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November 1, 2004

Stalling & hardware

Filed under: — brendan @ 21:21 IST

Haven’t been able to work on the TV pvr-box much for the last couple of weeks. Hopefully this coming weekend I’ll be able to attack it with furvor. I want to fix sound, and get all of the channels going. A friend sent me their MythTV channels list, in the great form of SQL commands. That means I’ll just have to do a bit of editing, and I can recreate the appropriate databasese in MySQL to let it have everything it should need.

My friend Declan and I messed with it a bit last week and I was able to make a single channel show up properly. Well, that’s not exactly right. The picture is skipping frames a lot. I got an AMD Sempron 2600+ 1.833 GHz CPU for this, which I thought would be plenty for what it’ll be doing. But I’m suddenly suspicious that in my efforts to be frugal, I undercut the ability to make the box work properly.

The rest of the hardware in this is:

  • Shuttle SN45GV2 Barebone PC box (I love this thing now and want more of them 🙂 )
  • 512Mb of Corsair Value S. PC3200 DDR-DIMM memory
  • nVidia-based GeForce2 GTS video card with 64Mb of video RAM
  • Maxtor 250GB Internal Hard Drive, 7200 RPM
  • Hauppauge WinTV PVR 350 Personal Video Recorder PCI card
  • external Linksys WET54G Wireless-G Ethernet Bridge, version2 (whatever that means)
  • random CD-ROM I had lying around in our attic (you don’t want to know the volume of junk up in that attic…

Cross your fingers that nothing will eat up the time on Saturday or Sunday.

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