On using a HTPC in NZ

It works - 1080i with a 5200X2 in mythtv

, posted: 4-Oct-2008 11:43

Title says it all really, I can now watch TV3 in MythTV with my 5200 X2. There is a bit more to the story though:

Since my last post I went through, and with the help of a fellow TR member, enabled skiploopfilter and rebuilt from source. It didn't work so I basically left it. Came back to my test install today to have a fiddle with C, and thought why not, update the box and try TV3. And its works! And now in Playback Profiles there is a GUI option to enable skiploopfilter so it looks like Paul Kendall has updated his source (confirming that with him now).

Moral of the story, an affordable MythTV-based FreeviewHD PVR is now a realistic proposition without any changes beyond getting Paul's updates. A 65W 5200 or 5400 will do the trick, find a motherboard with the required (Linux-supported) video and audio outputs and you are good to go.

For me I have 2 more very busy weeks of uni before study leave (my last ever!), so won't be touching anything until then. Hopefully though I can finish watching the stuff recorded in MP and switch to Myth for 'extended testing' :)

Will update.

Other related posts:
New wiki for setting up guide data in NZ
Final MythTV report
Freeview|HD in MythTV - still!

Comment by sbiddle, on 4-Oct-2008 14:22

What is preventing hardware acceleration under Linux? Is that something that will reastically happen soon?

Author's note by amphibem, on 4-Oct-2008 14:34

Currently the lack of full driver support from the manufactor's is the problem, the supplied drivers do not include H.264 acceleration support.

It will probably come eventually from a variety of directions; I have heard of Google Summer of Code projcts and possible manufactor support among possibilites. Will be a while though.

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Andrew Richards
New Zealand

My Current Setup

CPU: A64 5200 X2 (2.6GHz) Memory: 2GB Graphics: Onboard 6100 Hard drive: WD 640GB Optical: DVD-ROM Remote: Microsoft MCE USB2 Tuners: Hauppauge Nova T 500 & PVR150 Display: Toshiba 20" LCD Audio: Genius 5.1 bookshelf speakers

OS: Windows Vista Premium SP1 PVR: MediaPortal RC3 Codecs: Built in MPEG1&2 codecs, PowerDVD8 for H.264 EPG: nice.net.nz feed (from satellite feed)

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