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Topic # 30287 3-Feb-2009 19:58
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As implimented by XFX MI-9300-7AS9
Hardware acceleration worked like a charm.

Pair it with a cheap celeron and you can have a cheap base for a HD PVR.
Definitly be able to build for less than the current My Freeview PVR's.
Only downside is no MHEG5 EPG.
Will try to get alternatives working and report my findings.
There seems to be enough info that should make it easy.

Read more about it here

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Master Geek
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  Reply # 194545 6-Feb-2009 22:30
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Installed ok.
Not the most intuitive setup.
Will read a few guides and see how I go.

If it takes more than 2 hrs to get going I will have to flag it as failed.

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  Reply # 194592 7-Feb-2009 10:33
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Note this is a
DTT - Digital terrestrial television via UHF

Got some action :)

Following this guide

I some got channels tuned in.
Only the ones on MUXA
A little jumpy.

After connecting to the internet, followed the warning message and downloaded the accelerated NVidia drivers.
Video now smooth.
Not in 16x9 though.
No sound.
This is where my testing will stop.
Maybe someone better than me can finish this test and post up a nice guide :)

To do:
Get sound going.
Correct aspect.
Tune rest of channels/MUXs
Write up a nice guide for the masses.

Other liniks of interest
freeview updates

Freeview technical info

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  Reply # 194752 8-Feb-2009 16:29
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No sound ... To do: Get sound going.
That may mean that you don't have a suitable HE-AAC decoder. A lot of people have found that the free Monogram AAC Decoder does a reasonable job.

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  Reply # 194760 8-Feb-2009 17:27
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No sound ... To do: Get sound going.
That may mean that you don't have a suitable HE-AAC decoder. A lot of people have found that the free Monogram AAC Decoder does a reasonable job.

Actually he is talking about MythTV, for which you need a patched version that includes HE-AAC support.

Generally known online as OpenMedia, now working for Red Hat New Zealand as a Solution Architect for all things Linux, Virtual and of course Cloud. Still playing with MythTV and digital media on the side.

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  Reply # 194762 8-Feb-2009 17:32
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I think it is more likely I did not have drivers installed in the OS (ubuntu/linux)

Since PowerCinema does not have an ad skip function I will give this another shot.

openmedia, thanks for the tip.
That would have been my next stumbling block.

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  Reply # 194851 9-Feb-2009 09:47
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Good to hear you're trying these boards.
This is the board I was interested in about 6 months ago but it wasn't available or was still quite new at the time.  Onboard Nvidia graphics was the drawcard for me as there had been big trouble with the ATI graphics which supposedly offered the solution at the time.  Keen to see how this works out as it's a good step towards a simple htpc solution.

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  Reply # 195053 10-Feb-2009 08:28
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Looks like openmedia was right.
ubuntu support the card out of the box.
Ven_10ec Dev_0888 , Realtek alc1200 , Chip alc883

Now to find this patched version and how to install it.
A step by step would be nice :)
I'll keep digging in the mean time.

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  Reply # 195278 11-Feb-2009 10:47
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Linux proved too much, for now so I am back to M$ based solutions.

I though I would give
Windows Media Center XP , MCE2005, MCE
Vista Media Center, VMC , part of Home Premium and Ultimate editions
but after some reading they still don't support DVB-T/h264 nativly.
For a native M$ solution Windows 7 Beta

Links of interest
Vista + TV Pack: no go

I gave MediaPortal another go.
Left it first time around due to it being seemingly complitacted with all the programs you had to install to get it running.
But after trying to get MythTV going it did not seem that bad anymore.

Had much better luck this time.
First try partial success.
Analog channels worked but digital came up blank.
It was either the way the tuner was setup or codec problem.
I had both PowerCinima and PowerDVD8 installed.
"Cannot start timeshifting Unknown error"

Imaged the system back a few steps (I use shadowprotect) and tried again.
Success :)

Now to fine tune it and get ad skipping working.
Which is the main reason not to stay with PC, as it did everything just fine.
Will report back once setup.
May do a guide with pictures to show how easy it can be.
Definitly worth it for the features.

Links of interest
GB PVR Guide, aether22

Freeview guide Feb2008, Fossie

MP timeshifting error, tuner setup problem, hybrid
Turn off timeshift?

Good MP setup guide

MP setup guide, Quidam

Fast forward and skipping in MP

MP, sound no video freeview

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