[mythtv-users] PVR-250 MCE Not Working Following Jarod's Guide

Nate Thompson natet at buckeye-express.com
Fri Mar 19 10:11:04 EST 2004

This is taken from the wiki at ivtv.soundforge.net. It looks like if you buy
a retail PVR-250 (at least in the states) you should be fine. It is when you
get one of the Freestyle cards (i.e. MCE versions) where you have to watch

Hauppague Freestyle (aka PVR-250 MCE):
Rev1: Models 48xxx, has no IR port 
Rev2: Models 28xxx, has no IR port and dual Conexant chips: CX23880/CX23416
(this board does not work), code name Roslyn 
Rev2: Models 32xxx, has no IR port, should have Conexant CX23416 

Mine has a large 28552 right on top of the heatsink, making mine one of the
incompatible ones. Like I said, if you buy a retail PVR-250 you shouldn't
have any problems. I kind of wish I would have known that beforehand, I
would have spent the extra $20 :). Although the Freestyle cards do have the
MPEG decoder built onto them as well and that could one day be supported in


-----Original Message-----
From: mythtv-users-bounces at mythtv.org
[mailto:mythtv-users-bounces at mythtv.org] On Behalf Of Bruce Smith
Sent: Friday, March 19, 2004 8:40 AM
To: Discussion about mythtv
Subject: RE: [mythtv-users] PVR-250 MCE Not Working Following Jarod's Guide

> Wow, I didn't know there was a newer revision of the PVR-250 that 
> switched chipsets. I'll give the cx88 driver a shot when I get home. I 
> have another PVR-250 card coming (from the guy on ebay selling them 
> for $88 again); hopefully that will be a better revision.

I've been thinking about buying a 2nd PVR-250.  It sounds like I may have
waited too long.  :-(

Anyway, how can I tell the difference between the old/working board and the
new rev of the 250?  If I go into my local computer store that has one in
stock, and I can talk them into opening the box, how can I tell which rev
the card is just by looking at it?  Is there anything on the outside of the
box which tells the difference?  Thanks!

 - BS

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