View Full Version : Launchig XBMC from Mythtv main menu

July 11th, 2010, 04:28 PM
To launch XBMC from MythTV main menu I do this:

sudo gedit /usr/share/mythtv/themes/defaultmenu/mainmenu.xml

and putting in a file f.e. this:

<text lang="RU">МЕДИАТЕКА</text>
<action>EXEC xbmc</action>

And the button apears in mythtv main menu, but when I want to close XBMC the system freezes completly, I know that's because of pulseaudio, but how to resolve it without deleting pulseaudio?

July 12th, 2010, 05:12 PM
I am also struggling with the same (and other) issues running XBMC and Myth concurrently. I have not had time to solve this issue on my system.

I experience complete lockup upon attempting to play a video in XBMC. How did you get video working? I believe this may be related to audio settings in both Myth and XBMC.

There are a lot of other threads with work-arounds only or no solution:

Run XBMC without PulseAudio (http://www.gossamer-threads.com/lists/mythtv/users/410069#410069)
Same issue on mythtv-users (http://www.gossamer-threads.com/lists/mythtv/users/421488)
Lockup on video playing on XBMC forums (http://forum.xbmc.org/showthread.php?p=565577)

The only work-arounds I know of:

1. Kill MythFrontend and start XBMC via a script
2. Create a custom script that will enable/disable PulseAudio when launching XBMC

Please post if you find a solution!

July 13th, 2010, 01:51 PM
I had time last night to remove PulseAudio and it seems to change the lockups to long delays. Sometimes it takes 1-2 minutes for XBMC to exit, but it no longer locks up the desktop.

I removed pulseaudio in attempt to fix XBMC lockup issues using the thread from here (http://ubuntu-ky.ubuntuforums.org/showpost.php?p=9297829&postcount=146)

Notes on the thread linked above:

Did not install esound. A lot of others did not think it was required and I don't think Myth or XBMC use it.
The line with sed did not work either (permission denied). I just continued with the steps below and it seemed to work. I am not sure what that line was supposed to do...
I didn't have to change any sound settings after the reboot which was unexpected. I was preparing to spend hours customizing the alsa files.

sudo cp /usr/share/alsa/alsa.conf /usr/share/alsa/alsa.conf.bak
sudo apt-add-repository ppa:dtl131/ppa
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get dist-upgrade
sudo apt-get install libesd-alsa0 alsa-base alsa-tools alsa-utils alsa-oss linux-sound-base python-alsaaudio gnome-media libsdl1.2debian-alsa
sudo apt-get purge libcanberra-pulse pulseaudio pulseaudio-esound-compat pulseaudio-module-bluetooth pulseaudio-module-gconf pulseaudio-module-udev pulseaudio-module-x11 gstreamer0.10-pulseaudio pulseaudio-utils pavucontrol