East of the Sun, West of the Moon

2005/7/5

Mythical fun

Filed under: Projects,Software — Erwin @ 11:16 am

A few days ago I had more or less decided for myself that the effort I was putting into trying to get the wireless PCI card to work was not worth it. Yesterday M and I ran a spare cat-5 cable of about 30-50′ (I don’t remember how long it was exactly; it was custom done by the local store and has since been replaced by a wireless connection) up to the target room, which involved drilling a new hole in the floor, but was otherwise pretty painless.

Once everything was hooked up we could finally actually see how good MythTV would look using the tv-out card and our tv. This can be summarized as pretty good!

The Celeron 800 MHz CPU that we’re using right now can just about keep up with the live tv streams, the recorded ones it can handle just fine. I rounded up some extra sticks of RAM and instead of 128 MB it now has 512 MB. It doesn’t really seem to need quite that much but I’ll leave it in there just in case, until I’m desperate for it elsewhere (unlikely).

Only a few small details are left to be sorted out. I’ll want to look into getting the serial-port based remote to work that came with the Pinnacle PCTV and/or get an additional cordless keyboard so that the PC can be placed somewhere more convenient. Also need to do audio properly, for which I need a small adapter piece, but Radio Shack was closed when I got there yesterday just after 5pm. 😉

Now playing: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles that the kids are watching in the livingroom.

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