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Old 01-29-2004, 12:41 PM   #1
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Can't install TV-card: /dev/v4l/video0 missing


I've installed a TV-card (Hauppauge WinTV GO2) but obviously Linux needs /dev/v4l/video0 to make it work, but I can't find anything like that in /dev.

What do I have to do to create that. (It's working fine in Windows XP).
I use a Mandrake kernel, so I believe TV-card support is already compiled, isn't it?

Appreciate your help.

/ Christian S
Old 01-29-2004, 12:51 PM   #2
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Have you enable Video 4 Linux option in your kernel??? when your module is inserted, have you error messages ??? Because, this device (/dev/v4l/video0) is created at module insertion.
Old 01-29-2004, 01:22 PM   #3
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I'm quite new to Linux so I haven't compiled the kernel myself. Mandrake Linux says they have build-in support for V4L.

Do I have to compile the kernel myself?
Old 01-29-2004, 03:05 PM   #4
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Happy Birthday !!!

Can you give more detail about your problem? Have you tried to use xawtv?
What is the result of the command 'xawtv -hwscan'?
On my PC, running Mandrake 9.2, I got this :

root@sun vincent]# xawtv -hwscan
This is xawtv-3.88, running on Linux/i686 (2.4.22-10mdk)
looking for available devices
port 61-61 [ -xvport 61 ]
type : Xvideo, video overlay
name : video4linux

port 62-62
type : Xvideo, image scaler
name : NV Video Overlay

/dev/v4l/video0: OK [ -device /dev/v4l/video0 ]
type : v4l
name : BT878(Leadtek WinFast 2000/ W)
flags: overlay capture tuner

/dev/v4l/video1: OK [ -device /dev/v4l/video1 ]
type : v4l
name : Logitech USB Camera
flags: capture

I have installed Mandrake without compiling it myself.
Please tell us more,


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Old 01-31-2004, 07:35 AM   #5
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This is what I get when I run xawtv:

[crille@Christian crille]$ xawtv -hwscan
This is xawtv-3.85, running on Linux/i686 (2.4.21-0.13mdk)
looking for available devices
port 89-89
type : Xvideo, image scaler
name : NV04 Video Overlay

port 90-121
type : Xvideo, image scaler
name : NV05 Video Blitter


[crille@Christian crille]$ xawtv
This is xawtv-3.85, running on Linux/i686 (2.4.21-0.13mdk)
can't open /dev/v4l/video0: No such file or directory
v4l-conf had some trouble, trying to continue anyway
v4l2: open /dev/v4l/video0: No such file or directory
v4l2: open /dev/v4l/video0: No such file or directory
v4l: open /dev/v4l/video0: No such file or directory
no video grabber device available
Old 03-13-2004, 03:21 PM   #6
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I had the same problem,

modprobe bttv

fixed it for me.
Old 03-29-2004, 07:50 PM   #7
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same problem

I suffer the same error message from the xawtv command, but when I modprobe bttv I don't get a fix, I get the following error:

[root@localhost matt]# modprobe bttv
/lib/modules/2.4.21-0.13mdk/kernel/drivers/media/video/bttv.o.gz: init_module: No such device
Hint: insmod errors can be caused by incorrect module parameters, including invalid IO or IRQ parameters.
You may find more information in syslog or the output from dmesg
modprobe: insmod /lib/modules/2.4.21-0.13mdk/kernel/drivers/media/video/bttv.o.gz failed
modprobe: insmod bttv failed

Any help would be gratefully received.

Old 03-30-2004, 12:03 PM   #8
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I get the same prob when I do modrobe bttv. But I think Oliv' is right, video 4 linux does need to be activated. I dont know if this is defautly turned on, so I am going to recompile my kernel and if that works, I will post back.
Old 08-19-2004, 11:14 AM   #9
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I also have a Hauppauge WinTV GO2, and I have a SuSE 9.0 distro. The YAST configuration system did not detect the card (probably because the card is newer than the OS version?), so I tried some manual things.

I tried modprobe bttv, but that gave the same error as on your system. I think that the bttv module does not support this card. So I searched for other modules (look in /lib/modules/[kernel]/maybe_something_more/v4l2), and as the winXP drivers had names with 880, 881 and 88x in it, I tried cx8800 and cx88xx:

modprobe cx8800
modprobe cx88xx

(maybe you can skip one of these)

and then
modprobe tuner
modprobe tvaudio

(I don't know if the last one is a good thing)

Then start a TV app, select the frequency settings (europe-west for me), video format (PAL for me) and select a channel manually (autoscan didn't work for me). The result was that motv (a xawtv-based app) displayed a black&white TV window with no sound, but it shows that I'm close to a solution.


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