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from what I remember, the main things to know are the tuner type (that's the big silver metal thing) - phillips etc. - and what sort of encoding is used ...
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- 05-03-2005 #11
Use Suse 10.1 and occasionally play with Kubuntu
Also have Windows 98SE and BeOS
- 05-04-2005 #12
Yep... I tried different tuner types - mine is a PAL-I. This seems to be part of the problem, because Mandrake will let you select from a list of tuners. PAL-I support seems to be mainly for Phillips. I tried all those and ran scantv - it didn't find a sausage. I've edited my thread a bit: anyone know how to find the base memory address of a video card??
I decided to read the Xawtv manual. Interestingly (is that a word??) I found a reference to a file called v4l-conf It took me a while to figure out that this was video4linux in disguise.
I added 'Load "v4l" to my xorg.conf file. After X crashed and I'd finished swearing, I took out the blank line which I'd accidentally put in there, rebooted (forced a file system check) and started Xawtv. Still no signal, but something was different. Xawtv sat there and spewed out an error message about not having DGA support (I *think* it said that). It looks like v4l and X are not hooked up properly, and v4l is looking for a device/driver/memory address. That's about where I am. This link helps http://wtl.wayfarer.org/bt848.php
As an aside, my adventures with Google suggest that Conexant (my chip is a Conexant Fusion) have stopped publishing their hardware specs. Also, the same model of card might have different chips, depending on the whim of the manufacturer. My status is: still stuck, but still fightingI am always doing that which I can not do, in order that I may learn how to do it. - Pablo Picasso
- 05-21-2005 #13
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This is how I got my BT878 card working (Pinnacle PCTV) ...
I had Mandrake 10.1. I installed a Pinnacle PCTV Pro card.
When I started up XawTV, my computer immediately stared rebooting
about half the time. The other half the video system shut down and my
monitor went into standby, forcing me to do a dirty reboot.
So in a nutshell, here is how I got the TV card to work.
I updated Mandrake 10.1 to Ubuntu 5.04 (Hoary Hedgehog)
Mandrake uses the 2.6.8 kernel and Ubuntu uses 2.6.10,
which might be the reason. I was unsuccessful trying to update
the kernel in Mandrake. The package manager added it to grub,
but other things were left broken and it panicked because it did not
find initrd. I had never had this problem in Debian so I thought I would
give Ubuntu a try, since it is based on Debian, compatible with it,
and liked by the Debian people.
- 07-08-2005 #14
Originally Posted by jeremy1701
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