[CentOS] MythTV on Centos 4
Scot L. Harris
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Mon Sep 26 20:55:57 UTC 2005
On Mon, 2005-09-26 at 16:29, Kirk Bocek wrote:
> Scot L. Harris wrote:
> Groovy! I also found several detailed instructions on getting X running on the 350.
> Now I can say bye-bye to the Radeon 7000 and just use the VGA that's onboard the
> motherboard during setup. That'll leave another slot for capture cards. UPS just
> showed up with my PVR-350...
This is exactly what I am doing with the new slave backend system. The
ECS board has built in VGA which is what I am using during setup. By
next week this box will be using the PVR-350 for all output. But I
wanted to try and test the DVD first. :)
> > I have not worked with the DVD much yet. On my todo list. :) I have
> > read where it should be possible to run xine out the PVR-350 but it is
> > not clear to me if the quality is going to be acceptable. Until then I
> > use the old Apex DVD player.
> I hope this works. Replacing the DVD player in the AV shelving is a primary goal for me.
Me too! The Apex player I have does not like DVD-R or +R for that
> > You want at least two so you can record two shows at once or watch live
> > TV through the mythtv box and record a show at the same time. You don't
> > have to have a capture card available to watch recordings.
> Duh! I forgot about that scenario. Note to self - plan to get another tuner.
I assume you are just connecting the cable straight from the wall to the
capture card? I find this works very well.
> > Start with one capture card to get it working. Then you can easily add
> > a second card. I installed a PVR-250 in the first box as a second
> > card. Takes just a minute or two to add it. You just run mythtv-setup
> > again and add the card and video source. The system then starts using
> > it.
> I'm glad it's that easy.
Where it got confusing was getting the capture cards in slave backends
> > I tried a PVR-500 card in the second box...
> Too bad that's not working. But since it's easy to add cards, it sounds like I can
> afford to wait until support for that card settles out.
I kept watching the list and it seemed that lots of people have it
working. It could be a hardware problem in the card I received. Have
not figured out how to test for that yet. I was able to get video and
sound going on the first tuner but the second tuner just did not work.
The system recognized both tuners but I was unable to adjust the various
settings on the second tuner using the tools provided. I found a few
people on the list reporting the same exact problem. So it may be a
driver issue which why I need to eventually try the 0.3.8 ivtv drivers.
> Right now I'm going to go with just the scenario you describe: everything on this one
> box. Already have a 'house server' in the garage providing net connection, etc. I
> hope to upgrade it at some point and make it the backend with a bunch of raided,
> hot-swap storage. Maybe do video capture too on it. Your idea to do diskless
> workstations is a good one. Might even be able to do something fanless!
That is exactly where I want to go with the frontend systems, fanless,
silent, cool. No moving parts.
Right now the big box with the four 300GB drives in it is not to bad. I
only really notice it once it finishes recording a show and runs the
commercial flagging job. The processors kick in high gear and the power
supply fan revs up. Almost sounds like it is rewinding the show. :)
> Just did the ATrpms install of mythtv-suite. That's a lot of packages! But no errors,
> thankfully. We'll see how the PVR-350 works now.
Good luck, the mythtv project has got to be one of the most useful
projects that have come out for a linux type system.
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