[mythtv] Dual (simultaneous) use of MythTV box
Joseph A. Caputo
jcaputo1 at comcast.net
Tue Mar 25 17:44:42 EST 2003
Assuming you're using irxevent to process the LIRC commands, I would think
all that would be necessary to setup a single X server with 2 displays,
either host:0.0 & host:0.1, or host:0 & host:1 (depending on whether you're
using Xinerama or something like NVidia's TwinView). As long as irxevent is
started with the appropriate DISPLAY environment variable, I would think it
would only direct keypress events to that display. Then it's simply a
matter of making sure that your VGA display is the "primary" one for desktop
Or am I way off base? It seems that running two X servers is overly
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> Subject: Re: [mythtv] Dual (simultaneous) use of MythTV box
> As long as you have 2 copies of X running then they will be independent.
> Each will have the option of having a mouse and/or keyboard and/or
> If you really have only 2 "screens" under one copy of X then as far as I
> know they will simply share mouse/keyboard/lircd resources.
> As long as you have the RAM and configured hw then 2 copies of X should
> not be a problem. I have done it occasionally. For my use, I have PS/2
> keyboard/mouse for one copy of X and have used USB for the other copy.
> For you, the wife copy shouldn't have a keyboard/mouse since you will be
> using lircd. I haven't tried X with no keyboard/mouse configured, but I
> imagine it will work.
> On Tue, 2003-03-25 at 16:11, Mike Thomson wrote:
> > Firstly, kudos to all involved in development of MythTV! I've
> only been on
> > the sidelines since about two months ago, but the progress has been
> > stupendous. I have a few ideas to contribute, but I'll need to
> grok C++ and
> > the codebase for a while longer.
> > I asked the following a few days ago on the users list but it
> garnered no
> > replies. Since developers are already capable of doing six
> impossible things
> > before breakfast :-P I thought it might be appropriate to post
> here in case
> > anyone is currently using mythTV this way...
> > Now the question. I'm building a brand new MythTV box starting
> next weekend,
> > based on the Shuttle XPC SN41G2 chassis. This has twin VGA onboard, and
> > TV-out onboard also. Add WinTV Go card and stir...
> > The question is, if I have MythTV running and (eventually)
> integrated with
> > an IR control of some kind, can I still use a keyboard / mouse
> / monitor and
> > do work on that display while my wife is watching Live TV or prerecorded
> > shows via the TV?
> > I am confused as to how the keyboard and mouse will/won't react with the
> > virtual keypresses registered by the IR controller...
> > Any guidance gratefully received!
> > Cheers
> > Mike
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