[mythtv-users] Frontend startup screen appears briefly then dies, possible solution

Larry J on his Dell LT larry at foxgulch.com
Mon Dec 28 13:03:27 UTC 2009

If you have a physically separate backend and a frontend connected by 
your local LAN,  and after installing your frontend and inputting in the 
backend's mysql password (found at /etc/mythtv/mysql.txt on the backend 
machine),  the frontend appears to start but then quits abruptly,  
examine   /var/log/mythtv/mythfrontend.log   on the  frontend machine.  
There you might find a note concerning time zone.  

Apparently  Mythtv considers Boise, ID, USA  and  Denver, CO, USA to be 
in different time zones.  If you tell the backend to use "Denver"  and  
the frontend to use "Boise",  the frontend won't start.   Set both to 
Boise  or both to Denver and all seems well.  At least that was my 
experience.   Technically, both are in the Mountain Time Zone.

In the default  xfce window manager, you set the time zone through 
Applications->System->Time and Date.

HTH, Larry

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