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Old 01-29-2009, 08:07 PM   #1
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Unable to get xawtv to work properly

Unfortunately, I have no idea what type of tv-tuner card I have. I bought it on e-bay about 5 years ago and the instructions are written in very poor english. Only thing I can find is the Windows driver is EasyTV.

I do know it's a BT878.

I am running Fedora 10 with this kernel:

I installed xawtv-3.95-10.fc10 (i386) with Fedora's Add/Remove Software

Using $xawtv -hwscan I get the following:

$ xawtv -hwscan
This is xawtv-3.95, running on Linux/i686 (
looking for available devices
port 57-57
type : Xvideo, image scaler
name : NV Video Overlay

port 58-89
type : Xvideo, image scaler
name : NV Video Blitter

/dev/video0: OK [ -device /dev/video0 ]
type : v4l2
name : BT878 video (Modular Technology
flags: overlay capture tuner

So then I launch the app with $xawtv -device /dev/video0.

$ xawtv -device /dev/video0
This is xawtv-3.95, running on Linux/i686 (
xinerama 0: 1440x900+0+0

It appears to load ok, but all I get is a window with a static picture and no audio.

I live in the U.S. and have cable and I have selected:
Video Source: Television
audio mode: Stereo
Frequency Table: us-cable

Can anyone help me?
Old 01-31-2009, 07:10 AM   #2
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just type the command without any options "xawtv" or frm menu .
And post whether ur getting static or moving image please
Old 02-01-2009, 02:40 PM   #3
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I originally tried it without any options and was getting static. I tried the options to make sure it was looking at the right device.


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