[mythtv-users] Front End suggestions/help?

Matt Harris hdinfo at nc.rr.com
Fri Dec 23 22:48:36 EST 2005

I too had problems with getting mythtv xbox installed & running, then I 
noticed that it required only a specific older version of xebian.  Once 
I used it with the older version, everything went fine.  Keep plugging, 
I think MythTV Xbox is the package to use.  It's older, and as such you 
also might have to use an older version of the backend until you can get 
it running enough to upgrade it.  I can't remember for sure if I had to 
do that, since it has been about 6 months since I put the xbox frontend 
together.  That being said, it is one of the best solutions if you're 
only doing standard definition IMHO, since the xbox is a nice, fairly 
attractive, quiet machine sitting in the AV rack.
There was nothing special that I remember of having to do to make the 
xbox remote work.  I do still need to change some of the buttom mappings 
to my taste, but other than that it seems that it worked right out of 
the box with the MythTV-Xbox package.

I should also say, in case it matters, that the xbox I used is a 
permanently converted xbox; it will never play xbox games again... I 
made it a dedicated linux machine.

If it helps, I might be able to make a file system dump or a big tarball 
of my xbox frontend for you.


Kichigai Mentat wrote:

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> Hello. I've recently managed to successfully set-up a MythTV box on  
> an Intel Celeron 600 MHz box, with 256 MB of RAM (I plan to expand  
> this later) and a Hauppauge PVR-150. I'm running KnoppMyth 5A26 on  
> the system. I never intended for this machine to act as both front- 
> end and back-end, so at the moment, I'm looking into using my XBox as  
> a front-end machine.
> At the moment, I have four options available to me. To some level,  
> I've attempted all of them.
> First, is the easiest: XBMC MythTV scripts. At the moment, I'm  
> hitting a brick wall with problems with the XBox communicating to the  
> MySQL server (some nondescript error). At the moment, this could make  
> a satisfactory stop-gap solution, but due to some of the limitations,  
> I'm not entirely sure this is the option I want to use in the long run.
> Second is the specialized copy of MythTV for XBox (at http:// 
> bit.blkbk.com/). However, this project seems long abandoned, and I've  
> never been able to get the install script to work quite right (even  
> with editing the required Xebian version setting).
> Third is the pre-assembled MythTV front-end Xebian disk image (http:// 
> thepiratebay.org/details.php?id=3397792). I'm having problems setting  
> it up. The self-starting mythtv-setup seems to kill X and restart  
> after I specify a language. Though, something tells me an X session  
> over SSH is the option. I'm having problems getting that to happen.  
> This option is perfectly fine for me, but I could use some help. The  
> included information was... limited.
> Fourth is installing MythTV from source. I suppose I could handle  
> this, but any tips or hints with getting the XBox remote to function  
> properly (is this even an issue at this point?) or tracking down the  
> right debs or things like that would be appreciated.
> Out of all of those, does anyone have advice or suggestions on which  
> one to go with, or how to make one of them work?
> Thanks for all your help!
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