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Old 06-05-2003, 04:01 AM   #1
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Question video0 missing after running TVtime


AMD TB @ 1333MHz, 256MB RAM, Linux Mandrake 9.1 (KDE), GeForce 4 Ti 4200, ATI TV Wonder VE (bt878)

Things were just fine before I compiled TVtime ( and ran it. TVtime ran for about 15sec (scanning for channels) and then the whole system hang up, mouse cursor didn't move and pressing any button on keyboard did nothing. Even the the clock in bottom right corner stopped blinking. So I had no idea how to recover the system, so I pressed reset button. Then I booted back to linux and tried to run TVtime again. This time I only got following error:

videoinput: Can't open '/dev/video0' : No such file or directory

So I checked and indeed there was no such file or directory as video0. I'm not sure if it has ever even been there because I have never checked before. But XawTV had worked just fine before this incidence. But now it won't start either. Also Zapping is giving same kind of error "Could't open /dev/video0". So I may assume that the file has been there before. Mandrake Control Center (-> Hardware -> Drakx TV) could not help me either. Because I'm a full time newbie what comes to configuring and using Linux, I had no idea what to do.
Only place I could find that file was at '/lib/dev-state/v4l/video0'. And I tried to run tvtime with that file (tvtime -d /lib/dev-state/v4l/video0). It didn't help.

But I still tried something. First I rebooted the system once again. No effect. Then I shut the whole machine down and powered up again. No effect. The I removed my TV card and booted. Still nothing. Then I put the card back inside. Nothing. And I even replaced the card by another card (ATI TV Wonder, I have no idea what's model of the first card. Only hint was vendor: Legato, but I didn't find any information about model, chip is BT848). But video0 file was still missing. Then I booted with Mandrake 9.1 Installation CD and upgraded system. But no video0 file. So I ran out of ideas.

I'm not sure what's the kernel version because I don't know much about Linux systems. But I downloaded Mandrake 9.1 few day's ago when I decided to upgrade my Mandrake 8.0 to 9.1

So the question is: Is there some way to get that file back without re-installing the system?

Thank You.

Last edited by linkku; 06-05-2003 at 04:05 AM.


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