Wednesday, October 19, 2011

CentOS 6.x Mythtv 0.24 plus Hauppauge PVR-500 setup hotwo

Let me start by stating that getting this setup to be functional was a frustrating experience. Mostly due to my lack of Mythtv setup experience. It's not to say that I have not been using Mythtv for a very long time. It's more along the lines that I run the boxes for sooooo long without issue and therefore don't have to deal with setup very often. The box I'm replacing was a venerable CentOS 5 setup with a single Hauppauge PVR-250. The other issue is that I introduced some new-to-me equipment (the PVR-500) and most found documentation did not directly pertain to the mythtv-0.24 version.

Basic CentOS 6.0 32bit is documented in a previous post. This will be more about the setup of the Hauppauge PVR-500 since that was really the only problem.

There is some some information in the Mythtv wiki that is helpful.

Please keep in mind that my main intent is to show the PVR-500 setup and not all
the easy other stuff.

Step 1: run mythtvsetup
Step 2: select "Capture cards" -> "New capture card"

Step 3: from "Card type:" select "H.264 encoder card (HD-PVR)" then "Finish"

Step 4: select "New capture card" -> "Card type:" select "H.264 encoder card (HD-PVR)" again. This time change "Video device:" to "/dev/video1" then "Finish"

Step 5: add your "Video source" and "Input connections" and follow any other instructions you have ;)

Error messages I had while trying to get the PVR-500 setup correctly:
snd_pcm_open_noupdate unknown pcm default
Error: Failed to open audio device ALSA:default
Encountered problems running /usr/bin/mythpreviewgen

Note: vlc error:
*** glibc detected *** vlc: free(): invalid pointer:
 Solution was simple for this 32bit install, as root:
mv /usr/lib/vlc/plugins/meta_engine/ ~/

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