24 Jun

MythTV – Storage Groups and Linux Hard Drives


Last night completed the second to the last step of my Mythbuntu adventure:  Adding in the second hard drive.

Well, this would all be easier if I wasn’t trying to do it so low rent.  Right now in the Myth box there is only 512MB of RAM and two 40GB Western Digital Hard drives.  After everything is setup that only gives me about 65-ish GB for video recording.  Not alot, but not great either–right around 40 hours of recording space.

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23 Jun

Myth Works! All the Weather, All the Time


I found it.  And was subsequently able to record over 12 Gigs of The Weather Channel!  Yippie!  (That was just the channel I left it on for testing.)

Ok, here’s how it went down:  I finally swallowed my pride and dug through the mythtv-backend.log.  Well, actually, I opened up a terminal, switched to Myth, tried to watch Live TV, and then used “tail /var/log/mythtv/mythtv-backend.log” to see what just happened.  Much easier than “digging.”

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20 Jun

MythTV Update – MPlayer works, IRC Support isn’t, and Wireless


Just a quick update:  I can watch TV through MPlayer now.  Now that I have all of the IVTV drivers installed correctly, it is a simple matter of opening a terminal and telling MPlayer to access that device:

mplayer /dev/video0

But I still can’t get LiveTV inside Myth.  And when I tell it to record, it starts a .NUV file, but the size never grows (stays around 9K or 12K).  So, in other words, Myth simply isn’t accessing the PVR-350 correctly.

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18 Jun

MythTV / PVR-350 Card Troubles, IRQs and Resourse Units


It remains to be seen if this will change anything, but things will be better now Just Because.  At lunchtime, I moved the PVR-350 to a different PCI slot.  When I started all of this, I slapped it in the top slot, mainly because there were dongles slotted in the middle two.  In this case, the two were a slot-mounted Video Out connector and a Coaxial Audio connector for the motherboard.

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11 Jun

New House Blues (MythTV, FreeNAS, and PFSense)


It has certainly been a busy month.  We just moved to a new house–which wreaked havoc with my technology.  What kicked it all off was that we couldn’t get a line-of-sight with DirecTV.  So, that made me switch to Cable TV.  And if I’m going to switch to cable, I can save money and get higher speeds on cable Internet (fortunately, I canceled my Dry Loop DSL the day the turned it on, so no charge).

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