[mythtv-users] Newbie: A few questions
Michael T. Dean
mtdean at thirdcontact.com
Wed May 18 10:27:30 UTC 2005
On 05/15/05 22:38, Michael Tiller wrote:
> 1) I've been using the IR port on my PVR-150. It worked great with
> the Hauppauge remote but then I came to find out (after spending way
> too much time on this) that it only understand "RC-5" remotes. I was
> hoping to use my TiVo remote for this machine. What is the cheapest
> way to put in an IR port that will work with the TiVo remote?
Depends whether you consider your time cheap. Cheapest in terms of
dollars is probably http://lirc.org/receivers.html . Cheapest in terms
of time would be a solution like a) a wireless keyboard, b) a USB remote
(possibly RF, like the ATI Remote Wonder or X10 Lola) using either
kernel "keyboard" drivers or LIRC, c) a commercial receiver like IRTrans
( http://www.irtrans.de/ ) or d) a ready-made LIRC homebrew receiver (
> 2) I have a PVR-150 and an old WinTV card (bttv drivers). Picture is
> pretty bad on the WinTV card even though both tuners are getting the
> same signal. Is there anything I can do to try and punch up the
> signal quality for bttv?
It's more likely the quality of the capture card (since you're getting a
good picture on the PVR-x50). Replacing the BTTV card with a PVR-x50
would probably give you good results. If you really want to spend time
on the frame grabber, check out
http://www.gossamer-threads.com/lists/ivtv/devel/17953#17953 for some
approaches to consider for cleaning up your signal (although I wrote it
about a system using PVR-250's, the same info applies to other cards).
> 4) On the TiVo, it is constantly keeping the ring buffer filled. This
> is kinda nice. Is there any option for this in MythTV?
And here I see this as a benefit of Myth over the TiVo... (Why would I
want to waste power/cycles/whatever recording the channel my tuner
happens to be on when my MythTV records every TV show I might possibly
want to watch, so I have enough recorded programs that I *never* watch
LiveTV?) Chances are, once you get your recording rules set up
properly, you won't miss this feature.
> 5) I read somewhere that MythTV should be smart about DPMS stuff. It
> would be nice if it was at a menu if it could go into powersafe mode
> (but obviously I don't want it doing that while it is playing). Is
> there a way to do this?
You can use the EXEC action to execute an external command. Therefore,
if you set up a script to put your system in the mode you desire (i.e.
with xset, hdparm, etc.), you simply add a button to the menu to call
> 7) I've created a couple of recording groups. But I haven't been able
> to find a way to organize recorded programs by these groups under
> "Watch Recordings".
Set the recording group on the recording rule. If you have recordings
you would like to move into a group, press "Info", select "Recording
Options", then "Change Recording Group". To sort by group, press
"Menu", and select either "Change Group Filter" or "Change Group View"
> 10) When I pause, it would be nice if either play or pause caused it
> to start again. It is a bit odd that play causes it to mark the position.
The default key mappings use "P" for the Play/Pause toggle (i.e. one key
for one action), and mark position is "Select" (either "Enter" or
"Space"--assuming you've chosen "Alternate Clear Saved Position" in TV
Therefore, it sounds like your remote configuration maps the play button
to "Select"--which causes the selected video to play in the PlaybackBox
but not when playing a video. Usually this is done for remotes that
don't have buttons to waste (i.e. mapping both the play and pause
buttons to the letter "P"). So, either change your remote configuration
(and lose a button since two will send the same command) or learn to use
the remote the way you have it mapped.
> Well, that is probably enough for now (although I'm sure I could
> easily think of 10 more questions). I apologize in advance if you
> don't think I've RTFM but really, I've waded through quite a bit.
> Thanks for any help.
Sounds like you've done some homework. :)
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