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Thursday, February 16, 2006

MythTV six months later

Well, just as I predicted it's been six months and I decided I should give an update. I placed an order for this hardware on 08/12/2006. I've been tinkering with it off & on and learning tons about Linux, which I now realize I knew nothing about to start with. After this discovery, I decided to go with the KnoppMyth distro. It is not EASY, but I do think it is the best for a learning noob.

So why did it take so long?

Well, I didn't know enough to realize that I had a half dead tuner card that what causing lockups and all sorts of other problems. The Hauppauge PVR-500 that I ordered has 2 analog tuners and a PCI bridge on a single PCI card. One of the tuners was dead. (Apparently they are like light bulbs in that they don't handle kinetic shock very well. So with shipping...) And, thanks to my virtuous humility, I assume that if there is a problem it's my error not the hardware.

Once I got my new tuner RMA'd from Hauppauge (Great company to deal with, by the way!) I realized that my hardware choices where very good and that I have a Tier 1 KnoppMyth setup which means, you put the hardware together and clean install from the CD and it just works. Of course there are other issues, like getting the signal sent to your TV to look the way you want, over coming overscan, and telling it not to use 5.1 audio output since I am only using my TV speakers. But I'm very excited about the possibilities I've uncovered.

MythTV To Do List (Hollow bullets are incomplete.)

  • Assemble hardware

  • Register at

  • Install KnoppMyth

  • Install Vim, ncftp, Firefox, and Thunderbird

  • Configure modelines

  • Adjust MythTV UI setting to overcome overscan

  • Install libdvdcss for DVD playback

  • Fix DVD import bug

  • Get remote to work

    • Learn how USB devices mount

    • Override USB IR reciever HID interface.

    • Custom map USB event to key presses.

    • Configure lirc

  • Configure framebuffer to overcome console overscan

    • Learn fbset

    • Learn lilo

    • Modify lilo.conf to use proper framebuffer configuration

  • Tweak modelines to get 1:1 pixel mapping

1 comment:

  1. Remove NOSPAM, replace at and dot for email


    I'm about to hit exactually the same situation with the HID remote.
    I've had partial success running lirc over the top of /dev/input.
    I wrote a longer message, but it got lost.
    Could you drop me a line at that email? I'd be interested in some exchange of knowledge! :)





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Believe it or not, I've never been to jail. Not even for a night. I quit going to bars by the time my fake ID was unnecessary, and I quit hacking into businesses and governments once they started paying me.

Now I just provide for my family and try not to notice politics. I get too angry when I watch how much of my income is taken from me, how it is used, and who is doing it. For the same reason, I can't bear to acknowledge celebrities.

After high school, I went to U of K but the outdated computer engineering curriculum and the seemingly endless amounts of money to be made with my internet specific skills drew me to larger tech markets. I have worked in Silicon Valley, New York City, and have settled in Atlanta.