How do i playback TV and DVD's

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jimjames
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How do i playback TV and DVD's

Post by jimjames » 2009/10/01 16:51:38

My Centos 4 install installed "everything" off the dics.

I've spent hours reading faq's and web sites but sill can't get anything to work.

Eventually I managed to do a good install of "xawtv" and something called "mythTV"
(I think the myth is it has anything to do with TV!)

All I want it to play back DVD's and use my PVR250 card to watch TV


Can someone tell me in simple english what I have to do please?

Thanks :cry:

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How do i playback TV and DVD's

Post by pschaff » 2009/10/01 21:31:05

For a new system you might want to consider a fresh install of CentOS 5.3 (or very soon 5.4). You may be more likely to get multimedia working on the newer release. CentOS 4 is quite old. If you have found MythTV you have presumably found ATrpms.

The Wiki is your friend.
http://wiki.centos.org/TipsAndTricks/MultimediaOnCentOS

Please also read
http://wiki.centos.org/Repositories
http://wiki.centos.org/Repositories/RPMForge
and note the warnings and advice about installing and configuring yum-priorities
http://wiki.centos.org/PackageManagement/Yum/Priorities

Non-core repos should have a higher numeric value, which is a lower priority. Lower is "better" as in golf scores.

[url=http://www.centos.org/modules/newbb/viewtopic.php?topic_id=14408&forum=47]Installing Software[/url]
[url=http://wiki.centos.org/PackageManagement/SourceInstalls]Source Installs[/url]

For DVD playing, vlc and mplayer are good.

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Re: How do i playback TV and DVD's

Post by jimjames » 2009/10/02 13:01:11

Thanks Phil but I have Centos 4 I do not have Centos 5 which is why I posted here
in the Centos 4 forum.

I read the "wikki's" and searched google before posting here. I did suggest so previously.
There is nothing of any use.

Plenty of stuff on how to steal music off CD's out there but nothing else of any apparent use.
What I have managed to find and install just doesn't do anything - by that I mean
./configure make install - all ok
What then? I can't get anything to do anything with the TV or DVD player.

If Centos 4 cannot playback TV or DVD's perhaps someone could just say so and I can stop
wasting everyones time.

I don't have a lifetime to spend learning how to "build my own linux" I just want to
download an application and use it.

I can type ./cofigure and make install if I have to but thats all.
I even managed to install that mythTV thing with no errors. But it doesn't appear to do anything.
The fact that the cofigure programs in the mp3 add on crash because they make a directory
in the wrong case and another module (I forget which) crashed because it couldn't find
(would you believe) a readme file for the same reason already wasted 2 days of my time.

Is this a real OS or just some sort of joke version? Everything looks great until you actually
try to use it for something other than wordprocessing - then it just because a huge time wasting engine.

I find it hard to believe there isnt a simple download to perform such universal tasks. It's not as if
it hasn't been around as you say its "quite old" but for an OS it isn't of course. Thats the entire point
of an Enterprise OS - you keep it you don't keep changing it. If that isn't what you want to do then Centos
is a bad choice in the first place.

Anyone ...
Can it or can it not do what I want without me having to read the life history of 1000 little packages
and what their developers had for breakfast?

If so how?

Please?

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Re: How do i playback TV and DVD's

Post by pschaff » 2009/10/02 14:18:05

[quote]
jimjames wrote:
Thanks Phil but I have Centos 4 I do not have Centos 5 which is why I posted here
in the Centos 4 forum.
...
If Centos 4 cannot playback TV or DVD's perhaps someone could just say so and I can stop
wasting everyones time.
[/quote]

I realize you have 4. I was just suggesting that life might be easier with 5. I can't comment much on the CentOS 4 current capabilities for multimedia as I've been on 5 for years, except for some installs for QA testing, but as I recall it [i]could[/i] work but was quite a lot of trouble to [b]make[/b] it work properly, as compared to 5.

If you have been doing a lot of "./configure; make install" you may be in for a fresh install anyway. Building as root is a recipe for disaster. Package based systems should use packages if at all possible. Please read
[url=http://www.centos.org/modules/newbb/viewtopic.php?topic_id=14408&forum=47]Installing Software[/url]
[url=http://wiki.centos.org/PackageManagement/SourceInstalls]Source Installs[/url]

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