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Is xawtv working by itself? That'll probably be the trick. Once that's running by itself, you'll probably have much more luck when trying to config it with freevo. Search for threads on configuring xawtv as there are many threads on this. Once you get that done, post back if you are still having problems making it work with freevo.
i use an AverMedia TV Tuner card, based on the BT878 chipset. It says AVerMedia TVPhone 98 TVCapture 98 *w/VCR* on it. I dont know why it says both Phone and Capture though.
xawtv works as is(maybe because it came installed with Red Hat 9). by the way, my system configuration is:
P III 500 MHz (Katmai)
128 MB PC 100 MHz RAM
Mercury/Kobian 440 ZX
40 GB Samsung 5400 RPM Hard Disk Drive
Compaq CD-ROM drive
Cirrus Logic GD5465 4 MB AGP Card
D-Link DFE-538 TX NIC
I'll set it up again and then come back and give you pointers/advice. It's been too long for me to give you exact advice other than it really is all in the docs. I suggest also looking at other projects like mythTV if you haven't.
thanks a lot, please dont waste your time, you may have more important things to do. i did check out mythtv, but was intimidated by it and was irritated because it was too complex, i did hear people say that it will be worth the effort, but i want to get a decent box up and running. i will have a go at mythtv though. PS: right now, playing any video file is REAL bad, will upgrading the video card help? does playback of video files depend solely on the graphics card?
Nah, video is very CPU intensive as well. But if you've got a good graphics card it will take a lot of that weight off the CPU AFAIK.
Also, you might consider using different programs. Mplayer is considered one of the best so give that a run and try different -vo's.
And I've not really got more important things to do I was thinking of doing a DNS project, but learned that I need to study up a bit more on that first, so I'll be happy to do another media project. Take your pick, I'll do MythTV or Freevo, whichever you are more interested in.