[mythtv-users] TiVo Convert Experience - HDTV Video Card Recommendation

Brian Walter blwalter at gmail.com
Tue May 15 15:05:00 UTC 2007

Jim Shank wrote:
> I tried the RPMs for MythDora by downloading and installing the md4 rpm
> mythtv-suite but still unable to scan on the HDHR, I removed the old one
> first. Is there a package for the fixes or do I have to switch to svn?
> -----Original Message-----
> From: mythtv-users-bounces at mythtv.org
> [mailto:mythtv-users-bounces at mythtv.org] On Behalf Of Brian Walter
> Sent: Tuesday, May 15, 2007 7:15 AM
> To: Discussion about mythtv
> Subject: Re: [mythtv-users] TiVo Convert Experience - HDTV Video Card
> Recommendation
> William Munson wrote:
>> Jim Shank wrote:
>>> My project is moving along nicely now. I replaced the ATI X850 with an
>>> nVidia 6200 (AGP) and things are working a lot better. I moved everything
>>> into a Silverstone LC10 case and it looks so much nicer in the
> entertainment
>>> center. I just received my HDHomeRun today and unboxed it and connected
> it
>>> up. I ran through the MythTV setup guide from the silicondust.com site
> and
>>> unfortunately I am unable to get any channels in the scanning portion. I
>>> downloaded and built the hdhomerun_config utility and it scans and
> located a
>>> bunch of channels so I know the box and antenna are fine. A quick search
> of
>>> the list shows there are some problems with the current .20 rpm I am
> using
>>> (mythtv-suite-0.20.1-156.fc6.at) and HDHR channel scan. I also ran a
>>> mythfrontend --vesion and get:
>>> 2007-05-14 14:03:01.560 Using runtime prefix = /usr
>>> 2007-05-14 14:03:01.564 DPMS is disabled.
>>> 2007-05-14 14:03:01.572 New DB connection, total: 1
>>> 2007-05-14 14:03:01.578 Connected to database 'mythconverg' at host: myth
>>> 2007-05-14 14:03:01.579 Total desktop dim: 1024x768, with 1 screen[s].
>>> 2007-05-14 14:03:01.580 Using screen 0, 1024x768 at 0,0
>>> Library API version: 0.20.20060828-4
>>> Source code version: Unknown
>>> Options compiled in:
>>>  linux release using_xvmcw using_lmsensors using_v4l using_oss using_alsa
>>> using_arts using_jack using_ivtv using_firewire using_dbox2 using_hdhr
>>> using_ip_rec using_freebox using_live using_lirc using_joystick_menu
>>> using_dvb using_x11 using_xv using_xrandr using_xvmc using_xvmc_vld
>>> using_opengl_vsync using_opengl using_frontend using_backend
>>> using_bindings_perl
>>> I need to know if it's time to take the plunge and say farewell to my
> good
>>> friend yum and hello to svn. It just kills me to feel like I am starting
>>> over again when everything except the HDHR setup is working. It looks
> like
>>> the wiki at http://www.mythtv.org/wiki/index.php/Upgrading_To_SVN has a
> good
>>> HOWTO on going to SVN. Is trunk the way to go? How does one get to "the
>>> fixes branch"? Is there a way to get the newest without abandoning the
>>> package manager? Any advice is appreciated. 
>> I would not upgrade to SVN as it has the same problems with the HDHR.  
>> Right now myth is broken and the only way to make it work is to manually 
>> edit the channels table to correct it. Royal pain in the ass.  I hope 
>> the devs get their act together soon as this is a real killer problem. 
>> When I do a scan I end up with about 30 entries in the table and none of 
>> them work.  Both the transport and the sub channel are often wrong. For 
>> most channels I have had to manually specify the values and try the 
>> channel to see if they work and when it does not, try the next higher or 
>> lower value over and over until it finally is happy. I still have 3 
>> channels that will not play under myth but play fine under the HDHR 
>> config program in windows.
>> PS - I am running SVN and was thinking about dropping back to 0.20-fixes 
>> but hate to lose all the info in my database with the required drop and 
>> reload of the mc.sql file. On one bright note, your message told me that 
>> the patches made by Jarod did not fix the problem and removed the 
>> temptation to go back.
>> Good luck,
>> Bill
> FYI - as of a week ago this past Sunday, I tried the RPM's with the same 
> result - broken HDHR.  I then went to the 20-fixes, which seems to scan 
> okay.  I've not been on SVN trunk for awhile, so, not sure what the 
> status of the HDHR stuff is there.
> Brian
> _______________________________________________
I never tried the MythDora packages - I just went straight from rpm to 

It's relatively straight forward - follow the HOWTO to remove the rpm 
packages - install the dependencies - then, instead of the SVN path 
given in the HOWTO, use these instead:

svn co http://svn.mythtv.org/svn/branches/release-0-20-fixes/mythtv
svn co http://svn.mythtv.org/svn/branches/release-0-20-fixes/mythplugins
svn co http://svn.mythtv.org/svn/branches/release-0-20-fixes/myththemes

Then resume following the HOWTO - his scripts for running configure are 
useful :)

Also, make sure you do the qmake after each run of configure - that's 
kinda vague in the howto sometimes - the only argument is the 
PREFIX=<install path>

I did run into an issue when building the frontend that it *appeared* 
not to hear the install path (I gave it one - it installed there, but, 
mythfrontend said it was using another, and refused to work) so I just 
re-did it with the path that the code seemed to want *shrug*.

Hope that helps.


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