Mythbuntu12.04

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This page records the setup of Mythbuntu [1] a standalone media PVR suite based on MythTV [2]

Hardware

  • Streacom FC9 Black Full Aluminium Fanless Chassis
  • Gigabyte GA-Z87MX-D3H LGA1150 Micro ATX Motherboard
  • Intel 4th Gen Core i7 4770 3.4GHz 84W HD4600 8M Quad Core CPU
  • Corsair 16GB (2x8GB) Vengeance LP DDR3 Memory
  • picoPSU 160W picoPSU and AC/DC adapter block
  • Intel 80GB 335 Solid State Drive SSD
  • 2 off WD Green Power WD20NPVX 2TB 2.5in HDD OEM
  • Streacom ST-OB2 Slot-Load Blu-ray Drive for Streacom Chassis
  • Streacom Internal IR Receiver and Remote Control
  • TBS 6280 Dual Freeview HD Low-profile PCIe TV Tuner Card DVB-T2
  • TBS 6981 Dual Satellite HD Low-profile PCIe TV Tuner Card DVB-S2

This machines memory and CPU is overkill even for HD TV, the important things are that there is at least one TV tuner source and ample storage space for recordings.

Installation

Firstly identify the architecture of your PC, most CPUs these days (2013) are 64Bit. Head over to the download page [3] and download the required iso file. This guide covers the installation of Mythbuntu12.04 on to a vanilla system, that is an entirely fresh install using mythbuntu-12.04.3-desktop-amd64.iso. Basic Installation is straightforward but is somewhat dependent on you hardware and BIOS settings. This system is connected to a SHARP Aquos TV via an HDMI cable with a USB keyboard and mouse and connected to the internet and my network via an ethernet cable.

  1. Burn the ISO to a DVD
  2. Install and boot the PC from the ISO
  3. Select 'Install Mythbuntu'
  4. Select the Drive to install the OS too. I used the SSD drive and disabled LVM so i can mount the main storage myself later.
  5. Select country, timezone, keyboard etc. This is all the normal questions, pay special attention to the following
    1. enable the check box to install 3rd party software that is not Open Source.
    2. if you intend to remotely connect to your system during setup, ensure VNC and SSH service are enabled

Once installation is complete the PC will ask you to remove the DVD and press Enter to reboot the machine.

System Setup

Objectives

  1. Demonstrate HD TV, both live recording
  2. Configure TV listings using XMLTV
  3. Control the system with the IR Remote

Since this system is replacing my currently deployed HD-PVR I will also be transfering existing MythTV database and SD recordings to the new system.

Figures and screenshots of the numerous steps are presented at the end of the page gallery.

Update the System

Once your PC has rebooted it should autologin with the default user and launch the MythTV Frontend. Note
Initial Screen After Reboot

Using the Update Manager or Terminal update the system, you will need to authenticate using the password of the user created during installation.


Initial Screen After Reboot

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Figure Gallery


References

  1. http://www.mythbuntu.org/
  2. http://www.mythtv.org/
  3. http://www.mythbuntu.org/download-type