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Offline goe

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Compatibility question
« on: February 21, 2012, 02:56:37 AM »
hi,

our company would like to test/use scala for our company-tv with about 230 client stations connected over a vpn.
We would like to keep our hardware as far as possible.
The current client-hardware consists of 3 different configurations:

1. Configuration (Windows 2000, about 75% of the Clients)
CPU: Intel Pentium 4, 2.00 GHz
RAM: 256MB
GPU: Matrox Millenium G450 DVI, 32 MB, DirectX 8.0/8.1
HDD: 40 GB
TV-Card: Win-TV Go, DVB-T Budget 1500

2. Configuration (Windows XP, about 15% of the clients)
CPU: Intel Pentium 4, 2.00 GHz
RAM: 256MB
GPU: Matrox Millenium 450 DVI, 32 MB, DirectX 9.0c
HDD: 40 GB
TV-Card: Win-TV Go, DVB-T Budget 1500


3. Configuration (Windows XP, about 10% of the clients)
CPU: Intel Core2, 1.86 GHz
RAM: 1024 MB
GPU: Nvidia Quadro NVS 285, 128 MB, DirectX 9.0c
HDD: 160 GB
TV-Card: Win-TV Go, DVB-T Budget 1500

Does anyone of you guys have experiences with older hardware configurations or can tell me if scala will run on this hardware/OS combinations?

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Re: Compatibility question
« Reply #1 on: February 21, 2012, 04:11:37 AM »
Configuration 1, i think would not work due to windows version (as i know windows 2000 is not supported). from scala: Windows 2000 is no longer supported, and the installer will not proceed. Release 5.1 and its hotfixes are the last release supported under this old operating system.
So maybe more ram could do the trick. But you have to use old version of scala 5 and you have to test the machine performance

The second one could work if you add more ram, but some tests are necessary to know how well scala playar can run on this configuration and what resolution you can use
The third would work without any  particular problem. Yes Scala does not racomand Nvida NVS graphic card, but I never had any problem with them.

Here you can find tv tuner supported by scala:
http://www.scala.com/support/enterprise-scala/technical-faqs/hardware-faq-hardware-stability-guide/what-tv-tuner-cards-are-supported-for-the-ic3-tv-tuner-ex-and-hdtv-ex

Remember that DVB-T is not supported. From rel.6 digital capture cards (hdmi or dvi-d) are supported but you have to fight against HDCP if you want to aquire DVB-T/S hi-definition signal from a decoder.
« Last Edit: February 21, 2012, 12:02:11 PM by lufo »
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Re: Compatibility question
« Reply #2 on: February 21, 2012, 03:07:08 PM »
None of the machines are "desirable".  Windows 2000 is not an option.

A Matrox Millenium G450 is not a practical card to use for stable D3D9 3D Full screen Playback.

2GB of Memory would be best.

An NVIDIA Quadro NVS285 is really below what would be considered "Appropriate" for use with Release 6.

In theory the machine could be upgraded.  However the joint cost of HW and Labor would likely be cost prohibitive.

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Re: Compatibility question
« Reply #3 on: February 28, 2012, 05:09:51 AM »
At first I want to thank you for your fast and informative responses!

Unfortunately that is exactly what we expected.

Just for your information: we now contacted a local scala reseller for a scala presentation and consulting if needed.
After that we have to make some hard decisions...

Anyways thank you for your help!