[mythtv-users] Complete and total crash problems :/
mythtv at biased.org
Wed Jul 20 12:54:28 EDT 2005
Am having big probs with MythTV - when I start mythfrontend, and then
try to play back a recording, or watch live TV, it utterly crashes my
computer, and it only started last night. Before last night, it was
working just fine. Only major thing I've done is to upgrade Debian
Sarge to Etch but I have not upgraded the kernel (2.4.27, compiled 20th
Aug last year, always worked fine with all MythTV versions I've used),
not upgraded the video drivers, not changed window manager, not touched
the backend/frontend or anything. When it crashes, the computer just
locks up, I can't use the mouse pointer, and on my 2nd monitor, the CPU
and network display just freezes and the Caps Lock and Scroll Lock LED
comes on my keyboard (on, but doesn't flash) and I'm unable to do
anything - ctrl_alt_del doesn't work. As I'm using MythTV from SVN, I
redownloaded the code, compiled it, found the latest SVN is now using
protocol version 18, so have upgraded the backend as well. Still the
same problem. The crash occurs with any recordings I've made.
I'm totally unable to get any error codes, as when it crashes, the
computer is unresponsive and so I'm unable to look at error codes. I've
tried using "mythfrontend > error" but it doesn't work. I've tried
starting playback and then immediately pressing ctrl_alt+F1 and it
changes into the console fine, and I wait a long while and it doesn't
crash, but when I press ctrl_alt+F7, I get a screen of gibberish text
and it's a total lock up.
I've found that if I start MythTV, start playing back a recording then
immediately go to console number 1, then type in "/etc/init.d/gdm
restart" it works fine.
What can be causing this, and how do I get MythTV to output the errors
properly? Nothing else has been affected in any way.
Thanks very much for your help in advance
Regards - Piers
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