Gentoo Linux & MythTV
P4 2.8ghz/800FSB, 512MB Ram
Gentoo distro, Linux Kernel version 2.6.18
MythTV version 0.20, single-PC backend & frontend.
First and foremost, my understanding of *nix is limited.
I recently converted from MCE 2005 to Gentoo & MythTV. It's been working great until recently. After a long time with fighting to get an ASUS MyCinema P7131 TV card working with it (autodetected as saa7133, only saa7135 module works with it), very strange things have been happening.
1) The computer can't always shut down. Sometimes, I get a black screen with green ANSI characters sparatically placed, then quickly turns to a blue screen, grey foreground, all zeros and a blinking cursor at top left. Computer needs to be manually turned off to reboot after that. It doesn't happen ALL the time, though.
2) NOTHING, I repeat NOTHING, works being loaded from /etc/init.d/local.start anymore. I couldn't get mysqld, samba, or the mythbackend to start from there, as it was before. It worked for the LONGEST TIME there, but not anymore. Now, if I need something loaded for MythTV to work, it must be put in the /etc/conf.d/xdm file (or was it /etc/init.d/xdm? My brain it melting from this junk...). I had to add this to the xdm:
smbd -d &
v4lctl volume mute off &
mythbackend -d &
The v4lctl entry is for the ASUS TV Card, which, by default, has the volume muted on TV output. If either MYSQL or the MythBackend isn't loaded from xdm, MythTV will not work... At all.
I've even tried using "rc-update add mysql default", which it responds with "it's already there, skipping", as well as "rc-update add mythbackend default", which replies with the same thing. Again, adding ANYTHING to local.start results in nothing happening.
Could anyone explain to me why it has worked for weeks in the past, loading all of that from local.start but no longer? This JUST happened last night, and I've been fighting with it for hours to understand why, but I'm finally admitting defeat...
...any help please? :/
Did you emerge -u system/world recently? That would explain the problem in case one of the packages are borked. Apart from that, I can't pinpoint anything.
About the shutdown problem, which display card do you have? I've had those problems with the piece of **** ATi cards.
Yeah, ran emerge last night. That was how I got it to at least load from local.start. As for the display, it's a cheap little NViDiA GeForce MX-440 with TV-Out. I figured I wasn't playing games on the system, just using it for watching movies, listening to music, recording TV, etc, so it was perfect for what I was doing.
Well, it's definitely something that's because of emerging new stuff.
About the video card, do you have 3d acceleration on?