[mythtv-users] Nebie here...

Dave Packham dpackham at caos.utah.edu
Thu Dec 2 22:52:04 UTC 2004

I too was a DishPlayer user.  I switched to myth and I still use the
same DishPlayer remote... 0% learning curve for the Wife and kids.

My Suggestion is to start with Knopmyth and go from there... Don't
disconnect your Dish until you get it working.  (that will keep the
family happy) and buy you time to tinker and learn.  This list is a
great help

Dave P 

-----Original Message-----
From: mythtv-users-bounces at mythtv.org
[mailto:mythtv-users-bounces at mythtv.org] On Behalf Of jlartz
Sent: Thursday, December 02, 2004 3:01 PM
To: Discussion about mythtv
Subject: [mythtv-users] Nebie here... 

Hi guys,

  First of all, please have mercy on this MythTV Newbie...

  I'm a happy DishPlayer 7100 PVR user and I read a blurb about 'MythTV'
in the dishrip group and thought I'd check it out.  All I can say is
It's amazing what you guys have collectively put together!!!   So, I'd
to get started building a system, and as chance would have it, I've
already got most (if not all) of the hardware necessary to build a
MythTV system. 
(Hauppauge PVR-350, Athlon XP 1800, 512 ram, Matrox Millennium G450 Dual
Head, 120GB HDD, DVD +/-R/RW, etc.)

  But here's where the trouble comes in -- I've got very little
experience with Linux to date.  I'm highly technical, and quite
proficient on PC Hardware and the Windows side of the world, but very
little exposure to Linux.  I'm no stranger to command-line interfaces (I
work with mainframe systems that are all 'cli' based), so that aspect of
Linux doesn't bother me at all.  It's just all the 'little'
Linux-specific commands and stuff that you're supposed to know before
attempting something like this that bothers me...

  With that in mind, is it even possible for me to put this together
without having to have somebody 'hold my hand' through the whole
process???  Is it a really complex procedure (that it seems to be), or
is there a simple step-by-step guide of what to do that even a monkey
could follow?  (Not that I'm a monkey, but when it comes to Unix/Linux,
my exposure has only been about 99% just using it, from a shell prompt,
and not 
installing/compiling/configuring it.)   Are there any ISO images that I
download to get started?

  I guessing that many of my questions may be answered in the archives,
but I haven't been able to find out how to search them like I can do
with the Yahoo or Google news groups...  Is there one?

  Sorry for the long post, and thanks in advance for your replies...
You can email me directly if you want (my address is indeed real).


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