New to VDR - install

  • Hi, i am a long time TVHeadend user with DVB-T, DVB-S and DVB-C, Linux Kodi as my front end, and I want to take a look at VDR, but I just can not get it working with my setup. Could someone help me out a bit please.

    I have a TBS 6281SE DVB-T/T2/C card, which I am trying to run in DVB-C mode. I already have this setup with working channels in TVHeadend.

    I am using Ubuntu 16.04 server, I have installed my TBS card drivers and can see those installed.

    I then install VDR using

    Code
    1. sudo apt-get install vdr
    2. sudo apt-get install vdr-plugin-vnsiserver


    And start the VDR service:


    Code
    1. sudo /etc/init.d/vdr start

    On another VM, I open Kodi and enable the VDR VNSI addon. I then goto 'Client Specific Settings' in Kodi (17.6), this open the VDR settings,



    Now this is where I get stuck. Where can I can for my DVB-C channels (I am in the UK), I can't find any 'SCAN' button.

    Using this method, only version 2.2.0 is installed, I would like to use the latest version 2.4.0 with Ubuntu 18.04, this I have tried, but was not sue of how to build, I am new to VDR, but would love some help :)

    Im sure there is something I am missing, can someone help me please?


    Kind regards.

  • Hi,

    for doing a channel scan you need the Plugin wirbelscan or just do it once via the tool w_scan.


    If you have a channels.conf with a channel working normally VDR updates its channels list automatically (if you have set this setting correctly set on "update transponders").


    You should install the Live-Plugin to do such settings via a web interface. For streaming, you need the streamdev-server Plugin.


    If you want to use the comfortable search for series and automatically setting up timers for them, use the plugin epgsearch.


    If you want Ubuntu 18.04 this is more complicated because the standard distributions for VDR use Ubuntu 14.04 at the moment because the work to start everything with systemd is in progress.


    You can try the packets for Ubuntu 18.04 with VDR 2.4 in the yavdr repository. But remember this packets are alpha versions, but they should do in you use-case.


    regards,

    Stefan

    Test-VDR1: HP rp5700 Fertigsystem, Core2Duo E6400, 2GB RAM, FF-SD C-2300, nvidia Slim-GT218 x1 | easyVDR 2.0 64Bit
    VDR3: in Rente

    VDR4: MSI G31M2 v2, Digitainer2-Geh., t6963c 6" gLCD, E5200, 2GB, 3TB WD Red, GT730, 2x TT S2-3200; easyVDR 3.5 64bit
    VDR5: Gigabyte
    GA-G31M-S2L, Intel E2140, Zotac GT730 passiv, Digitainer2-Geh., t6963c 6 " gLCD, 2 TB WD Red, 2x TT S2-3200 (an 1 Kabel) easyVDR 3.5 64bit
    VDR6:
    Intel E5200, GT630 passiv, F1 750 GB, t6963c gLCD, 2x TT S2-3200 | easyVDR 3.5 64bit
    VDR-User #1068
    www.easyvdr.de

  • Hi Stefan, thanks for your informative reply.

    I have located the wirbelscan plugin, but it states its for vdr 2.3.8, and I am, by default, on 2.2.0, I am using Ubuntu 16.04.

    Is it best to do a clean install of Ubuntu 14.04, and if so, how to install 2.3.8 please?


    Kind regards.

  • Hi,

    Why dont you give easyvdr 3.5 or yavdr a try? It should make everything you want and that

    much easier than self making everything. You should give the VDR Frontend a try also.

    In easyvdr Kodi 17 is integrated and 18 alpha is possible via our repository to use newer plugins.


    Wirbelscan: use the version for vdr 2.2 e. G. from our ppa (src and compile it yourself ).



    Regards,

    Stefan

    Test-VDR1: HP rp5700 Fertigsystem, Core2Duo E6400, 2GB RAM, FF-SD C-2300, nvidia Slim-GT218 x1 | easyVDR 2.0 64Bit
    VDR3: in Rente

    VDR4: MSI G31M2 v2, Digitainer2-Geh., t6963c 6" gLCD, E5200, 2GB, 3TB WD Red, GT730, 2x TT S2-3200; easyVDR 3.5 64bit
    VDR5: Gigabyte
    GA-G31M-S2L, Intel E2140, Zotac GT730 passiv, Digitainer2-Geh., t6963c 6 " gLCD, 2 TB WD Red, 2x TT S2-3200 (an 1 Kabel) easyVDR 3.5 64bit
    VDR6:
    Intel E5200, GT630 passiv, F1 750 GB, t6963c gLCD, 2x TT S2-3200 | easyVDR 3.5 64bit
    VDR-User #1068
    www.easyvdr.de

  • Hi,


    Ich stimme SurfaceCleanerZ zu: Wenn du auf yavdr oder easyvdr aufbaust, kommst du wahrscheinlich schneller an dein Ziel, weil vieles schon vorgefertigt ist.


    Über easyvdr kann ich nicht viel sagen, da ich yavdr nutze; aber für yavdr gibt es eine Installationscd, die dir eine sehr schlanke Version von Ubuntu 14.04, VDR 2.2 und Kodi installiert. Damit wärst du meiner Meinung nach ziemlich schnell am Ziel, besonders, wenn es dir darum geht, den VDR zu testen, um ihn mit tvheadend zu vergleichen.


    Yavdr von der Installationscd bietet dir dann auch noch eine Webfrontend, wo du einige Einstellungen durchführen kannst; wie zum Beispiel Kodi als Frontend zu konfigurieren, wenn ich mich recht erinnere. Ein wesentlicher Unterschied zwischen VDR und tvheadend ist nämlich, dass VDR ein eigenes Frontend für den TV-Schirm hat. Zum Fernseh und Aufnahmen schauen benutze ich zum Beispiel das Frontend des VDR; wenn ich in meine Filmbibliothek gehen möchte, rufe ich Kodi mit der Fernbedienung auf.


    Für ein moderneres Ubuntu und VDR 2.4 gibt es yavdr ansible, das etwas hilft, aber noch nicht vollständig und ausgereift ist.


    MfG


    Ludi

  • I have located the wirbelscan plugin, but it states its for vdr 2.3.8, and I am, by default, on 2.2.0, I am using Ubuntu 16.04.

    Instead of using a vdr plugin for an initial channel scan, you could also use w_scan. Just remember to stop all services which are accessing DVB devices before running it.

    Code
    1. sudo apt install w-scan
    2. sudo systemctl stop vdr
    3. sudo w_scan -c GB -fc > /var/lib/vdr/channels.conf
    4. sudo chown vdr:vdr /var/lib/vdr/channels.conf
    5. sudo systemctl start vdr

    yaVDR-Dokumentation (Ceterum censeo enchiridia esse lectitanda.)