HD-2000 and PVR-250 (was Re: [mythtv-users] Confused...)

David George david at thegeorges.us
Fri Dec 3 01:21:39 UTC 2004

On 12/02/2004 06:33 PM, clemens at dwf.com wrote:

>Im having more problems with getting MythTV up than I have ever had
>with any other piece of software.  I have a machine here with a PVR-250
>and a pcHDTV HD2000 in it, along with a Sound Blaster Live 5.1 (tho if it
>would make things any easier to get this thing started, I could easily
>pull one or the other of the video boards).
>    [[ Just to be sure that at least ONE of the boards (and the antenna)
>	were working I ran the Windows software that came with the PVR-250,
>        and was able to see live TV,- so that card is OK ]]
>Ive currently been thru ./setup, and am not sure what I was supposed
>to do with the "Video Sources".  It currently says:
>	HDTV: /dev/video0(Television) -> Antenna
>	MPEG: /dev/video1(Tuner 0)    -> Antenna
>Why one is "Television" and the other "Tuner 0" is not clear, they both
>have tuners, right?  But I cant change the "Tuner 0" so so be it.
This is normal, nothing to worry about.

>I have NO idea what to do with the Channel Editor.
>Thats probably a problem.
http://thegeorges.us/mythtv/267.html  look near the bottom of the page.

>If I make it thru ./setup, then run mythfilldatabases, it runs and seems
>to run ok.
>I then try starting mythbackend, followed by mythfrontend.
>I get a (fullscreen) black screen, with a (window) title bar across the top.
>Nothing seems to happen here till I close the window and kill mythfrontend.
>but the window where I started it (mythfrontend) contains hundreds of error
>messages saying that it couldnt open /dev/dsp.
>Now the ALSA sound works in the sense that I can play CD's, is there some
>additional module that needs loading for MythTV to get to /dev/dsp?
>Or is the name /dev/dsp an oss thing, and I need a different name for ALSA?
/dev/dsp is an OSS thing.  The name to use for ALSA depends on how you 
are connecting your audio.  If it is analog, try ALSA:front.  If it is 
S/PDIF (coax or optical) try ALSA:spdif.  There are other options.  
Search the archives for alsa.

>I had expected it to take several hours to get MythTV up, and its now
>been a couple of weeks.  And not counting the excursion to Windows,
>I have yet to see ANYTHING that makes me believe Im any closer to getting
>this stuff running on my machine. *sigh*
>So anyone want to give me a pointer or two...
What distro and kernel version are you using?

Perhaps you should start with Jarod's guide at 
http://wilsonet.com/mythtv/fcmyth.php .  If you use Jarod's guide I 
would recommend FC2 for now as that is the most tested.

You can find information on the HD-2000 and PVR-250 at my outdated and 
horribly organized web page at http://thegeorges.us/mythtv/  .  The 
2.6.7 page probably has the most info.  I never really did finish the 
2.6.9 page, although the information there should be accurate.


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