[mythtv-users] How to Upgrade from FC4 MythTV 0.17?

Fred Firestine ffluvssg1 at gmail.com
Sun Mar 4 18:52:04 UTC 2007

I have been working on this particular upgrade (from FC4 to FC6) for
over a week, and here are my thoughts:

Go through Jarod's guide and back up all the files that you modified.
Don't forget lircd files.

- Use mysqldump to backup your mythconverg database. You can restore
it after it is created on the new OS (after that step in Jarod's
guide) as follows:
1. Run mythsetup
2. Exit without entering anything
3. Restore mythconverg database using mysqldump
4. Run mythsetup and check your settings. I had to add the capture
cards and inputs, I think that's about it. All my channels, zap2it
account, etc. were preserved, as well as my program schedule and

Now, here's the bad news for me: Because I use a PVR-350 with TV out,
and I have been having a horrible time getting this to work with the
latest FC6 kernel and related modules, I am working on a downgrade. As
I said, I have been fighting with this a week, and I think that a
MythTV on the last FC4 kernel is better than a broken one on FC6.
Trust me, I have scoured the Internet and tried all the suggested
fixes. As with you, my only reason for upgrading was to get up to
date, and I have paid the price for not listening to "if it ain't
broke, don't fix it." Hopefully you will have a better experience with
your output card. At least I learned some stuff about Linux along the


On 3/4/07, Garry Cook <garrycook at gmail.com> wrote:
> I've been running MythTV for about two years now. I used Jarod's guide way
> back when to setup FC4 and MythTV 0.17. It's worked really well for me, but
> now I'm interested in an upgrade.
> There are a few new features that I'm interested in, and I've also purchased
> an LCD HDTV. I don't yet have an HD Capture card, but the output from my
> GeForce FX5200 over DVI with HDMI adapter looks like crap (red pixelation in
> the dark screen areas). I think this probably has to do with the modelines
> in xorg.conf, and I've read that the new Nvidia drivers no longer require
> this (please correct me if I'm wrong about any of this).
> So, I was hoping to get some input from folks that may be familiar with the
> process and/or have done recent upgrades. What's the best way to go about it
> without losing any of my recording, movies, or music? I'd also like to keep
> as many of my custom settings as possible.
> I started reading Jarod's guide again, but it still seems to be geared
> mainly towards building from scratch. I'll go this route if I have to, but
> again, don't want to lose any of my existing recordings, and I don't really
> have a place to store them, as my Mythbox has more storage than any of my
> other computers.
> --
> Garry
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