[mythtv-users] 0.22 annoyances
FlyMyPG at gmail.com
Sat Jan 2 00:05:51 UTC 2010
On 12/31/2009 04:33 PM, Kevin Kuphal wrote:
> On Thu, Dec 31, 2009 at 2:55 PM, Bob Cunningham <FlyMyPG at gmail.com
> <mailto:FlyMyPG at gmail.com>> wrote:
> On 12/31/2009 11:51 AM, Charles Wright wrote:
> On Thu, Dec 31, 2009 at 1:18 PM, David Engel<david at istwok.net
> <mailto:david at istwok.net>> wrote:
> On Thu, Dec 31, 2009 at 09:45:48AM -0800, Paul Bender wrote:
> On 12/31/2009 9:08 AM, David Engel wrote:
> Sidenote: that TiVo I started with is now 9.5
> years old and still
> going strong in daily use by my Mom.
> I am surprised that it has continued for so long. When
> one of the
> So am I! To be completely transparent, it *is* on it's
> third (maybe
> even fourth) add-on drive.
> My Tivo just died after 8 years of service this week. I'm
> glad that I
> got Mythtv running with a tuner just about 1 month ago (I've been
> using Mythvideo for a year now, but did not have a tuner).
> Bah! I'm still running an original ReplayTV (model RTV-2020,
> pre-Tivo), still with the original drive. I bought it 10 years
> ago, back when both it and Amazon were still new
> I've been hacking at MythTV for over a year (to replace the
> ReplayTV and to get HD), and I have yet to see MythTV perform as
> simply and as reliably as my ancient ReplayTV. MythTV has, for
> me, been a time sink with little reward, so much so that I'm
> seriously considering going with Windows MCE (the horror). While
> MythTV has no single big thing wrong with it, it does have a vast
> number of annoyances, and the work it takes to address each of
> them is making MythTV close to an Epic Fail for me.
> Then again, perhaps I'm spoiled rotten by having a DVR that "Just
> Works". Are my standards too high?
> I haven't quite given up yet: I'm still reading this list! And
> mythbackend is still running on my F12 workstation, though I have
> to access it through MythWeb (streaming!) because of unresolved
> mythfrontend issues. But now mythbackend doesn't record SD sound
> (probably a PulseAudio thing). Sigh.
> My 10 year old ReplayTV box just sits there, faithfully recording
> and playing SD without any problem, silently laughing at me
> Sometimes older is better in many ways. My CentOS 5 systems never
> have these kind of issues because the codebase doesn't change monthly
> like the Fedora systems. It can be a little more challenging using
> the latest versions of some things like QT 4.5, but it hasn't been
> hard tracking down repositories or people that have done the work to
> make RPMs for them. Up until very recently, my two systems were
> running an MX440 and FX5200 graphics card using XvMC and running HD
> just fine...
Since I don't yet have a separate HTPC, I'm doing all my MythTV testing
on dual Xeon workstation, which I keep current because I run my
consulting business on it. I do all the MythTV stuff as the myth user,
in the hope that when the day comes, I will be able to more easily
migrate that user to a separate HTPC box.
The reason I'm with Fedora is that it is the easiest way I've found to
stay "just behind" the bleeding edge. It's a policy thing, not a
religious preference. Plus, Fedora is the development and deployment
platform of choice for many of my clients.
I suppose all I really want is a hardware recipe and a distro selection
that will give me the best "bang for the buck" FE/BE system with
"brainless setup" and "great performance" for running MythTV. Then I
could remove MythTV from my workstation and actually start using it in
my living room!
- What is the best distro for running 0.22?
- Should I use one of the pre-configured MythTV+distro packages?
(Do any of them provide 0.22?)
- Which video card? (Is VDPAU the best way to go?)
- Which HD and SD tuners? (I presently have an HVR-950Q. I previously
went through hell with a pair of HD-5000 cards, which I returned.)
- Can I really expect to build a fanless HTPC that has great MythTV
- Is a ready-to-buy HTPC available with MythTV preloaded and ready to go?
My experience indicates MythTV is simply way too fragile and complex
(too big a time sink) to be treated as "just another Linux app" in a
dynamic environment, meaning I should either consider other DVR
software, or try to get a pre-configured box from a company that uses
I want to replace my ReplayTV box with a very quiet HTPC that does as
much of the following as possible:
- HD/SD DVR (Tivo? WinMCE? MythTV?)
- DVD/CD player
- Rip from DVDs, CDs and VCR (I still have a few old tapes...)
- Future support for Blu-Ray 3D disks and rips (PS3?)
- Access my local digital media (pics & vids)
- Access Internet streaming media (Boxee? XBMC? MythTV?)
- Web browsing (news, weather, search)
- POP/SMTP email (Thunderbird)
- A wireless keyboard (with integrated trackball or trackpad)
- A wireless remote (I have a Sony RM-AX4000 and a PHX01RN)
- Phone integration (so I don't have to manually mute/pause the HTPC
when I get a call)
- The HTPC truly deep-sleeps or shuts down when not in use.
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