[Linux-dvb] about to buy a FusionHDTV5 Gold Plus card

Scott Ruckh sruckh at gemneye.org
Wed Nov 2 17:09:51 CET 2005

I have not had much luck with the FusionHDTV Gold Plus card with the video
4 linux drivers.  Channels that can tune with the Windows drivers have not
been able to tune using the atscscan utility provided by dvb-apps.  I have
tried many different kernels with many different versions of the DVB code
and the results have not changed.  I am in the US I am trying to tune QAM
unencrypted channels.

Outside of that I don't see you PC pulling off what you would want to do. 
You might be able to capture 720p or 1080i with that, but I doubt playback
will work.

My test box is an AMD 1800XP and it is uses about 70% CPU when playing
back video.

You will need to definitely get a video card that supports component out. 
Many of the NVidia based cards come with a VGA->component video dongle.  I
am using an Nvidia 6200 in my test box.  There are many debates as to
which video card will work best for this thpe of operation.

People with more experience can definitely feel free the share their
experiences, but I do not see you being able to pull off an HTPC with that


This is what you said jignesh at jignesh.is-a-geek.net
> i've been reading through the posts on this mailing list, and i'm about to
> buy a FusionHDTV5 Gold Plus card.
> Background:
> my primary goal to purchase this card would be to plug it into an old
> linux server (P-III 850Mhz 512MB RAM) that i have running, currently
> acting as a file/ssh/ftp/mail server.  The server currently sits in the
> garage with nothing but power connected to it (and network access through
> 802.11b).
> Ideally, I would like to utilize the same box for a poor man's solution to
> HTPC.  What I imagine doing is buying the card, throwing it in there, and
> moving the system into the house and hiding it behind the TV set.  I would
> be wanting a decent 1080i signal for the TV (which doesn't have any other
> real choices except for component-in for HD, so i'm not really sure how i
> am going to connect the damn PC to the TV).  My cable does stream
> unencrypted QAM that I've picked up using a set-top-box in the past.
> Concerns:
> Besides the CPU being 850Mhz, the system doesn't have an AGP port on it
> either, and I currently have an old Vodoo Banshee 16MB PCI video card in
> there.  i may have access to other cards (need to look through my junk),
> but i think most of them are AGP, AFAIK.
> what you guys think?  can i pull it off?  suggestions? comments?  I'm
> really eager to try this out and see how it goes.
> thanks in advance for your input.
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