June 14, 2009

Linux media PC woes: Media application

At this point, I finally have a working X display on my TV. 1024x576 widescreen interlaced. Which flickers quite a bit on static desktop image, but isn't noticable when playing video or showing pictures.

I have tested MythTV earlier, and found that I didn't really like it much. Don't know why not, just wasn't complete enough I think. So this time I did a new search for linux media PC and came across the linux port of XBMC - the XBox Media Center. Apparently this was already in Gentoo Portage, just had to unmask it.

I had already tested this on the ATI adapter briefly, and new that it should work. So I was surprised to only see a segfault when trying it on the TV with the nVidia card. Rebuilding latest svn version didn't help either. Core dump on startup. Every time. I decided to attempt using the proprietary nvidia-drivers instead. Bingo! I had planned on testing those anyway to get vdpau support later, so this was okay for me.

So I finally got the media PC up and running, and except for the occassional hangups of xbmc, which I credit to the fact that I'm running a very fresh svn copy, it's working fine. The overscan adjustment feature saved me all the trouble of adjusting the X modeline overscan to fit the TV as well.

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