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Old 02-22-2004, 11:00 PM   #1
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TV wonder bttv

Can someone explain to me like I am a retard what to do with this BTTV driver file to set up a tv tuner. I am a linux virgin and I know basically nothing.

thanks for any help
Old 02-23-2004, 12:12 AM   #2
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I am not sure because I always used xawtv instead of bttv. One reason that I use xawtv was that it was already installed by default when I installed Red Hat 9. I am not sure what disro or version you use. On my computer I just type xawtv and it starts. It works good with the Hauppauge WinPCI TV Tuner card that I have had for several years. I transplanted it from my old computer.

When I started xawtv the first time all I got was static. That was because the default settings were not for the type of TV signals that we have in the US. I had to change it to NTSC signals and to us-bcst frequencies before it would work. To do that I typed "O" while it was running and changed the settings. If I had cable I would have chosen something other than us-bcst. I have the TV on in one corner of my screen right now but really need a better antenna hooked to it for a decent picture.

I am not sure how BTTV compares to xawtv. You might want to try typing xawtv from the command line to see if it is already there or not.
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I am not sure because I always used xawtv instead of bttv
xawtv is a tv viewing program, bttv is a device driver for brooktree based grabber cards. Can I suggest you make sure you're aware of what the question really is before replying?

to get bttv working, you *should* just need to run "modprobe bttv", then to see what that did, check the output of "dmesg" and you should have some obvious tv related lines at the end. if this is ok, just try running a viewer: xawtv, tvtime, zapping etc....

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Old 02-23-2004, 10:25 AM   #4
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Hi there

first off, check if xawtv is installed, if you are using a new distro, it should be there, otherwise install it off the cd or

to get the bttv driver to work, you need to change the options to suit your tuner card. there are two ways to do this. Either in the modules.conf file so it does it everyime you boot up, or you can do it using the modular options before you want to watch tv, personally, change the modules.conf file.

you need to add an option line under the bttv line, like this:
options bttv card=* tuner=*

you must put the card number in at *, i think a list of cards can be found here

there might even be an example modules.conf file there. (man it sux posting from work were we are forced to work on M$ boxes)

hope you come right


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