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MythTV PC

OK, so after months of thinking about it, I’m finally almost at the point of biting the bullet and building my media centre based around MythTV. I’ve never built a PC before, and seeing as I’m more interested in the software side of computers, my knowledge about hardware variants is fairly lacking (as in, I could give you a very good description of what each section of a computer is for and how it achieves this, but I couldn’t explain the difference between DDR and DDR2 memory).

When I was looking around the t’interweb, I couldn’t really find a good description of how somebody (in the UK, at least) was able to put together a MythTV system, so I think that this could be a good place to start.

What I’m going to do then is to use this blog as a place to put progress updates, and as much information as I can. I’m even going to create a new category called “Cain” (this is the first post in the category!), which will be the name (and machine name on my network) of the completed article.

As a starting point, I can tell you that I am planning to use Fedora Core 4 (I’ve already built a machine based on FC3, using Jarod’s guide (http://www.wilsonet.com/mythtv/fcmyth.php), and seeing as it was a brilliant guide and he’s planning to update it for FC4, I’ll hang around until he finishes that!), and that my machine will probably be fairly stacked in regards to CPU speed, memory, and hard disk space. For what I need, I’m not too interested in a top spec graphics card, but I will explain all of my hardware decisions once I’ve made them.

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