I love my tivo. I've added a big disk to it. But I want to see more of my "personal media" on the tv (pictures, movies, etc) so I decided to make a Mythtv box.
I made a nice new pc in a "stereo cabinet like" box. I used a motherboard with built in HDMI output (very nice) and a 64 bit AMD cpu. I got all this from Mwave.
- Motherboard: BIOSTAR TF7050-M2 nVIDIA GeFORCE 7050PV CHIPSET MICRO ATX
- Box: ANTEC NSK2400 (BLACK / SILVER) MICRO ATX DESKTOP CASE
And of course I stuffed a dvd cdrom drive and a huge SATA disk drive.
Using a motherboard with HDMI out was key, becauase I just bought a big lcd hdtv.
When it arrived installed Ubuntu using this page:
I bought a Tivo remote control because everyone in my house knows how to use one. I got it from WeaKnees. I love the stuff they sell.
I then found I had an "IR problem". I solved it with a USBUIRT device, which I also love. Get the one with the 56k detector. It "just worked".
- I found a tivo control file which described the tivo remote. And then I had to hack the mapping file quite a bit to get it to be the way I wanted.
- Support for the nvidia chipset was not in the kernel. I used an install package from Nvidia which was scary. But it did provide a nice X windows based config tool which turned out to be handy.
(X windows looks *really* nice on my hdtv. It makes me thing my next monitor for my office will be a 40" lcd hdtv. why not? huge screen!)
- DVD's did not "just play" by default. Instead I got odd /dev/hdc i/o errors. I asked a friend (thanks Bill!) and installed a few missing DVD decode packages. apt-get to the rescue. It then worked fine. I thought for a 1/2 day I had a bad cd-rom drive.
After many apt-gets and much twiddling I now have a nice Mythtv box which responds to a tivo remote. I can view my video and pictures and watch Jim Lehrer on the big screen (my record list is only PBS and F1 on Speed :-)
I may still get a HD Tivo, but the MythTv is a very nice adjunct and allows me to do things in a nice linuxy way with my home media. I plan to try firewire next and if that works ok I may skip the tivo hd...