[kwlug-disc] Building a new MythTV Frontend

john at netdirect.ca john at netdirect.ca
Fri Sep 25 17:45:54 EDT 2009

I'm still working on using an AppleTV. It works, is cheap and silent, has h/w H.264/mpeg4 playback, hdmi, composite out, and component out. The only thing that has yet to work is the remote. A remote keyboard should work though but I vnc into mine. 

When I get more time I'll wrestle a macbook away from friend and see if I can fix the remote. 

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----- Original Message -----
From: "L.D. Paniak" [ldpaniak at fourpisolutions.com]
Sent: 09/25/2009 03:55 PM AST
To: KWLUG discussion <kwlug-disc at kwlug.org>
Subject: Re: [kwlug-disc] Building a new MythTV Frontend

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The NVIDIA video driver includes a sound device something like "HD HDMI
audio" so, from the point-of-view of Linux, your HDMI TV is just another
sound device.  The GPU outputs audio and video to your TV without extra

Colin Mackay wrote:
> Speaking about HDMI; What about combining Video and Audio into the HDMI
> port?  I have seen devices that will convert optical audio and DVI into
> HDMI.  Can you buy DIY parts to build a machine with a single output,
> without using an external device?
> On Fri, Sep 25, 2009 at 2:52 PM, L.D. Paniak
> <ldpaniak at fourpisolutions.com <mailto:ldpaniak at fourpisolutions.com>> wrote:
> Andrew Kohlsmith (Mailing List Account) wrote:
>> On September 25, 2009 02:26:37 pm L.D. Paniak wrote:
>>> I'm having good luck with an R3600 Acer Revo and MythTV 0.22.
>>> acceleration on the GPU by NVIDIA. <20% CPU for HD playback.
> Quiet, cool
>>> and looks good too.
>>> For DIY, the Zotac ION motherboard
> http://www.ncix.com/products/?sku=38918&vpn=IONITX-A-U&manufacture=Zotac
> <http://www.ncix.com/products/?sku=38918&vpn=IONITX-A-U&manufacture=Zotac>
>>> is essentially the same hardware.  Seems a little overpriced though.
>> That is overpriced. Don't need the wifi or much of the other
> stuff. *sigh*.
>> Too bad the OMAP processors can't do 1080p with acceleration. A
> nice gumstix
>> or new-design beagleboard would be perfect, although I don't think
> there are
>> ARM binaries for any of the codecs.
>> -A.
> Of course, you can get the same effect with any old motherboard with a
> 16x PCI-E slot and an NVIDIA GPU like the 9400 or 9500 with HDMI port.

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