DVR CPU issues

posted by Jeff | Wednesday, January 11, 2006, 2:51 PM | comments: 3

Despite the overclocking I did on my DVR computer, I was disappointed that it's choking a bit on the HD playback, though I'm not sure why as it was acceptable yesterday. When I put it up full screen I get some tearing and interlacing artifacts. If I watch it at its native 720p size in a window it's fine, but the computer is having a hard time upscaling it to the full 1920x1080.

I've spent a fair amount of money on my DVR PC, though way less than a grand. After 16 months, overall I'm pretty happy with it. I'm hesitant, however, to do any upgrading. I have this feeling that Apple has something cool in the pipe, as Front Row is a great application that does iTunes, DVD and photos. So I'm kind of in a wait-and-see mode regarding the "living room box" that pundits have been predicting for years. It's getting there, but it's not totally there yet.



January 12, 2006, 6:42 PM #

While I know you don't have the open source (MythTV) version, I did find this when I was doing some research on a PVR.

If you look at the hardware section, they give a brief rundown of the CPU needs for the different resolutions. BeyondTv _might_ be similar.


January 12, 2006, 8:28 PM #

As it turns out, it's something in BTV. If I use the software that came with the HDTV tuner card, it plays back flawlessly. I sent e-mail to Snapstream support.


March 15, 2006, 7:45 AM #

Hey Jeff do you know if MythTV on XBox would still allow XBox to be used AS an XBox? Should I ask Onceler?

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