Subject: Re: mythtv and netbsd?
To: None <firstname.lastname@example.org>
From: Nonesuch <email@example.com>
Date: 02/13/2006 23:14:41
Having used MythTV for a few months on FreeBSD 5.3 with PVR250 +
Nvidia GF4 + TV out , I decided to scrap the whole idea, and I gave
my mthbox away, and I cut back on the TV. The basic functions of
MythTV work in FreeBSD but from what I remember most of the add ons
were Linux centric . I hate when I find stuff like that.
The better option IMHO is to get a Tivo if you want to watch tv like
that. The other option we need to pool our money and pay someone to
write a BSD driver for the PVR 250/350 so we can all sit back and
make fun of our linux friends .
On Feb 13, 2006, at 10:24 PM, Brian McEwen wrote:
>> On Feb 12, 2006, at 19:50, Steven M. Bellovin wrote:
>>> Is anyone working on anything that might let NetBSD run MythTV? I'm
>>> contemplating setting it up in my house; that means at least one new
>>> Linux box for the backend, plus converting one and maybe two
>>> NetBSD boxes. Just for the sake of system administration sanity,
>>> rather not do that. (I confess I have no idea what pieces we're
>>> missing. Drivers for the tuner cards? For the video cards?)
>>> --Steven M. Bellovin, http://www.cs.columbia.edu/~smb
> On Feb 13, 2006, at 8:02 PM, Steven Sartorius wrote:
>> By dint of experience I've found that MythTV works best with a
>> hardware MPEG2 compression card (like a Hauppauge PVR-250 or, in
>> my case, an Aver Media M179) and a video card with TV-out that
>> uses XvMC, which pretty much narrows the field to Nvidia (I have a
>> GeForce4 MX 440). It is possible to run MythTV with a software
>> capture card (like the Brooktree/Conexant that is supported under
>> NetBSD) but the results are spotty and you need a reasonably
>> powerful CPU (which equals noise -- a no-no for a living room
>> based box). I briefly looked at seeing if I could port the Linux
>> ivtv drivers (for hardware capture cards) to NetBSD but quickly
>> realized I had neither the time nor the skill! In addition, as
>> far as I know, Nvidia supplies drivers that only work with Linux
>> and I don't believe these would work under Linux emulation. In
>> short, as much as it would be nice to have MythTV run on a nice
>> sane, stable NetBSD box I don't think we're there yet...
> My PVR experiences:
> I'm using a PVR-350 (on XP sorry but DVD authoring was easier):
> rule of thumb for CPU needs, is if you have hardware mpeg-2
> compression, you can get by with a 700- 800MHz CPU (or faster)-
> there will only be about 5% CPU load if you avoid the software mpeg
> compression. Also should avoid VIA chipset mainboards, although
> there is a patch to help, the VIA chipset will be laggy.
> I have the MX400 card as well but don't like the video-out as well
> from it as that from the 350 itself; although using the TV-out on
> the 350 limits software menu display a little (I use gbpvr, which
> does have better support than other solutions).
> I looked into the netbsd/MythTV solution as well but it didn't look
> easy to do/ not completely supported/hard to tell my wife how to
> take clips from PBS programs to use clips in her teaching as either
> mpeg or DVD-R (the last was a major issue!).