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Moving sucks ...... but with a new crib comes mythtv !

Posted 01-01-2009 at 06:19 PM by jkzfixme

So the good news is I had the last week off work. The bad news , as you can guess by the title, is that I spent it lugging god awful heavy books and furniture to the new crib. Archaic manuals and cables that I cant bring myself to throw away seemed to be a living entity, and I spent my week feeling like the Atlas man !

Now there are obvious pro's and cons to this one of the definable cons is that I'm pretty sure the wifey "lost" the Princess Leah in her metal bikini poster which I have coveted for so many years. There are however many pros, for instance I will be putting up a myth tv box in all its glory, so the next few posts will be all about the trials and tribulations.

Just a little background information. I plan on using one of my main boxes so opted against the mythbuntu distro as I need to be able to use it as a fully functional box. the Hardware is pretty up to date with a Phenom 9600 2.3GHz quad core,2 gigs of memmory, GeForce with 512mb on the board, I forget the exact model, and 2x 500 gig sata drives.I also have an old wintv board by hauppauge. The hauppage has an ir port so Im reading up on using lirc @ a universal remotes to control everything from one remote.

So the box is running ubuntu 8.04 and I tried installing the packages in the standard manner. Everything seemed to work fine until I was setting up the backend and came up with the "cannot connect to database ?" error. I checked all applicable permissions and user names and everything turned up fine. So thinking it was an issue w/ a new version of mythtv meant for 8.10 I upgraded the system. Now things are crashing left and right and it still comes up with the same error ! The strange thing is 8.10 works GREAT on the rest of my computers , no issues whatsoever including this ones twin.

Next step is going to be a clean 8.10 install , might even try ubuntu studio as I've never used it before but some of the apps are appealing for what I'm doing here. I will report how it goes more in depth in future posts. Especially since I'm back on broadband and off my cantenna tommorow !

Jesse K Ziter
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    Been there, done that, too.

    I'm unlucky enough to be old enough to have a ton of old analogue/linear electronic gear to cart around whenever I move. I hardly ever use the stuff but can't bear to part with it. Least favorite item to hump around is my faithful old HP Vector Network Analyzer with assorted cables, bridges, spitters and terminations. The service manual for it alone must weigh about 20lbs. Then there are the 'scopes, the signal generators, frequency couters and the cart-loads of spares. :-(
    Posted 01-19-2009 at 11:25 AM by Completely Clueless Completely Clueless is offline


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