[mythtv-users] mythtv newcomer.. need help setting up live tv

Evan Burrows eburrows at gmail.com
Wed Oct 20 18:18:25 UTC 2004

I appologize to everyone for looking nieve I am just new to this stuff
and i appreciate the help that you guys are giving me.

I'm afraid the term "coax cable" is so vague it's meaningless.
What is that "coax cable"? Is it composite video, modulated RF
with NTSC on channel 3, analog audio, digital audio, what?

I know nothing about this stuff, i just started this project because i
had an extra p4 system lying around and have heard great things about
mythtv.  I have no idea how digital cable works i was just saying that
by coax i meant the coax cable that came out of the digital cable jack
in the wall of my apartment.  It means nothing more becuase i don't
know what is sent over that medium.

Ok so just to recap this is what i am going to do when i get home.

Now that we have come to the conclusion that tuner cards don't help me
since i have digital cable I am going to do the following.
I am going to connect a "coax cable" from my digital cable jack to a
splitter. That splitter will then run cable directly to my tv (hoping
that I get at least some channels without going through the cable
box), the other will go to the cable box.  I will connect the cable
box to my myth box via svideo cables.

so now (assuming this works) I will be able to watch regular analog
channels directly on my tv and watch all channels through my cable
box. In order to get X running on on my tv what do i need to connect
in terms of cables (from what to what)?

david I have been using Jarods guide and have been following each step
for fedora core 2.

>No.  You can use the TV-out when watching recordings or when
>watching the S-video signal from the cable-box (I assume it has
>S-video out).

Yes my cable box has svideo out.  So now one svideo cable will be
connected to my myth box and i will use that svideo connection as my
input connection.  At this point nothing is connecting my cable box to
my tv.. so to view anything on the tv from my myth box I just have to
connect another svideo cable from the cable box to the tv.  So the
pvr-350 tvout will go to cable box and then from the cable box it will
be connected to the tv so all i would have to do is set my tv to AV1
(for example) to watch that stuff or channel 3 and above to view the
analog channels that my tv picks up from being directly connected to
the digital cable jack on my wall.

thanks again for your help guys

On Wed, 20 Oct 2004 13:11:02 -0400, David George <david at thegeorges.us> wrote:
> This is a simplification written in lay terms so that the intended
> person can understand it.  Please don't nitpick my answers ;-)
> On 10/20/2004 12:30 PM, Evan Burrows wrote:
> >maybe i am going about this wrong.  When i orignally read the
> >hauppauge site about hte pvr-350 i don't remember seeing anything
> >about it being just an analog tuner.
> >
> It is only an analog tuner.
> >  So now i am really confused.
> >Since i have COX digital cable does that mean that I wasted $170?
> >
> Not necessarily.  See below.
> > Or
> >does that mean i just can't use the tuner on the card? Or neither?
> >
> >
> Most cable companies (that I have experience with anyway) broadcast
> analog up to about channel 60 or so.  The bandwidth above channel 60 (or
> so) is then used to provide the digital channels that you need a cable
> box in order to watch (simply speaking).  Probably the easiest way to
> test this is to plug the cable directly into a TV and see what cable
> channels you can receive.  These should then be the same channels you
> can receive using the PVR-350 tuner.  If you wish to record the digital
> cable channels you will need to connect the audio/video cables from the
> cable box to the PVR-350.  Doing this you will also need an IR blaster
> or some other means for MythTV to change the channel on the cable box.
> >Right now like i said i have coax cable going directly to my pvr-350
> >card.  So if what Tim said was correct then it would explain why i am
> >not seeing anything on my computer monitor.  I am going to try going
> >from my cable outlet to cable box to myth box and see if that works.
> >If it doesn't then that would pretty much mean sthat i can't use the
> >tuner.  I can still go cable outlet to cable box to tv and then from
> >my tv to the myth box using the included cables that came with the
> >pvr-350 card though right? So i will still be able to watch tv on my
> >tv just now my computer.  This was my end goal anyways i just figured
> >it would be easier to try on my computer first before i started
> >messing with everything else.
> >
> >
> I haven't been following this thread.  Has anyone asked to post your
> ivtv version and modprobe.conf?  If not, please do so.  It may be
> misconfigured.  Also, did you follow Jarod's guide
> http://wilsonet.com/mythtv/fcmyth.php to get your system setup?
> --
> David
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