The PVR saga continues…
- New quieter case: Antec Aria
- New mobo: ASRock P4VM800 – P4 1.8GHz, VIA Chipset
- New video card: Nvidia GeForce 5200
- New Keyboard: ACK-580
I’m unable to get the Nvidia card to display at The TV‘s native resolution (1366×768) so I’m using 1024×768 and The TV is scaling it up. Not perfect I know, but good enough for now.
To get the correct aspect and screen dimensions in X11 (and xine) I added the following to the “Monitor” section my XF86Config-4 file:
DisplaySize 600 330
To get the correct aspect ratio when playing video files I had to modify the mplayer settings in Utilities/Setup -> Setup -> Media Settings -> Videos Settings -> Player Settings:
/usr/bin/mplayer -monitoraspect 16:9 -fs -zoom -quiet -vo xv %s
I gave up on using the PVR-350 remote, there were too many times I ended up needing to switch to a keyboard. I replaced it with an IR keyboard (the ACK-580 from Directron) which works great. The range is excellent, however I cannot get the mouse pad thingie (in the upper right hand corner) to work. It works well on a Windows machine (Ick! I feel sullied!) but I cannot get X11 to see it.
Overall, I’m pretty happy. Some things I’m still want to work on/tweak:
- Get automatic comercial skipping to work reliably.
- Figure out how to transcode recorded shows to Mpeg4 to reduce their size.
- Get torrentocracy working.