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Old 02-11-2006, 05:07 PM   #1
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Question mythtv frontend can't play recorded shows from main computer

I've been using mythtv now for a while on my main computer, both watching and recording shows on it. I'm now trying to hook-up a separate frontend on another computer which is hooked-up to my tv. I installed the mythtv-suite on my tv-computer using yum, then I entered the ip of my main computer in the mythtvsetup program on the tv-computer. My tv-computer can now watch live tv, but it can't playback recorded shows. I looked in the terminal I ran it in, and it looked like it was confused on which computer it was running on. It was trying to access the recorded episodes as if they were local files on my tv-computer. Does anyone know how to fix my tv-computer so that it can access my shows on my main computer?

P.S both computers are running fedora

Thanks is advance, Jared
Old 02-11-2006, 05:49 PM   #2
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Are you mounting your mybackend computer media folders?

If not, on your backend box, set up nfs to share the recordings, music, video, etc. directories.

For example I keep all those directories in /home/mythtv/

then on your frontend box use nfs to mount those directories in the same location

e.g. on frontend
mkdir /home/mythtv
mount 192.168.x.x:/home/mythtv /home/mythtv
I was confused when I set up a remote fronted becuase the fedora mythtv howto did not say anything about nfs.

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Old 02-11-2006, 11:25 PM   #3
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Thanks for the advice, but I think I found away to avoid using NFS, samba, or any other networking thing. It turns out that my tv-computer frontend can connect directly to my main computer's backend which will provide access to the recorded shows but apparently none of my other media, such as music and pictures. I think was having problems before because both of my computers are named the same thing, same thing.same thing, which I think lead to MythTV being confused about where it was being run. In any case, I fixed my problem by enabling the "Custom identifier" option under Utilities/Setup => Setup => General (second page). It seems to provide additional means for MythTV to distinguish where it is running from thus solving the problem. Although it's rather odd, this solution doesn't seem to provide access to any other types of media such as music to my tv-computer. To get the other stuff to work, I'll probably have to setup NFS like you recommended, thanks!

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