Aim :

  • Enable a lightly used Linux machine to additionally host a MythTV video card. Major Issues :

  • Upgrade to 2.6.22 breaks everything :
    • ivtv
    • ivtv-fb
    • ivtv-xdriver

    • ivtvfb-ctl (now gone)
  • Want to have two independent displays (two simultaneous X servers running)
    • Complex /etc/X11/xorg.conf
    • Need to use evdev to have dual keyboards

    • Toy with /etc/gdm/custom.conf (not necessary, hardly working)
  • Added a Belkin wireless keyboard (from
    • Set up special keys for MythTV
  • Control cable box via IR transmitter Each of these will be addressed in separate postings.

NB: This MythTV experience is certainly not an advertisement for building a DIY PVR. Lots of the documentation, Wiki entries, and forum advice is badly out-of-date. Oh well.

Martin Andrews

{Finance, Software, AI} entrepreneur, living in Singapore with my family.