General Troubleshooting Tips
A good first step when things aren't working right is to take a look at the log files. There are several that may help, depending on what problem you're having. Some logs can be displayed from the frontend, for others you'll need to either ssh into your box or open a terminal and cat the log so you can see it.
Also try executing dmesg which will show you messages from the kernel ring buffer (stuff generated during system boot).
See User_Manual:Diagnosing_Problems See http://wilsonet.com/mythtv/fcmyth.php#ts To display all output information:
mythfrontend -v all
Direct Download (HTTP): http://the.earth.li/~sgtatham/putty/latest/x86/putty.exe
Direct Download (FTP): ftp://ftp.chiark.greenend.org.uk/users/sgtatham/putty-latest/x86/putty.exe
RSA Signature: http://the.earth.li/~sgtatham/putty/latest/x86/putty.exe.RSA
DSA Signature: http://the.earth.li/~sgtatham/putty/latest/x86/putty.exe.DSA
(location of Putty)\putty.exe
Place Hostname or IP address of your myth box in the 'Host Name (or IP address)' field. Select SSH as the protocol. Then click 'Open.'
On your first time accessing the server, verify the fingerprint of your myth box and select 'Yes.'
You will then be prompted to provide authentication to access your myth box.
WinSCP is an open source free SFTP client for Windows using SSH. It is a very convenient tool for remotely accessing the file system on a mythtv box from windows. The program can be installed or run as a stand alone executable.
This will enable you to view the graphical desktop of your Myth machine over the network without having to plug a monitor into the back. To run VNC, emerge it and review the documentation at http://realvnc.com You will also want to download a VNC client to the desktop you will be working from. Remotely login to the Myth box, then run VNC
Run the VNC client, and specify the IP address and display
Then enter your password. You should be faced with a simple graphical desktop. To run setup, simply run
You may also want to see what is seen on the TV
Now you will not have to be running back and forth between the TV room and computer room! ;)