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Old 11-30-2002, 09:25 PM   #1
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Question XawTV no Picture?

I'm a in all aspects of the word to the linux world. I'm currently trying to get my Hauppauge WinTV card to work correctly using XawTV. I can get audio but I don't recieve any video. It's using the BT878 chipset. I'm using Mandrake 9. Any help would be much appreciated.
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have you set up your tv card properly?
is there an entry for "bttv" in /etc/modules.conf?
do you get any error messages from xawtv when you run it in a console?
what abuot when you run v4l-conf?
have you set the right frequency table in xawtv?
have you tried tuning it in?
Old 12-01-2002, 11:37 AM   #3
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I do believe my card is setup properly in the system it self. I don't see an entry in /etc/modules.conf but I do see one in /etc/modules .... is this the same or where it should be?

I don't get any errors while running from the console however I also get a Cyan screen with green lines through it. I have tried tuning this but nothing seems to change except for the audio.

when I run v4l-conf I get the following:

v4l-conf: using X11 display :0.0
dga: version 2.0
mode: 1024x768, depth=24, bpp=32, bpl=4096, base=0xd8000000
/dev/video0 [v4l2]: ioctl VIDIOC_QUERYCAP: Invalid argument
/dev/video0 [v4l]: configuration done

Unfortunatly I don't know howe to set my frequency table but I'm about to go look that up. Thanks for your asistance
Old 06-15-2003, 11:44 PM   #4
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I am having the same problem. Did you ever get this fixed?
Old 06-16-2003, 03:11 AM   #5
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I also have a Hauppauge WinTV PCI card in my computer. Several months ago I transplanted the card from my old computer into this computer and had it working well under RH 7.3 and RH 8. I recently moved the computer into a different room were I did not have an antenna and then later installed RH 9. Your post reminded me that I had not yet hooked up an antenna and configured it to work under RH 9. So I hooked up some rabbit ears to the Hauppauge card a few minutes ago. They do not have cable where I live.

I typed xawtv and the TV appeared. I then right-clicked on the TV screen to bring up a menu on which I found two incorrect settings. By default xawtv assumes I live in Westen Europe and that we receive PAL type TV signals. That is not correct! I live in Arizona and we recive NTSC type TV transmissions here. I also knew the frequency table for "europe-west" would not work. I chose us-bcast instead. I do not have cable, but if I did, I would have chosen us-cable.

After correcting those settings I used the UP or DOWN arrrows on my keyboard to change channels. It is great to be able to watch the news in one window will browsing the Internet in another window. I Right-Clicked on the TV again and went into the channel editor and added my local channels. Afterwards I saved the changes. It took me two or three tries to successfully save the changes. For some reason it kept defaulting back to the settings for Western Europe, but I finally manged to save the correct settings. I am not sure what I did different that last time but it did save the settings that time!
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right, changing to the right frequency and such is necessary, also, if it isn't working at all, you might need to do a modprobe for the device.


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