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Old 08-14-2003, 08:05 AM   #1
jatho
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Question No channels with Pinnacle PCTV PRO


Hi.
I'm having a hard time trying to get my Pinnacle PCTV Pro to work on my Shuttle SB61G2. I'm running slackware 9.0 with kernel-version 2.4.21 and have tried both bttv-0.9.11 and bttv-0.7.107, v4l and v4l2.
I've tried to setup the card with card=52, card=11 and card=39, tuner=33, tuner=14, tuner=18 and tuner=20 and a few others. According to a some articles I've read, the right tuner to use is 33, and one told me to try tuner=14. None of these work though.
When I start xawtv and scan through the channels I sometimes just get a blue screen but during my more succesful attempts I've also got a very, very bad picture with a very weak picture and a lot of static no matter how match I fine-tune. scantv finds no stations at all. Under Windows the picture is almost perfect. I live in Sweden so I'm using PAL and freqtab=europe_western. My dmesg output after
insmod bttv card=52 tuner=33 gbuffers=64
is:
bttv: driver version 0.7.107 loaded
bttv: using 64 buffers with 2080k (133120k total) for capture
bttv: Host bridge is PCI device 8086:2570 (Intel Corp.)
bttv: Bt8xx card found (0).
PCI: Found IRQ 12 for device 01:07.0
PCI: Sharing IRQ 12 with 00:1d.1
PCI: Sharing IRQ 12 with 01:07.1
bttv0: Bt878 (rev 17) at 01:07.0, irq: 12, latency: 32, mmio: 0xee000000
bttv0: detected: Pinnacle PCTV [card=39], PCI subsystem ID is 11bd:0012
bttv0: using: BT878(Pinnacle PCTV Studio Pr) [card=52,insmod option]
i2c-core.o: adapter bt848 #0 registered as adapter 0.
bttv0: i2c: checking for MSP34xx @ 0x80... found
bttv0: pinnacle/mt: id=2 info="PAL+SECAM / stereo" radio=yes
bttv0: using tuner=33
bttv0: i2c: checking for MSP34xx @ 0x80... found
i2c-core.o: driver i2c msp3400 driver registered.
msp34xx: init: chip=MSP3410G-B11 +nicam +simple +radio
msp3410: daemon started
i2c-core.o: client [MSP3410G-B11] registered to adapter [bt848 #0](pos. 0).
bttv0: i2c: checking for TDA9875 @ 0xb0... not found
bttv0: i2c: checking for TDA7432 @ 0x8a... not found
i2c-core.o: driver i2c tda9887 driver registered.
i2c-core.o: driver i2c TV tuner driver registered.
bttv0: PLL: 28636363 => 35468950 .. ok
bttv0: registered device video0
bttv0: registered device vbi0
bttv0: registered device radio0

As far as I can see, everything loads just fine, although I find it a bit strange that the card is detected as type 39 but doesnt't work with this setting.
I've also tried the v4l2-enabled bttv-0.9.11 driver but the result is just the same.
For a while I thought that I just used the wrong frequencies, but then I copied the frequencies from windows into .xawtv and the result was just the same.
Has anybody had the same problem?
 
Old 08-20-2003, 02:03 AM   #2
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i am having the same problem with my Pinnacle PCTV... Suse 8.1 detected it right during install, S-video and Composite are working fine, but Television finds no programs...
 
Old 08-20-2003, 02:12 AM   #3
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I have same card, it worked fine when I used it a while back, however I never used it in 2.4.21, only earlyer kernels, currently I am using 2.6.0-test3 and a brief test the other day i used the composite with little trouble, but I seem to remember also having tuner trouble with the blue screen occasionally. also I nevrr needed any special options, just compiled into kernel then opened xawtv (and configured channel names to numbers, thats it)
 
Old 08-20-2003, 03:16 AM   #4
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sorry exodist i am a newbie, what you exactly mean by
"just compiled into kernel"? do i have to run any script or so to get the card to work??
 
Old 08-20-2003, 12:12 PM   #5
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linux is 2 parts
1) the linux kernel - this is the *core* of linux, everything revolves around this, it is this part that makes a system linux, it is a very large program. the kernel is where all your drivers are. when you boot and it scrolls all that system info, that is the kernel loading. the kernel like I said is a big program full of hundreds if not thousands of drivers and options for those drivers. each driver is a module, and some have sub-modules. you have a large amount of these drivers modules built into the kernel (compiled in as in compiling source-code into a working program), others are compiled as seperate modules - you need to load these manually after the system has started, drivers that are external modules can be loaded and unloaded while the computer is on, unlike windows where you need to reboot to load drivers (totally different situation anyway).
most distros come with lots of stuff built in and a lot as external modules. you need to make sure your tv-card is eather one of those built-in or a module, if it is a module you will need to load it. it is possible, even likely that the kernel that came with your distro did not have it as eather, in that case you should find a kernel compile tutorial online (does anyone have one handy) and also go to www.kernel.org compiling the kernel is not as hard as you may think and once you know how you have lots more power in linux.

2) the second part of linux (gnu-linux) are the gnu utilities that surround the kernel and make the system usable.

3) not a required part, but the third part is user programs, not mentioned as a part of ANY linux system, just the good ones.
 
Old 08-22-2003, 08:04 AM   #6
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After some searching on different messageboards and google I've found out that the newer Pinnacle PCTV Pro doesn't have the MT2032 chipset but have replaced it for the newer MT2050 for which there is no support yet.
 
Old 08-22-2003, 09:59 AM   #7
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I use bttv driver, different card I guess
 
Old 08-28-2003, 07:37 PM   #8
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exodist,
you may have the same problem I have - my BT878-based card (Hauppauge WinTV PCI FM) was working fine before watching television with XawTV, and now a month or so later, having changed nothing (maybe incremented kernel) I get no stations - just blue screen!

Can you do me a favour and check the Television is working on your TV card? Which kernel version / patchset are you using?
 
Old 11-18-2003, 08:43 AM   #9
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Quote:
Originally posted by jatho
After some searching on different messageboards and google I've found out that the newer Pinnacle PCTV Pro doesn't have the MT2032 chipset but have replaced it for the newer MT2050 for which there is no support yet.

Where did you find this info. Do you know when it will be supported ?

Thanks

Tieum
 
  


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