install 1.30RC and choose the option "I do already have a database-server"
Here I had some trouble again.
During installation I was asked for the database connection attributes. The installer did not accept 127.0.0.1 or localhost as address of the server that hosts the database. It always said "give propper IP or hostname"
At this point I had to go back to MySQL workbench and had to add a user/hostname combination "root / <full hostname of htpc>" and to give DBA rights to this user.
After this the MePo installer created all MePo tables in the MySQL 5.6 DB.
SELECT `TABLE_NAME`, `ENGINE` FROM `information_schema`.`TABLES` WHERE `T
ABLE_SCHEMA` = 'mptvdb';
For what it's worth, i just had the same problem and switching from utf8_general_ci to utf8_unicode_ci solved the problem for me. I do not know why though