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Old 06-12-2005, 02:10 PM   #1
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Boot lockup/TV Capture Card

OK, I'll try to be as descriptive as I can be. I just purchased a TV Capture card(Hauppage WinTV-GO TV Tuner Capture Card) from SurplusComputers from their online store. So far so good?

The machine I wanted to install the card on I normally keep booted up in Windows and run linux through VMWare. I decided that this wouldn't work for the card. So I tried to just install it in windows. Windows XP Pro detects that it was a Multimedia Controller Card. After downloading the drivers from hauppage website the card would still not work.

I installed debian linux, from the net install cd, with the 2.6 default kernel on the machine. I installed without the card being in the machine. After adding the card to the machine, after making sure that debian was all set up and working fine. Debian detects that it is a hauppage card. bttv autodetects that it is(card=10,autodetected). Then freezes. It won't progress any further.

If I take the card out Debian boots fine. Oh, bttv was the version just previous to the current one. Like 0.9.14, when the current one is 0.9.15. So I upgraded the kernel to the new 2.6.11-1-686 image. Well, still same problem. When the card is in the machine Debian hangs at the boot. When the card is not in the machine Debian boots just fine.

Any advice?

Old 06-13-2005, 07:19 AM   #2
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I'm 90% convinced that this is hardware trouble. Change the card.

The drivers are fine. I can get my Pinnacle PCTV Pro to work with the bttv drivers, so no problems. Hauppage is supposed to work as well.

If Windows would not get that card to work and Linux freezes when the drivers load, I think you should think of replacing it.

Or try it in another machine, just in case.


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