Any Media Cards for Linux and software with GUI!!!
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I was wondering if there is any media cards with cable in and hdmi/RCA/S-Video out and any quality/price/brand I m building a media server with a ubuntu machine and Will put a GUI like mith TV or something so, I was questioning if there was a GUI that comes with the card also.
In am looking for a media card and works on Linux and comes with a software or not. Also the media card will record an input device like analog cable from a TV provider and will be like a tvo. I was wondering if any cards that did come with software is it from the hardware company or a third party like Myth TV.
The type of hardware you are referring to is correctly called a 'video card' or 'graphics card'. I thought you were talking about flash memory initially, which is the only thing I know of that's ever called a 'media card'.
I know ATI makes some cards that combine a TV tuner (which can take a coaxial cable from an antenna, cable box, etc.) and a graphics card, but I've heard ATI's Linux support is meh. I'd say you're better off buying a separate TV tuner (Google for ones which are known to work well with Linux). As for your other question, any software that comes with these cards is likely to be Windows-only, so you'll manage it through MythTV, etc.
IF your cable provider uses QAM then you may want to consider using the HDHomerun. It is a dual digital (and qam) tuner that transmits the video over standard Ethernet. You can watch the programs (both tuners are available simultaneously) live with VLC(or any other streaming player) and it is well integrated into MythTV for PVR duty.
Little if any hardware is made with only Linux in mind - it doesn't make economic sense to do so. There are a number of cards that Linux will work perfectly with, however, and some are even officially supported. I recommend you start with this link.
For future reference, please don't double-post. If you want to add something to your previous post, try the edit button. That goes double for when the addition comes only two minutes after the first post.
Simply asking people "what's supported" is probably only going to get you silence, or at best a few hit-or-miss suggestions. Most people will only have experience with one or two models/devices, if that many, and even then their knowledge may be outdated. Besides, nobody but you really knows what your requirements or desires are, so it's difficult for people to make reliable recommendations.
I've found that it's usually easier to first make a list of the hardware devices you'd be interested in buying, then do a little research to see which of those (if any) are supported. You're more likely to find something you can use that way than to go around asking everyone "what works?".
I am looking for a good video card with a TV tuner. In the price range of $100 I would prefer if its PCI, I would like it to have a HDMI/S-Video/Component/RCA output and could handle digital cable in. Thanks in advance!!!
You are going to have a tough time just finding a pci card with hdmi(with decent driver support, Nvidia in my opinion). You are almost going to have to have separate tuner and video cards. If you are trying for a light cpu (PIII or Atom type) you will want it to be VDpau compatilble, and that will narrow your choices even further.