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Old 11-07-2003, 07:18 AM   #1
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Prolink TV card problems with slackware

Hi everyone....

First of all, my TV Card is: PixelView Prolink PlayTV pro
And it's chipset is: PV-BT878P+ w/FM
Supported TV System: NTSC M/PAL M/PAL N/SECAM
Supported Audio System: MTS/NICAM
My distro: Slackware 9.1
Kernel version: 2.4.22
My country: Brazil (It's important to know due to the frequency table)
My country norm: PAL-M
My TV Provider: Cable (the cable is called RGC-6 if it's important)

How things are:
/dev/video is symlinked to /dev/video0 (my tv card)
/dev/radio is synlinked to /dev/radio0 (my tv card's radio)
/dev/video0 is chmoded to a+r (all users can watch video, althoug I tried everything as root too)

My /etc/modules.conf:
options bttv card=70 tuner=8 radio=1

According to the kernel documentation:
card=16 - Prolink Pixelview PlayTV (bt878)
card=37 - Prolink PixelView PlayTV pro
card=50 - Prolink PV-BT878P+4E / PixelView PlayTV PAK / Lenco MXTV-9578 CP
card=70 - Prolink Pixelview PV-BT878P+ (Rev.4C,8E)
card=72 - Prolink Pixelview PV-BT878P+9B (PlayTV Pro rev.9B FM+NICAM)

I already tried all of them

My dmesg | grep bttv:
bttv: driver version 0.7.107 loaded
bttv: using 4 buffers with 2080k (8320k total) for capture
bttv: Host bridge is Silicon Integrated Systems [SiS] SiS645DX Host & Memory & AGP Controller
bttv: Bt8xx card found (0).
bttv0: Bt878 (rev 17) at 00:0a.0, irq: 5, latency: 32, mmio: 0xef000000
bttv0: using: BT878(Prolink Pixelview PV-BT) [card=70,insmod option]
bttv0: using tuner=8
bttv0: i2c: checking for MSP34xx @ 0x80... not found
bttv0: i2c: checking for TDA9875 @ 0xb0... not found
bttv0: i2c: checking for TDA7432 @ 0x8a... not found
bttv0: PLL: 28636363 => 35468950 .. ok
bttv0: registered device video0
bttv0: registered device vbi0
bttv0: registered device radio0
bttv0: PLL can sleep, using XTAL (28636363).

Software I'm using: xawtv, fftv, mplayer - All of them were compiled from source.

Description: When I try to use mplayer tv://10, it gives me the dummy driver, and sais there's no tuner, look:

Playing tv://10
TV detected! ;-)
Selected driver: dummy
name: NULL-TV
author: alex
Selected input hasn't got a tuner!

Also: the man page of xawtv sais there's a program called scantv, that will scan all the channels and create a configuration file for me (I guess this is my problem), well.. I don't have it..

zaba@zaba:~$ whereis scantv

And in the man page of xawtv (again) it sais that in it's menu, there's the frequency table list, I don't have this in my xawtv menu!

And finally: fftv pops up a screen to choose the frequency table, all the frequency tables give me a segmentation fault, except Argentina, that gives me this:

fftv:chanlist is null

What I think my problem is:

The tuner option in /etc/modules.conf (I don't know what to choose, so I chose many of them already).
Actually my tuner is NTSC, because I think my TV Provider gives me NTSC, althoug my country uses PAL-M, and, I also think my problem is the frequency table (that's why I want scantv from xawtv, to scan the channels, or else I'm not going to get any image).

Observations: I gave you a very detailed report, I think this helps a lot... And also... yes, my cable is connected to the TV Card (I don't want stupid answers).

Thank you very much.
Old 11-27-2003, 07:06 PM   #2
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Pixelview and xawtv

I too, am having problems getting my tv tuner card working under xawtv. I am interested on how you have got on?
Old 11-27-2003, 07:55 PM   #3
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when you install xawtv, it installs motv applications too, it's very easy configure it, open a terminal and write motv, for the options just make a rigth click on the window of motv, good look


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