wounded in the line of duty
I feel your pain. I've been using mythtv successfully for a few months now and loving it, but the startup docs are really nowhere near newbie-quality.
However, a few key points:
- zenders.be does have the alternative channel names (SE38 etc), but it's highly recommended to have mythtv-setup scan for channels
- using a wiimote is not a very good idea, at least with the current mythtv, because it is not made at all to be used with a mouse; rather with a keyboard or at least an lirc remote, which does not have a cursor to move, just arrow buttons etc.
- using your wii through composite sounds like a very bad idea as you'll have 5 seconds latency watching the output... unless you meant adding a menu item starting up mplayer/tvtime/... using your composite input (which will only work if you have setup mythtv to not claim the video card when not recording)
- mythtv does not use or should not be using mplayer as default, it has an internal player which works great.
- mythmusic sucks donkeyballs, don't use it. at least not in its current incarnation.
- distorted audio may be a problem of the upmixer in the mythtv audio/alsa settings dialog. If I have it set to active, it kills my sound as well. Try setting the number of channels to stereo to start with and see if it helps.
- changing the OS will not make it better, but mythbuntu does have sensible defaults for everything, wrapper scripts and nice wizardly setup screens.
in short: patience is a virtue... you'll need to read the entire wiki and documentation 6 times, but once it's up and running it's a great system.
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