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Old 09-23-2006, 12:22 AM   #1
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Media Center Linux Box


I have an oldish Gateway with Ubuntu. It has a 500MHZ PIII, a NVIDA GeForce graphics card that I am planning to upgrade to one with S-Video, and almost 400mb of ram.

Is there Ubuntu software or another distribution that I could use to make this a good media center box that I could operate with ease on my TV via a remote.

Also, where could I get a compatable remote?

I am really a linux noob, and got lucky with an instal of Ubuntu with no issues.

Thanks!
 
Old 09-23-2006, 12:36 AM   #2
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Knoppmyth is probably your best bet. It is debian based like Ubuntu. Google knoppmyth to find the website. There is also a FedoraMythology site but that is for a more detailed process.
 
Old 09-23-2006, 12:42 AM   #3
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Will this be able to play all of my AVI files using various codecs (the all work in VLC), and will I be able to use a remote control?

Thanks a ton for the link! Since it is Debian based, does that mean that it will work as long as Ubuntu does?

Also, I am looking at buying this card. Do you think 64MB of V-Ram will be enough for just watching TV?

I am not interested in any encoding or anything like that. I just want MythTV, my videos, and my DVD's to run smoothly.

Does MythTV play DVD's, or will I have to use something like mPlayer for that?

Thanks!

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Old 09-23-2006, 04:04 AM   #4
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Being "debian based" means that the package tools used to update the software installed are the same. Ubuntu, Knoppix, and Debian all use dpkg and apt-get.

I'd imagine it includes all the codecs, but that should be on their website. I built a gentoo MythTV box, so I had to get the codecs through the gentoo package tools. www.pcalchemy.com has hardware for HTPCs, but again I don't know which remote you want to use and I don't know the differences between the configurations I have and the configurations you need. It is widely known that Knoppmyth is supposed to be the easiest MythTV setup.

Google is your friend:
http://pvrhw.goldfish.org/mirrors/mysettopbox.tv/
http://knoppmythwiki.org/
http://pvrhw.goldfish.org

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Old 09-23-2006, 10:05 AM   #5
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Thanks for all of your help!

I am getting ready to download an ISO, but I was wondering if I could try it out before I use it. In other words, can I dual-boot it with Ubuntu before installing. If something doesn't work out, I don't want to have to reconfigure Ubuntu the way I like it.

Also, I have some HDTV files I got from Bittorrent. They are 350MB for 40 minutes of content.

Thanks!

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Old 09-23-2006, 10:16 PM   #6
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Never tried a dual boot with Myth.
 
  


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