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Old 07-24-2011, 03:40 AM   #1
marconie
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Smile Philips SAA7134 x 8-channel video capture card without EEPROM


Hi, I am new here and I have tried checking similar threads as well as other sources in the net but could not get my card working. I use Debian squeeze on a P4 2.4MHz machine with 2 GB ram. lspci can detect all 8 chips but could not load the proper module since it could not identify the vendor. I have tried unloading the SAA7134 module and reloading repeatedly all possible cards from 1 to 174 by "modprobe -i SAA7134 card=#,#,#,#,#,#,#,# #-numbers 1 to 174 one a a time.

Would appreciate very much if anyone could help me? Thank you.
 
Old 07-24-2011, 08:13 AM   #2
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hmm why do you need module? I have PCMCA Avermedia Cardbus TVTUNER on some SAA chip and it worked fine with AV in mplayer. Did you tested mplayer with device?
lspci -k| grep SAA ? Im not sure i can help but provide exact kernel/tool messages maybe this will explain more.
 
Old 08-01-2011, 09:07 AM   #3
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Dear sunnydrake,

Thank you for your reply. Below are the messages after following your instructions:
root@debian:/home/marconie# lspci -k| grep SAA
03:08.0 Multimedia controller: Philips Semiconductors SAA7134/SAA7135HL Video Broadcast Decoder (rev 01)
03:09.0 Multimedia controller: Philips Semiconductors SAA7134/SAA7135HL Video Broadcast Decoder (rev 01)
03:0a.0 Multimedia controller: Philips Semiconductors SAA7134/SAA7135HL Video Broadcast Decoder (rev 01)
03:0b.0 Multimedia controller: Philips Semiconductors SAA7134/SAA7135HL Video Broadcast Decoder (rev 01)
03:0c.0 Multimedia controller: Philips Semiconductors SAA7134/SAA7135HL Video Broadcast Decoder (rev 01)
03:0d.0 Multimedia controller: Philips Semiconductors SAA7134/SAA7135HL Video Broadcast Decoder (rev 01)
03:0e.0 Multimedia controller: Philips Semiconductors SAA7134/SAA7135HL Video Broadcast Decoder (rev 01)
03:0f.0 Multimedia controller: Philips Semiconductors SAA7134/SAA7135HL Video Broadcast Decoder (rev 01)

This is also part of the demsg:
6.526407] saa7134[6]: subsystem: 1131:0000, board: UNKNOWN/GENERIC [card=0,autodetected]
[ 6.526444] saa7134[6]: board init: gpio is 10000
[ 6.526453] IRQ 16/saa7134[6]: IRQF_DISABLED is not guaranteed on shared IRQs
[ 6.628138] saa7134[6]: Huh, no eeprom present (err=-5)?
[ 6.628143] i2c i2c-9: Invalid 7-bit address 0x7a
[ 6.629440] saa7134[6]: registered device video6 [v4l2]
[ 6.629522] saa7134[6]: registered device vbi6
[ 6.629561] saa7134 0000:03:0f.0: PCI INT A -> GSI 18 (level, low) -> IRQ 18
[ 6.629571] saa7134[7]: found at 0000:03:0f.0, rev: 1, irq: 18, latency: 32, mmio: 0xfb007000
[ 6.629580] saa7134: <rant>
[ 6.629581] saa7134: Congratulations! Your TV card vendor saved a few
[ 6.629583] saa7134: cents for a eeprom, thus your pci board has no
[ 6.629585] saa7134: subsystem ID and I can't identify it automatically
[ 6.629586] saa7134: </rant>
[ 6.629588] saa7134: I feel better now. Ok, here are the good news:
[ 6.629589] saa7134: You can use the card=<nr> insmod option to specify
[ 6.629591] saa7134: which board do you have. The list:
[ 6.629595] saa7134: card=0 -> UNKNOWN/GENERIC
[ 6.629599] saa7134: card=1 -> Proteus Pro [philips reference design] 1131:2001 1131:2001
[ 6.629605] saa7134: card=2 -> LifeView FlyVIDEO3000 5168:0138 4e42:0138
[ 6.629612] saa7134: card=3 -> LifeView/Typhoon FlyVIDEO2000 5168:0138 4e42:0138
[ 6.629619] saa7134: card=4 -> EMPRESS 1131:6752
long lists of cards follows after this, 174 in all

Hope this will help understand my problem. BTW, this is just my hobby and Linux has given me so much challenge and fun beginning from learning how to use it to doing something practical. My project now is to install a video surveillance security system in my house.

Thank you once again for your patience and assistance.

marconie
 
Old 08-01-2011, 02:02 PM   #4
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you could try to identify vendor by checking FCC or other text on card itself.i saw somewhere that FCC website have number->model. OR try some video software that have build-in chip support.

Last edited by sunnydrake; 08-01-2011 at 02:03 PM.
 
Old 08-16-2013, 04:41 AM   #5
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Quote:
Originally Posted by marconie View Post
Hi, I am new here and I have tried checking similar threads as well as other sources in the net but could not get my card working. I use Debian squeeze on a P4 2.4MHz machine with 2 GB ram. lspci can detect all 8 chips but could not load the proper module since it could not identify the vendor. I have tried unloading the SAA7134 module and reloading repeatedly all possible cards from 1 to 174 by "modprobe -i SAA7134 card=#,#,#,#,#,#,#,# #-numbers 1 to 174 one a a time.

Would appreciate very much if anyone could help me? Thank you.
Hi there, I believe I have the same card and same problem, have you figured out how to get it to work/which card it is?
 
Old 08-16-2013, 07:50 AM   #6
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OK I managed to solve it, in case someone else ever runs into same problem:

I connected a camera to one cable and tried all inputs and video devices:
mplayer tv:// -tv driver=v4l2:device=/dev/video0:input=0
...
mplayer tv:// -tv driver=v4l2:device=/dev/video7:input=8


most resulting videos were just black, but there were also some green and some grey lines ones, then i remembered another post, namely:
http://www.zoneminder.com/wiki/index...aa7134_chipset)
So this made me add to my modprobe and rebooted:

alias char-major-81 videodev
alias char-major-81-0 saa7134
options saa7134 card=33,33,33,33


then tried the mplayer command again and it worked!!!
 
  


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