[mythtv-users] MythTV as a Gift (Hardware Recommendations)

Henrik Beckman henrik.list at gmail.com
Sat Jan 12 09:36:16 UTC 2008

Iīd use mythwelcome and start mythfrontend from there, set idle shutdown
timer to 5 minutes or so in welcome.
Mythwelcome can easily be autostarted in gnome, donīt forget to use
Only downside tho this is that I get to se popups about new updates for a
minute or two, but itīs probably a no brainer to disable.

As for autostarting the backend, that is not in any way distro related, itīs
done by a simple init script.
Also Iīd use ACPI timer for the machine to wakeup in time for a recording,
10-30 minutes ahead depending on disk size should be enough for fsck, then
padd the recording time with a few minutes. Shutdown after recordings should
be set to atleast 10 minutes, this gives it time to do some comdetection.


On Jan 11, 2008 11:35 PM, R. G. Newbury <newbury at mandamus.org> wrote:

> > Michael Nguyen wrote:
> >
> >> Hey guys,
> >>
> >> So, a friend has been thinking of giving MythTV a go, but he is a pure
> >> Windows guy.  I thought I'd do something nice and build him a snazzy
> >> MythTV box since I'm quite a bit better with Linux than he is.  Since
> >> it's a gift, I'd really like to get it right the first time.  If you
> >> guys were building a dream MythTV box, what would you buy?  I want to
> >> get something pretty as well so that it looks like a real appliance (I
> >> was looking at those Shuttle cases).
> >>
> >> If you guys were building something for your mother, what would you
> get?
> You might want to check out where your buddy will be putting the box. If
> he would put it in a cupboard, or behind a credenza, then you have a
> much larger range of acceptable hardware, esp. in getting it quiet. If
> it is to go on a shelf under the TV, beside the stereo amp, then the
> Silverstone line are very nice..quiet and very 'stereo component'
> looking. Only problem is that the power led it too bright!
> As to finishing it off, I strongly suggest that you use a distro which
> allows you to start mythbackend automatically, and that you set up
> mythfrontend to start automatically. This may mean using a different
> window manager than normal. But then, a reboot will bring everything
> back to exactly what you would want for your mother..Turn it on, it
> works. (And the UPS is not necessary!).
> As to hardware, in North America, if you are going OTA, or there are
> unencrypted QAM channels, go for an HDHomeRun. You/he will quickly find
> that one tuner is NOT enough. (I have 4! PVR500 plus HdHR.)
> Geoff
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