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mplayer isn't really too great as a tv, it's not meant to be. i'm watching tv on it right now, but i usually use xawtv, as it's meant to be a tv program. I don't believe you can have preset channels on it yet, so i'm not too fussed. it's great for recording though.
i don't know what your problems are, as you don't give any acutal output.
I run the command and everything looks good, the very end of the output says driver v4l doesn't exist
The reason I would like to get it going is I am looking at some software "Freevo" for a machine built on the new via ITX motherboards. It uses mplayer for it's TV features, however I have four machines of differing mobo's, all have tuner cards, but all report the same thing, when trying mplayer for TV, they all report v4l doesn't exist.
I'll be right back and post the output I get in the console.
Reading /home/Bruce/.mplayer/codecs.conf: 38 audio & 106 video codecs
font: can't open file: /home/Bruce/.mplayer/font/font.desc
Font /usr/share/mplayer/font/font.desc loaded successfully! (206 chars)
Using usleep() timing
Can't open input config file /home/Bruce/.mplayer/input.conf : No such file or directory
Can't open input config file /etc/mplayer/input.conf : No such file or directory
Falling back on default (hardcoded) input config
Setting up lirc support...
mplayer: could not connect to socket
mplayer: Permission denied
Failed opening lirc support!
You won't be able to use your remote control
you can force it to use 2.96 (as it says in the docs) if you want. it's just strongly recommended don't (as it says in the docs). upgrading to a stable gcc is a piece off piss. easier still just install gcc3 along side it.