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corwin

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Any solutions for disappearing mythtv frontend?
« on: April 03, 2007, 03:42:05 pm »
Hi,

I seem to have the same problem that several prople already reported, where going into TV on an MD the mythtv main menu shows up for a few seconds, and then the screen goes black (or grey - see below).

I've tried all UI options, with these results:

- UI2 / blending: Screen goes grey
- UI2 / no blending: Screen goes black
- UI1 - The "it will take 10 minutes to update your TV schedule" message comes up, then the screen goes black. Come back 10 minutes later and see - surprise - black screen.

Did anyone find any solutions or explanations for this?

TIA, Itai

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Re: Any solutions for disappearing mythtv frontend?
« Reply #1 on: April 03, 2007, 04:43:47 pm »
What computer are you using? Video card? Be specific.

Hugo

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Re: Any solutions for disappearing mythtv frontend?
« Reply #2 on: April 03, 2007, 05:14:20 pm »
I have this issue as well.

i have noticed that soon as I click the TV button from the LMCE main menu, that about 10 seconds later regaurdless of what I have done, the screen goes black and I have a movable mouse cursor and that is it. If I am quick enough I can see a bit of live TV before the screen goes blank. (So the TV streaming works). (If I hit 'f7' during the blank screen I canusually get back to the LMCE main desktop) 


Specs:
CPU AMD AM2 4600+
Nvidia 7600GT (Giga)
1gb ram
MB: GA-M55S-S3 (giga)

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Re: Any solutions for disappearing mythtv frontend?
« Reply #3 on: April 03, 2007, 08:22:55 pm »
Same thing here, when i chose 'watch tv' from myth's menu screen goes black and i only have my mouse pointer.

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Re: Any solutions for disappearing mythtv frontend?
« Reply #4 on: April 04, 2007, 12:01:33 am »
Add me to the list as well.  I get the grey screen.  I'm tracking my issue in this thread:

http://forum.linuxmce.com/index.php?topic=1369.0

corwin

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Re: Any solutions for disappearing mythtv frontend?
« Reply #5 on: April 04, 2007, 01:41:51 am »
What computer are you using? Video card? Be specific.

Hugo

Core:
AMD Athlon XP 1800+
ASUS A7V400-MX
1gb ram

MD:
EPIA M10000
Nvidia FX5200/128mb
512mb ram

Anyway... from all the "me too" posts I think it's pretty clear this isn't a hardware issue...

corwin

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Re: Any solutions for disappearing mythtv frontend?
« Reply #6 on: April 04, 2007, 10:54:07 am »
FYI, I just connected to the LinuxMCE backend with a MythTV frontend on my Mac, and it worked fine, including watching live TV... so that at least eliminates the backend as a potential cause.

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Re: Any solutions for disappearing mythtv frontend?
« Reply #7 on: April 04, 2007, 06:41:25 pm »
Just wanted to add myself to the list of people having this problem.  Everything else is working just fine, I can play back video, etc., but when I launch live TV I just get a black screen.  My mouse pointer is the only visible thing.

Here are my computer specs:

- opteron 165
- ATI 9800 pro (output only, using UI1)
- hauppauge pvr-150 tuner (x2)

I thought it might have something to do with the TV / resolution I was outputting to, so I plugged into my LCD computer monitor and increased the resolution.  However, I had exactly the same problem.

If anyone has a solution I look forward to hearing it.

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Re: Any solutions for disappearing mythtv frontend?
« Reply #8 on: April 04, 2007, 11:50:53 pm »
I have the same issue.

Specs:
Asus M2NPV-VM, nForce430+GeForce 6150
AMD Athlon 64 3200+ 2.0GHz Socket AM2
Corsair Value S. PC5300 DDR2 1024MB 128Meg x 64, CL5, 667MHz, 240-pin
Samsung SpinPoint P120S 250GB SATA2
Hauppauge! WinTV-PVR-150MCE, PCI,
Microsoft Media Center remote

corwin

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Re: Any solutions for disappearing mythtv frontend?
« Reply #9 on: April 05, 2007, 02:07:10 pm »
Another fact...

I booted my M10000 into MiniMyth (an optimized MythTV frontend) and connected it to the LinuxMCE backend - and it's working and watching TV with no problems. So the problem is somewhere in the MD... FWIW.

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Re: Any solutions for disappearing mythtv frontend?
« Reply #10 on: April 06, 2007, 05:01:22 am »
I'm able to watch live TV briefly (until the screen turns grey).  I mentioned this issue over at the Pluto Home forum and got the following response:

Quote:
"we encounter mythtv connecting errors sometimes in Pluto too, this is an old story that we didn't fix yet.
the only way to work around the issue is to reboot the whole system.
the issue, as far as I can understand (i'm not a programmer) i that a recording starts at some point and this is disabling the access to backend.
we currently don't have a dedicated mythtv guy to fix these issues, so i can't promise that this will be fixed soon.

we had fixed issues in the past with users help (programmers or not). so if you have succeed fixing the issue, just point it to us and we will submit it to distro."

This or a similar issue is apparently being magnified in LMCE.

Abit UL8 mainboard
Athlon 64 3500+
nVidia 6600GT
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Avermedia A180 ATSC card

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Re: Any solutions for disappearing mythtv frontend?
« Reply #11 on: April 06, 2007, 12:42:03 pm »
a good start for solving this problem will be to watch the logs of myth tv or dcerouter. watch the logs when the problem occurs and maybe we will find a solution.
Read the F****** Logs!!!

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Re: Any solutions for disappearing mythtv frontend?
« Reply #12 on: April 06, 2007, 03:28:49 pm »
a good start for solving this problem will be to watch the logs of myth tv or dcerouter. watch the logs when the problem occurs and maybe we will find a solution.

This is from the DCERouter log.

/01/07 22:17:09.977 Parameter 159(PK_Screen): 128 <0xa7389ba0>
08 04/01/07 22:17:09.979 Parameter 5(Value To Assign): MythTV Player(LinuxMCE LiveTV) <0xaab90ba0>
08 04/01/07 22:17:09.979 Parameter 9(Text): <0xaab90ba0>
08 04/01/07 22:17:09.979 Parameter 29(PK_MediaType): 1 <0xaab90ba0>
08 04/01/07 22:17:09.979 Parameter 41(StreamID): 2 <0xaab90ba0>
08 04/01/07 22:17:09.979 Parameter 48(Value): 0 <0xaab90ba0>
08 04/01/07 22:17:09.979 Parameter 50(Name): mythfrontend.Mythfrontend <0xaab90ba0>
08 04/01/07 22:17:09.979 Parameter 103(List PK Device): 24,24,15,,1,1,0 <0xaab90ba0>
08 04/01/07 22:17:09.979 Parameter 120(Retransmit): 0 <0xaab90ba0>
08 04/01/07 22:17:10.005 Received Message from 19 (OnScreen Orbiter / Family Room) to 28 (Photo Screen Saver / Family Room), type 1 id 193 Command:Off, parameters: <0x79b2eba0>
08 04/01/07 22:17:10.005 Parameter 97(PK_Pipe): 0 <0x79b2eba0>
05 04/01/07 22:17:11.186 Socket::ReceiveData 0x85ec888 failed, bytes left 0 start: 1060000 1: 0 1b: 0 2: 0 2b: 0 m_Socket: 140 Incoming_Conn Socket 140 127.0.0.1EVENT 24 T=35 Event #24 <0x7b331ba0>
05 04/01/07 22:17:11.207 Socket::ReceiveString2 ReceiveData failed m_Socket: -1 Incoming_Conn Socket 140 127.0.0.1EVENT 24 T=35 Event #24 <0x7b331ba0>
05 04/01/07 22:17:11.207 TCPIP: Closing connection to 24 (Router Dev #0) 0x85ec888 m_Socket: -1 <0x7b331ba0>
05 04/01/07 22:17:11.207 Router::RemoveAndDeleteSocket 0x85ec888 24 <0x7b331ba0>
05 04/01/07 22:17:11.186 Socket::ReceiveData 0x85fddc8 failed, bytes left 0 start: 1060000 1: 0 1b: 0 2: 0 2b: 0 m_Socket: 141 Incoming_Conn Socket 141 127.0.0.1EVENT 24 T=35 Event #24 <0x7bb32ba0>
05 04/01/07 22:17:11.209 Socket::ReceiveString2 ReceiveData failed m_Socket: -1 Incoming_Conn Socket 141 127.0.0.1EVENT 24 T=35 Event #24 <0x7bb32ba0>
05 04/01/07 22:17:11.209 TCPIP: Closing connection to 24 (Router Dev #0) 0x85fddc8 m_Socket: -1 <0x7bb32ba0>
05 04/01/07 22:17:11.209 Router::RemoveAndDeleteSocket 0x85fddc8 24 <0x7bb32ba0>
05 04/01/07 22:17:25.384 Router::RemoveAndDeleteSocket 0x8619208 24 <0x7b331ba0>

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Re: Any solutions for disappearing mythtv frontend?
« Reply #13 on: April 07, 2007, 09:52:35 pm »
Is there a solution for this problem yet? I have the same problem with UI2. The screen turns grey after 5 secs...

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Re: Any solutions for disappearing mythtv frontend?
« Reply #14 on: April 07, 2007, 11:01:15 pm »
Same issue here, an I have myth running fine on a different drive on this box.

One thing I noticed is in Spawn_mythfrontend_xxxxx.log

<snip>
mythtv: could not connect to socket
mythtv: No such file or directory
lirc_init failed for mythtv, see preceding messages
</snip>