[mythtv-users] PVR350 TV OUT stability - scrap PVR playback?

Michael Cheshire (Mailing Lists) michael-mlists at cheshire.id.au
Tue Dec 28 01:56:24 UTC 2004


I would suggest upgrading to FC2 or FC3. Jarod's guide is excellent.

Perhaps its the kernel 2.6 drivers which give better stability?

I am using a PVR-350 and find the play stability to be excellent - the 
frontend crashes every now and again (like once a fortnight) if I jump back 
and forward lots and lots whilst watching video - but the backend is stable 
as a rock - I mean it - it never stops!

The tv-out quality I have seen from the PVR-350  is still above all of the 
other TV out cards I have seen.

When you are installing Fedora Core 2/3 dont forget to put "vga=792" in your 
kernel boot options!

Its nice and easy to do it all from RPM so all you need is "apt-get upgrade" 
to upgrade your packages.


----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Derek Conniffe" <derek at rivertower.ie>
To: <mythtv-users at mythtv.org>
Sent: Tuesday, December 28, 2004 11:09 AM
Subject: [mythtv-users] PVR350 TV OUT stability - scrap PVR playback?

> Hi,
> I've been trying out MythTV with a PVR350 and IVTV for the last couple of
> months.
> I've found that MythTV 0.15 & IVTV 0.1.9 are quite stable but I still have
> [IVTV I think] hangs when I try to use MythVideo or try to pause/rewind 
> live
> TV.  I'm using the PVR 350 for TV output - I'm also using SuSE 9.1 with a
> 2.4.28 kernel and a Pentium III 500Mhz gateway computer.
> With the current stable MythTV (0.16) I had problems with the backend
> hanging once/twice per day and with the CVS version (0.17) I found that I
> couldn't play back recorded programmes (just a black screen).
> I have no problems with recording - only playback issues (hangs).  I'm now
> thinking that perhaps I should scrap using the PVR 350 for TV output and 
> use
> a different graphics card with TV out and try using software MPEG decoding
> for playback (I have a few AGP graphics cards that would do and I've seen
> that they have framebuffer support in the kernel).
> What do other people out there do and has anyone else had problems like 
> me?
> Thanks very much for any information
> Derek
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