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Old 12-24-2019, 03:25 PM   #16
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Hmm ok thank you all for the advice/tips! I think based on comments and my test rig hardware i shall read and and watch youtube videos on Virtualbox first and shall experiment with that as a 1st step haha Shall share my linux noob experience if all goes well...err even if i screw up
 
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Old 12-24-2019, 04:43 PM   #17
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Backup important data first!
 
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Old 12-24-2019, 07:39 PM   #18
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For example i think i would run NPVR or Windows Media Center solely to record Live TV over my tuner
If direct access to the host's hardware is required, a VM might not be the right solution. You need to find out how well you can map the tuner to the guest.
 
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Old 12-25-2019, 03:39 AM   #19
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I'd suggest Mint Cinnamon for better visuals (but that's personal preference).

If you rarely use Windows programs, wouldn't a dual boot be a simpler option?
Linux can do I/O to NTFS partitions as well as to standard Linux ext4 partitions.
Ideally, you would have a bigger disk (or multiple disks/SSD's).

It doesn't prevent you installing a VM in either Windows/Linux.
I agree with Jeremy here. Easier to create a dual boot system. So if you record live TV store it on an NTFS partition. So both Windows and Linux can access the files.

If you do install Windows first, then install Linux. Grub (Linux bootloader) will notice Windows and create a startup option in the bootmenu for it.
 
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Old 12-25-2019, 01:45 PM   #20
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If direct access to the host's hardware is required, a VM might not be the right solution. You need to find out how well you can map the tuner to the guest.
Oh that sounds devilishly difficult On the other hand managed to get Virtual Box (VB) set up on Mint 19.3 and the initial results though not 100% successful (yet/never?)) have been fantastic w.r.t a 1st exposure to running a VM in Linux for me!

Ok as said would share my issues as both a linux *and* VM noob so that others who want to jump into it like i did would have quick ways to get it done!

#1 Got the VB off Software Center on Mint : didn't even need to go into Terminal

#2 Get VB setup following the video here
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_Kh_Y3xg890

#4 Get guest additions by following the instructions here
https://docs.oracle.com/cd/E36500_01...additions.html

#5 Get USB ports/devices detected following the guide here
https://www.techrepublic.com/article...in-virtualbox/

For a X3 710/8GB test rig i placed 2 cores/4GB for the W10 guest and all in all the experience was fairly close to a native W10 system so it was a real shock to me! Unfortunately i got the USB Tuner detected, installed in both NPVR and MCE and neither had smooth 1080p Live TV going Could it be the VM "emulated" my HD 4250 IGP poorly or 2 cores as dated as mine might not be enuff to render 1080p live tv smoothly enuff? It was really close to working as all channels were picked up and recordings were sucessful but when i played it on Mint, there was still choppiness (albeit much less) On Mint normal 1080p videos work great! Either way even if i cannot get Live TV smooth (as per my original plan) this has already been a rewarding learning experience

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