Archive for November, 2006

Building a mythtv box on suse 10.2 rc1

27 November, 2006

Well I could not figure out how to get wireless working for me in the suse 10.1 install I had on the machine. So in the hope that a reinstall with the wireless nic installed in the machine during installation would somehow configure the network correctly for me I upgraded to suse 10.2 rc1.

But the problem is still the same. Only difference is that the installer suggested to use networking _without_ the networkmanager (which I had seen in the buglist for 10.1 does not work with prism54 which is the driver for my wireless nic unfortunately)

But it did not work (wired ethernet works fine ofcourse)

So I started trying the same tricks I had learned on suse 10.1 ( symlinking /etc/sysconfig/network/ifcfg-eth2-> ifcfg-wlan……… ) and again I saw using iwevent that I seemed to get my nic associated with the wireless router. But still no dhcp assigned ip address for the wireless interface.

I tried disconnecting the wired ethernet and restarting the network, but no luck with that.

I tried adding a route for the wireless interface to the wireless router manually, but no luck.

I tried setting the ip for the wireless interface manually, and disconnecting the wired ethernet (using the same ip address that was assigned (by DHCP) ) but still no luck.

Despairing for a bit, while I think about how to proceed from here.

Building a mythtv box

21 November, 2006


recently I started configuring an Athlon 3200+ equipped box, with a sata and an IDE hard disk, a Hauppauge DVB-t tuner, and a Hauppauge 150, and because I would prefer not to draw ethernet cables to the living room where the box should live an Allnet 0271 wlan nic.

I installed open suse 10.1 on it (this was some time before the novell / Microsoft announcement which I still don’t know quite what to think of other than this: I don’t trust Microsoft further than I can throw it so I will not be surprised to learn that Microsoft does something ugly with this to try and damage linux).

I Installed mythtv, and tv_grab_dk (I live in Denmark) and configured mythtv. But I could not get my wlan to connect to my wlan. A lot of debugging later I have learned a few things:

  1. A live cd with knoppix v.5.01 allowed me to configure the wlan nic and connect to the wlan (and get an ip address via dhcp) in less than 5 minutes using wep encryption. (I have been fighting it with suse 10.1 for weeks now)
  2. Under suse 10.1 if I disable knetworkmanager, and make a symlink from /etc/sysconfig/network/scripts/ifcfg-eth1 to /etc/sysconfig/network/scripts/ifcfg-wlan-bus-pci-0000:05:08.0 I can at least get a connection to the wlan now, but still no ip address via dhcp.
  3. A post on suseforums indicate that knetworkmanager (which is a frontend for networkmanager, natively a gnome program I think) seems to be a bit unreliable.

So now I am downloading suse 10.1 to burn a dvd, and try to reinstall it. My hope with this plan is that if the nic is in the machine at install time (which I can’t remember if it were the first time or not) the install program will correctly configure it this time. Otherwise I might switch to ubuntu, although I still like the feel of suse better than ubuntu (Can’t really say why other than having no root login however good an idea seems strange to me).

Today I am struggling to get mythbackend running and connect to it (from the same machine). Maybe it is because I have been messing around with the network configuration a lot lately.

Anyway, I am _still_ waiting for the last 0.1% of the suse 10.1 DVD to finish download via torrent. It has been at 99.90% for almost 4 hours now and it is just stalled. 😦

Update: I started downloading suse 10.2 rc1 as well, also using ktorrent. It also started to go slower and slower and finally grinding to a halt at 93%. I read about some similar problems, and restarted ktorrent as suggested, and both torrents came back to life and finished with no further problems.