[mythtv-users] Help with IVTV and one other question

Aaron Averett aaverett at tamu.edu
Tue Jun 29 13:00:00 EDT 2004

Hey all,

I'm new to this, so forgive my ignorance if either of these questions are stupid.  Here's my situation.

System specs:

Mobo: ECS K7S5A-Pro
CPU: AMD AthlonXP 1800+ (1533 MHz)
Video: ELSA Erazor X (Nvidia GeForce 256 SDR) using the latest nvidia driver from the nvidia site.
Sound: Creative Labs Sound Blaster Live! Value, using OSS driver.
VidCap cards: 1 Hauppauge WinTV-Go, 1 Avermedia m179
OS:  Redhat Linux 9, running the 2.4.20-35_39 kernel.

I've got MythTV installed, and working.  It starts up, gets my datadirect channel info just fine, and lets me try to watch tv.  That's where the problems begin.  I'll start with what I hope is the easy question.  When using the Hauppauge card, even just watching tv shows dysmally poor performance.  Every 2 or 3 seconds, it pauses for about a second, like it's filling up a buffer, or something.  I was previously running a much slower system (P3, 256 megs of ram) that exhibited this same behaviour.  Is there a setting somewhere I need to modify so that it won't do this?  If I start mythfrontend manually, and read the console output, every time it pauses it says "prebuffering pause."

The other question I need answered involves the m179, and ivtv.  The problem here (I think) is that Kudzu doesn't even detect the card at all, and I can't select it in MythTV's setup program.  I've tried using the RPMs found here. (http://atrpms.net/dist/rh9/ivtv/) 
The RPMs I have installed relating to ivtv are:

rpm -qa | grep ivtv

I've gotten wind of a patched version of ivtv that supports the m179 that might be what I need.  I can't find an RPM, though, and I've fumbled around with compiling it, but I'm not sure if I'm doing it right.  Any help you guys can offer on that would be sincerly appreciated.


PS:  If you need any other info from me, just ask.
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