Hardware Requirements/Experiences with Xibo Player? Possible hardware survey?

Asked by creinhardt on 2009-07-31

I'm currently exploring the possibility of using XIbo as a bulletin board system at my local public access TV station. They have three channels each with their own unique bulletin board, and as such i'm thinking about building 3 dedicated players for each channel. I was wondering if any of you have experience specing out this sort of hardware, especially in terms of what Xibo needs.

I was thinking about using some lower power Intel Atom boards with built-in S-Video outputs (specifically this motherboard http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813121359). Do you think that would be adequate, or would it be wise to use something with a little more oomph, perhaps a Core 2 Duo? If nothing else, could some of you at least post the hardware you have running your xibo players and what your experience has been thus far? Thanks in advance for your responses, and thanks for making this excellent piece of software.

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Hi

In my experience an Atom based machine is a good choice. If you're looking for future proofing with the cross-platform client, ensure you get something with nVidia graphics in it.

I'm currently running eeeBox B202s for most of my displays, but am investigating the Acer Aspire Revo machines as they have nVidia graphics chipset onboard.

I'd avoid s-video if you possibly can, and go for VGA or HDMI as the picture quality will be so much better.

Cheers

Alex

Nate (nate-derose) said : #2

I, likewise, am using a B202 and will probably standardize on them. I am doing testing with Dell Optiplex's (Because that's what I had around as spares) but they're major overkill when the EEE does the job and costs under $300 US.

The only drawback with the B202 is that the new client won't run on it at the moment as the Intel chipset isn't up to the job.

It's something I hope the Libavg project will tackle in time though!

Cheers

Alex

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From: "Nate DeRose" <email address hidden>
Subject: Re: [Question #78765]: Hardware Requirements/Experiences with XiboPlayer? Possible hardware survey?
Date: 4th August 2009
Time: 2:11:37 pm

Question #78765 on Xibo changed:
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Nate DeRose proposed the following answer:
I, likewise, am using a B202 and will probably standardize on them. I
am doing testing with Dell Optiplex's (Because that's what I had around
as spares) but they're major overkill when the EEE does the job and
costs under $300 US.

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Nate (nate-derose) said : #4

Which version of client? I'm running 1.0.2 on the B202 I've got....

The next generation cross-platform client.

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Date: 4th August 2009
Time: 2:33:13 pm

Question #78765 on Xibo changed:
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Nate DeRose proposed the following answer:
Which version of client? I'm running 1.0.2 on the B202 I've got....

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stef (stephane-quimpere) said : #6

Like Alex said, keep away from s-video if you can. Because down the line, the station has to do a bit more processing through other boxes to push them down the cable signal on specific channels, you'd want the best quality at the source...
It depends on their hardware too... if they don't have any VGA/DVI/HDMI inputs on their hardware, doubting it's the case nowadays though.

Unfortunately S-video/composite is all the station can handle, I could use scan converters to convert from vga to composite/S, but the cost would probably be too prohibitive. Is there any sort of documentation with regard to the requirements for the new cross-platform client? If i'm building a test box i'd like to at least make sure that if would be compatible with future versions.

In that case, you need something with nVidia graphics ideally. You'll get more joy asking for exact specs on hardware over on the libavg mailing list - as they have alot more experience with what graphics cards will and won't work. I'm assuming here that OpenGL accellerated graphics will work on the svideo port of a graphics card - it's not something I've ever tested.

An Intel Atom is powerful enough - but clearly the more processing power and ram the better.

Cheers

Alex

Nate (nate-derose) said : #9

What's the limitation with the intel chipset? I'm concerned I'm going to have to drop the eee box, which has been a very elegant (not to mention cheap) solution.

You're best asking over at the libavg project. Basically whenever I try and get it running on Windows or Linux against an Intel chipset, it doesn't work. Their notes say they "develop with nVidia and that ATI cards should work too, but that Intel almost certainly won't (patches welcome!)."

I know the Acer Aspire Revo isn't available in the US yet, but once it is, it's cheaper than an eeeBox, has more RAM and better connectivity - so for me it's a nobrainer. It also has a nVidia Geforce 9400 in it, so it's capable of playing back HD video over its HDMI port full screen.

I'd love to get it running on an eeeBox, as we have some here. It's a case of persuading the folk over at libavg that it's worth their while to fix whatever the problem is - be it libavg, or I suspect is more likely the case, the driver implementation Intel have.

Alex

Nate:
I've got to email Uli shortly about adding webpage support, so I'll ask then what the problem is and what's involved in fixing it.

Cheers

Alex

Nate (nate-derose) said : #12

Thanks, Alex! Also, the Acer looks pretty cool. Can't wait for the U.S. release.

Chris (creinhardt) said : #13

Thanks for the responses guys, for now I'm going to stick with a box based on the Intel BOXD945GCLF2 motherboard. When the cross-platform client comes out, I should be able to get a PCI Graphics card with an Nvidia 9400 chipset in it, which from what I've read is compatible with libavg (something like this, just for reference http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814187057) Thanks again for the help, and continued luck with your excellent project!

jamesfed (jamesfed) said : #14

If your an AMD freek (like me) you may want to try one of these-
http://linitx.com/viewproduct.php?prodid=12336

All you need is a CPU, RAM, HDD and OS - the ATI HD3200 graphics core has been playing smooth 720p HD video (it could probably do 1080p as well) and the bundle includes a wall mounting bracket.

Theres a few Intel ATOM version as well.

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