[mythtv-users] Plextor TV402U, laptops, saving power and a rebate

David Snider dsnider at thesniderpad.com
Wed Apr 25 02:43:59 UTC 2007

> So I'm interested in people's tales of how hard it was to get these things
> working:
>         The tv402u or the wintv-pvr-usb
I have the M402U.  I had a lot of trouble getting it to compile on an 
AMD64, the OSS drivers for alsa would crap out any time they would 
load.   I think it was an alsa issue, not an M402U issue, but you have 
to have the OSS layer for recording.  I was able to get them to install 
on an old laptop, so that became a slave backend with a small disk.  Of 
course since there wasn't much room, I had to come up with a way to move 
things to the master backend with more space...  I needed to use the 
patches on Gentoo bugzilla to get the drivers to compile with a recent 
kernel and recent ALSA.  See http://gentoo-wiki.com/HARDWARE_go7007 for 
more info.  I'm not sure that you use Gentoo, but the information should 
be relevant in some respects.
>         Suspend/hibernate with nvidia card
Not doing this...
>         Automatic script to move recordings when slave comes up
Here's the script I use... it's set to run in the middle of the night so 
that there is little chance that I might be watching one of the shows, 
also, it only takes things that are at least 6 hours old so *hopefully* 
there are not commercial flagging jobs or transcoding or the like running.



cd $DIR && \

for i in $(find $DIR -mmin +360|grep -v png$)
        FILE=$(basename $i)
        scp -q $i mythtv at htpc:/data/tv && \
        /usr/bin/mysql -u mythtv --password=mythtv -h chardonnay 
mythconverg -e "update recorded set hostname=\"htpc\" where 
basename=\"$FILE\";" && \
        rm $i && \
        if [ -f $i.png ]
                rm $i.png

This script runs on the slave backend through cron at 3:00 AM and copies 
the files to the master backend "htpc".  I have public key 
authentication setup for ssh so that I can scp without a password.
>         Master backend on an old 1.2ghz presario laptop.
Mine is a 1.5 GHz Pentium M.

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