Recently my Sony computer bit the dust. The motherboard went south and there was not much I could do but pitch the machine and buy a new one. I salvaged all that I could and am recycling the rest. I decided to take my FreeNAS server and convert it to a Home Theater PC (HTPC). My spare ATI HDTV Wonder card would act nice as an OTA ATSC tuner card. Based on why I live I recieve around 20 HD channels.
I like to be on the cutting edge of software so I decided to try out Mythbuntu 8.04 beta. I burned a CD and put into my old Asus. I had to burn to several differnt types of media before finally I could get a ‘clean’ burn and instlal. Mythbuntu 8.04 Hardy Heron Beta installed fine however I could never get the tuner to actually record any shows.
I let the system run a few days while I googled for the problem. During the ‘down time’ the distribution wanted to update. I let it do so and BLAM the HAL daemon failed and I no longer had network capability. That sucked because I couldn’t remote admin. So I rebooted and chose the previous kernel version while I continued to search for the answer.
After having no luck over a few days I decided to try a different distribution. Mythdora, KnoppMyth and Mythbuntu 7.10. I went through five failed installs before I realized I had a bad DVD/CD drive. I chucked it into the recycle pile and installed a spare (and newer) drive.
I installed Mythdora thinking that a distribution based on Redhat couldn’t be bad. It wasn’t but for the small fact I’ve forgotten the quirks of Fedora and couldn’t remember at 1:00 AM at night how to add packages (yeah I know rpm).
Out it went and back to Mythbuntu 8.04 (thinking my problems were linked to bad drive). No dice, I had the same HALD seg fault. Out it went.
Finally I tried KnoppMyth which is stated to be the easist distro. Well I couldn’t even get it to install. The latest version of KnoppMyth insist my CD be on /dev/hdc but I had it on /dev/hdd. Well having no other choices I flipped jumpers on the drives and tried it again. Still no dice. Turns out KnoppMyth didn’t like my ACPI bios. So I add the line knoppmyth acpi=force and it installed like a champ.
Knoppmyth installed fine but for some reason I couldn’t get to the mythtv-setup. Every time I tried it would kick me out of XFCE and put me back in. I ssh -X into the box and then ran mythtv-setup. That worked and I was able to complete the install. I selected the DVB card type and Knoppmyth recognized my card without having to do a depmod cx88-dvb (like it is required in Mythbuntu 7.10).
However I was still bothered at the fact I could not setup mythtv from the monitor attached to the machine. But since everything was working it gave me hope that maybe I could get Mythbuntu 7.10 to work (I like the support for Ubuntu). So I booted my mostly working knoppmyth and install Mythbuntu 7.10.
As expected the distrobution recognized my ATI HDTV Wonder card but only recognize analog signals. I remember I had to do a sudo depmod cx88-dvb. I performed that and went back in to mythtv-setup and select dvb card type and it ran a channel scan and it works!
Now I just need to get lvm2 set back up so I can re-access my data and I’ll be done. Good news is that now I can turn my origional xbox into a MythTV fronted (via module in XBMC) and repurpose an old laptop and as a MythTV frontend.
Do all that with your WHS Tom! (inside joke).
PS: Why not Gentoo? Well, for the moment I wanted instant gratification and didn’t feel like waiting a week for mythtv to compile. Plus I wanted to know it would work first. Maybe in the future. If I can get my new computer as a remote compile machine for Gentoo I just might do it.