Originally Posted by Nugu
Over the last ~8 years I've tried multiple times to integrate linux into my life. I've had multiple distros on multiple platforms but every time I've ended up having to boot into windows due to some incompatibility or bug.
Originally I tried running linux on my old p4 "server"
The closest I ever came was with slackware on my laptop. I managed to get my wireless adapter going through ndiswrapper and everything but ran into issue with my shoddy intel integrated and poor mouse performance.
Then I tried MythBuntu on my HTPC but was stymied by lack of support for my (at the time) capture card.
Lastly I just today gave up on getting Mythbuntu to function properly. I got it set up in a jiffy, no problem (running off a USB drive no less, I loved that - but maybe why I had issues?). What sealed the deal was MythTV crashing every time I went to watch Live TV (recording worked fine, playback too). I hadn't even gotten to the point of solving mounting my ntfs (ext3/4 wasn't an option as it was already filled with data) drive yet or getting HDMI audio going.
I just want to say I love the idea of linux but can not see much use out of it other than browsing, casual entertainment, server services, or limited productivity applications on hardware that is known and supported by the distro. My next laptop will probably be a netbook and I hope to run it on linux, so I have not given up yet.
video4linux is constantly improving, what isn't supported in one kernel, might be supported in the next...it also might require configuring and compiling a new one
as for your "live tv" crashing, it honestly sounds like a graphics driver issue...what graphics card are you using in the htpc? are you using the open source drivers or proprietary drivers (if you are using these, are you on the latest ones?). i had this problem back in the day in windows xp (i know different OS), record and playback worked great, but when it came to watching live, either the tv tuner program would crash, or the OS would bsod, with a bit of research the version of nvidia drivers i was using, had issus with overlay. updating to the latest drivers fixed my issue, might fix yours as well...if you are on the latest...then i do apologize i do not know without knowing what error it is producing when it crashes.
mounting ntfs drives in linux is quite simple, open up a terminal and type in the following:
/dev/sda1: UUID="ab49ab51-c46d-477a-a653-764499c4ad1a" TYPE="swap"
/dev/sda2: UUID="d21667c4-3cfb-46a8-baf3-f07d89801b35" TYPE="ext2"
/dev/sda3: UUID="3cf46b13-2a8a-4d9d-8bcc-087a88999acc" TYPE="ext4"
/dev/sda4: UUID="9735a079-9692-44af-9a74-1d272cd46d58" TYPE="ext4"
/dev/sdb1: LABEL="System Reserved" UUID="A090A68790A6638E" TYPE="ntfs"
/dev/sdb2: UUID="1A48B9B148B98BCF" TYPE="ntfs"
/dev/sdb3: UUID="43DB129C26C885CB" TYPE="ntfs"
/dev/sdc1: LABEL="Drive_Two" UUID="28BCCF25BCCEEC7E" TYPE="ntfs"
it will produce something similar to this (don't use this one as this is from my computer and your uuid's are unique to your drives...) find your "ntfs" drive(s) you want to mount, highlight and copy the UUID="<string>", you can open up gedit and past them there, if you are doing multiples.
next you want a place to mount it at, typically mounted drives either go in /media/<folder> or you can place them in /home/<username>, to keep it simple, we will use /media.
next in terminal:
sudo mkdir /media/movies
you can call "movies" anything you want, i'm just using this as an example.
next in terminal, type in:
sudo gedit /etc/fstab
start a new line, take your UUID you copied previously and place it there (remove the quotes)
put a space and next you want to indicate the mount point, so add:
put a space, next we will define what file system, in linux ntfs is:
put a space, now we want to define some options, not going into to much detail, i use "defaults", so add:
put a space, put a 0, put another space and another 0 (these last two entries are dump and pass...i use to know what they meant...but now i just put 0 0 for them...)
below is an example of what it would look like (minus the colors, just used them to distinguish between the different sections.)
UUID=28BCCF25BCCEEC7E /media/movies ntfs-3g defaults 0 0
save and close out gedit.
now i used uuid over absolute paths...this allows for great portability, so you can rearrang your drives, without have to resetup the fstab for the new path (as long you don't format the drive, it will forever keep the same uuid.) you can also use uuid for all your mounted drives, including grub2, to make it portable on a flash drive to be used in other machines...
now for your comment about the uses for linux, about the only thing i don't constantly use my linux install for is gaming...but i've been know from time to time to play around with wine, just to see if i can get a windows game to run in it
i am a enthusiast after all