Setting up mythtv with DVB-C

After reading trough the (dvb) forum at tweakers.net:

Part1: http://gathering.tweakers.net/forum/list_messages/1096768/0
Part2: http://gathering.tweakers.net/forum/list_messages/1244075//
Part3: http://gathering.tweakers.net/forum/list_messages/1311573//

and the DVB-C info page at the mythtv wiki: http://www.linuxtv.org/wiki/index.php/DVB-C_PCI_Cards
Mainly due to the comments on the KNC one: “works out-of-the-box with MythTV-0.21” I decided to choose this one. So I ordered this card and some additional hardware for showing the encrypted dvb-c channels also:

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3w-xxxx: scsi0: Command failed

Mar 21 20:00:39 striterax smartd[2788]: Device: /dev/twe0 [3ware_disk_03], opened
Mar 21 20:00:39 striterax kernel: [   51.330113] 3w-xxxx: scsi0: Command failed:
status = 0xc4, flags = 0x43, unit #3.
Mar 21 20:00:39 striterax smartd[2788]: WARNING – NO DEVICE FOUND ON 3WARE CONTROLLER (disk 3)
Mar 21 20:00:39 striterax smartd[2788]: Note: /dev/sdX many need to be replaced with /dev/tweN or /dev/twaN
Mar 21 20:00:39 striterax smartd[2788]: Device: /dev/twe0 [3ware_disk_03], not ATA, no IDENTIFY DEVICE Structure
Mar 21 20:00:39 striterax smartd[2788]: Unable to register ATA device /dev/twe0 [3ware_disk_03] at line 59 of file /etc/smartd.conf

What the…
Then I noticed that the lower tray in the 3Ware HDD Enclosure did not have power at all.
Swapping disks in the trays gave me nothing. Still the lower tray had no power at all.
Taking a closer look I discovered that the molox connector of one off the Enclosure fans wasn’t connected.
It solved the problem. It looks like a safety precaution: when a fan fails, airflow is reduced and only power to three HDD devices is allowed. In that case the HDD’s won’t heat up to much. Cheers.

PVR-500 and Asus A7V8XX no go?

Recently I decided to replace my two pvr-250 by two pvr-500’s.
The nice thing about this replacement is that the 500 is using the same firmware as the 250’s. So, just give me a minute to swap those cards……

After replacement and booting up the system I noticed that the system wasn’t booting at all. It just hang during post. After some googling I discovered that I was not the only one:

My problem seemed to be exactly the same:

http://forum.byopvr.com/dvr/archive.php?topic=5012.0
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mpc/mpd issue

Fireing up mpc would just stop it from playing immediately. I recently upgraded to lenny. Still a bug maybe:

tail -f /var/log/mpd/errors.log
problems opening audio device while playing “t/Toto/Hydra/01-Hydra.ogg”
Mar 02 16:10 : Lost shout connection to localhost:8000 : Socket error
Mar 02 16:10 : problems opening audio device while playing “t/Toto/Hydra/02-St. George and the Dragon.ogg”
Mar 02 16:10 : problems opening audio device while playing “t/Toto/Hydra/01-Hydra.ogg”

Strange enough it seems that a dummy output device is nescessary according the notes section of: http://www.musicpd.org/mantis/view.php?id=1525

audio_output {
type “ao”
driver “null”
name “Dummy output”
}

It helped me out.