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How to make a Mint-Myth

Postby akshunj on Sun Jul 13, 2008 5:10 pm

Mint makes a GREAT Myth base as the codecs and drivers are all preinstalled.

Just go to Synaptic and install Mythbuntu-desktop. Wait for a while and all the dependencies will install. If you're using a remote control, the lirc GUI will pop up during configuration and ask you for details. Most likely, the restart of the lirc daemon will fail. You can manually restart it with "/etc/init.d/lirc restart". Now, you should run the Myth Config utility, now available through MintMenu. Assign the proper backend server (the computer you're using or another if you're a hardcore geek like myself), add whatever plugins you want, and then run the frontend. You should now be golden.

You can login to the normal Mint Gnome desktop or the XFCE Myth desktop. I don't use XFCE, but Myth runs just fine...

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Re: How to make a Mint-Myth

Postby kwisher on Mon Jul 14, 2008 12:19 am

It's ironic you posted this because I am in the finishing stages of creating my own Mint-Myth system. I'm having some problems getting everything fine tuned but it seems that this will be the perfect Media Center.
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Re: How to make a Mint-Myth

Postby akshunj on Mon Jul 14, 2008 4:25 pm

kwisher wrote:It's ironic you posted this because I am in the finishing stages of creating my own Mint-Myth system. I'm having some problems getting everything fine tuned but it seems that this will be the perfect Media Center.


It's not an easy fit. Sound is always an issue. I recommend using Myth's internal player for everything. It looks to be powered by Xine, so your Xine settings will stick. TV resolution was also an issue, but some trial and error got things fixed. About five hours of total work and now I'm watching TV!

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Re: How to make a Mint-Myth

Postby kwisher on Mon Jul 14, 2008 9:38 pm

akshunj wrote:
kwisher wrote:It's ironic you posted this because I am in the finishing stages of creating my own Mint-Myth system. I'm having some problems getting everything fine tuned but it seems that this will be the perfect Media Center.


It's not an easy fit. Sound is always an issue. I recommend using Myth's internal player for everything. It looks to be powered by Xine, so your Xine settings will stick. TV resolution was also an issue, but some trial and error got things fixed. About five hours of total work and now I'm watching TV!


Where do you choose this setting? I currently have no sound.

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Re: How to make a Mint-Myth

Postby kwisher on Mon Jul 14, 2008 10:37 pm

kwisher wrote:
akshunj wrote:
kwisher wrote:It's ironic you posted this because I am in the finishing stages of creating my own Mint-Myth system. I'm having some problems getting everything fine tuned but it seems that this will be the perfect Media Center.


It's not an easy fit. Sound is always an issue. I recommend using Myth's internal player for everything. It looks to be powered by Xine, so your Xine settings will stick. TV resolution was also an issue, but some trial and error got things fixed. About five hours of total work and now I'm watching TV!


Where do you choose this setting? I currently have no sound.

TIA


Ok, I have some sound now but with some problems. TV video is choppy and voices sound like everyone is sucking helium. Audio & video from the DVD player are perfect though.
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Re: How to make a Mint-Myth

Postby akshunj on Mon Jul 14, 2008 11:21 pm

REALLY tough to troubleshoot this from remote. Your DVD player is likely using digital optical passthrough. Any other audio is running through ALSA or Pulse or whatever. Get your sound straight in Mint first BEFORE you try Myth. Wish I could be of more help. Check out the Myth forums. Lots of good advice there...

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Re: How to make a Mint-Myth

Postby kwisher on Tue Jul 15, 2008 9:10 am

akshunj wrote:REALLY tough to troubleshoot this from remote. Your DVD player is likely using digital optical passthrough. Any other audio is running through ALSA or Pulse or whatever. Get your sound straight in Mint first BEFORE you try Myth. Wish I could be of more help. Check out the Myth forums. Lots of good advice there...

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Do you think this might be an issue with PulseAudio? I have seen several people posting here that are experiencing audio problems. How do I go about testing this problem?
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Re: How to make a Mint-Myth

Postby akshunj on Tue Jul 15, 2008 10:36 am

Don't try to diagnose your audio problems through Myth. Myth is just a fancy front-end for various engines like Xine. In fact, using Xine is a great way to diagnose problems with Myth. Make sure DVD's and other video give you audio through whatever output you have selected. If you are having issues with Xine audio, check things like driver selection (choose alsa, not auto or pulse), output speaker selection, passthrough settings, etc. That should get you started...

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Re: How to make a Mint-Myth

Postby kwisher on Thu Jul 17, 2008 9:21 am

akshunj,

Since I last posted, I hosed my Myth-Mint install by fiddling around with the video settings. So I did a fresh Install, no big deal, takes about 15 to 20 minutes. After getting Mint fully updated and the latest Nvidia drivers installed, I then assign a static IP for the Myth backend. From this point, what would you do before installing Myth?

What I did was to install Myth from Synaptic but I could not get Myth backend to connect to the MySQL database. Do you have any pointers to make this step easier? Should MySQL be installed before Myth? I tired everything to get this issue resolved, searched through numerous posts on the Ubuntu forums (this is a major issue over on the MythBuntu forums).

I finally gave up and installed MythDora. The MySql database was a non-issue. I was able to watch live TV in about 30 minutes time, 20 minutes of that was the install from scratch. I still had sound issues though and I did not like the sluggish feel of MythDora. So tonight I want to give Myth-Mint another try and would appreciate any help and advise you can give. I will deal with the sound issue after getting Myth up and running.

Thanks
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Re: How to make a Mint-Myth

Postby kwisher on Sat Aug 02, 2008 1:47 pm

kwisher wrote:akshunj,

Since I last posted, I hosed my Myth-Mint install by fiddling around with the video settings. So I did a fresh Install, no big deal, takes about 15 to 20 minutes. After getting Mint fully updated and the latest Nvidia drivers installed, I then assign a static IP for the Myth backend. From this point, what would you do before installing Myth?

What I did was to install Myth from Synaptic but I could not get Myth backend to connect to the MySQL database. Do you have any pointers to make this step easier? Should MySQL be installed before Myth? I tired everything to get this issue resolved, searched through numerous posts on the Ubuntu forums (this is a major issue over on the MythBuntu forums).

I finally gave up and installed MythDora. The MySql database was a non-issue. I was able to watch live TV in about 30 minutes time, 20 minutes of that was the install from scratch. I still had sound issues though and I did not like the sluggish feel of MythDora. So tonight I want to give Myth-Mint another try and would appreciate any help and advise you can give. I will deal with the sound issue after getting Myth up and running.

Thanks


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