Archive for February, 2010

Useful Linux Command

Sunday, February 28th, 2010

I have found this useful Linux command called pidof. Lately I have found that Firefox has been crashing with audio in Ubuntu 9.10.

I have had to kill the process before I could restart it. I tried using top to see if Firefox was using processing power still. It wasn’t. I tried looking for it. Couldn’t find the process.

So just about an hour ago Firefox did the same thing again. I searched the commands that would tell my the process id of an application. I found pidof.

To use this command you will need the name of the application.

syntax: pidof (application)
-s single shot: returns only 1 pid
-c root: returns root pid for the applications but you will need to be root to do so.
-x scripts: used to find the scripts that go along with the application
-o omit: omits processes with that process id

Ryan Orser.

How to setup Hauppauge-HVR-950Q in ubuntu 9.10

Tuesday, February 23rd, 2010

I installed the latest Ubuntu so that I had a fresh install. I had tried Mythbuntu, but I found it too hard to figure out as the device was always asleep.

To setup Hauppauge HVR 950Q you need to not have the usb plugged in when you install it.

You should get Kaffeine. To get it you should install it by using the command: sudo apt-get install kaffeine

Now to get the tv to work you need to install another package: sudo apt-get install libxine1-ffmpeg

  1. Now plug in the USB TV tuner
  2. Open Kaffeine.
  3. Go to digital TV.
  4. Under the Television Menu click configure Television
  5. Click Device 1
  6. In North America use the NTSC, (not sure what it is in other continents)
  7. Go back to General Options
  8. Click Update scan data over Internet
  9. Click OK
  10. Go to Television Menu again and Click Channels
  11. The source should say NTSC.
  12. Now you need to scan for channels
  13. Click Start scan.
  14. In the scan results the channels that are available to you will show up.
  15. You can filter what you want. Filters includes Free to air, Radio, TV, Provider: (a drop down box is below)
  16. When you want to add the channels select the ones you want by clicking add filtered or add selected.
  17. Click OK.
  18. Click the channel you want to watch

That is all for now,
Ryan Orser.

Hauppauge! Wintv-hvr-950Q

Saturday, February 20th, 2010

I recently bought the Hauppauge 950Q USB with antenna and it works great in Windows XP. I was wondering if it would work in Ubuntu and what programs would I need to get to watch tv with it?

Thanks for the help,
Ryan Orser.