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I'm new to Ubuntu, just installed Mythbuntu 12.04.3 (64-bit) from an iso (single fontend/backend combo). Seemed to instal fine, rebooted my machine only to find I was faced with a screen asking for country and language information (fine; UK, English).

However, the next screen says 'MythTV cannot connect to database' and I am presented with a form (one of two), which already contains data (hostname, password...) so change nothing. I click next (to get to screen two of two) again change nothing (both check boxes are left unticked) and click finish. This sends me back to the original country/language screen.

Is there a fault with the install? Have I missed something in the install/instructions? Is there a way of fixing this?

Appreciate your answers.

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Edit your /etc/mysql/my.cnf and /etc/mysql/conf.d/mythtv.cnf files so that the bind address is your server address (the local network address) and not the loopback address (

Once you reboot it should connect. If you're unsure what the password is, nano /etc/mythtv/mysql.txt -- the password is in there.

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I have had the same problem and the only solution I have found is to install mythbuntu. There seems to be some sort of a secret mythtv sect that requires a magic decoder ring or special handshake or something in order to give up the answer to this oft-asked question. I have a mythbuntu installation running and it does work but I have never been able to get mythtv to work on an existing desktop.

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Can you try searching for the specific package? – Kaz Wolfe Dec 30 '13 at 3:48
How does this help? The question clearly states that the system was installed from a Mythbuntu ISO. – David Edwards Jan 16 '14 at 11:45

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