[mythtv-users] Can MythTV ignore the keyboard and only use a remote?

Robin Gilks g8ecj at gilks.org
Tue Jan 10 09:42:26 UTC 2006

> I have been investigating using MythTV, and have even installed it on my
> (FC4) system and played with the config programs. I don't yet have a TV
>   tuner card, but have a PVR 350 on order.
> I choose the PVR 350 for input and output to minimize the impact upon my
> CPU from watching TV and to allow TV viewing to be completely
> independent of my primary display. The system will run both the
> front-end and the back-end, which seems like the setup most people would
> start with. I assume the PVR 350 will do all of the heavy lifting.
> My ultimate goal is to have PVR functionality that is completely
> independent of what I am doing on the PC. For this to work I need,
> (1)live TV functionality to take minimal processor load, and (2)MythTV
> to only use the remote control for input and completely ignore the
> system's keyboard and mouse.
> Is this possible? I have done google searches and read from the MythTV
> howto, but still not found my answer.
> PS.
> Thanks to developers that make everything possible.

I take it that this is the only PC you will be using? Anyway, the
recording part of Mythtv is handled by the 'backend' and the display
(selecting what to record, playing it back etc) is handled by a seperate
'frontend' program. Note that only the frontend takes user input, be it
from keyboard or remote control.

This means you can keep the backend part of mythtv running in the
background all the time and only fire up the frontend to select what to
record and to view previously recorded shows. The backend uses the pvr350
encoder section to grab the shows and put them onto disk. The frontend
uses the decoder section out to the TV for displaying stuff. Whilst its
doing that, there is no reason why you shouldn't run other (normal PC)
stuff in another virtual screen.

Robin Gilks

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