[mythtv-users] Gee, I THOUGHT I was a linux fan.
mythtv at bronosky.com
Tue Aug 16 15:54:56 UTC 2005
Bob Weber wrote:
>Getting a clean mythtv install working is not trivial, usually. The biggest
>problem is usually the video cards. Be prepared to spend some time searching
>the archives, and wallk through the myth documentation. Also ...
>On Monday 15 August 2005 07:42 am, Richard Bronosky wrote:
>>Apparently, I've hardly ever used Linux. I once built a few servers
>>running RedHat 7.2, and I use various versions of Unix at my job.
>>(HPUX, FreeBSD, Mac OS X) But, when it came down to setting up my
>>MythTV box this weekend, I failed big time. I chose KnoppMyth for it's
>>illusion of simplicity, but was made to feel like a complete idiot.
>>Even worse1. After the initial install, I noticed it said it was testing
>>DHCP. I knew this was bad, because my router was set to do MAC address
>>filtering. I modified my router config to be wide open. (Scary, but I
>>was shooting for minimum points of failure.) I could not figure out how
>>to get the thing to retest the network config. Yes I even tried
>>mythtv-setup, but it actually starts at the step right after the net
>>config. So, I eventually gave up and reinstalled from scratch. What
>>would have been the proper thing to do?
>Can you not just add your MAC address to your router? /sbin/ifconfig should
>give you that info, assuming you have the enet driver loaded or built into
Yes I can, and I did. But the problem was upon receiving the parts from
newegg, putting them together, and booting off the KnoppMyth CD... I
had no idea what the MAC address was. Once I knew the MAC address, I
could find out how to reconfigure the KnoppMyth /Debian network
settings. It's amazing how many people have everything to say expect
for how to fix the problem. For the sake of the thread I'll say it
In KnoppMyth/Debian to configure your network connection, try calling
"pump -i eth0". It worked for me.
>>2. I now have my network working. (I know because I used a text based
>>browser to hit Yahoo.com.) But, I cannot get the DataDirect "Retrieve
>>Listings" button to do anything. (I get a new box to popup with no text
>>and a half complete progress bar. A second later it is gone.) Yes, I
>>did setup an account on labs.Zap2It.com, and add "Comcast-Dallas (for
>>30134)" (BTW, that's Georgia) to my "Current lineups". What am I doing
>>wrong here? Is there a log file somewhere I can check?
>Yes, in /var/log/mythtv, unless you changed the default settings.
Thank you. This has been most useful. The developers have done an
excellent job of making sure the logs are thorough, and useful. Thanks
>>3. I did setup my PVR-500 as 2 cards, /dev/video0 tuner0 & /dev/video1
>>tuner0, and associate my "Comcast Cable" source to each. But when I go
>>to Watch Live TV, I get a black screen. I know I'm not locked up
>>because I can Crtl+Alt+F1-F6 to get to other tty's. But to get that
>>session (tty7) back I must reboot. What am I doing wrong here? Is
>>there a log I can check?
>First verify you can use the cards normally. Try
Great idea, I'll use this tonight as I try to get the tuners working.
>to see if you get anything. You can change channels with ptune.
>>4. I tried watching a DVD from my NEC 16xDL-DVD-RW but the Xine screen
>>flashes for a second and then I'm back to the MythTV GUI. I tried
>>ripping a DVD but it keeps telling me there are no jobs. What am I
>>doing wrong here? Is there a log I can check?
>Did you try watching the DVD with xine alone? Save mythtv for last. Check the
>small things first.
No I did not, but yesterday I called "apt-get update; apt-get install
libdvdcss;" and magically now I can watch and rip DVDs. Thank you to
the many of you that aided me in this.
>>5. I did get the weather setup and working. And I added Yahoo.com to
>>my bookmarks. However I cannot figure out how to type in the search field.
>>I know this would be a long learning experience, but I didn't expect to
>>feel like an idiot. I guess know I know how my wife feels when I'm
>>trying to teach her something that I think is very simple.
>Feeling like an idiot just means there's lots of good stuff to figure out.
>Have a beer, take a break, and come back when you're ready. :-)
I did have a beer and I must admit, I lost the urge to throw the thing
out the window. Yaah to depressant drugs!
Again, thanks for taking the time to help. All I needed was a few small
victories to remind me I am still a competent problem solver.
>>Feel free to to kick, troll, and insult me, but please offer assistance
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Thank you for your time,
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