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    Re: Run your own home-entertainment server with Linux and MythTV: we show you how.

    Quote Originally Posted by ajbrun View Post
    I know this is slightly off-topic, but if someone could answer with a simple yes/no so I can investigate more, that would be great.

    After seeing network capable media players to play audio files, I wondered if there were TVs that did a similar thing, in order to access video files from a networked storage device (NAS). Turns out, there is. What I want to know is, is there a device which can record TV to be stored on a NAS for the whole network to use (networked TVs/PCs)? I suppose it's like a standard PVR, but with the hard drive elsewhere, attached to the network.

    I just get the feeling that if it can be done without the need for a PC, then it might be a whole lot easier.

    I'll probably still end up using a PC due to its flexibility, but I always like to know what my options are.

    EDIT - seems there is: http://www.digitaldeck.com/indexProduct.html

    This turned into a bit of a pointless post tbh. Sorry...
    you could do it with myth. rather than a NAS-only box, build a file server and use it for NAS. stick tv cards in it, use it as a mythtv backend. you can access recordings etc from any telly using a upnp client, mythtv frontend (e.g. a mac mini running linux), or alternate client (e.g. xbmc on an xbox, or a hauppauge mediamvp running custom firmware)

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    Re: Run your own home-entertainment server with Linux and MythTV: we show you how.

    Well not just my previous linux efforts that failed, but this one also - after spending all weekend trying to get Ubunto installed on a spare (and working) pc - it failed. Performed many checks, download was good, CD rom burned correctly - even boots the live CD fine - install completes but will not boot the install, taking ages before returning an error that is described here

    http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.p...ight=initramfs

    From the comments I fear I will need a huge amount of patience to resolve. I really dont feel it should be like this anymore - I did this all through the 80's with PC's - I really had hoped that Linux had moved on....

    I will continue on this when I have time, including trying the new 7.1 release in a few days, but after my initial enthusiasm, I am a little de-flated now :-(

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    Re: Run your own home-entertainment server with Linux and MythTV: we show you how.

    I had that issue. I just reinstalled and everything went smoothly. I think putting mythtv on a ext3 partition may have been part of the issue, try putting it in an ext3 partition.

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    Re: Run your own home-entertainment server with Linux and MythTV: we show you how.

    Thanks Awn

    I did try several times to install, with different partition settings etc but it never really booted to the install, even though LiveCD worked well.

    I went ahead and downloaded ubunto 7.10 a while earlier, and this installed without any issues at all. I have had several problems relating to Synaptic and installing packages, but just resolved that.

    Almost ready to install Myth - fingers crossed!

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    Re: Run your own home-entertainment server with Linux and MythTV: we show you how.

    Well everything went well until I installed MythTV - when starting mythtv-setup for teh first time I get hit with database connection setting screens, and thats it! Cannot get beyond this and have no idea what has gone wrong - any pointers appreciated.

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    Re: Run your own home-entertainment server with Linux and MythTV: we show you how.

    Okay - thats my limit. I figure I have given it a fair crack, but am no better off and have lost a day of my life! I have tried everything google had to offer. From what I can work out - you have to login as user: mythtv to complete the myth-setup, yet I was not able to, password (myth) was not accepted.

    Even when I tried to reset the password, I had insufficient privilledges and from the user admin tool, mythtv user was not visible - yet when trying to create it - guess what - I cannot because it exists already!

    Point is, I could not get mythtv backend to connect to the database, when running mythtv-setup it would complain about unable to connect to database and in teh logs it was clear mysql was giving an Access Denied - no idea what I am doing wrong - but its proving impossible to troubleshoot. Sorry to say this is not there yet - at all.....

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    Re: Run your own home-entertainment server with Linux and MythTV: we show you how.

    worth noting: the ps3 makes for a perfect UPnP client. plug a PS3 into the same network as a server set up as per the article, and all recordings, music, and video files are visible and playable via the PS3, with zero configuration.

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    Re: Run your own home-entertainment server with Linux and MythTV: we show you how.

    TY for the guide. Think this will be the ideal solution for what im planning.

    Did try adn install ubuntu on one of my rigs but it failed the install. Havent had the time to try again but will be doing so in the near future.

    Will let u guys know how I get on.

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    Re: Run your own home-entertainment server with Linux and MythTV: we show you how.

    Not one to give up I did finally get this working over the weekend. Of the many issues, the main one seemed to be from MySQL, where the account was not created properly, meaning all requests from the user "MythTV" were rejected.

    After a crash course in MySQL admin, I created the account and granted all relevant rights and Myth Backend fire up.

    As a closing thought, I was very impressed with what was possible on very modest hardware - playback of films was faultless - and I even had a remote control working in the end!

    The one question I am left with is whether its possible to setup multiple front ends and have live TV streamed from the backend?? Does anyone know?

    My perfect solution would be to build miniITX machines as set top boxes, in 2-3 rooms having a central Myth backend feeding recorded video and films (which I know is possible) and also send live TV to the front end saving me having tvcards in the STB.

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    Re: Run your own home-entertainment server with Linux and MythTV: we show you how.

    Kinda what im aiming for climb.

    Backend out of the way with a couple of tuning cards and a small "set top" boxes wherever there is a TV in the house. Though tbh im not fussed about streaming live tv.
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    Re: Run your own home-entertainment server with Linux and MythTV: we show you how.

    Quote Originally Posted by climbingkid View Post
    The one question I am left with is whether its possible to setup multiple front ends and have live TV streamed from the backend?? Does anyone know?
    absolutely - mythtv on a remote frontend is identical to mythtv on a combined back/frontend. you can watch as much livetv as you have tuners in your backend(s).

    My perfect solution would be to build miniITX machines as set top boxes, in 2-3 rooms having a central Myth backend feeding recorded video and films (which I know is possible) and also send live TV to the front end saving me having tvcards in the STB.
    absolutely. i watch tv on my pc and laptop like this - and when i'm not poor, a bedroom frontend

    consider also the mac mini, which is a pretty box, not much more than a decently equipped epia, and generally hard to beat for a frontend

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    Re: Run your own home-entertainment server with Linux and MythTV: we show you how.

    Could this replace MCE on my Shutle then but still allows me to use the MCE remote/keyboard?

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    Re: Run your own home-entertainment server with Linux and MythTV: we show you how.

    Quote Originally Posted by directhex View Post
    * put in a pair of DVB-S cards (with the CI slot on one of them, for access to filthy foreign pornography)
    What channels are available with this and any links on how it can be done ?
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    Quote Originally Posted by [GSV]Trig View Post
    Could this replace MCE on my Shutle then but still allows me to use the MCE remote/keyboard?
    yes, it could. the mce remotes are pretty well supported. no promises on how to configure it though (the ubuntu wiki's bound to have something, and i believe the ubuntu-based mythbuntu distribution has easy clicky ways to set this up)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sinizter View Post
    What channels are available with this and any links on how it can be done ?
    depends where you point your satellite.

    to do it, you need:
    * a dish. a sky minidish is 45cm, look for 60cm to get the sky channels in all weather, 80cm to get other sats too with good all-weather reception
    * 1 LNB (i.e. the receiver thing that goes at the end of the dish) per satellite, though you can get away with 1 lnb for very closely clustered satellites. an lnb can have 1 or more outputs, corresponding to how many cards can share that sat (e.g. you need a dual-output lnb to access 2 channels on the same sat at once)
    * 1 or more DVB-S cards
    * a diseqc switch, to manage anything moe complex than 1-lnb-1-card

    let's say, for example, you point a dish to 28 degrees east. that'll get you the Astra 2 satellite (sky) and Eutelsat Eurobird 1 (also sky), which gives all the channels listed here: http://forums.hexus.net/1232310-post8.html

    if you add a second LNB, pointing to 13E, you also get all the channels in yellow or very pale green on Hot Bird 6/7A/8 at 13.0°E - LyngSat

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    Re: Run your own home-entertainment server with Linux and MythTV: we show you how.

    My Shuttle doesnt do a massive amount tbh, no tuner cards, it litterally plugs into the network and plays movies and DVD's...

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