[mythtv-users] How To: Hack a network DVD-player to a fullfledged Mythfrontend

Piers Kittel mythtv at biased.org
Tue Dec 27 11:44:15 EST 2005

I've got an frontend set up to network boot - it doesn't have any hard 
drive or CF card.  Seems to work well - only if you know how to :)

A good starting point is http://netboot.sourceforge.net/

Basically it involves getting the computer to download an image either 
via the BIOS or a floppy drive - boot from floppy - then mount the NFS 
drive as root filesystem then go from there.

For your situation, the 4MB flash might be enough to contain a kernel 
that will mount a NFS drive as a root filesystem (kernel will need to be 
compiled to be able to mount NFS drives as root filesystems).  If 
netboot is possible, that might be the way to go for you.

Good luck!

Cheers - Piers

Foo Bar wrote:
> While 4MB is enough for linux, you need X and myth as well...
> A possible workaround is mounting shares over the network with NFS,
> although it will probably be a PITA to set up...
> On 12/26/05, belcampo <belcampo at zonnet.nl> wrote:
>>Hi all,
>>No solution, but assistance needed. I do have a Snazio Network DVD-player HD
>>capable. It's based on a 166MHz based ARM CPU with 64MB and 4MB Flash-memory.
>>Some hacks are done on Linksys NSLU2, see
>>http://linuxdevices.com/news/NS6152296875.html and Linksys wrt54g at
>>I believe the IODATA en Momitsu and Buffallo devices share the same hardware.
>>It would be the ultimate I think/believe/hope Mythfrontend.
>>Henk Schoneveld
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