New use for an old computer

Discussion in 'Newcomers Forum' started by go_mustangs, April 15, 2012.

  1. go_mustangs

    go_mustangs Guest

    Ratings:
    +0 / 0
    Frustrated with paying for tv I rarely watch I have been on quest to "cut the cord" on cable. I've done some research and that's how I ended up here. I have an e-machines t6536 athlon 64 3800+ 2.4 GHz 2 gb ram PC that is running windows XP MCE. I have added added a nvidia 210 and I have installed mediaportal and gone through some of the plug ins and settings. I'm unsure as to what codec's to install. I know my machine is underpowered and wanted suggestions as to what codecs to use. My main use will be as an online pvr. I will not be recording any live tv. Live tv will be ota hdtv with my antena. Thanks in advance for any help you can lend.


     
  2. Google AdSense Guest Advertisement



    to hide all adverts.
  3. HomeY
    • Team MediaPortal

    HomeY Test Group

    Joined:
    February 23, 2008
    Messages:
    6,460
    Likes Received:
    2,627
    Gender:
    Male
    Occupation:
    Network Engineer
    Location:
    ::1
    Ratings:
    +4,737 / 16
    Home Country:
    Netherlands Netherlands
    Show System Specs
    Hi, and welcome to the forum :)

    Personally i'm a big favor of the LAVFilters (which you can easily install by using the MediaPortal Extension Installer (MPEI)).

    You can find more info about codecs in the Wiki section, which you can find here.

    If you have more (specific) questions about codecs, you can also check out the specific form for that, which can be found here.

    Good luck!
     
  4. hairlesshobo
    • Premium Supporter

    hairlesshobo MP Donator

    Joined:
    March 18, 2012
    Messages:
    66
    Likes Received:
    22
    Gender:
    Male
    Location:
    Jacksonville, FL
    Ratings:
    +22 / 0
    Home Country:
    United States of America United States of America
    Show System Specs
    Welcome to the neighborhood!

    I agree with HomeY, the LAVfilters work very well and do not seem to be too much of a resource hog.

    On a side note, that machine you are running isn't THAT under powered. Take a look at the specs in my signature of my bedroom client, it's right around the same specs as yours but with a lower speed video card. The one in my bedroom can play anything I want, including Blurays so you shouldn't have any problem being able to make that system do what you want. Just make sure that you clean anything else off of it so that precious resources are not being wasted by other applications (definitely no antivirus type applications). Just my $.02.

    Good luck!

    -Steve
     
  5. hafblade

    hafblade Portal Pro

    Joined:
    January 19, 2011
    Messages:
    675
    Likes Received:
    145
    Location:
    Trier, Germany
    Ratings:
    +146 / 0
    Home Country:
    Germany Germany
    Show System Specs
    The only real resource hungry thing in htpcs imho is HD videos (especially interlaced once) and the graphical user interface with large database plugins.

    My fathers bedroom pc is a small atom pc with on board graphics. He watching sd tv & videos with it and has no problems. At the beginning everything was really slow until we setup his resolution in windows to 1280x720 (from 1920x1080). Now the gui runs like a sharm even with movingpictures and mptvseries addons and a large database. When he tries to watch hd it's not running fast enough but sd is fine. :)

    With this pc resolution was the key :)
     
  6. go_mustangs

    go_mustangs Guest

    Ratings:
    +0 / 0
Loading...

Users Viewing Thread (Users: 0, Guests: 0)

  1. This site uses cookies to help personalise content, tailor your experience and to keep you logged in if you register.
    By continuing to use this site, you are consenting to our use of cookies.
    Dismiss Notice
  • About The Project

    The vision of the MediaPortal project is to create a free open source media centre application, which supports all advanced media centre functions, and is accessible to all Windows users.

    In reaching this goal we are working every day to make sure our software is one of the best.

             

  • Support MediaPortal!

    The team works very hard to make sure the community is running the best HTPC-software. We give away MediaPortal for free but hosting and software is not for us.

    Care to support our work with a few bucks? We'd really appreciate it!