[mythtv-users] Front End suggestions/help?

Kichigai Mentat kichigai at comcast.net
Fri Dec 23 23:46:59 EST 2005

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On Dec 23, 2005, at 21.48, Matt Harris wrote:

> 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.
Well, I'm not sure I'd like that whole "using an older version of the  
backend" idea. I had enough annoyance getting my current back-end to  
work. I am planning only Standard Def right now, so I'm not concerned  
about that. As far as case and solution goes, I have no plans to use  
anything other than my XBox as a front-end. It fits nicely next to  
the VCR, and it already has a remote (no extra hardware to buy!)
> 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.
Cool. That's one of my main concerns. I used XBMC for ages with the  
controller, and personally had no problems, but I know that if I'm  
going to get the family to accept this project in their daily lives,  
the remote would probably be important.
> 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.
Well, the XBox I'm working on now is not a dedicated machine, but  
once I figure out how to make this one work, I plan to get a second  
XBox exclusively for MythTV front-end duty.
> If it helps, I might be able to make a file system dump or a big  
> tarball of my xbox frontend for you.
I suppose it could help, but I'm not sure it would. I'm assuming that  
your XBox is hardmodded, and you've replaced the entire contents of  
the hard disk. As such, it would be useless to me, as I have a  
softmodded XBox.
For now, though, I think I'm going to try to build MythTV from scratch.
> -Matt
> 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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