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stargrove

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MythTV Black Screen with just a Mouse...
« on: May 10, 2007, 07:06:57 am »
I have seen this topic here before, but no one has ever answered this issue.  I figured I would post it again in the hope that someone would.

When I startup MythTV I get just a mouse and a black screen.  Has anyone resolved this problem yet?

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Re: MythTV Black Screen with just a Mouse...
« Reply #1 on: May 10, 2007, 08:41:52 am »
Sorry if I'm way off.  I am getting ready to install LinuxMCE tomorrow, but am a MythTV...  power user.  Often times a black screen indicates an improperly setup video capture device in MythTV.  Check that your "tuner" card works by doing something like:
cat /dev/video0 > file.mpg

And then playing back the file.mpg  If there is video (with moving pictures and not just black screen) then the problem isn't with the TV Tuner.  If you have no video, you will want to get that worked out first.  Check dmesg to see if there is any obvious info on why your drivers aren't loading or if there are errors when they try to load (maybe your card just isn't supported).

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Re: MythTV Black Screen with just a Mouse...
« Reply #2 on: May 10, 2007, 06:53:51 pm »
This is a known issue, that probably, more than anything, needs a sticky.  All I know of is a 'hack' to get it working. 
DO a search in the users forum for "Any solutions for disappearing mythtv frontend?".  At the top of page three is a potential fix. I've not tired it. I'm back to mythtv until V. 1.1  (or perhaps they'll give it a 2.0.). :o

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Re: MythTV Black Screen with just a Mouse...
« Reply #3 on: May 11, 2007, 07:15:06 am »
I am a novice Linux user but have learned a bit over the last week.

I ran through some of the stuff on the IVTV website and the newbielink:https://help.ubuntu.com/community/Install_IVTV_Edgy [nonactive] website.

Now the cat /dev/video0 > file.mpeg worked fine and I was able to play back the file.  So I started up LinuxMCE and then selected VIDEO from the menu.  The MythTV gui started up and I actually saw a menu and everything (never made it this far before)....for about 5 seconds, then the screen went black again with just my mouse.

Any ideas?

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Re: MythTV Black Screen with just a Mouse...
« Reply #4 on: May 11, 2007, 10:32:09 pm »
again, this is a known problem.  Let me be a little more detailed though... The interaction between Pluto (the linuxMCE engine) has known problem with the interaction with MythTV. THis is a Pluto problem, and due to a lack of programmers and or desired to help out for free, it doesn't look like it'll get fixed within the next weekend (if you know what I mean).  There is a potential fix/hack... read my response in the post directly above yours.   I know of no other fixs at the moment.

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Re: MythTV Black Screen with just a Mouse...
« Reply #5 on: May 14, 2007, 09:29:37 am »
I had what sounds like the same problem, tried multiple installations with the same results. Tried again this weekend, but the only difference was that I didn't select a dedicated LinuxMCE install, I said I wanted Ubuntu and LinuxMCE. Once I did that I got past the problem.

Hope that helps



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Re: MythTV Black Screen with just a Mouse...
« Reply #6 on: May 14, 2007, 05:49:51 pm »
Interesting result... perhaps others will chime in and verify that making it a non-dedicated machine solves this...    Can you list your sys-hardware?