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Re: hauppage 350 pvr

At 22:28 30/08/2004 -0400, you wrote:
I finally got one of these PVR cards in my boxen.

myth tv appears to have installed OK, but I haven't really had a chance to get things working. mythweather is about it.

However, back to Debian.

lirc isn't. I copied the files over from the examples for this card and tried to restart lirc daemon but it complained that I need to install some modules.

Do I and if so, how?

If your 350 is anything like my 250 under Gentoo, you'll need to tell LIRC to open a different device than the default. I'm using a CVS build of LIRC 0.7, and the PVR-250 creates a dev node in /dev/lircd/0 rather than the more usual /dev/lircd0. I've never used LIRC under Debian, but I imagine the process is pretty much the same; I supplied an extra command line argument to /etc/init.d/lircd

start-stop-daemon --start --quiet --exec /usr/sbin/lircd -- --device=/dev/lirc/0

Personally, I'd dispense with LIRC until you can get the TV card working.

If LIRC really is missing modules, your kernel config should look something like this:

<M> I2C support
<M> I2C bit-banging
<M> I2C device interfaces
<M> I2C /proc

<M> Video for Linux

<M> BT848 Video for Linux

This should get you most of the modules you need for ivtv and LIRC; I don't know how debian handles it, but you'll also need lirc_i2c and lirc_dev modules as well. I think these got built when I compiled LIRC.

Again, this is all for gentoo, so as far as Debian is concerned I could well be talking out of my arse.

As for the mythtv part of it. When I try to watch TV I get a rather unresponsive black screen.

Have you tried watching TV outside of Myth? It's generally alot easier to test your TV card with cat /dev/video0 or mplayer before you hurry into Myth. A straight black screen usually means you've loaded your modules wrong (typically specifying the wrong tuner type). Once you get static, you're in business ;)

TBH though, troubleshooting issues like this is a very hit-and-miss process. Post some more info about your setup (card revision, ivtv version, ivtv module loader, etc) things should be easier to troubleshoot; you might also want to consider joining the mythtv-users mailing list, which has proved invaluable in getting my Myth box into a usable state (esp. with regard to getting a PAL version running, as these have slightly different module configs).

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