[mythtv-users] Myth TV BE on VM Ware?

Bill Arlofski waa-mythtv at revpol.com
Thu Dec 28 17:00:31 UTC 2006

Graham Milne wrote:
> Hello Everyone,
> I've been watching the posts on this discussion lists for a while.  It is
> good to see such a layer of support from the community.  Here's my dilemma.
> I have a nice shiny new computer which I would love to make into a MythTV
> BE:
> Intel Core 2 Duo, 6400
> 2G 6400 DDR2 Corsair
> 3X 250 GB SATA-2 set up in RAID 0
> 2X PVR-150
> My dilemma is that I can't dedicate this machine to Linux.  As much as I'd
> love to, Linux just can't run a few of the programs that I need to run for
> work.  So I'm stuck with WinXP Pro SP2.  My thought was that maybe I could
> use VM Ware to host a Linux subsystem to support MythTV BE.  In theory,
> this
> should work.  My concern is that VM Ware will not recognize the tuner cards
> and make them available to the hosted Linux.  Has anyone out there tried
> this?  I have a copy of the new VM Ware 6 Beta which I plan on testing
> with.
> I searched the how-to's, and Google.  Google came up with a bunch of hits,
> but all of them were talking about Myth FE.  I'm planning a separate "low
> power" box for the front end. (Celeron with 512MB of RAM and nVidia 6600,
> running native Linux).
> Any ideas would be great.
> Thank you,
> Graham.

Hi Graham,

VMWare can not make your "actual" PCI hardware devices available to the
GUEST OSes so using Windows as the HOST for VMWare and linux as your
GUEST for the MythTV Backend will not work.

Someone else suggested that you run Linux as the HOST OS and WinXP as a

This seems like it would be the only way for you to accomplish the
things that you want:

 1. Run a MythTV backend on your shiny new machine
 2. Run Windows Xp for some things you require
 3. Do this all at the same time

Bill Arlofski
Reverse Polarity

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