Last night I was fighting with repairing my MythTV box, the final remaining linux PC in my house. My video card went down and trying to replacing it the nVidia that was in there with the ATI replacement I picked up turned out to be too frustrating. Steps I went through
- Backup/Restore of KnoppMyth
- #2 caused a bad xorg.conf to be used, and install crashed
- Un-tarred the backup, replaced bad xorg.conf with a failsafe xorg.conf, re-tarred
- Repeat #2
- Video card works, KnoppMyth installation crashes
- Powered through, MythTV up and running, can’t talk to backend
- Reconfigure backend, can see recordings, can’t watch them
- Networking doesn’t work
- TV-Out doesn’t work
- Give Up
- Try to pull recordings onto portable hard drive (NTFS formatted, ha, good try)
- Download Knoppix w/ NTFS write support
- Run LiveCD
- Copy files to portable hard drive
- Wipe linux
- Install Windows
- Install GB-PVR
Before I started working at Magenic none of my computers booted into Windows by default. My laptop ran VectorLinux (based off Slackware) and my main PC ran Fedora, Ubuntu, etc based on what I wanted to try that week.
The MythTV box was running rock-solid for years, and I loved it. It was the last bastion of my free-spirited geekiness in my increasingly Microsoft focused world. Now, it has but hours left to live. Maybe I’ll put Ubuntu on my laptop for old time’s sake at some point. Who knows?
Speaking of, Windows 7 RC is out now to MSDN. THAT is going on my laptop immediately tonight. I think I’ve been fully assimilated. Even Winston eventually saw the light and learned to love Big Brother.