[mythtv-users] New installation - worked for a while then no more

Joseph Fry joe at thefrys.com
Fri Nov 9 15:32:03 UTC 2012

> I'm trying out MythTV for the first time. I built a new machine with a
> Celeron G530 2.40GHz Socket 1155 on a
> Gigabyte GA-H61M-S2PV H61 m/b. I'm using a TBS TBS6981 PCI-E DVB-S2 Dual
> Tuner Satellite TV card and a SSD. Using the on-board graphics via an HDMI
> cable to the TV.
> First time I installed mythbuntu (downloaded the latest version) I went
> through building the drivers and setting everything up and eventually when
> I clicked on Watch TV I got a picture, a good one. I was able to change
> channels although I didn't try recording and playback. Then I was trying to
> get the remote to work, eventually gave up on the TBS one and tried
> mythmote on my phone. After failing to get that working also I tried
> watching TV again and all I got when I clicked on Watch TV was 'Please
> Wait...' flashed briefly on the screen and then it went back to the front
> end. I went through and tried to see what I could have messed up, but still
> nothing.
> So, I reinstalled mythbuntu and started from scratch, not bothering with
> any of the remote control stuff. Still can't Watch TV!
> Any suggestions gratefully received, before I go out and buy Windows Media
> Centre Edition!

First of all... MythTV requires some love... often so much so when your
first getting started that your spouse/girlfriend (if you have one) may get
a bit jealous.  Do not give up the first time you hit a hurdle, or the
second, or third... if you have some patience you will get over them and
the end result will be miles ahead of Windows MCE.

The first thing your going to want/need to know is how to figure out what
is happening/not happening on your system by reviewing log files.  Some
basic logging information can be found in /var/log/mythtv... you should
find a mythfrontend.log and a mythbackend.log.  Review these logs to see if
you see any errors or other indications about what is going on.  Post
relevant snippets, or upload entire logs to somewhere like pastebin.com and
link to them in your emails.  There are ways to increase verbosity of the
logs if necessary, but the basic logs should provide enough information to
determine if it is necessary and what needs to be looked at so I'd start
there and let whoever helps you request more detail if necessary.

The people on this list really do want to help, but without more
information its hard to know what to tell you.  Review
http://www.mythtv.org/wiki/Mailing_List_etiquette for some helpful tips on
how to be successful using this mailing list.
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