[vdr] Softdevice or Xine?

Nicolas Huillard nhuillard at e-dition.fr
Mon Sep 26 17:07:35 CEST 2005

Jouni Karvo a écrit :
> hi,
> > but there are recordings going on. This further improves stability.
> I have a dedicated VDR box running vdr-xine with P4 2.4GHz and Radeon
> 9200.
> Stability is not currently a problem (1.3.27) - since spring the
> system has been easily up more than a day :)  It has stayed up
> without problems for at least a week, but due to my usage of
> nvram-wakeup, I have no statistics of longer uptime.

On my side, I never had a crash with softdevice on a 24/7 machine since
I sometimes need to reload DVB driver since Skystar looses IRQ handling
(apparently solved in 2.6.13), so VDR is not really 24/7, but keeps
working many days in a run.

> Btw. if someone has any hints on how to reduce used cpu cycles, they
> are warmly welcome.  And yes, I use the fglrx driver - without that
> the picture is jerky.

The softdevice developers are really productive : there is a recent
"suspend-patch" for VDR, that allows to stop MPEG routing to the display
when not in use. This should apply to any output method (FF-card, Xine,
This is linked to a key on the remote, to allow easy suspend/resume.


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