[mythtv] Who is currently working the firewire code for the Motorola 6100 series STB boxes?

Fred McClain fmcclain_spm at boojummobile.com
Thu Oct 18 01:07:38 UTC 2007

Kelly Campbell wrote:
> Encrypted 5C channels is one problem, but it's a pain to even get the
> non-encrypted channels to work consistently. I'm not sure this is
> actually a problem with the motorola's or if it's a linux driver/libs
> issue. I've never tried capturing on MacOS or windows.
> I've been able to get my firewire working mostly consistently by
> building from svn for myth, libraw1394, libiec61883, and libavc1394.
> They recently made a new release of libraw1394 which included a
> segfault bugfix.
> For me this is what I've found is required to get a stable connection:
> 1. The motorola box has to be powered off (power cable unplugged,
> firewire is still live even if the) and then plugged back in with the
> linux system online and firewire connected.
> 2. I have to run firewire_tester -B -n <node> until it's stable.
> 3. configure mythtv to connect in broadcast mode.
> Once in a while it will lose stability for some reason, and just
> running firewire_tester -B -n once or twice will usually fix it. If
> not I have to reset the stb power.
> Hope that helps.
> -Kelly
> On 10/17/07, Steven Adeff <adeffs.mythtv at gmail.com> wrote:
>> On 10/17/07, Joe Borne <joe.borne at gmail.com> wrote:
>>> I have a very cooperative cable company (Insight) who is willing to help
>>> resolve the issues some users have with tuning in HD channels on the
>>> Motorola set top boxes. They feel that I should be able to watch every
>>> channel I pay for out of the firewire ports on the back, unencrypted. They
>>> would like to work with us as testers.
>>> Who is currently working on the code used to communicate with these Motorola
>>> STBs? I'd like to get them involved so we can work this out. I'm running the
>>> current SVN.
>> all they have to do is turn off 5C in the Motorola software. Normally
>> this signal is sent by the cable company in the channel/show's digital
>> stream to the cablebox and is passed through from the network but it
>> can be intercepted/changed/ignored at any step along that process.
>> --
>> Steve
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if you're paying for the channels why would they be 5C encrypted on the 
firewire port?

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