Is this laptop too old for DVR of OTA TV?

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Is this laptop too old for DVR of OTA TV?

Postby Newday77 » Thu Jul 06, 2017 4:15 pm

I haven't used mythTV yet, but wondered if my old HP laptop would be able to use to record and playback HD OTA TV shows on our 1 TV set. I don't need it to do anything more than record and playback TV shows. I'll post the specs for my laptop below. If it would be okay to use this laptop for mythTV, then what would you recommend, hardware wise, to do this? Thanks in advance for your help.

System: Host: OldHPlaptop Kernel: 4.8.0-53-generic x86_64 (64 bit)
Desktop: Cinnamon 3.4.3 Distro: Linux Mint 18.2 Sonya
Machine: System: Hewlett-Packard (portable) product: HP Pavilion g6 Notebook PC v: 0594100000204610000620100
Mobo: Hewlett-Packard model: 1694 v: KBC Version 14.16
Bios: Hewlett-Packard v: F.37 date: 01/16/2013
CPU: Dual core Intel Core i3 M 380 (-HT-MCP-) cache: 3072 KB
clock speeds: max: 2533 MHz 1: 1199 MHz 2: 1066 MHz 3: 1866 MHz
4: 1333 MHz
Graphics: Card-1: Intel Core Processor Integrated Graphics Controller
Card-2: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD/ATI] Seymour [Radeon HD 6400M/7400M Series]
Display Server: X.Org 1.18.4 drivers: ati,radeon,intel (unloaded: fbdev,vesa)
Resolution: 1366x768@60.03hz
GLX Renderer: Mesa DRI Intel Ironlake Mobile
GLX Version: 2.1 Mesa 12.0.6
Audio: Card Intel 5 Series/3400 Series High Definition Audio
driver: snd_hda_intel
Sound: Advanced Linux Sound Architecture v: k4.8.0-53-generic
Network: Card-1: Realtek RTL8101/2/6E PCI Express Fast/Gigabit Ethernet controller
driver: r8169
IF: eno1 state: up speed: 100 Mbps duplex: full
mac: 78:e3:b5:4e:d3:a3
Card-2: Ralink RT5390 [802.11 b/g/n 1T1R G-band PCI Express Single Chip]
driver: rt2800pci
IF: wlo1 state: down mac: ec:55:f9:48:20:9e
Card-3: Ralink
IF: null-if-id state: N/A speed: N/A duplex: N/A mac: N/A
Drives: HDD Total Size: 1000.2GB (1.2% used)
ID-1: /dev/sda model: WDC_WD10JPVX size: 1000.2GB
Partition: ID-1: / size: 911G used: 5.4G (1%) fs: ext4 dev: /dev/dm-1
ID-2: /boot size: 472M used: 122M (28%) fs: ext2 dev: /dev/sda1
ID-3: swap-1 size: 6.23GB used: 0.00GB (0%) fs: swap dev: /dev/dm-3
RAID: No RAID devices: /proc/mdstat, md_mod kernel module present
Sensors: System Temperatures: cpu: 60.0C mobo: 0.0C gpu: N/A
Fan Speeds (in rpm): cpu: N/A
Info: Processes: 233 Uptime: 18 min Memory: 751.2/5764.8MB
Client: Shell (bash) inxi: 2.2.35
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Re: Is this laptop too old for DVR of OTA TV?

Postby Newday77 » Sun Jul 09, 2017 9:59 pm

Well, I will give it a try. It was probably a stupid question... I won't know until I actually give it a go.
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Re: Is this laptop too old for DVR of OTA TV?

Postby luc5588 » Tue Jul 11, 2017 4:53 pm

My guess would be that the laptop is more than powerful enough. I have read a few reports that Ironlake has general problems on linux playing full HD for some people, but works fine for others, with some people suggesting the BIOS video settings are often too low. I don't have that laptop so can't advise further.

I don't know if your OTA is HD or not so it might not affect you.

On mythfrontend there should be settings under setup/video where you can choose video acceleration.

In my experience, the thing that can make mythtv slow is a slow hard drive due to the use of the database, or having lots of channels and lots of generic recording rules such as "record Bond on any channel at any time".
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