[mythtv-users] PVR-350 survey - what works and what doesn't?

John F. DeLuca johnfdeluca at comcast.net
Wed Mar 3 06:21:46 EST 2004

I have:
PVR-250 (ivtv 0.1.9)
PVR-350 (ivtv 0.1.9)
Epox 8KHA+ Mobo
AMD Athlon 1800 XP+ CPU
Seagate Barracuda 7200.7 Plus 200GB IDE HDD
1.5GB Muskin DDR PC2100 RAM 
Riva TNT Video Card
Streamzap USB IR Receiver (patched lirc from cvs)

Linux Fedora Core 1
Consolidated Fornt/Back End running Myth .14 atrpms
dma on

I do have preview of recordings turned on so I see the preview window when browsing 
"watch recordings"

Problem encountered:
The only real problem I have is occasionally a recording will stop recording mid-way.  
All other scheduled recordings after that fail to record.  The backend is up as the 
watch recordings list is populated. This has happened twice so far on Monday's when 
back to back episodes of Stargate is being recorded.  I haven't been able to retrace all 
my steps so I can't remember if I started watching it before it completed or not.

To correct the problem:
Stop the backend service and restart.  Scheduled recordings then kickoff recording 

Hope that helps.

On 2 Mar 2004 at 22:37, Scott Anderson wrote:

> While I'm still wrestling with getting my PVR-350 card working, I keep
> reading about the supposed hordes of people for whom It Just Works.
> :-)
> So I thought I'd run a quick survey to see what people were running
> and what seems to work, and maybe a trend will develop.
> I have:
> PVR-350 (obviously)
> Gigabyte GA-7VM266 (this has a VIA KM266 chipset)
> AMD 2000
> 512M Corsair Value RAM 2700
> Debian Unstable
> mythtv-frontend 0.14-5
> mythtv-backend 0.14-5
> ivtv 0.1.9 (I've also tried the "0.1.9a" patched version, with no
> visible changes) lirc 0.7.0rc2 xserver-xfree86 4.3.0-2
> I have live preview in the guide set off.
> hdparm -I shows:
> Capabilities:
>         LBA, IORDY(can be disabled)
>         bytes avail on r/w long: 40     Queue depth: 1
>         Standby timer values: spec'd by Standard, with device specific
> minimum
>         R/W multiple sector transfer: Max = 16  Current = 16
>         Recommended acoustic management value: 128, current value: 254
>         DMA: mdma0 mdma1 mdma2 udma0 udma1 udma2 udma3 udma4 *udma5
>              Cycle time: min=120ns recommended=120ns
>         PIO: pio0 pio1 pio2 pio3 pio4
>              Cycle time: no flow control=120ns  IORDY flow
>              control=120ns
> Existing problems:
> Live preview in the Recorded Programs listing will kill a recording in
> progress. Viewing any recorded program will freeze the frontend,
> sometimes 2 seconds in, sometimes 15 minutes in. Fast forward at
> speeds higher than 1X will freeze the frontend.
> Live TV seems to work just fine.
> I can't think of any other details to post...
> Regards,
> -scott
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