[clug] How many video cards/screens/audio cards can be run off onebox?

adam adam at alphacomplex.org
Wed Jul 5 11:15:30 GMT 2006

Antti.Roppola at brs.gov.au wrote:

>P.S. While we're on the topic, someone suggested GeexBox to me as a media player
>solution, and I'm very impressed with what a 6Mb PXE boot image can achieve. :o)
GeeXboX is pretty nice but it's a bit of a pain to have to either 
restart it or telnet in if you add a new share to a windows machine. The 
other gripe I have is mplayer's console menu should be replaced with the 
menu system they were working on until that particular developer had to 
focus on other things.

>-----Original Message-----
>From: linux-bounces+antti.roppola=brs.gov.au at lists.samba.org [mailto:linux-bounces+antti.roppola=brs.gov.au at lists.samba.org] On Behalf Of Doug Palmer
>Sent: Wednesday, 5 July 2006 12:07 PM
>To: linux at lists.samba.org
>Subject: [clug] How many video cards/screens/audio cards can be run off onebox?
>Has anybody tried this?
>My group is trying to decide between using a bunch of small MPEG decoder boxes to display composite video on a TV or decoding the MPEG streams on a computer and displaying the results on a monitor. The same for audio.
>We don't have the space for multiple systems. So we're thinking about trying to run two dual-head video cards on a single system for video and multiple sound cards.
>It seems to me that X-Windows and ALSA should handle this sensibly. But, as always, the devil is likely to be in the details. Has anyone actually tried doing anything like this? Any recommendations, horror stories or other experiences that we can draw upon?
You might want to check this page 
(http://www.c3sl.ufpr.br/multiterminal/index-en.php) on hot seating X11 
which might help you get the multiple monitors on different video cards 
The sound card trickery could probably be done by just setting the 
output device of the video player to the right device node.

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