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Mythtv and Debian Sarge

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PVR system Setup:

Debian Sarge

AMD 1800+

Asus A7S266

1 gb ddr

Wintv PVR 150

2 hd, 120 gigs and 250 gigs (boot off 120)

Readeon 8500le (old school)

Creative Labs live sound card


I have debain and xp boot off the same drive, useing grub as my boot loader. I installed Debian on a 15gig partion and everything is up and running.


Problems installing Mythv:

Iv been running through a couple of walk throughs on the net, they have been helpful but not to the point where I have a myth system up and running. The problem Iv been haveing is getting all the packages required for mythtv to compile. The specific files are libxvmc and a few of its dependences.


To solve this im thinking its probally in my best interset to switch to a different system that is better supported by mythtv. Im think that redhat is my best choice but given the choic i'd like to stay with debian.




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Compiling it yourself eh? Sounds like the hard way to do things really. I think Ubuntu has the packages in one of their repositories, you could probably pull them out of their repository without much problem, probably.

If you want to try that try adding this line to your /etc/apt/sources.list file

deb http://us.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu breezy multiverse


Then do an apt-get update, and apt-get install mythtv

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I just recently managed to get mythtv to work on a straight up install of debian sarge kernel 2.6 by adding the following to my /etc/apt/sources.list:


deb ftp://ftp.nerim.net/debian-marillat/ sarge main


and then do "apt-get update" and "apt-cache search myth" to see what myth related packages you can install.

You'll need to install a lot of dependent packages but if you select "Desktop" and "Development" environment during the initial install you'll have most of it.

I pieced my install together based on info from various (some out of date!) sites such as:





It all worked nicely with the installed binaries but I did have to compile ivtv drivers and a few other packages from source.


I've been meaning to write a similar sort of install trail for debian sarge on my hardware (stock Dell Dimension PIII & PVR-350) but haven't found the time...


I'm also not finished yet, I'm trying to get MythGame to work, I need to setup an IR-blaster to control my satellite box and I want to add a joystick.

In addition, I want to see if I can stream live TV or movies with/without mythtv (I've been looking at vlc (http://www.videolan.org)) but so far it only barely works - something needs to be tuned or adjusted somewhere.


Hope this helps!







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Just to follow up, I downloaded the latest source of mythtv (0.19) and compiled it from scratch on my debian sarge system - it works great!


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