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Old 08-05-2004, 10:14 AM   #1
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Unhappy PixelView Play TV Pro - TV/Radio doesn't work. HELP!


So I search the HCL's for a compatible TV Card. I find PixelView Play TV Pro, bought it, fixed it and installed a fresh copy of Mandrake 10 Official.

The card was detected and TV-Time had been installed automatically. I opened TV Time but there was nothing - no sound or picture (video).

So I go to configure your computer>>Hardware>>TV Card.

Here mandrake installs xawTV and pop's up a xawTV configuration window. I choose the correct values (i.e PAL - Country=All - User=Me). Then it does a channel search. After everything completed, I opened XawTV and again the result was no sound and no video.

I know some of you have configured PixelView Pro TV.

So how did you do it? What am I doing wrong?

Please help

p.s: Yes, I have connected the Antenna to the card. Both radio and TV antenna's. BTW, Kradio doesn't work either - it doesn't detect /dev/radio.
 
Old 08-05-2004, 11:17 AM   #2
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HELP

Anyone??????????
 
Old 08-05-2004, 02:07 PM   #3
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vxc69 - per the LQ Rules, please do not bump your post until at least 24 or 48 hours have elapsed without a reply. Keep in mind that the LQ membership is global, and it's unrealistic to expect that everyone here will have seen your post in only one hour. I know it can be frustrating waiting for a response, but please be patient. If/when someone who can offer advice sees your post, he/she will reply. -- J.W.
 
Old 08-06-2004, 03:26 AM   #4
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Hey J.W. / vxc69

I had a similar problem, I think quite often linux automatically detects the wrong card. This thread has the info you need to make sure.

http://www.linuxquestions.org/questi...threadid=44506

From the list of cards it says that yours is:
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card=37 - Prolink PixelView PlayTV pro
And from:
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http://www.linuxquestions.org/hcl/showproduct.php?product=1127
We get that your tuner is a:
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Philips NTSC
Going back to the first link I am guessing that its this tuner
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type=17 - Philips NTSC_M (MK2)
So no we have that it is a card=38 and tuner=17 (You might need to fiddle with these a bit),
so what I do is go to my /etc/modprobe.conf
(only modprobe.conf only exists with kernel 2.6.x or it should be called that with with Suse 9.1 and slack 10.0) and edit that to put in somthing like this:

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#TV Card
alias char-major-89 i2c-dev
alias char-major-81 bttv
options bttv card=38 tuner=17 radio=1
Then restart your computer and see if the tv works, you might as I said need to try some other tuner numbers or somthing. Now I am no expert on this so if some one can correct any mistakes I have made good on you!

Good luck!

Last edited by jimdaworm; 08-06-2004 at 03:31 AM.
 
Old 08-07-2004, 11:19 PM   #5
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Hey folks.

First of all I'm real sorry JW.

Next, jimdaworm, what you gave me worked like a charm. Now Kradio detects /dev/radio and I can even scan for channels on TvTime.

Everything seems to work so far.

Thanks a lot for your help. To show you my appreciation I give you boobies!

( o Y o )

vxc
 
Old 08-08-2004, 02:41 AM   #6
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No worries vxc69, it took me ages to figure that out!!! Anyway with the amount of help people have given me on this forum its about time I start helping people out!!!!!!!!

Good luck
 
Old 08-08-2004, 03:43 PM   #7
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vxc69 - no trouble, it' s just that if everybody bumped their posts every couple of hours, the result would be that any useful replies would be interspersed with a few dozen "bump" posts, which would make finding useful information more difficult.

Thanks though for posting back indicating that the solution worked (thanks also jimdaworm for suggesting it) because it is always beneficial to have some indication as to whether or not a proposal worked. -- J.W.
 
Old 08-13-2004, 08:08 AM   #8
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Thats what I love about this forum/GNU its great everyone just shares what they know with the people who need to know!
 
Old 09-01-2004, 02:40 AM   #9
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i had the same problem and a mate who i bought the card off gave me the values like you have found out vxc69 cept for the local here ie:
  • modprobe bttv card=37 pll=1 radio=1
    modprobe tuner type=5

All works great!! (cept XawTV doesnt, TVtime works great! and Gv4l records and watches fine too)

But now my problem is the radio.
Kradio cant scan for any stations; it doesnt find a single one. I didnt have an audio loopback cable so added an internal going into the AUX of the Mainboard (like my previous card was set-up (and works in Windows))
KRadio doesnt have a selection for AUX so i tried them all but to no avail.

Any ideas guys ??

Thanx for reading
 
Old 09-01-2004, 07:28 AM   #10
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Hey DaveQB. First do you happen to have a ati graphics card and running their drivers?? I found that they conflicted with xawtv and it just crashed everything unless I ran it with the -d option.

Second did you look up your card and make sure that it should be set to radio 1??? I have it setup in my modprobe.conf like this:

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#TV Card
alias char-major-89 i2c-dev
alias char-major-81 bttv
options bttv card=78 tuner=32 radio=1
Thirdly have you tried other programs like gnome radio... or maby somthing really simple... I canīt remember what its called but I used one that worked without a gui.

Good luck

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Old 09-01-2004, 07:35 AM   #11
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Thanx for the reply

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Originally posted by jimdaworm
Hey DaveQB. First do you happen to have a ati graphics card and running their drivers?? I found that they conflicted with xawtv and it just crashed everything unless I ran it with the -d option.
I do indeed have an ATI card, 9800SE PowerColour, clocks good

I just tried the -d argument but it didnt make a diff. Thats ok i prefer TVTime anyway

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Second did you look up your card and make sure that it should be set to radio 1??? I have it setup in my modprobe.conf
Yes, its the PixelView PlayTV Pro which has a Radio tuner on it. The arguments i showed up there ^ were the ones a mate gave me that he used with this card and had the Radio working no sweat.



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Thirdly have you tried other programs like gnome radio... or maby somthing really simple... I canīt remember what its called but I used one that worked without a gui.

Good luck
Yeah i tried gnomeradio just after i posted here and no diff there.

I have since changed the internal audio cable from the AUX pins to the CD pins and now i get static sound when i unmute the CD channel. The radio auto scans and seems to detect some signals, but nothing on a recognise station and there's definately no change in the sound (remains statis)

Any other ideas guys ??

Thanx again
 
Old 09-01-2004, 05:55 PM   #12
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DaveQB firstly doesnīt your motherboard/sound card have a line in?? That would be the normal place to put the input... where you start plugging it into other inputs they have all sorts of different īlevelsī which can result in things not working properly.

So just to get this straight you can watch tv and the sound works fine when you do?? If not I would suggest you check your cable.

My cable goes from my tv card to my line in (make sure you donīt plug it into the remote or somthing )

Good luck
 
Old 09-01-2004, 06:05 PM   #13
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yeah i go directly to the LINE IN from my VCR and unmuting LINE IN is fine. I havent a loopback audio cable so i used the internal connector and a CD-ROM Audio cable to connect to the boards CD/AUX pins.

Always worked before in Windows
 
Old 09-02-2004, 06:22 AM   #14
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Sorry you have lost me when it comes to the vcr. Does it work if you just plug a cable from the output of your tv card to your line in on your sound card??

Also
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So just to get this straight you can watch tv and the sound works fine when you do??
 
Old 09-02-2004, 10:52 AM   #15
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Quote:
Originally posted by jimdaworm


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So just to get this straight you can watch tv and the sound works fine when you do??

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yeah i go directly to the LINE IN from my VCR and unmuting LINE IN is fine.
 
  


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