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Old 12-14-2005, 11:48 PM   #1
Registered: Nov 2004
Location: Newport, RI, USA
Distribution: Mandriva 2006
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Smile MythTv playback problem.

I sort of just got MythTv to run, but I think something is not right.
I have a PVR-250 card and I am using ivtv driver 0.4. I am also using Mandriva 2006.
After going through the setup, I was able to watch TV for a breif moment, but then it locks up.
I see this message repeated in the console I started mythtv in:
2005-12-14 23:39:11.910 prebuffer wait timed out..
2005-12-14 23:39:11.910 waiting for prebuffer...

I have an old Athlon 1.4Gz (200MHz FSB), and I think it might not be able to handle it. I know the card is supposed to have hardware encoding, but I am thinking this might not work.

If I test the card/driver by entering:
$/bin/cat /dev/video>test.mpg
the file size is about 60MB/min. This seems kinf of large to me, but I am new to this.

Is the firmware of the card messed up?

I also have another theory. Is it possible that the refresh rate of my monitor (set in Xorg) is out of sync and is causing this?
Thank you for your help!
Old 12-15-2005, 05:10 AM   #2
Registered: Apr 2002
Location: Wales MA.
Distribution: openSuSE 11.1
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A 1.4 Athlon is more then capable of running mythtv.

The hauppauge card is an excellent choice, I am currently using a PVR 250 in one machine and a PVR 150 in another.

Both run perfectly.

The file size seems about right.

A 1 hour of television would be a few gigabytes.

I have never personally seen the error you are recieving, so the only help I can offer is what google dug up.


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