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Nasa is a nomad. When at home, wherever his hat is, he likes to fiddle with linux (especially enlightenment), fix his pond, and/or watch sports. I have dabbled in some code...

My main goal when building my system was to create a HTPC. Specific features I am going for (and their status) are:

  • 1. STD PVR -- Works
  • 2. HD PVR -- Needs Help
  -- After many days trying to get firewire from my SA3250HD, I finally got it to work.  It may have been because of a recent 
     kernel upgrade, but I'm not sure.  As of TODAY, all my digital and HDTV channels are coming through (not 5c encoded).  
     However, channels that are broadcast both in digital and analog don't work over firewire (strange...).  Rebooting the 
     box (which is happening because of some other problems), requires the firewire connection to be primed.  I am using the 
     SA3250HD Firewire Priming script.  Unfortunetly, attempting to do 
     this as part of rc.local causes mythfrontend to freeze when it starts up.
  • 3. Play Music -- Works
  • 4. Play DVD -- Works
  • 5. Play Video files -- Works
  • 6. Play Games
  - Somehow I don't have sound from any of my games (using S/PDIF)....
  -- MAME, Works
  -- Linux native games, Works
  -- Still working on SNES games
  • 7. Control system via 1 remote -- Needs more work
  -- 880 needs some more tweaking to get it like I want, will post results when done.
  • 8. Play games via wireless gamepad -- Needs more work
  -- more work by me needs to be done.

MythTV for Me

Main Frontend/Backend Box

  • WD-52631
  • Hauppague PVR-500
  • Harmony 880 Remote
  • Thermaltake Bach Media Center
  • G98 [GeForce 8400 GS] Video Card
  • AMD Athlon 64 X2 3800+(65W) Windsor 2.0GHz Socket AM2 Processor
  • MSI K9N Platinum Socket AM2 NVIDIA nForce 570 Ultra MCP ATX AMD Motherboard
  • WINTEC AMPO 1GB (2 x 512MB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 533 (PC2 4200) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model 3AMD2533-1G1K-R
  • Seagate ST3300831A ATA Drive
  • Software
    • OS: Mandriva 2010
    • MythTV version: svn(trunk)

Raid Server:

  • CoolerMaster ITower 930 case
  • HighPoint Technologies, RocketRaid 2320
  • GIGABYTE GA-MA78GM-S2H AM2+/AM2 AMD 780G HDMI Micro ATX AMD Motherboard
  • AMD Sempron LE-1150 Sparta 2.0GHz Socket AM2 45W Single-Core Processor
  • G.SKILL 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory
  • 2x2TB Drives, 2x1TB Drive, 1x750GB drive using Storage Groups.
  • Software
    • OS: Mandriva

  • Myth Configuration notes (most things are left at default, below are some expections)
    • General settings
      • audio
        • Audio Output is ALSA:spdif
        • Passthrough is ALSA:iec958:{AESO x 0x023}
      • General
        • monitor CD/DVD is checked
    • Apperance
      • Gui Width 1830
      • Gui Height 1032
    • Music
      • General
        • General Settings
          • Audio: ALSA:spdif
    • Video
      • General
        • file type
          • vob
            • xine -pfhq --no-splash -r anamorphic