[mythtv-users] MythTV Help please!

Allen Edwards allen.edwards at oldpaloalto.com
Sun Jun 15 04:46:36 UTC 2008

On Sat, Jun 14, 2008 at 9:44 PM, Allen Edwards
<allen.edwards at oldpaloalto.com> wrote:
> On Fri, Jun 13, 2008 at 11:45 PM, Depo Catcher <depocatcher at gmail.com> wrote:
>> I finally switched over to MythTV from Microsoft's Media Center and
>> having lots tons of problems!
>> I'm using Mythbuntu on an MSI Media Live PC, the wiki claimed it was
>> supported.
>> First: MythTV isn't working.  I install it from CD-Rom and it asked me
>> for the root password to MySQL, I entered that and then another screen
>> came up.  I pressed the 'Go Back' button (I needed to write something
>> down) and it went 'forward'!  I hit it again and it skipped ahead!  So
>> there is two screens of information that I didn't even get to read (plus
>> the MySQL information).  One one about a webfront end or something, I
>> don't know what the other is about.  How do I re-read these screens?
>> Where is this information stored?
>> Secondly, it loads up and I start MythTV and it says "no UPNP device".
>> Then it gives me connection options, I enter in what it created for me,
>> but can't connect.
>> Thirdly, the database on localhost is empty.  I run mythfilldatabase or
>> whatever and it errors out because the database it's there.
>> Finally, neither my remote nor the LCD display in front works.  I know
>> the hardware works because it worked under Media Center.
>> -Dean
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> I feel your pain.  I have been fighting a new install and learning as
> I go along.  I have it working, but the more I go, the more things I
> come up with the learn.    Let me share some lesions I learned.
> 1) Like the ad says, MythTV is hard.  You better need a hobby if you
> get into it.  That said, it can go easily if you take some time and go
> slow.
> 2) Sounds like  you should start over with a clean install.  You are
> getting error messages I never got.  I never recall being asked for a
> MySQL password.  I think there may be one there by default, but I
> never changed it.  Just put the disk in and do a disk wipe and start
> over.
> 3) Printout the instructions and follow them step my step.  I don't
> think you can figure it out from the screens.  You can barely figure
> it out from the instructions.  I am sure someone put a lot of work
> into them but having example screens in error states was very
> confusing to me.
> 4) You may need to install special software drivers for your video
> card.  Search the web for it and you will probably find clear
> instructions.
> 5) When you search, always add mythbunty 8.04 (assuming that is what
> you are using) to your search string as the instructions for older
> releases will just frustrate you.
> 6) I have not done remote yet so cannot help there but I think the
> general stuff above will get you going.  You can use the keyboard to
> do everything so that will get you started.  In fact, I wish I had a
> wireless keyboard so I could just clone key pushes into my MX-500 and
> avoid learning about remotes.
> If  you don't need a hobby, buy a TiVO.
> Allen

I forgot, you need to subscribe to Schedules Direct to get rid of all
the error messages when you do the update.  It is free for a week so
just do it.


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