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Subject: [aclug-L] Re: How can I make my own Tivo
From: james l <james@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Thu, 21 Sep 2000 15:14:18 -0500
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On Thu, 21 Sep 2000, you wrote:
> My 5 year old VCR is failing on me and I need to get something to
> replace it. 
> I'm torn between a new VCR or a Tivo. A VCR is cheaper, but the Tivo is
> cooler, and adds a lot of features I'd like, but it also has some
> annoying features (not allowing you to skip commercials, not network
> connection) and then I thought what about making my own. 
> I was thinking of a machine with a MPEG Encoder/Decoder Card and I'd add
> my DVD drive and Encoder card (Creative dxr2 which has some experimental
> drivers). Then I'd need a video card with TV-out, and an IR reciever and
> remote. 

I have heard good things about the ATI All in wonder cards, for TV out, and
the Voodoo 3s with video out (AGP only  I think) are supported. I don't know
how well they work on either. 

On IR, I don't know, and is one thing I would like to do is get a WebTV
keyboard working under Linux. (I have 2 that I got to mess with, If you want
one I could sell one to you for say $2)

> Then I'd have to write my own software to control it. 

If you could get something like the web tv keyboard working, then it would be
relitively easy to do. Otherwise you would have to get into the infrared
controller and write a program.

> I tried to find some information about MPEG cards that work under linux,
> but didn't find much. 

I would check on 's hardware section, which has some things about
diferent cards, and hardware. I have found it to be helpful in the past. 

I hate it when something fails. (and my VCR that I use with my computer isn't
working now.) I will try to help if I can, and you decide to try to do it.

Hope this helps,
James L

> What do people know about these parts and such, Would it be feasible? 
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> President Air Capital Linux Users Group 
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