Re: Use Netbook as DVR?
- From: "CLicker@xxxxxxxxxxx" <CLicker>
- Date: Thu, 03 Dec 2009 08:19:08 -0800
On Thu, 3 Dec 2009 08:00:23 -0800 (PST), G-squared
On Dec 3, 6:57 am, m...@xxxxxxxxxxx wrote:
Wes Newell <w.new...@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
On Wed, 02 Dec 2009 14:25:19 -0600, me wrote:
Is it possible to use a Netbook as a DVR for an HDTV?
Or is the video output too wimy to drive a 32" screen?
That would depend on the specs of the netbook. Probably all new notebooks
would work fine though.
Well I have an older Dell Mini 9 and when I hook it up
to a 26" 1080p Vizio thru the VGA port it is very
So you think the built in video of newer netbooks would
The low cost netbooks we looked at had processors in the 1GHz range
which likely won't cut it. If you're buying with this use in mind
you'll have to be certain a return is OK. Do you have access to a unit
to try ?
For HDTV use the processor should be in the 2GHz range or faster and
at that you won't be able to surf the net while it's in record as it
will cause stutters. A multi-core processor is much better for this. A
modest 2.3GHz Phenom processor never stutters while surfing the net
while recording TV.
I use a 4 year old AMD 3200 (2 GHz, single core) and OnAir Creators to
capture two cable digital channels simultaneously. This places but a
12% demand on the CPU and just 35% while viewing one of them. No
problem surfing nor running most other apps. I have even watched a
video while recording.
No noticeable stutter in the captures.
You should check your setup, something's wrong, if you're unable to
capture digital TV while surfing the net without problems. I used to
capture single channel analog on a P4 (maybe 650 MHz) and Hauppauge
USB2 box without such problems.
What capture device(s)? Is time shifting an option and disabled while
recording in your setup? Is "stealth mode" recording available?
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