch otherwise you would have to restart the backend each time after reboot.
You have another bug at play here. I'd recommend temporarily commenting out your invokation of mythbackend in /etc/rc.local, removing /var/log/mythtv/mythbackend.log and rebooting.

Check the /var/log/mythtv/mythbackend.log after the reboot to see where things failed. Common problems are usually permissions, not running as the "mythtv" user.

blue_z
November 3rd, 2009, 04:31 AM
Hardware
Motherboard: Intel D945GCLF2
CPU: Intel Atom 330
RAM: 2 GB DDR2 PC6400
Video Card: integrated Intel GMA 950
Sound Card: integrated audio
HD: WD 750 GB SATA
Remote: none
Tuners: EVGA inDtube USB NTSC/ATSC
Country: USA
TV provider: OTA
TV signal type: ATSC
Mythbuntu Version: 9.10

Functional backend+frontend.
The inDtube tuner needs the xc3028L-v27.fw file found on the web.
720p and 480i broadcasts display smoothly on a 1024x768 VGA monitor, but 1080i channels would glitch every few seconds. Changing the TV settings, video playback profile from the default "CPU+" to "high quality" resolved this. Deinterlacing appears okay.
S-video output works w/o any extra tweaking.

superm1
November 3rd, 2009, 04:37 AM
Hardware
Motherboard: Intel D945GCLF2
CPU: Intel Atom 330
RAM: 2 GB DDR2 PC6400
Video Card: integrated Intel GMA 950
Sound Card: integrated audio
HD: WD 750 GB SATA
Remote: none
Tuners: EVGA inDtube USB NTSC/ATSC
Country: USA
TV provider: OTA
TV signal type: ATSC
Mythbuntu Version: 9.10

The inDtube tuner needs the xc3028L-v27.fw file found on the web.
720p and 480i broadcasts display smoothly on a 1024x768 VGA monitor, but 1080i channels would glitch every few seconds. Changing the TV settings, video playback profile from the default "CPU+" to "high quality" resolved this. Deinterlacing appears okay.
S-video output works w/o any extra tweaking.
Can you check if that firmware is in linux-firmware-nonfree? If it's not, please file a bug on launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/linux-firmware-nonfree to get it included for Lucid.

hibit
November 9th, 2009, 10:04 PM
Hi There,

Here is my spec, its a combined front and backend:

Hardware
Motherboard: Asus M3A78-EM
CPU: AMD Phenom(tm) II X4 920
RAM: Corsair XMS2 4GB (2x2GB) DDR2 PC2-8500C5 TwinX Dual Channel
Video Card: Onboard video, ATI Radeon HD3200
Sound Card: Onboard audio, stereo outputs to TV inputs (red/white)
HD 1: WDC WD360GD-00FL
HD 2: ST3320620AS
Remote: Standard remotes from each tuner card / remote with case
Case: Antec Fusion Remote
Tuner 1: KWorld/VStream XPert DVB-T
Tuner 2: Hauppauge WinTV-HVR4000(Lite) DVB-S/S2
Country: UK
TV provider: Freeview DVB-T, Freesat DVB-S
TV signal type: Aerial and Satellite
Mythbuntu Version: 9.10 Karmic

What works:

VGA output to the PC input of a Sony 32" flatscreen.
Freeview DVB-T works great.
I got the LCD panel on the Antec case working to a point with a lot of trial and error.

What doesn't work:

Needed to download firmware (dvb-fe-cx24116.fw) for the Hauppauge DVB-S card and install it
The Hauppauge DVB-S card no longer works after the upgrade to Karmic
Any of the three remotes (either of the two remotes with the tuners, or the one with the case)
Had trouble with HDMI output on Jaunty but haven't tried yet with Karmic

Hope this helps

fromgi
November 9th, 2009, 10:12 PM
Floppy drive does not mount via Nautilus. You can however mount from terminal. Also, even though the Gnome Desktop Utilities from the Software Center say that "gfloppy" is installed, it is not. Also, Synaptic say the gfloopy is install with gnome-utils, it too is not.

pootle1
November 10th, 2009, 01:27 PM
I've just finished upgrading a split frontend / backend system to work with freesat to get BBC HD.

It's now working well (digital audio out was a real hassle) using VDPAU. Picture quality is mostly good on BBC HD, although not as smooth as a Humax Foxsat HD. Occasionally gets very confused and pxellated for 5 - 10 seonds. Doesn't work so well on LUX HD - something in there is tripping it up.

On a 22" screen looks fine, its only a really big screen that shows up lack of smoothness in playback.

Ubuntu 9.10 with MythTV 0.22 and Nvidia drivers 190.42

GPU core temperature goes up to 36 C and max speed when VDPAU running (from 26 C

Hardware
Motherboard: ASUS M2N PV delux
CPU: AMD Athlon(tm) 64 Processor 3500+
RAM: 2Gb el cheapo
Video Card: gigabyte GeForce GT 220 DDR3
Sound Card: motherboard
HD 1: WD 250GB SATA
Remote: none
Case: Antec of some sort
Tuner 1: Hauppauge NOVA-T 500 dual (on separate front end
Tuner 2: Hauppauge WinTV- DVB-S/S2 (on separate front end
Country: UK
TV provider: Freeview DVB-T, Freesat DVB-S
TV signal type: Aerial (WinterHill) and Satellite (Astra 28.2E)
output via HDMI switcher to Viewsonic 22" and front projector

Mythbuntu Version: 9.10 Karmic

proyectomx
November 10th, 2009, 03:49 PM
My system is a Dell Studio 1535 laptop.

It actually has ubuntu 904 installed, and everything works like a charm... I mean, unless I want to use my bluetooth mouse.

I have a Microsoft Bluetooth Laser Mouse 5000. When I try to pair via the bluetooth device manager, it shows the device as paired, but it does not connect to the computer.... in fact, it stops connecting in my other OS (windows vista). Only with a firmware and driver reinstall (replace) it works again under windows, but it never works under ubuntu.

My problem is.... that I have posted THREE times this problems in these forums, with not even one person telling me something or asking me for any more details, so I hope this thread is for this case.

Please, do not send me to the store to buy another mouse, that is a big deal for me.... besides, would you tell that to a new ubuntu user?

by the way, I googled the answer, with no luck. Hope somebody here has an idea of what's going on with my bluetooth mouse.

pootle1
November 10th, 2009, 03:55 PM
given your problem has nothing to do with Myth, I'm not surprised you didn't get an answer if you posted in this forum.

try this link (http://www.google.co.uk/url?sa=t&source=web&ct=res&cd=1&ved=0CAkQFjAA&url=http%3A%2F%2Fubuntuforums.org%2Fshowthread.php %3Ft%3D227057&ei=bX75SrCQEYWw4QbprtzACw&usg=AFQjCNGwtJxs7mamY0HaU7x7gwK9PgttWQ&sig2=mIdLEEVm_aUPMYL5tY8FFA), which was first hit on a search in google for bluetooth mouse ubuntu

proyectomx
November 10th, 2009, 04:23 PM
Thank you very much.
I will give it a try tonight, when I get home.

by the way, I posted in this forum to see if somebody would really answer, when I first posted, I entererd ubuntuforums.org and posted under a cathegory, I don't remember which one.

Thanks very much, will try that, see if it works.

novellahub
November 11th, 2009, 05:05 PM
*** Hardware has been retired ***

Hardware
Motherboard: EPoX 8RDA6+ Pro
CPU: AMD Athlon XP 3200+
RAM: OCZ 1GB (2 x 512) DDR SDRAM (DDR 400)
Video Card: EVGA nVidia e-GeForce 8400 GS 512 MB DDR2 PCI
Sound Card: Sound Blaster Audigy PCI
HD: 40 GB Maxtor EIDE, 160 GB Western Digital IDE, 80 GB Samsung IDE
Remote: Streamzap
Tuners: 4 X Kworld 115
Country: United States (Minneapolis / St. Paul Metro area)
TV provider: Local Broadcast
TV signal type: SD (Sanyo 31 inch CRT TV)

Performance
Fresh install of Mythbuntu 9.10 (Later updated to 10.04.3 LTS) as a slave backend/frontend. I had to download the tuner firmware:

http://www.mythtv.org/wiki/Kworld_ATSC_110

I did a customized install where the root partition (/) uses 10 GB (ext3). The rest of the space on the hard drive was formatted as /myth using XFS. The 160 GB is formated to XFS and mounted as /myth2. The 80 GB drive is formatted as well with XFS and mounted as /myth3.

MountainX
November 12th, 2009, 10:39 PM
Hardware
Motherboard: Asus P4P800
CPU: Intel(R) Pentium(R) 4 CPU 2.40GHz
RAM: 2012MiB
Video Card: ATI Technologies Inc Radeon RV100 QY [Radeon 7000/VE]
Sound Card: Intel Corporation 82801EB/ER (ICH5/ICH5R) AC'97 Audio Controller (rev 02)
HD: N/A
Remote: None
Tuners: Hauppauge PVR-150
Country: E.g. USA
TV provider: Comcast Digital Cable
TV signal type: Cable
Mythbuntu Version: 9.10 32 bit

Performance
I am happy to say I just got MythTV working on this hardware! :) I'm new to MythTV. But it works!

blkmeth
November 14th, 2009, 05:58 PM
Hardware :D:D:D
Motherboard: Gigabyte S-Series GA-G41M-ES2H
Chassis: Chenbro PC405
CPU: Intel 930 Pentium D Dual Core 3 GHz 800Mhz FSB
RAM: 2GB Patriot PC2-6400 800MHz
Video Card: onboard video via m/b HDMI port
Sound Card: Realtec ALC888 HD onboard Audio
HD: Seagate 200GB (Single)
Remote: Hauppauge TV remote (came with tuner card)
Tuners: Hauppauge WinTV-HVR 1600 Model 1178
Country: E.g. the Netherlands: North America (USA)
TV provider: E.g. canal digital: Comcast Cable
TV signal type: E.g. DVB-S (satellite): ATSC cable only (digital frontend hangs and drops)
Mythbuntu Version: Mythbuntu 9.04

Performance

All hardware detected and fuctional except for digital tuner due to ivtv driver issues. Have to manually install mfg version audio HD driver ( Realtek ALC888 ) to get alsa sound mixer to work with onboard audio. Video card HDMI out does work in low graphics mode.

**UPDATE**

Attempted to load 9.10 on new harddrive on my existing i386 system config in the event of any 9.10 upgrade issues to preserve current working system setup.

Just as I suspected, 9.10 will not even install/load on my current 9.04 i386 h/w setup.

I tried loading the livecd = no load; the install on new hdd = no load; new hdd install in safe graphics mode = no load.

I have an AMD 64bit system built and 9.10 loaded without a hitch. Even the onboard sound works right out the box. The only thing is my Hauppauge WinHVR 1600 card. The analog tuner using IVTV hangs @ 5% while scanning channels (never completes a channel scan). The digital tuner works like a dream. Also, my Hauppauge remote doesn't work with 9.10. I tried all variants of the Mythtv Hauppauge lirc remote settings. All tuner functions and remote does work with 9.04.

Will stick with 9.04 for now.