[mythtv-users] Gee, I THOUGHT I was a linux fan.
mythtv at bronosky.com
Mon Aug 15 14:42:54 UTC 2005
Apparently, I've hardly ever used Linux. I once built a few servers
running RedHat 7.2, and I use various versions of Unix at my job.
(HPUX, FreeBSD, Mac OS X) But, when it came down to setting up my
MythTV box this weekend, I failed big time. I chose KnoppMyth for it's
illusion of simplicity, but was made to feel like a complete idiot.
Even worse than when I used a Mac for the first time in about 1998.
1. After the initial install, I noticed it said it was testing DHCP. I
knew this was bad, because my router was set to do MAC address
filtering. I modified my router config to be wide open. (Scary, but I
was shooting for minimum points of failure.) I could not figure out how
to get the thing to retest the network config. Yes I even tried
mythtv-setup, but it actually starts at the step right after the net
config. So, I eventually gave up and reinstalled from scratch. What
would have been the proper thing to do?
2. I now have my network working. (I know because I used a text based
browser to hit Yahoo.com.) But, I cannot get the DataDirect "Retrieve
Listings" button to do anything. (I get a new box to popup with no text
and a half complete progress bar. A second later it is gone.) Yes, I
did setup an account on labs.Zap2It.com, and add "Comcast-Dallas (for
30134)" (BTW, that's Georgia) to my "Current lineups". What am I doing
wrong here? Is there a log file somewhere I can check?
3. I did setup my PVR-500 as 2 cards, /dev/video0 tuner0 & /dev/video1
tuner0, and associate my "Comcast Cable" source to each. But when I go
to Watch Live TV, I get a black screen. I know I'm not locked up
because I can Crtl+Alt+F1-F6 to get to other tty's. But to get that
session (tty7) back I must reboot. What am I doing wrong here? Is
there a log I can check?
4. I tried watching a DVD from my NEC 16xDL-DVD-RW but the Xine screen
flashes for a second and then I'm back to the MythTV GUI. I tried
ripping a DVD but it keeps telling me there are no jobs. What am I
doing wrong here? Is there a log I can check?
5. I did get the weather setup and working. And I added Yahoo.com to
my bookmarks. However I cannot figure out how to type in the search field.
I know this would be a long learning experience, but I didn't expect to
feel like an idiot. I guess know I know how my wife feels when I'm
trying to teach her something that I think is very simple.
Feel free to to kick, troll, and insult me, but please offer assistance too.
Thank you for your time,
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