[mythtv-users] Solution: Blank Menu Items on New Fedora 7 Install

Mache Creeger mache at creeger.com
Sat Sep 1 04:48:57 UTC 2007

Just wanted to share this fix.

I reinstalled Fedora 7 on my server from scratch and included the 
most current stable release of myth. Following Jarod Wilson's 
directions to the letter, once the installation was complete, I fired 
up mythtv-setup for the first time. To my surprise all I got was a 
background, the icon, and no menu items.  The same problem occurred 
when I ran mythfrontend.

After playing around with the cursor keys I noted that the menu items 
were indeed on the screen but were invisible. To make matters worse 
the mouse was also not visible.

It turns out that the XML theme used by both these programs requires 
the Arial true type font and neither Fedora 7 nor myth supplies it in 
their respective base installations.

I found this simple set of directions to add in a base set of true 
type fonts (which includes Ariel) to Fedora 7 and it solved the problem.

1. Open a Terminal and cd to a directory you can work in

2. Become root

3. Download the MS Core Fonts Smart Package File

wget http://corefonts.sourceforge.net/msttcorefonts-2.0-1.spec

4. Make sure that the rpm-build and cabextract packages are installed

yum install rpm-build cabextract

5. Build the Core Fonts package:

rpmbuild -ba msttcorefonts-2.0-1.spec

6. Install the Core Fonts package

rpm -Uvh /usr/src/redhat/RPMS/noarch/msttcorefonts-2.0-1.noarch.rpm

The web site I found this one was:  http://www.fedorafaq.org/#installfonts

Good luck,

-- Mache 
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