Linux TV

Published April 24, 2008 by Sean

Myth TV looked quite tempting, even thought it seemed impossible to reliably check if a particular DVB device works – so I took the plunge and invested £30. Packaging and versions seem to vary from week to week and by country.
My device is WinTV-NOVA-T-Stick model 1185 SL-1185-V2.0-UK
Much faffing about and I work out that I need to download firmware (presuming this is proprietary so won’t be included in ubuntu, but the install documentation is so secret)
http://www.wi-bw.tfh-wildau.de/~pboettch/

http://www.linuxtv.org/wiki/index.php/DVB_via_USB

https://help.ubuntu.com/community/MythTV/Install/Troubleshooting

Other problems I have encountered are nVidia drivers badly autodetecting TV-out settings, and resetting themselves at the earliest opportunity, and the nvidia-settings tool playing some nasty games to avoid needing to be run as root. Then it says it can’t overwrite a backup file, it means it did nothing, and needs running as sudo nvidia-settings. Even then, nvidia-xconfig -A is the only easy way to change the settings easily. Plus the 8600GT doesn’t seem to do overscan, and can be killed by shorting out the composite output.

http://www.google.co.uk/url?sa=t&ct=res&cd=2&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.gigabyte.com.tw%2FProducts%2FMotherboard%2FProducts_Overview.aspx%3FProductID%3D2758&ei=CP4QSM6DOKbowwHH2Z3KCQ&usg=AFQjCNGJZ7Rt_445CfKpYlGr6m91GmJ8pA&sig2=vtnZGzV7p2r3WI7ER6izgA seems to be an ideal replacement though,  single board with a  quality integrated video device. Just need to  find  an  as small as possible  HTPC case  with external  PSU.

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