Many settings for your LinHES system can be accessed and changed in the Service Menu --> LinHES Settings.
Settings for MythTV can be accessed and changed in the Service Menu --> MythTV Settings.

Other Settings

Install Boot Settings

There are various Boot Settings available from the LinHES install image.


MythVantage provides the settings in Service Menu --> LinHES Settings.

Disable Modules

To prevent MythVantage from erasing your custom settings, each module can be turned off.

Change which settings are applied in Service Menu --> LinHES Settings:
  • Edit /etc/mythvantage.cfg
    • True will allow the module to apply the settings
    • False will prevent the module from applying the settings
      NOTE: The UI will still run and the settings can be changed but will not be applied to your system.
      To prevent the settings from being changed use Service Menu --> LinHES Settings --> Access Control
    • Modules:
      • misc = True
      • sleep = True
      • hostype = True
      • advanced = True
      • audio = True
      • network = True
      • xorg = True
      • webuser = True
      • restartfe = True
      • reloadfe = True
      • ddns = True
      • screensaver = True
      • ir = True
      • user = True
      • software = True
      • smolt = True

Manual Access

If mythfrontend won't run and you can't access Service Menu --> LinHES Settings you can run the individual MythVantage modules from the command line.

  • Access: mythinstall -s accesscontrol
  • Advanced: mythinstall -s advanced
  • Audio: mythinstall -s sound
  • Display: mythinstall -s advancedX
  • Dynamic DNS: mythinstall -s ddns
  • File Sharing: mythinstall -s fileshare
  • Host: mythinstall -s hostype
  • Miscellaneous: mythinstall -s misc
  • Network: mythinstall -s network
  • Programs: mythinstall -s plugins,software
  • Remotes: mythinstall -s ir
  • Screensaver: mythinstall -s screensaver
  • Screen Sharing: mythinstall -s vnc
  • Shutdown: mythinstall -s sleep
  • Web Security: mythinstall -s webuser
  • User Accounts: mythinstall -s user

LinHES uses to set the video driver and setting for X.

To force a card type from the command line:
  • VGACARDTYPE="intel"

On Screen Display


LinHES R8.x uses to add, remove, or list items in the queue of messages to be displayed on screen.

For more information open a terminal window and enter --usage


LinHES R7.x uses osd_cat to display various system messages (shortcut keys, updates, backup, restore, screenshooter, etc) on the screen.

To change the default appearance settings of osd_cat:
  • Edit /etc/osd_cat.cfg to make osd_cat use a different color, outline, shadow or font


LinHES uses unclutter to hide the mouse pointer to make the system more like an appliance. Unclutter can be toggled on and off by pressing Ctrl + Alt + u or in R8.x Alt + u.

To change the default settings of unclutter:
  • Edit or create /etc/unclutter.cfg to make unclutter either more or less aggressive in hiding the mouse pointer.
    • idle is the number of seconds between polls for idleness
    • jitter is the amount of movement of the mouse pointer that is to be ignored and considered as random noise


To change the options that x11vnc uses on startup, create /etc/x11vnc.cfg
The file should contain one line like: x11vnc_options=" -forever -rfbport 5902 --passwd mypassword"
When x11vnc is started by the session it will use options listed in /etc/x11vnc.cfg instead of the default options.


ripD is a script that will rip a DVD. ripD can be started from Optical Disks --> Backup DVD.

To change the where the ripped DVD will be saved create /etc/rip.cfg that contains Ddir='/path_to_copy_files_to'