[mythtv-users] 0.25 upgrade - mythfrontend blank menu-page unless...

A Desai ashu.desai at gmail.com
Thu Apr 19 21:11:43 UTC 2012

On Wed, Apr 18, 2012 at 11:03 PM, Ashu Desai <ashu.desai at gmail.com> wrote:
> On Apr 18, 2012, at 10:28 PM, "Michael T. Dean" <mtdean at thirdcontact.com> wrote:
>> On 04/18/2012 10:30 PM, Frank Phillips wrote:
>>> On Wed, Apr 18, 2012 at 7:29 PM, Nick Rout wrote:
>>>> On Thu, Apr 19, 2012 at 10:48 AM, Gary Buhrmaster wrote:
>>>>> On Wed, Apr 18, 2012 at 22:18, Nick Rout wrote:
>>>>> ....
>>>>>> Why on earth are you running mythfrontend as root?
>>>>> I am not going to defend the practice(*), but depending on
>>>>> the distro, setting the permissions on (in particular)
>>>>> video and audio devices for access by a non-root user
>>>>> used to be a real challenge.  And I am pretty sure you
>>>>> can still find references on the 'net that say run as root
>>>>> (they may be obsolete references, but your search
>>>>> engine results may vary, and put them at the top of
>>>>> the list...).  I am certain some packagers used to
>>>>> have mythtv run as root (because they could not also
>>>>> package the permission changes required).  Perhaps
>>>>> some packagers still do.
>>>>> Note that changing to a non-root user after running
>>>>> as root is usually a challenging task.  Too many
>>>>> (obscure) files now have the wrong ownership or
>>>>> wrong permissions.
>>>>> Gary
>>>>> (*) I have never run mythtv as root.  I do not recommend
>>>>> it.  I strongly discourage it.  But, your system, your
>>>>> rules.
>>>> Those arguments seem to relate mainly to the backend, and yes some
>>>> distros certainly run the BE as root. I see no corresponding need for
>>>> the frontend.
>>>> I wonder whether something obscure is preventing theme from working
>>>> properly when run as root?
>>> Can someone explain how he is in a root shell and the frontend is running
>>> with a Microsoft GDI renderer?
>> Likely a VM--which is also likely the problem (having a broken video driver and/or broken access to the video card due to the VM).
>> That said, the OP should go into mythfrontend Utilities/Setup and under Appearance, change the setting:
>> Paint engine
>> This selects what MythTV uses to draw. Choosing 'Auto' is recommended, unless running on systems with broken OpenGL implementations (broken hardware or drivers or windowing systems) where only Qt works.
>> to Qt--since he's running on a system with broken drivers.
>> Mike
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> I m running a zotac atom. I got the logs via xming. How do I confirm if I have broken drivers? If so what can I do to correct?
> Ash

Thank you. Changing to "Auto" in the Paint fixed it. Sorry I didn't
think about this - started thinking big rather than focusing on



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