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Let me just start by saying MythTV rocks. I was keeping track of where I was at with Myth on my home wiki, but then figured I might as well share it here!

My Setup

Combined FE/BE.


  • AMD S754 Athlon 64 3700+
  • Gigabyte S754 GA-K8VM800M
  • 1GB Ram
  • 320GB Western Digital 7200rpm 8M Serial ATA HDD
  • Albatron FX5200LP 128M 8x Video Card with DVI output.
  • DVICO FusionHDTV Hybrid Tuner
  • DNTVLive LP Tuner
  • DVICO FusionRemote
  • BenQ PE8700 DLP Projector


  • Ubuntu Dapper (upgraded from Breezy server install)
  • Kernel 2.6.15-25-amd64-k8
  • Patched v4l-dvb drivers (Many thanks to Chris Pascoe for getting the DVICO card going)
  • NVidia amd64 version 8762
  • lirc version 0.8.0 (Dapper upgrade changed device from /dev/usb/hiddev0 to /dev/hiddev0
  • Ratpoison window manager
  • MythTV 0.19.x fixes branch (had to move /usr/lib/libdts_pic.a to /usr/lib/libdts.a to compile)
  • Xine external DVD/video player

What's working for me

  • Live TV/TV recording Free to air HD/SD (from Sydney, Australia). Both tuner's simultaneously.
  • AC3 passthrough including 5,1 surround
  • XvMC ( with Bob de-interlacing for HD channels. Have to manually turn it off for SD stuff).
  • XMLTV grabber from the OZTivo site
  • MythMusic
  • MythGallery
  • MythDVD using xine as an external player

What's not

  • Multi-monitor config. I need an easy way to switch between MythTV running on my TV-Out and on the projector. There's some shows where it is just not worth wasting lamp hours on.
  • My projector. Apparently the DVI on the video card is not exactly to spec and freaks out a PCB component in the projector causing the EDID data to become corrupt.

What more do I want to do

  • I'd like MythMusic to use MythGallery as a visualisation!
  • More cleanup of MythGallery thumbnail code. (Thumbnail cache is unnecessary if EXIF thumbnails are available in the images themselves)

Useful config info

xorg.conf for PE8700. ExactModeTimingsDVI is important!, not sure about the others.

Since nvidia version 8756 the Modeline is not required as it generates them from the EDID and specifying 1280x720 works fine.

Section "Monitor"
    Identifier     "Benq PE8700"
    Option         "DPMS"
    Option         "UseEDIDFreqs" "true"
    Option         "ExactModeTimingsDVI" "true"
    Option             "ConnectedMonitor" "DFP"
    Option         "RenderAccel" "true"
    Modeline "pe8700" 74.160 1280 1352 1392 1648 720 725 730 750 -hsync -vsync

.asoundrc For ALSA digital audio out

pcm.!default {
type plug
slave {
pcm "spdif"
rate 48000
format S16_LE

.xsession To start MFE and Ratpoison

#Remove default blue background around TV-out picture
xvattr -a XV_COLORKEY -v 0
ratpoison &
mythfrontend -l mfe.log