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PostPosted: Sat Jan 06, 2007 3:02 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 GX110
CPU - Pentium III 733mhz
Motherboard � Intel 810e Chipset Socket 370 with integrated 3com 10/100 NIC
RAM � 512MB (2x256) PC100
HDD � Maxtor 80GB 7200 RPM IDE Ultra ATA133
Video Card � JATON Video-208PCI-128TV GeForce MX4000 128MB DDR PCI with VGA and S-Video (using S-Video)
Audio - Creative Labs PCI Sound Card CT5807
DVD-R � Sony Generic DVD-R
Haupuage PVR-150 - iTVC16 (CX23416) MPEG-2 Encoder (rev 01)
Svideo TV output to 32" SD TV

Details -
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 MX4000.

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

I also did a few other tweaks which I can�t remember.

8/10. I built this system for a friend of mine and his family. They use it for CD library import, home DVD backup, weather, and DVR functions. They are not technical at all but use it day to day fine and are happy with it. The case is pretty ugly and PS supply/CPU fans are a little loud.


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