[mythtv] MythTV hangs

Michael T. Dean mtdean at thirdcontact.com
Thu Apr 15 14:43:17 EDT 2004

Isaac Richards wrote:

>On Thursday 15 April 2004 08:16 am, Mike Drons wrote:
>>It happens to my machine as well.  I have posted many times to the myth
>>users and have not been able to fix it.  My issues are definitely related
>>to MythTV frontend/backend.
>If your entire machine locks up, or the ivtv driver hangs and stops providing 
>data, it's not mythtv related.
Exactly.  I recommend trying different versions of the ivtv driver. For 
me, some
drivers work and some don't.

I *highly* recommend signing up for the ivtv mailing lists ( 
http://sourceforge.net/mail/?group_id=73219 ) if using the ivtv 
drivers.  They're all relatively low-volume list (at least compared to 
the Myth lists), and answers a lot of questions about the iTVC15-family 
of chips.

The current consensus on the ivtv ML ( 
http://www.poptix.net/ivtv/current/threads.html ) seems to be that 
driver stability is significantly increased on a (properly installed) 
Linux 2.6 machine.  Those who have reported this are not yet using NPTL 
(Native POSIX Thread Library), although doing so may also help--testing 
is still being done.

Regardless of which kernel you use, I wouldn't use any ivtv drivers 
prior to ivtv-0.1.9.   Other versions you may want to try:
ivtv-0.1.9 with Matthias Badaire's prepdma patch (from 
http://membres.lycos.fr/badzzzz/ )
ivtv-0.1.9 with Hans Verkuil's patch ( from 
http://www.xs4all.nl/~hverkuil/ )
ivtv-0.1.9a (from http://membres.lycos.fr/badzzzz/ --it's basically 
0.1.9 with prepdma, Hans' patch, and Linux 2.6 support)
ivtv-0.1.10pre2 with Chris Kennedy's patches (from 
http://kmos.org/~ckennedy/ivtv/ )
-- Specifically, 38a, 36b, 35, 27, 24, 07D, 06a (in that order)

If using Linux 2.6, start with Chris Kennedy's patches.

Users of the PVR-350's TV out should also use Matthias Badaire's ivtvdev 
X driver.


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