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My new MythTV box

Discussion in 'Desktop & Laptop Computers Forum' started by Master Rahl, Feb 14, 2005.

  1. Master Rahl

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    My new Gentoo workstation, Myth server, and Myth client:


    Gigabyte GA-K8NS Ultra939
    Athlon64+ 4000
    4x 1GB PC-4000 DIMMS

    nVidia Geforce 6800 Ultra, 256MB GDDR3, dual DVI
    Audigy4 Pro Sound Card
    4x Hauppauge WinTV-PVR-250

    1x 74GB 10Krpm Western Digital drive
    3x 300 GB SATA drives for storage
    2x 16xDVD-RW

    Full Tower case
    Antec TruePower 550WPSU
    Logitech diNovo Media Desktop

    2x BenQ FP231W 23" Widescreen LCD Monitors (supports 1920x1080)

    Gentoo stage 1
    MythTV backend, and frontend


    This computer will be connected to four digital cable boxes using S-video inputs. The external boxes will be controlled by four infrared transmitters taped over their IR receiver windows. These transmitters will be connected using a USB connection.


    This will be a Gentoo workstation as well as a MythTV backend and frontend. I will place several other frontends throughout the house. All the digital cable boxes will be moved to sit beside this computer. The computers near the TVs will have their own remote controls. They will be "dumb" terminals.


    DVDs played on the front "terminals" will automatically be saved on the server. This whole system will act like a giant PVR. There will be 900 GBs of space to create a giant library and for temporary workspace for the PVR. Four people will be able to watch all different channels with full PVR capabilities, and I'll be able to work on the computer at the same time.

    Technology is great. I'm still figuring how I'm going to hook up VOOM, because ideally, I'd like 2 terminals to have access to HD material. Right now I'm considering Firewire access to the Voom box or even the digital cable box.
     
  2. Mr.D

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    Thats a lot of Ram . You sure you haven't overspecced?
     
  3. lisag

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    :eek: :eek: :eek: :eek:
    Is this to run a small village?
     
  4. Steve.J.Davies

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    I haven't run the numbers but by the look of it the potential data throughput is syuch that any pageing would effectively kill the performance.
    Would have to run the numbers to verify.
    I didn'r realise you could run 4 Tv cards through the one graphics card simultaneously - I must read up on this...
    What was the cost I wonder ?
     
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    What are the 4 cards for again?
    What is mythtv?
     
  6. HMHB

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    Sounds like a great setup - you'll have to take some pictures I'd love to see it all in action. Just had a look at the MythTV website and it looks very interesting.
     
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    Only 3 x 300gb storage?

    Especially if you're going to archive anything, or use the PC as a CD/DVD jukebox?
     

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