Awesome performance from TiVo

Discussion in 'TiVo Series 1 - UK' started by spitfires, Mar 23, 2011.

  1. spitfires

    spitfires wassock

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    Is your W7 doodah multimedia toy running slow? Can't get Myth to run on less than a 1.2GHz processor with 1GB memory?

    Just compare your PC spec against the TiVo's:

    Code:
     ------- System Info --------
     Processor speed = 50 MHz
     Bus speed       = 25 MHz
     Amount of DRAM  = 16 MBytes
    Yes you read that correctly 50 MHz and 16 MB ram.

    That's 0.05 GHz and 0.016 GB ram. :eek:
     
  2. mikerr

    mikerr TiVoCentral.co.uk

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    Yep, the beauty of having an MPEG encoder & decoder done in hardware means
    the CPU isn't involved in video at all - all it is doing is putting up some menus and scheduling.
     
  3. tonywalk

    tonywalk New Member

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    <pedant>

    Thats actually 16/1024 not 16/1000

    </pedant

    :D:D:D:D:D
     
  4. spitfires

    spitfires wassock

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    Oi pack it in! :D

    p.s. Actually it's (16 *1.024) / 1024 which err equals 0.016 ;)
     
  5. unitron

    unitron Well-Known Member

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    Yeah, but there's two extra places on the motherboard to solder on another whopping 16MB of RAM!

    They think of everything!

    (except making that hunk o' junk internal modem a quickly changed out module):(
     
  6. TCM2007

    TCM2007 New Member

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    16MB? Luxury. My first PC had 640K. You had to program things properly in those days.
     
  7. spitfires

    spitfires wassock

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    ^ aye them were the days.
     
  8. irrelevant

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    The first computer I was writing programs on had only 1K of RAM ... Now those you had to be careful with memory usage on..
     
  9. LarryDavid

    LarryDavid New Member

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    I guess I was privileged then with the whopping 3k on my VIC-20. Until I bought the mega 16K expansion pack that is.
     
  10. TCM2007

    TCM2007 New Member

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    Tell that to the kids today, and you know what? They won't believe you.
     
  11. tivofromdayone

    tivofromdayone Tivo inc Barstewards

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    the average pc icon has more memory used than some of the games we used to play back in the day. We were having just such a conversation yesterday. Mother was playing a game on an ipod touch, stepdad was talking about pong. Fired the old iphone up and showed him pong on the phone. He was impressed. but when we ran 'jet set willy' on the spectrum emulator he was blown away. Funny old world.

    The processing power we have today is always taken for granted. Only the oldies have any real experience of how much things have changed in the last 30 years).

    By the way, has aybody watched the film 'micro men'? for any of you old enough to have used spectrums and BBC model B/electrons, its a brilliant (if dramatised) watch
     
  12. LarryDavid

    LarryDavid New Member

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    Sounds interesting, is it available for legit download anywhere?
     
  13. tivofromdayone

    tivofromdayone Tivo inc Barstewards

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    no idea. I watched it at a friends house. never thought to ask if it was legit or not

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b00n5b92
     
  14. Trinitron

    Trinitron New Member

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    Are any BBC programmes available for legitimate download outside of iPlayer?

    FWIW, UKNova have copies.
     
  15. Ian_m

    Ian_m Active Member

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    Also available on thebox.bz in SD and HD, so a friend of mine says...:D
     
  16. hatchejd

    hatchejd New Member

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    "No-one will ever need more than 640k of RAM" - Bill Gates, 1981
     
  17. TIVO_YORK99

    TIVO_YORK99 Member

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    I thought that was an urban myth, I've certainly read an interview with him where he totally denies ever saying that.
     
  18. djqster

    djqster New Member

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    Probably it was a myth. But most microcomputers at the time could only even address 64k never mind actually have that much. So the 640k figure of ten times your rivals' total address space looked like a nice round number at the time.
     
  19. Ian_m

    Ian_m Active Member

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    The urban myth is repeated...IBM set the 640k limit (0xA0000 was address of CGA memory).
     
  20. TCM2007

    TCM2007 New Member

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    Hencethe joys of expanded/extended memory and special drivers to shift things into "high" memory.

    Never really goes away though as a problem - stick two 2Gb sticks into a Win7 32-bit computer and you'll still only get 3Gb-odd usable.
     

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