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Old 09-06-2004, 02:14 AM   #1
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Question Activating composite video input on SAA7134 card

I have a Philips SAA7134 based LifeView Flyvideo 3000 and I can watch and record RF broadcast TV (using mythtv on Redhat 9). But I am unable to watch or record anything from the card's composite video input. I would like to 'rescue' some old VHS tapes to digital before they fade away completely.

I tried to configure the video input in mythtv, but nothing comes up when I try to watch it. I also tried xawtv, with the same result.

Has anyone had success with activating the composite video input on this card? If yes. how?

Any help would be appreciated.


Old 10-17-2004, 12:24 PM   #2
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I've been trying to do the same thing on a GeForce FX 5200 (nvidia personal cinema).... any thoughts??
Old 11-22-2004, 01:36 PM   #3
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well, well, just in case someone else is trying to deal with this:

The new nvidia drivers (since version ???.5336) are not compatible with the rivaTV module (wich I was trying to use to access the video input) and probably with most other available modules that do the same.

Users that upgraded form a compatible version to the new nvidia driver, suddenly could no longer use tv or video input and promptly posted their complaints on the nvidia forum, check it out at:

the most important part: "The NVIDIA driver claims resources using Linux mechanisms designed, in part, to prevent multiple drivers from driving the same resource. Though earlier driver releases didn't do this to the same extent, future releases will continue to do so. If you wish to use rivatv, I guess you'll need to hack either driver (nvidia, rivatv - at your own risk) or use the XFree86 nv driver, instead."

we can only hope the developers on the rivatv project can work around this problem and find a solution, here is a link to their forums:

the relevant thread on this matter:



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