[mythtv] New user review, DVB lockups and enhancement requests
Andrew G. Wilson
agwilson at rhetorical.com
Fri Feb 20 06:03:32 EST 2004
Hi - I've been playing with mythtv on an EPIA M-10k box for a month or so now,
and I've got a few issues maybe someone can help me with. Mostly I've been using
it for live TV.
I'm running 2.6.1 and I have a DVB-T card. With the HW Mpg decoder on the EPIA
enabled, it runs at 40% CPU. This is really nice because under windows, it was
at 100% and skipping. Way to go!
BUT. Here's where I'm having difficulties. Before I start going into the code,
maybe someone can help.
- Manual channel input is a pain. Is anyone looking at integrating with the DVB
scan utility? Shouldn't be too hard, surely? If nobody else will, I'll have a go
at this if I have time. This would be a big win for the UK where freeview is
starting to take off.
- backend and frontend lockups. I've seen several different lockups in 0.14,
doing various things like switching from X to console, tuning to a misconfigured
channel, tuning to a channel with different resolution (UK Ch5). I've checked
out the source and will try to reproduce these and suggest fixes.
- Some of my keys are not working! On live TV, 'W' changes aspect OK, and 'P'
pauses OK. -> and <- work, but I can't change channels with up and down. This is
the one that's really bugging me.
- If tuned to a channel with lots of errors, the backend gets too busy to accept
any request to change to a good channel. Restarting it doesn't help, because it
always tunes to the last channel it was on. Is there any way to force the
backend to tune to a specific channel on startup? Where is this info stored in
- I'm an experience programmer, but I've never done a lot with databases. I
could learn sql, but I'd rather spend my time more usefully - are there any good
gui tools to look at/modify the database?
Also, as a new user I'd like to suggest a few enhancements.
- Use the mouse in the dialogs if it's available! I have a small IR keyboard
with a built-in trackball which is just great! But I can't use it in myth, and
the whole left-right-up-down thing is confusing as hell. Tab/Shift-tab
navigation would be nice to have, then it's at least consistent with other apps.
- In MythMusic, I see there is an album art visualisation. Is there any way to
use this so that I can see the albums during selection? I want to be able to
switch on the screen, hit a button that goes to 'select music' and be able to
scroll through my album covers.
- Is there any way to record live TV as you are watching it? I couldn't figure
this out at all.
- It's hard to remember what keys do what when you're a newbie! Is there any way
to pop up a help on active keys using the OSD? I've still not figured out how to
change the volume ;-)
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