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PostPosted: Sat Jan 06, 2007 1:55 pm 
Joined: Mon Aug 29, 2005 4:04 pm
Posts: 729
Location: Philadelphia, PA US
Install went fairly well. Some issues with having to blacklist onboard video.

Hardware Specs:
Dell GX60
CPU - Celeron 2ghz
Motherboard – Intel 845GL, AUDIO/VIDEO/NIC
RAM – 512MB (2x256) PC2700
HDD - Maxtor DiamondMax Plus 9 6Y080L0 80GB 7200 RPM IDE Ultra ATA133
Video Card – Apollo nVidia GeForceFX 5200 128MB PCI with VGA, DVI, and S-Video (using S-Video)
Audio - Integraded Audio
Haupuage PVR-150 - iTVC16 (CX23416) MPEG-2 Encoder (rev 01)
Svideo TV output to Sony 27" Trinitron TV

Details - I was getting a kernel panic when using FX5200, no doubt from integrated video, I had to blacklist intel_agp driver to workaround.
echo “intel_agp” >> /etc/hotplug/blacklist

Edit: I could not install KM with the FX5200 installed, I had to install KM edit blacklist file before entering root password, shutdown & install Nvidia card to resume install.

During the boot after the OS install wouldn't start X, I had to edit /etc/X11/XF86Config-4 find the driver=i810 line and replace it with driver=nvidia . This was because was trying to use the onboard video rather that PCI FX5200.

PVR-150 is simple to setup, I have the most basic cable package ($15/mo) from Comcast in Philadelphia, PA subs. I use the “Dog Bone” remote which is option F when configuring lirc. I used electric tape to affix the IR receiver inside the case where the floppy drive was and looks much better and picks up remote well.

Setup VNC x11 Administration

apt-get install x11vnc

nano /etc/gdm/PreSession/Default

insert the following after the PATH line where xxxx is the desired password:
/usr/bin/x11vnc -nap -wait 50 -passwd xxxx -display :0 -forever -o /var/log/x11vnc.log -bg

Restart x-windows

Setup Webmin

/usr/share/webmin/ /etc/webmin root your_desired_password

nano /etc/webmin/miniserv.conf (edit line)
allow= XXX.XXX.XXX.0
/etc/init.d/webmin start
update-rc.d webmin defaults

Samba client and server setup ... SambaHowTo ... +and+samba

(Replaced variables)
/etc/init.d/samba start
update-rc.d samba defaults

echo “/mnt/network /etc/auto.samba.mnt --timeout=2 -–ghost” >>/etc/auto.master

echo “%servername-share% -fstype=smbfs,credentials=/home/mythtv/.smbpassword ://%windows-server-name%/%shared-folder-name%” >>/etc/auto.samba.mnt

echo username=%username% >> /home/mythtv/.smbpassword
echo password=%password% >> /home/mythtv/.smbpassword

/etc/init.d/autofs stop
/etc/init.d/autofs start

ln –s /myth/gallery/%servername-share% /mnt/network/%servername-share%/pics
ln –s /myth/music/%servername-share% /mnt/network/%servername-share%/audio
ln –s /myth/video/%servername-share% /mnt/network/%servername-share%/videos

#Add 2MB cache for Mplayer, assists in playing of network video files
echo cache=2048 >> /home/mythtv/.mplayer/config

XYAC client OSD CallerID

cd /home/mythtv
tar zxvf xyac*.tar*
cd xyac*
apt-get udpate
apt-get install libxosd2
apt-get install libxosd-dev
make install

pico /home/mythtv/.fluxbox/apps

below line “{xset...} line:” append…
[startup] {xyac -p middle -A center -c GRAY -s 1 -f lucidasanstypewriter-bold-24 &}


Update Mplayer, Xvid, codecs, and Fonts to MPlayer-1.0rc1 & xvidcore-1.1.2

Configure Channel Icons

perl /usr/bin/
(Respond to the prompts accordingly)

mythfilldatabase --import-icon-map iconmap.xml --update-icon-map

Optimize GUI settings and functions

Setup>Setup>TV Settings>Program Guide> Guide Shading Method>Blender – Transparent
Setup>Setup>General> System Exit key: Alt-ESC
Setup>Setup>General> Require Setup PIN, Setup PIN
Setup>Setup>Media Settings>Music Settings>Ripper Settings> Encoding MP3 Lame, Medium, Variable bitrates
Setup>Setup>Media Settings>Music Settings>General Settings> Ignore ID3 Tags, YES
Setup>Setup>Media Settings>Video Settings>General Settings> Show Unknown File Types, NO

Setup no-ip DDNS client on KnoppMyth

cd /tmp
tar -zxvf noip-duc-linux.tar.gz
cd noip-2.1.1/
make install
cd -c to cancel setup
/usr/local/bin/noip2 -C -c /usr/local/etc/no-ip2.conf
cp /etc/init.d/
(Then I used Webmin>System>Bootup & Shutdown to make start at boot)

Deleted MythTV account from MythWeb and added 2 accounts for family
rm /var/www/htdigest
htdigest -c /var/www/htdigest MythTV <username1>
htdigest /var/www/htdigest MythTV <username2>

I also did a few other tweaks which I can’t remember.

WAF factor is 9/10, this machine is very quite, the TV quality is good, looks nice in entertainment system, I enabled the “all method” commercial detect, and this works really well.

Here is a pic



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