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We are setting up a freeview mythtv box running Ubuntu with combined backend and frontend. You can find my email address at

Our Hardware

  • Processor: Intel Pentium 4 1.4GHz.
  • Motherboard: 8TX Pentium 4 processor motherboard (GA-8TX). Intel 850 chipset.
  • RAM: 512MB.
  • TV card: 1 x Hauppage Nova-T (Connexant chipset) DVB.
  • Graphics card: 32MB NVidia GeForce2 MX 200 (64 bit bus) - TV out.
  • Hard Disk: 60GB.

1st Attempt - Middle 2005

  • Ubuntu Linux (Hoary Hedgehog), kernel 2.6.12 compiled from source.
    • MythTV 0.18 (from apt-get)

It works in general, but we still need to learn about the following:

  • Unjumbleing the channels and removing duplicates.
  • Getting the program guide to correctly relate to channels and provide complete info.
  • Getting the IR remote set up
  • Getting TV-out working

2nd Attempt - Late 2005

  • Ubuntu Linux (Breezy Badger), default Breezy kernel (2.6.12).
    • MythTV 0.18 (from apt-get)

With Breezy the Nova-t card works out of the box. Horray, no re-compiling the kernel. However, we're having problems getting TV-Out to work now.