Hauppauge PVR 350?

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  1. Norris

    Norris Stunt Coordinator

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    Anybody has this card?
    http://www.hauppauge.com/html/products.htm#pvr
    Should I consider any other? From that list, the 350 is the only one with hardware MPEG2 decoder. What's the difference between software and hardware decoding?

    Thanks!
     
  2. Wayne Bundrick

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    For one thing, the difference is the amount of CPU horsepower required. Software decoding puts all of it on the CPU. Hardware decoding puts virtually none of it on the CPU.

    I've been looking at the MythTV PVR project for Linux and thinking about diving into it. It can work with the Hauppauage 350, and if you use that instead of some other capture board then you can use an old Pentium III
     
  3. Wayne Bundrick

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    I just pulled the trigger on two Hauppauppauppauppauppauge PVR 350 cards to start building MythTV. I'll use an 800 MHz Pentium III that's been collecting dust.

    Before they ship I'd better get a head start on getting Linux running on it. As long as Linux continues to frustrate me, I can feel reassured that I'm not the world's biggest geek.
     
  4. Wayne Bundrick

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    Oh, and one more thing:

    I ended up buying directly from Hauppauge, because it seems nobody has this card in stock. None of the major online stores have it. There are some places I've never heard of that have it, but I'd rather not take the risk.

    But the PVR 250 card without the hardware decoder and TV output, it seems you can get that one anywhere.
     
  5. marc_manny

    marc_manny Stunt Coordinator

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    I saw the local time and thought it was when this was posted, sorry.

    Marc
     
  6. ThomasC

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    Huh?
     

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