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ASRock Nettop and Mythbuntu Demonstration

This page details my ASRock ION 3D Nettop computer running Mythbuntu Linux.


UPDATE: I have installed Mythbuntu 12.04 on to my ASROCK. For the Australian Freeview channels the built-in tuner settings now work. You are no longer required to use a channels.conf file. The EPG also now works and you may scheudle programs recordings via the onscreen guide.


Upgrading to Mythbuntu 11.04 (Natty Narwhal) enabled my ASRock remote control out of the box. The previous version was unable to detect the remote control.

Upgrading fixed playback of the high definitions channels as selecting some would crash the previous version of MythTV. All the high definition channels (ONE HD, ABC News 24, SBS HD, 7mate and GEM) now work.

I am still trying to enable the off air Freeview EPG. Currently the heading of Unknown is displayed where programming information should appear.


Screencast

Mythbuntu comes with MythTV installed. MythTV is used with TPG IPTV and Freeview in Melbourne.

This screencast shows the computer booting and details the following television packages:

Screencast 1: Mythbuntu Linux on an ASRock Nettop

The screencasts shows TPG IPTV being streamed using VLC. This is due to the remote control being used in the demonstration. The TPG IPTV channels are also available in MythTV (Channels 300 to 330) but require different keystrokes on the console.


Accessories

I have added a few accessories to my ASRock ION 3D PC.

Rear view of the PC

Photo 1: Rear View of the PC

Remote Control

I purchased a USB PC Remote Control Windows Media Center XP New from ebay for $7. This allows control of the desktop using both keyboard and mouse actions.

USB PC Remote Control Windows Media Center XP New

Photo 2: Remote Control

The remote control includes a receiver eye that plugs in to a USB port of the ASRock. It is about 40cm long and this should suit most installations. The receiver has a green acknowledgement LED built in. No additional software was required.

USB PC Remote Control Windows Media Center XP New

Photo 3: Remote Receiver

Video Converter

I purchased a PC VGA to TV Converter S-video Video RCA Adapter from ebay for $24. This connects to the blue VGA port of the ASRock and provides output to an old PAL tv. It is powered via a spare USB port on the ASRock.

PC VGA to TV Converter S-video Video RCA Adapter

Photo 4: Video Converter

I use an S-Video cable to connect the converter to my video switch.

Two DVB-T Tuners

I purchased a Leadtek Winfast DTV Dongle Gold USB TV Tuner from mwave.com.au for $40 and cpl.com.au for $28. They connect to spare USB ports on the ASRock. No additional software was required.

Leadtek Winfast DTV Dongle Gold USB TV Tuner

Photo 5: DVB-T Tuner

As the tuner has a large size at the usb terminal. I purchased two Short USB 2.0 A Female To A Male Extension Cable Cord from ebay for $1 each. This enables easy entry to the usb connector on the rear of the computer.

Short USB 2.0 A Female To A Male Extension Cable Cord

Photo 6: USB Extension Cable

As the tuner has its signal input on the left side. I purchased two Adaptor 75 ohm TV Plug to F81 Socket Right Angle from jaycar.com.au for $5 each (CAT. NO. PA3673). This enables easy entry of the RG6 antenna coaxial cable to the tuner.

Adaptor 75 ohm TV Plug to F81 Socket Right Angle

Photo 7: Right Angle Coaxial Connector

To connect the tuners to the external antenna. I use a 2-Way F-Type TV Antenna Aerial Splitter from ebay for $10.

2-Way F-Type TV Antenna Aerial Splitter

Photo 8: F-Type Splitter

FM Transmitter

As I have an old CRT Television I wanted a cheap way of being able to get stereo sound out of the computer. I purchased a FM Transmitter from ebay for $7. It connects to a the green speaker jack on the ASRock. No additional software was required. This allows me to listen to programs using a stereo boom box. I selected an unused FM frequency and tuned the boom box to that same frequency.

TIP: Buy a FM Transmitter with USB power. Most models on sale only supported battery and automobile.

FM Transmitter

Photo 9: FM Transmitter

As the FM Transmitter did not come with a USB power cable. I purcashed a 25cm Right Angle Male A to Male A USB Cable from ebay for $2. It connects to a spare USB port on the ASRock.

USB Cable

Photo 10: Right Angle USB Cable


Freeview

Freeview in Melbourne consists of the 5 main Australian television networks plus a community television station.

ASRock ION 3D Screenshot

Screenshot 1: ABC 24 (DVB-T)

ASRock ION 3D Screenshot

Screenshot 2: Channel 10 (DVB-T)

ASRock ION 3D Screenshot

Screenshot 3: Channel 7 (DVB-T)

ASRock ION 3D Screenshot

Screenshot 4: C31 (DVB-T)

Freeview Transponder List

Here is the Freeview transponders list for Melbourne, Australia.

# Australia / Melbourne (Mt Dandenong transmitters)
# T freq bw fec_hi fec_lo mod transmission-mode guard-interval hierarchy
# Seven
T 177500000 7MHz 3/4 NONE QAM64 8k 1/16 NONE
# Nine
T 191625000 7MHz 3/4 NONE QAM64 8k 1/16 NONE
# Ten
T 219500000 7MHz 3/4 NONE QAM64 8k 1/16 NONE
# ABC
T 226500000 7MHz 3/4 NONE QAM64 8k 1/16 NONE
# VK3RTV
T 446500000 7MHz 2/3 NONE QAM16 2k 1/4 NONE
# SBS
T 536625000 7MHz 2/3 NONE QAM64 8k 1/8 NONE
# C31
T 557625000 7MHz 3/4 NONE QPSK 8k 1/16 NONE
# SPARE
#T 578500000 7MHz 3/4 NONE QAM16 8k 1/8 NONE

The SPARE (or B) transponder was used to test 3D television. Tests were performed between 19 May 2010 to 19 July 2010 and 18 September 2010 to 8 October 2010 buy the Nine, SBS and Seven networks.

Freeview Transponder Scan

The above transponder list is passed to the MythTV scan application. The scan application outputs the off-air network and channel information.

Here is the Freeview transponder information for Melbourne, Australia.

Freeview channels.conf

Here is the Freeview channels.conf file for Melbourne, Australia. It was generated using the scan application and I have removed some of the duplicate unused channels.

Here is a downloadable version of channels.conf.


TPG IPTV Configuration

Follow this link for details on how to set up TPG IPTV with MythTV.

I have selectively enabled only the TPG IPTV channels that broadcast English programming.

Note that the channel listing provided by avenard.com does not include the English France24 service.

I have prepared a separate play list compatible with Video Lan that has the English services at the beginning. I called the file tpg-iptv.m3u.

ASRock ION 3D Screenshot

Screenshot 5: Al Jazeera (IPTV)

ASRock ION 3D Screenshot

Screenshot 6: Bloomberg (IPTV)

ASRock ION 3D Screenshot

Screenshot 7: France 24 (IPTV)

ASRock ION 3D Screenshot

Screenshot 8: RT (IPTV)

ASRock ION 3D Screenshot

Screenshot 9: DW (IPTV)

ASRock ION 3D Screenshot

Screenshot 10: News Asia (IPTV)

ASRock ION 3D Screenshot

Screenshot 11: CCTV News (IPTV)

ASRock ION 3D Screenshot

Screenshot 12: VOA (IPTV)


Other Channels

Melbourne Digital Amateur TV

The Melbourne Digital Amateur Television repeater is called VK3RTV.
http://www.vk3rtv.com/

See my Amateur Radio page
http://www.rocode.com/amateurradio/
for further details regarding my reception of Melbourne Digital Amateur Television.

Religious TV

I can access other religious channels from various internet streams.

ASRock ION 3D Screenshot

Screenshot 13: GOD TV (P2P)

ASRock ION 3D Screenshot

Screenshot 14: GOD TV (P2P)