[mythtv-users] MythTV and Hauppage HVR-950Q

Devin Heitmueller dheitmueller at kernellabs.com
Thu Sep 15 20:14:51 UTC 2011

On Thu, Sep 15, 2011 at 3:45 PM, James Cobban <webmaster at jamescobban.net> wrote:
> I am extremely frustrated trying to get MythTV to work with the Hauppage
> HVR-950Q.  As I scan the forums and mailing lists I see thousands of people
> with support issues with this product.
> I am trying to run MythTV 0.24 on Ubuntu 11.04 receiving OTA ATSC signals
> from rabbit ears.
> When I try to configure the HVR-950Q I am not given the option of scanning
> for channels.  I have tried setting after setting, and that option is NEVER
> enabled.
> When asked what type of television I am looking for I am not given the
> option of ATSC, just NTSC.  How do I tell it I want to receive the digital
> signals that are the only ones transmitted OTA in North America now.
> When I start up the front-end it complains that it cannot find the back-end
> based upon the mythtv-setup setting.  However when I look at the setting in
> the back-end setup it is as one would expect as the default.  How
> hard is it for the front-end to make that connection?
> I HATE MythTVs proprietary user interface with its refusal to cooperate with
> the window manager or respond to any standard commands.  MythTV just grabs
> the whole screen and then demands some secret incantation to release it.
> After 5 minutes of trying to find a key sequence that would shut the
> front-end down I finally gave up and pressed the power button!  I pressed
> ESC several times until a dialog popped up with a choice of No to continue
> or Yes to shut down, but I could not find any keystroke that would act on
> the Yes.  Is it too much to ask that the dialog TELL the user what
> keystrokes to use for a particular function?  Why has nobody ever thrown a
> Gtk or Kde wrapper around this abortion?
> Similarly I find it frustrating trying to maneuver through the various panes
> of the backend setup using only keystrokes that I have to guess at because
> NONE of the panels explain what keystrokes to use for what purpose.
> The HVR-950Q works when I test it under Windoze with the WinTV software that
> came with it, so the hardware is fine.
> This is just too complicated.  I should not have to be a technical genius to
> record a few TV shows!

For the record, nothing in this email has anything to do with the
HVR-950q.  He would have encountered all these same issues if he had
*any* tuner.

While I appreciate the user's frustration, these are all general
MythTV usability issues and not relevant to the tuner he happens to be


Devin J. Heitmueller - Kernel Labs

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