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Old 03-09-2005, 11:16 AM   #1
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Winfast TV Expert with Suse 9.2


Hi people,

A newcomer here. I installed Suse 9.2 and it is looking great except for one thing - my TV CARD.

I have a Winfast TV2000 XP Expert.

Suse seems to detect it and everything. But when I try to run the program provided - it just hangs on me. Any pointers...

* Please note I am a real newbie to linux, so please be easy on me.

Thank you.
 
Old 03-09-2005, 11:38 AM   #2
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It would be a great help if you could provide the chipset of the card. You should be able to tell by looking for the biggest chip on the card (not always the case, but many times). Most of the time, you'll find drivers for specific chipsets (for example, my card's name is picked up similiarly to yours, and I use the cx88xx driver, but you card may have a different chipset).
 
Old 03-09-2005, 01:33 PM   #3
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Hi jsutton,

Are you saying you have the same card as me and it works fine on SUSE 9.2?

Well, I haven't had the time at the moment to open up my case to check the chipset, thought if I am not mistaken - I think I heard that this card used the Conexant chipset - and I think the cx88xx drivers would be the right ones here also.

But where did you get these Linux drivers for this card?????

I don't mind experimenting around to see what works as this is not my permenant install, I am just playing around with this OS and trying to make certain everything works. So I don't mind if somethinig gets mucked up as I try to fix this thing. I will do a clean install again in a month or so anyways.

Just to give you some further details - I am using a MSI K7N2 Delta-L (nForce 2) MOBO with AMD 1700+ Athlon.
 
Old 03-10-2005, 05:20 AM   #4
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OK, well, since no one replied, I have been doing my own searching.

I found this at the KDE TV website.

Q: kdetv freezes with my cx88xx-based card.
A: The cx88xx driver does not implement a syscall the kdetv v4l1 plugin needs. You can either update your driver (there is a fix in it since the middle of October 2004) or use the v4l2 plugin in kdetv > 0.8.4.

The problem is, I have very little clue as to what it actually means. Hope someone can explain it to me in noob terms.

Where do I get that updated driver or where do I get this plugin and how do I implement it?
And what is a syscall?

Regards,
CrazyDelta
 
Old 03-10-2005, 06:15 AM   #5
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type lspci in a terminal and paste the output here so we can see what chipset linux detects.
 
Old 03-10-2005, 09:36 AM   #6
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Alright, Here you go.

======================================================
0000:00:00.0 Host bridge: nVidia Corporation nForce2 AGP (different version?) (r
ev c1)
0000:00:00.1 RAM memory: nVidia Corporation nForce2 Memory Controller 1 (rev c1)
0000:00:00.2 RAM memory: nVidia Corporation nForce2 Memory Controller 4 (rev c1)
0000:00:00.3 RAM memory: nVidia Corporation nForce2 Memory Controller 3 (rev c1)
0000:00:00.4 RAM memory: nVidia Corporation nForce2 Memory Controller 2 (rev c1)
0000:00:00.5 RAM memory: nVidia Corporation nForce2 Memory Controller 5 (rev c1)
0000:00:01.0 ISA bridge: nVidia Corporation nForce2 ISA Bridge (rev a3)
0000:00:01.1 SMBus: nVidia Corporation nForce2 SMBus (MCP) (rev a2)
0000:00:02.0 USB Controller: nVidia Corporation nForce2 USB Controller (rev a3)
0000:00:02.1 USB Controller: nVidia Corporation nForce2 USB Controller (rev a3)
0000:00:02.2 USB Controller: nVidia Corporation nForce2 USB Controller (rev a3)
0000:00:04.0 Ethernet controller: nVidia Corporation nForce2 Ethernet Controller (rev a1)
0000:00:06.0 Multimedia audio controller: nVidia Corporation nForce2 AC97 AudioControler (MCP) (rev a1)
0000:00:08.0 PCI bridge: nVidia Corporation nForce2 External PCI Bridge (rev a3)
0000:00:09.0 IDE interface: nVidia Corporation nForce2 IDE (rev a2)
0000:00:1e.0 PCI bridge: nVidia Corporation nForce2 AGP (rev c1)
0000:01:09.0 Multimedia video controller: Conexant Winfast TV2000 XP (rev 05)
0000:02:00.0 VGA compatible controller: ATI Technologies Inc Radeon R350 [Radeon 9800 Pro]
0000:02:00.1 Display controller: ATI Technologies Inc Radeon R350 [Radeon 9800 Pro] (Secondary)
======================================================

UPDATE: I realized that an updated KDETV version was available from the kdetv.org website. So I first went to YAST and deleted KDETV version 0.8.2, then downloaded the 0.8.5 version and installed it.

No luck however. Instead of the program hanging, it now just appears to start in the system tray with a spinning hourglass then just shuts itself off.

When I check the "Install and Remove Software" in YAST - The KDETV program appears in RED Letters and it says 0.8.2-4.1 under "Avail. Ver." and 0.8.5-3 under "Inst. Ver."

* On a separate note - I have a Radeon 9800 Pro - should I be installing some special drivers for my card?
 
Old 03-10-2005, 10:34 AM   #7
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just busy doing a bit of research on your tv tuner at the mo', but as for your graphics card. type glxgears and let it run for about 5 secs and it should give you an FPS readout. If it's around 3000fps then the diver is installed, if not go to ati.com and download the latest drivers or try YAST for fglrx.

Last edited by 0pal_t0ad; 03-10-2005 at 10:47 AM.
 
Old 03-10-2005, 10:44 AM   #8
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ok, this just after 5min of searching, so it might not be completely acurate but it seems your card uses the connexant bt878 chipset which is supported by the bttv driver. http://linux.bytesex.org/v4l2/bttv.html
the link seems to go a video4linux site with different drivers. I'd try the bttv-0.9.15.tar.gz.
extract it using tar xzvf bttv-0.9.15.tar.gz
then follow the README/INSTALL files
 
Old 03-11-2005, 09:42 PM   #9
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Sorry for the late reply...

There are two versions of this card. One of them (the older one) uses the BT878 chipset, which was mentioned in the post just prior to this one. The newer of the two cards uses the cx88xx chipset. If you were able to determine that you have the newer chipset (the cx88), then the driver you want is here. However, if you have the older chipset (the BT878), use the link from the previous post. So, crack open that box and find out.

----

Also, I wanted to clear up the fact that I haven't tested this card on SuSe; I was using Fedora 2 at the time that I used this card. Sorry for the confusion.

Last edited by jsutton; 03-11-2005 at 09:44 PM.
 
Old 03-11-2005, 10:31 PM   #10
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I have this same card running under 2.6.8 kernel with these extra modules loaded:

bttv
tda9887
tuner
cx8800
cx88xx
video_buf
i2c_algo_bit
v4l1_compat
v4l2_common
btcx_risc
videodev
i2c_core

I use Debian so YMMV. I also use tvtime instead, which works great.
Hope this helps you.
 
Old 03-14-2005, 02:18 AM   #11
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Thanks!!!

You guys are the BEST.

I'll see what I can do when I get some free time later to play with my Linux OS.

Hope it works out.
 
Old 03-14-2005, 02:28 AM   #12
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0000:01:09.0 Multimedia video controller: Conexant Winfast TV2000 XP (rev 05)
This is the newer Conexant cx88xx chipset. The older one is listed it as a Brooktree Corporation Bt878 Video Capture (rev 11). The link in jsutton's post should point you in the right direction.

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Old 03-14-2005, 06:35 AM   #13
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OK, I may have got all too excited about the prospect of a solution, that I completely forgot that I am dealing with LINUX here and not WINDOWS.

I can't figure out how I should update the driver. I already have the CX88-0.0.4 downloaded.

So hmm...what now?
 
Old 03-14-2005, 08:41 AM   #14
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extract the file(i'm guessing it's a tarball...tar.gz/.tar.bz2).
use 'tar xzvf [filename.tar.gz] -C /home/[username]' if it's a .gz or 'tar jpvf [filename.tar.bz2] -C /home/[username]' if it's a .bz2.

the just browse to /home/[username]/[filename] and look for README and INSTALL for step by step instructions.
 
Old 03-15-2005, 03:07 PM   #15
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Also, before you try to install the driver, make sure that you have the sources for your kernel installed.
 
  


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