MythTV / PVR-350 / Ubuntu

This blog entry used to contain an overview for constructing a MythTV box from Ubuntu and a Hauppauge PVR-350 card. I’ve moved it from the blog into a permanent page here.

X-Out on a PVR-350

Install the ivtv driver as described here http://www.willmer.com/kb/2005/02/installing-ivtv-driver-for-pvr-350-card/ Then, following the instructions in utils/README.X11, install -c -m 0444 ivtvdev_drv_o /usr/X11R6/lib/modules/drivers/ivtvdev_drv.o Then, set your default kernel to use a frame buffer. Add vga=791 to your kernel line Add this to the line starting # kopt… in /boot/grub/menu.lst vga=791 Identify the PCD ID of the PVR-350 card. lspci and look for the line relating to the PVR card.

Installing ivtv driver for PVR-350 card

Platform: Ubuntu Hoary Preview Release AMD64 Hauppauge PVR-350 if you don’t already have it, get the basic stuff for building a kernel module. Get basics for building a kernel module Following the instructions at Ubuntu Linux FAQ $ sudo apt-get install build-essential linux-headers-uname -r If you get an error like this, make: *** /lib/modules/2.6.10-2-386/build: No such file or directory. Stop. make: *** [all] Error 2 this is the bit you need to revisit.

What I want from a PVR

Before we moved house, we lived in a Freeview area. I’d bought a great cheap Humax box which acted as a Freeview box with hard disk recorder. It was great, no messing around with videos, automatic channel change, timeslip function, the works. Then we moved… Now I live in a Telewest area, so we use that instead, a much cheaper option than upgrading the TV aerial to digital etc. And we use the cable for phone, and I use the Internet option for work.