[vdr] Nova-T USB vs NOva-T USB2 for epia PVR
kari at kniivila.com
Mon Dec 12 10:10:14 CET 2005
> I'm new to this PVR lark, although I have been using an EPIA
> min-ITX box as
> a Divx/DVD player using geexbox for a year or two.
> I hope this list is OK for asking relative newbie questions -
> please point
> me elsewhere if it's not the right spot.
I would not count my self as an expert but never the less this list is for
VDR specific topics.
> I want to add DVB-T reception to my media box, and ideally
> have it replace
> the video recorder too, but it remains to be seen if it has
> sufficient welly.
> A fair amount of net-wandering suggests that the Hauppage
> winTV USB and USB2
> cards are both suported but they use different chipsets - is
> that right? Any
> pros and cons between them? My gut feeling is that the USB2
> should be better
> as the interface to it is faster, but the hauppage specs say
> that the older
> card needs a 500Mhz host, whilst the newer one needs a 1Ghz
> host. Does the
> newer one really need more from its host, or this just an
> effect of the
> (windowsa) software they supply? Also I can find a lot more
> docs for the
> older device - is the new one a bad idea at this stage?
> My box is very slow (and thus silent) - it's an EPIA 800Mhz
> box, too old to
> have built in MPEG deconding. It plays divxs fine, but
> glitches slightly
> playing Full-res DVDs. I think adding a hollywood + PCI card
> will help it do
> playback with less load, and is the only chance of it being
> able to play
> something whilst recording something else. But that will fill
> its only PCI
> slot, which is why I am considering USB for the TV input.
> Does this make
> sense, or should I forget trying to play and record at the
> same time and
> just put in a PCI winTV card?
> I could upgrade the box to use an M10,000 motherboard and an
> internal DVB-T
> card instead but that's best part of 100 quid more expensive,
> so I'm hoping
> to get away with it. TV quality is not too important, so long
> as it's not much
> worse than a VCR, that's fine.
My VDR box is a PIII 600MHz and can record several channels at the same time
while I am watching some live channel or a previous recording. It is quite
normal that 3 to 5 simultaneous recordings takes place. I have two DVB cards
which is practically all I need because the channels I record from are on
> Also, is there a distro like geexbox which boots up quickly
> to PVR mode,
> with everything controlled through the OSD?
I would recommend using google (or what ever search site) for more info on
linux vdr. I.e. linvdr is a such distro you seek for.
There is also english documentation
VDR Home: http://www.cadsoft.de/vdr/
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