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Beagle Board PVR
« on: May 09, 2009, 05:25:17 PM »
Would the Beagle Board make a good PVR? I like the very low power requirements.

http://beagleboard.org/


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Re: Beagle Board PVR
« Reply #1 on: May 09, 2009, 06:43:57 PM »
Honestly, I won't think so & I would think it would underpowered.  But according to that site's Community-Based Activity section, it seams to support MythTV.  So I guess if you can get a ARM version of Linux running & compile MythTV for ARM usage, I guess you could use it.

But at that cost, you can buy a Intel Atom330 mini-itx based mobo cheaper, which would give you more options & expansion options, for less cost.  The Atom330 is a x86 dual core, hyper-threaded  1.6GHz Atom CPU (appears as having 4 - 1.6GHz CPUs within Windows).  No problem with recording & playing back analog & ClearQAM recorded shows, using a Hauppauge HVR1600 PVR tuner card & the on-board video card.  Also the power usage is very low (my whole PVR uses less then 30 watts).

But the choice is yours..

If you do happen to use a Beagle Board, please keep us posted as to how well it worked out & what it took to get working.  I (& others I suspect) would be interested in seeing your results.
« Last Edit: May 09, 2009, 06:48:49 PM by turajb »
New PVR: Intel D945GCLF2 [Atom 330], 2GB RAM RAM, 1TB SATAII HD, Hauppauge HVR1600, Lite-On 20X DVDRW, Small Mini-ITX case, Hauppauge MCE IR Remote/Blaster, DirecTV D12-500 STB -- Windows XP SP3, GBPVR v1.4.7, Official Hauppauge drivers & Intervideo Decoder, IR Server Suite, Wireless MediaMVP (for TV in bedroom).

Old PVR: Epia SP1300, 1GB DDR400 RAM, 100GB IDE HD (for OS), 2 - 500GB SATAII HD [1TB - RAID 0] (for PVR data), Hauppauge PVR500, Sony DL 16X +/- RW DVD, Morex 668 case, iMON Inside IR Remote, Hauppauge MCE IR Blaster w/FIOS settop box -- with Epia Bios v1.06 (BETA1), Windows XP SP3, GBPVR v1.3.11, Official Hauppauge PVR500 drivers, Cyberlink 8 Decoder, IR Server Suite.

A full write-up of this PVR build, can be found here:
http://www.hoflink.com/~turajb/pvr/

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Re: Beagle Board PVR
« Reply #2 on: May 09, 2009, 10:07:17 PM »
But at that cost, you can buy a Intel Atom330 mini-itx based mobo cheaper, which would give you more options & expansion options, for less cost.  The Atom330 is a x86 dual core, hyper-threaded  1.6GHz Atom CPU (appears as having 4 - 1.6GHz CPUs within Windows).  No problem with recording & playing back analog & ClearQAM recorded shows, using a Hauppauge HVR1600 PVR tuner card & the on-board video card.  Also the power usage is very low (my whole PVR uses less then 30 watts).

Thanks for the reply.

If I went the atom processor route I could probably start with this

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16856119012&nm_mc=EMC-IGNEFL042809&cm_mmc=EMC-IGNEFL042809-_-BareboneSystems-_-LN1B-_-56119012

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Re: Beagle Board PVR
« Reply #3 on: May 10, 2009, 03:44:43 AM »
I agree, that Newegg Atom330 PC is a good PC deal.  Same mobo & similar PC case.  If you are looking for something small & dedicated to just a basic PVR, this is a good start in my opinion.
New PVR: Intel D945GCLF2 [Atom 330], 2GB RAM RAM, 1TB SATAII HD, Hauppauge HVR1600, Lite-On 20X DVDRW, Small Mini-ITX case, Hauppauge MCE IR Remote/Blaster, DirecTV D12-500 STB -- Windows XP SP3, GBPVR v1.4.7, Official Hauppauge drivers & Intervideo Decoder, IR Server Suite, Wireless MediaMVP (for TV in bedroom).

Old PVR: Epia SP1300, 1GB DDR400 RAM, 100GB IDE HD (for OS), 2 - 500GB SATAII HD [1TB - RAID 0] (for PVR data), Hauppauge PVR500, Sony DL 16X +/- RW DVD, Morex 668 case, iMON Inside IR Remote, Hauppauge MCE IR Blaster w/FIOS settop box -- with Epia Bios v1.06 (BETA1), Windows XP SP3, GBPVR v1.3.11, Official Hauppauge PVR500 drivers, Cyberlink 8 Decoder, IR Server Suite.

A full write-up of this PVR build, can be found here:
http://www.hoflink.com/~turajb/pvr/

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Re: Beagle Board PVR
« Reply #4 on: May 15, 2009, 01:51:54 AM »
Here is a youtube video about the beagleboard.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cXr-D1wROfQ