[vdr] Recommendation for new hd vdr system.

Mika Laitio lamikr at pilppa.org
Sat Jan 2 10:45:27 CET 2010

> OK, i finally found the time to complete a VDR PC
> based on the ION board.
> The good news are:
> + 1080p plays back smoothly with xine/vdpau
>  with very low CPU usage.
> + sound over HDMI works.
> + the streamdev-client plugin works - even with HD channels.
> + the xine plugin works fine - also with HD channels and HD
>  recordings. I had to tweak a few config items.
> The not-so-good news are:
> + The fan is a bit loud and so far I have not found
>  a silent replacement fan.
> + I originally set up the system as a diskless (nfsroot)
>  system, but KDE 4 (I am using OpenSuSE 11.2) performs
>  unbearably slow, so I was forced to install a hard disk.
> So, as it turns out, I do not need a DVB card in the PC
> (the server has 2 DVB-S cards and one DVB card).
> If I keep it that way, I really do not need the PCI slot,
> so I could use one of these passively cooled main boards
> http://geizhals.at/deutschland/a467665.html
> http://geizhals.at/deutschland/a439268.html
> I currently use this (actively cooled) main board:
> http://geizhals.at/deutschland/a455388.html
> Using a passively cooled main board would solve the
> fan noise problem.

I also finally setted up my ion system.
I have a similar kind of passive cooled zotac that you put in your links 
but found out that without any cooling it's temperature get still pretty 
hight 60-65 celcius.

The included 4 inch fan was indeed pretty noisy, so I invested for a 8 inc 
fan and put that to my own made wooden case. (I first used old case from 
broken video, but that one had about 30 cm extra width, so I ended up 
making my own case)

With this 8 inch fan, the cpu and mcu temperatures are now about 40 

If you are interested, I put a picture on

For some reason the "--video vdpau" option for vdr-sxfe still does not 
work for me... (Using mandriva 2010 version of everything else except from 
own build vdr-1.7.10 and couple od days old xineliboutput plugin with 
latest fix being: Fixed generating lirc key release events)
). gdb crash log is below:

(gdb) set args xvdr+tcp:// --video vdpau
(gdb) run
Starting program: /usr/local/bin/vdr-sxfe xvdr+tcp:// 
--video vdpau
[Thread debugging using libthread_db enabled]
vdr-sxfe 1.0.90-cvs  (build with xine-lib 1.1.16, using xine-lib 1.1.16)

Video driver: vdpau
VDR Server: xvdr+tcp://

[New Thread 0x7fa4ab9af6f0 (LWP 10536)]
[10536] [vdr-fe]    GNOME screensaver disabled
[New Thread 0x7fa4a3514910 (LWP 10545)]
[10536] [vdr-fe]    fe_xine_init: xine_open_video_driver("vdpau") failed
Error initializing xine
[Thread 0x7fa4a3514910 (LWP 10545) exited]

Program received signal SIGSEGV, Segmentation fault.
0x00007fa4aa5e2cad in pthread_mutex_lock () from /lib64/libpthread.so.0
Missing debug package(s), you should install: 
dbus-debug-1.2.16-2mdv2010.0.x86_64 dbus-glib-debug-0.82-1mdv2010.0.x86_64 
faac-debug-1.28-3plf2010.0.x86_64 faad2-debug-2.7-1plf2009.1.x86_64 
gcc-debug-4.4.1-4.1mnb2.x86_64 glib2.0-debug-2.22.2-2mdv2010.0.x86_64 
glibc-debug-2.10.1-6.2mnb2.x86_64 lame-debug-3.98.2-1plf2009.0.x86_64 
libdvdcss-debug-1.2.10-2plf2010.0.x86_64 libjpeg-debug-7-5mdv2010.0.x86_64 
libx11-debug-1.2.2-2mdv2010.0.x86_64 libxau-debug-1.0.5-1mdv2010.0.x86_64 
libxrender-debug-0.9.4-5mdv2010.0.x86_64 pcre-debug-7.9-1mdv2010.0.x86_64 
(gdb) bt
#0  0x00007fa4aa5e2cad in pthread_mutex_lock () from 
#1  0x00007fa4a9a09773 in xine_list_video_output_plugins ()
    from /usr/lib64/libxine.so.1
#2  0x000000000040cc80 in list_plugins_type (xine=0x1,
     msg=0x416993 "Available video drivers:",
     list_func=0x7fa4a9a09740 <xine_list_video_output_plugins>)
     at xine_frontend.c:107
#3  0x000000000040cd57 in list_xine_plugins (fe=<value optimized out>,
     verbose=0) at xine_frontend.c:125
#4  0x0000000000412648 in main (argc=<value optimized out>,
     argv=0x7fff415c6e08) at xine_frontend_main.c:749


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