[mythtv-users] Nebie here...

Lane Schwartz dowobeha at gmail.com
Thu Dec 2 22:50:29 UTC 2004

On Thu, 2 Dec 2004 16:01:00 -0600, jlartz <junk_inbox at comcast.net> wrote:
> 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 "WOW!"...
> It's amazing what you guys have collectively put together!!!   So, I'd love
> 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 can
> 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).
> Jeff

Welcome! It's great to have new people.

I would recommend Jarod's guide at http://wilsonet.com/mythtv/fcmyth.php

It takes you through, step by step, what you need to do. KnoppMyth is
also a good option, but if you don't have any Linux experience, I
think that Jarod's guide is probably a better place to start.

There is an excellent search interface to this mailing list. It is at
the following address:


I'd also recommend looking through the Myth documentation if you
haven't already. It's at http://mythtv.org/docs/mythtv-HOWTO.html

Let us know if you have other questions.


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