Hope someone might be able to get some direction on where to go next...
Setup my Pluto core with two PVR cards, a leadtek DVB-T card and an old Pixelview Playtv pro that I had lying around.
I installed a diskless MD which is out in the lounge and meant to be able to watch TV etv. (it has no PVR cards and is only going to be a frontend)
I have so far only concentrated on the DVB card. I ran mythtv-setup on the core (with X server running on my main PC) and configured the cards, sources and channels.
Then I ran (from orbiter) mythtv setup on the MD and made sure it pointed at the core Ip address etc.
After some time playing with drivers and XMLTV grabbers for Australia etc I now can do watch TV on the MD and get some sort of picture.
The problem is that the picture (and audio) stutters and jumps and is basically not watchable. The problem looks similar to watching a digital settop box with a poor aerial signal but I am not sure how to address that and if it is indeed the problem.
I am using rabbit ears aerial which usually is not a problem in my area as I am high up and have line of sight to the Sydney TV towers. I can usually watch TV without plugging an aerial in (ie: just using the connecting cable as an aerial).
Is there an easy way to tune this aerial? Like some application I can run (on the core) where I can see the signal strength whilst I move the aerial around.
Alternatively, I thought the problem might be related to the MD and its lack of CPU power. The machine is a socket 370 based system with about a 760MHZ Celeron in it and 512MB of memory. When watching (or trying to) TV on it CPU utilisation for mythfrontend varies from 50% to 99.9% so it is working hard. Is this likely to be a bottleneck causing the stuttering?
What can I do to address this? Is adding a seperate video card going to help (with the decoding). It currently uses the onboard video which is part of the intel chipset or something. Is this machine just not worthy?
Anyone, know which path to follow with this? Any similar setups that work fine?
Another question; when I originally was playing around with MythTV through pluto (a few releases of pluto ago) when I moved the mouse I got the orbiter menus popup to control it. That doesn't seem to happen anymore. Is this intended or a problem that I have?
And a completely seperate question; I put the old playtv pro in the machine as it has an anologue radio tuner on it and I would like to have this distributed by Pluto. Does this work? Would I still be using MythTv for this or one of the other apps? Anyone done it?
Thanks for any help