Another PVR question

Christopher Ness nesscg at
Mon Apr 19 16:20:39 UTC 2004

My message to the list seemed to get mangled.  I'm resending.

On Mon, 2004-04-19 at 11:13, Charles Howse wrote:
> On Monday 19 April 2004 09:59 am, Christopher Ness wrote:
> > On Mon, 2004-04-19 at 09:45, Charles Howse wrote:
> > > This computer - PIII 600, 512 MB ram.  Dual-booting Win XP Pro and
> >
> > It is recommended that you get a computer with some balls.  The
owner of
> > the project says he runs his on an AMD1800 machine and the
> > lower end is a 500Mhz machine.
> >
> > He traded his 550Mhz in for the current machine to be able to
> > live tv (requires encoding and decoding processes).
> Hmmm...I did see that when reading, but I understood that if using a
> card that does the encoding and decoding, then a slower cpu is
> Is that correct?

Yes and no.  Not _every_ capture card does enc/dec.  The $50 ones most
definitely do not.  :)

The encoding and decoding is what needs the speed.  Just make sure you
have DMA enabled for your hard disks for fast performance.

If you buy a good encoder I don't see why you would have problems.

Good Luck.
Software Engineering IV,
McMaster University
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