Mythtv and IR Blaster

We use a set-top-box as the video source for mythtv. And while this works perfectly fine, we have to manually make sure the right channel is set for what mythtv wants to record. This can turn out to being a pain at time, especially when multiple things are planned to be recorded on different channels. So I went and ordered a IR transmitter from irblaster.info to give mythtv the possibility to change channels itself. Since a bunch of the infos I found online were a bit out dated, here are a few tips for anyone using current versions of the software (I’ve got mythtv-backend 0.22 and lirc 0.8.4a running on […]

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Mythtv Update & New online games

Last weekend my htpc didn’t record a show it should have, turned out it couldn’t fetch EPG data anymore (and therefore didn’t know the show was running, I should have it email me if it completely runs out of EPG data). Anyway, I thought updating the system would be a good idea … fixing EPG was easy, fixing the stuff the update broke took me 2 days. The solution was easy, restore the original /etc/X11/xorg.conf since the one the update generated kinda broke GLX on my Nvidia 6200 which resulted in the wierdest problems. The Myth GUI worked partially, live TV etc. was no problem, but the menus didn’t show […]

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Vacation

Didn’t get around to posting last week since I was on vacation. So what did I do with a week full of free time? Well, first I went and bought a Wii. What can I say, I like interactive gaming 😉 The next two games on my wish list are “Zelda” and “No more Heroes”. Wii Sports is fun, but I need something with more “oompf”. Then I finished up my MythTV computer. The PC has Wifi and normal LAN, but the LAN cable is only connected when I need to transfer large amounts of data (e.g. video files). It turned out Linux was a bit stupid out-of-the-box. Ethernet Interfaces […]

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MythTV Update

Ok, here are some helpful tips for using mythbuntu in Germany: The built-in search for theaters/movies near you only works for the states. Anyone else on the world will want to download this script and fetch the information via Google (change the Google domain to something local to you in the source code) If you want to get your EPG data via the Internet, have a look at this howto. It fetches the data very quickly compared to the usual parsing scripts of xmltv. I fill the EPG database via a cronjob as soon as there are less than 4 days of data for any channel. For anyone interested, here […]

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[htpc] Graphics card

I got my new graphics card for my htpc today. It’s a low profile, passive cooled geforce 6200 from XFX. I’ll stick it into the PC this weekend and see how mythbuntu copes with it. The card in there right now has a worn out fan and is making a LOT of noise, and a replacement fan (or passive heatsink for it) would have cost more than this new card.

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Mythbuntu

Up till a few days ago I had a computer running Windows and TVedia in the living room (to record shows, time shift viewing, that kind of stuff). I finally got around to switching over to Linux and MythTv. The main reason I stuck to Windows for so long, was that I had a X-Card (hardware DivX and DVD decoder) for which there are no drivers for Linux. Well, I finally ripped that piece of hardware out of the PC, and am replacing it with a stock graphics card (passive heatsink) for video out. Anyway, here are some of my experiences with MythTv to date. Installation was easy since I […]

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