[UbuntuDallas] Video issues

Brandon Perry bperry.volatile at gmail.com
Mon Feb 8 12:56:08 GMT 2010

If you `cat /dev/urandom`, you get a screen print our of the data being
generated by /dev/urandom. If you `cat /dev/<video-device>`, you will see
the data the device is dealing with. The `> file.mpg` is just saying
redirect the data to this file rather than stdout (the terminal screen in
your case). It will be difficult to tell you which device is your tv card,
that is something the forums can most definitely help with. Be sure to give
them list of devices on your system and what you are looking for.

On Mon, Feb 8, 2010 at 12:14 AM, Juan Collao <collao at sbcglobal.net> wrote:

>  Well, I had read that MythTV is actually a really good program, but I also
> read that may people had a hard time installing it. I did notice that MythTV
> is part of the Ubuntu Software Center and that was encouraging because most
> of those programs work well, but I also noticed that MythTV had two parts:
> backend and frontend. So the question becomes: How do I install both in a
> way that makes them work well together? There has to be a reason they don't
> come together in one package. What steps should I have to take then to
> install both parts successfully?
> Also, a previous message provided this suggestion:
> If you're running digital, I believe you should be able to cat
> /dev/<videodevice>    >   filename.mpg
> and then play back that file with most any software.
> Yes, I would be running digital, but I'm not sure I understand what this
> command would do. Also, what would my videodevice be?
> I really would like to thank everyone for your thoughtful comments and
> suggestions. The user communities are really the strength of Linux. If I
> called Apple or Microsoft for help, I'm sure no one would talk to me unless
> they had my credit card on file. I'm sure I will be able to figure out this
> TV issue some day, which by the way, would be the last thing on my list of
> "must have" applications for my computer. I'm happy to say that I have been
> able to get everything else to work great.
> Regards,
> Juan
> -----Original Message-----
> *From*: Marc Randolph <mrand at pobox.com<Marc%20Randolph%20%3cmrand at pobox.com%3e>
> >
> *To*: collao at sbcglobal.net
> *Cc*: ubuntu-us-tx-dallas at lists.ubuntu.com
> *Subject*: Re: [UbuntuDallas] Video issues
> *Date*: Sat, 6 Feb 2010 20:07:25 -0600
> On Sat, Feb 6, 2010 at 7:44 PM, Juan Collao <collao at sbcglobal.net> wrote:
> > Funny how you mentioned that you were not able to Sync your Windows mobile
> > device with Linux. I got mine to work with Synce. Their user mailing list is
> > very helpful too. If you have Ubuntu and Evolution, it works great. Check it
> > out:
> >
> > http://www.synce.org/moin/
> >
> > Now as far as MythTV, I read that some people have been able to get the same
> > type of TV card to work with it; however, I'm kind of intimidated by the
> > installation procedure for MythTV. I'm not that experienced with Linux and I
> > have already wasted a ton hours trying to make some things work. Besides, I
> > agree that since one of my programs picks up the TV card, somehow Linux can
> > detect it, I just need to find out how to point the right device to the
> > right program. I had read somewhere that there is a way to configure video
> > devices, but I just don't know how. I'm sure that at some point I will get
> > it to work. I will be sure to let you all know.
> It's true that MythTV can be finicky at times.   Many pieces of
> hardware work so well it's hard to believe it's Linux, while other
> things can turn into black holes.  I wasn't necessarily recommending
> trying MythTV, although with the mythbuntu-media-centre package, is it
> quite easy to configure now-a-days (disclaimer: I help out on the
> mythbuntu team).
> Regardless if you are considering MythTV or not, I would encourage you
> to research the analog vs. digital portions of your configuration as I
> described in my previous email.
>    Marc
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