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Old 08-31-2003, 11:25 PM   #1
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Angry xawtv works, but messes up other programs

i have xawtv working fine, but after i shut it off ( or even while it's running) i get large chunks of... well.. green static in other programs. if i try to use mozilla, the entire menu area and often parts of the screen are covered with this green static. if you want a pic of what it looks like, just email me, and i'll send you a .png screenshot.

if anyone has any clues on how i can keep this from happening, it'd be helpfull. it's not something that totally destroys my machine, it's just really really really really really annoying. any help much appreciated.

thanks, rebelcan
Old 09-01-2003, 12:29 AM   #2
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The first place I would look is at the way v4l is talking to your display. I don't have xawtv installed on any of our machines, but IIRC you can have a look at the ouput of v4lctl for a hint. You may also be having a bumpy ride on the graphics hardware side as well. Post some info about your system and include the Devices section from your XF86Config file as well.
Old 09-06-2003, 05:09 AM   #3
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the output of:

v4lctl -v 2 xawtv

is :

Xvideo: 1 adaptors available.
Xvideo: ATI Rage128 Video Overlay: input video image, ports 61-61
Xvideo: skipping ports 61-61 (configured other: -1)
Xvideo: no usable video port found
vid-open: trying: v4l2-old...
v4l2: open /dev/video0: No such device
vid-open: failed: v4l2-old
vid-open: trying: v4l2...
v4l2: open /dev/video0: No such device
vid-open: failed: v4l2
vid-open: trying: v4l...
v4l: open /dev/video0: No such device
vid-open: failed: v4l
no grabber device available

which is strange.... because just plain 'xawtv' works fine...

device section from XF86Config:
Section "Device"
Identifier "Videocard0"
Driver "ati"
VendorName "Videocard vendor"
BoardName "ATI All-in-Wonder Pro"
VideoRam 16384

i'm running red-hat 9.0, latest kernel, as you can see, with a ati all-in-wonder 128 pro video card.


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