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post #1 of 10
Thread Starter 
I have been holding out for the new Samsung 165 OTA STB with firewire output to record HD content using the Dish 5000/Modulator but wondering if I should consider going the HTPC route instead.

I currently have an HTPC configured with the following:
Asus CUSL2C MB
PIII 866MHz
256 MB
30GB disk
Radeon LE
Soundblaster Live Value
Network card
Modem
Capture card for dscaler
Win98

I take it I will need an IEE1394 card for the firewire support. Which low cost 1394 card is recommended?

How much disk space does one need to capture HD content? I have a spare 40GB hard drive I could install but not sure how much recording time that will get me.

Is the MyHD card compatable with my current motherboard and hardware and what other software tools do I need to archive to the JVC30K?

TIA
-hardwired
post #2 of 10
â€I take it I will need an IEE1394 card for the firewire support. Which low cost 1394 card is recommended?â€

I recommend the Adaptec AFW-4300 FireWire card.

â€How much disk space does one need to capture HD content? I have a spare 40GB hard drive I could install but not sure how much recording time that will get me.â€

Approx 8.5GB per hour.

â€Is the MyHD card compatable with my current motherboard and hardware and what other software tools do I need to archive to the JVC30K?â€

Check your motherboard manual to ensure it supports the PCI 2.2 specification.

You can record direct to tape or hard drive with MyHD and the use DVHSTool to archive to and restore from D-VHS tape.
post #3 of 10
HD Content is somewhere around 8 GB/hour.

It should be compatible with your board. CPU should
be OK for HD record, but for AVI for OTA Standard channels
I think you will be limited to 240 x 320 (My 1GHz P3 is pegged
at 100% with studder and audio issues at 480 x 640).
post #4 of 10
Thread Starter 
Thanks for the info.

Can I stick with Win98 or do I have to go with Win2K or XP for MyHD, Adaptec Firewire card, or DVHSTool?

I am sort of dreading going to a new OS and possibly breaking the DVD video and audio on the ATI video card and Soundblaster.
post #5 of 10
Recording to D-VHS tape only works in XP.
post #6 of 10
I have MyHD + Dish 5000 + modulator + JVC 30K, and I use DVHSTool to transfer to tape. I highly recommend this combo, though caveat emptor regarding the lifetime of the Dish 5000 modulator.

You could dual boot to preserve your Win98 partition. However, then you might miss some recordings unless you make the recording reservations under both Win98 and XP.

Another option is to grab some old piece of crud PC, stick a firewire card in it, install XP on it, and use it to transfer to tape, getting access to the files via either an ethernet or a firewire network connection to a shared directory on the MyHD+Win98 PC. Without adding a second PC, it's really hard to transfer to tape while also recording to disk.

Yet another option is to find MyHD application version 1.55.2, which does a very good job of upscaling DVD, and just forget about your old DVD stuff (but I suggest saving the hard drive just in case.) Beware that 1.55.2 has been taken off the MyHD website. Apparently the DVD consortium would prefer that we never buy any more DVD's, and towards that end the consortium is blocking our attempts to upscale DVD's past 480p so that they are bearable to watch now that we are accustomed to HDTV.
post #7 of 10
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Originally posted by hardwired


I currently have an HTPC configured with the following:
Asus CUSL2C MB
PIII 866MHz
256 MB
Is the MyHD card compatable with my current motherboard and hardware and what other software tools do I need to archive to the JVC30K?

TIA
-hardwired
One of my MYHD machines is EXACTLY what you listed. CUSL2-C with 866Mhz P3.

It is 100% compatable. I didn't even fool with which PCI slot it went in - I just stuck it in and installed the SW.

I did slow the CPU clock down because that system has always run a bit warm (even before I put the MYHD card in) and 866Mhz is way overkill for the card.

Joe
post #8 of 10
Thread Starter 
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Another option is to grab some old piece of crud PC, stick a firewire card in it, install XP on it, and use it to transfer to tape, getting access to the files via either an ethernet or a firewire network connection to a shared directory on the MyHD+Win98 PC.
Abdul,

I have a notebook with XP and firewire that I can connect to my network. I suppose I can use that to transfer to the JVC with the files residing a shared folder on the HTPC. Do you know this works or do I have to copy the multigig file to the notebooks drive first?
post #9 of 10
Yes, I've used dvhstool over a network, 100 Mbps ethernet, but not enough to know if it's reliable. You could also use a firewire network.
post #10 of 10
Can You Record Data 3000K to the Tape ?Does it support a file system?
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