I built a MythTV box on the
Gentoo Linux distribution. I used
WinTV-GO capture card
though I'm very tempted to pick up one their
PVR boards for improved
image quality and hardware encoding.
The MythTV software has a lot of dependencies which is why I chose to install it
on Gentoo. Unfortunately, it has even more hardware dependencies. I used a
with an AMD
AthlonXP 2000+ CPU and 256MB of DDR RAM.
I built a custom 2.6.1 kernel on the box and had to shut off APIC to get the NIC to be recognized.
The motherboard also did not provide an S-Video TV-Out port so I initially used an old
ATI card which did have such a port. However, I quickly learned that ATI's drivers stink so I went out
and bought a
scan converter instead.
Finally, with the help of a co-worker who knows how to solder, I put together an
infrared receiver and fired up
LIRC on the server (I had to
my 2.6.1 kernel to do this.)