[mythtv-users] How to configure 2 capture cards to use the same video source?

Joseph A. Caputo jcaputo1 at comcast.net
Mon Mar 29 14:26:38 EST 2004

On Monday 29 March 2004 13:54, William wrote:
> I have spent the past week searching and trying to get this working.
> Its time to ask the experts on the list. Here is my issue.
> I am trying to get two pvr250 capture cards to use the same video
> source and I seem to be having some problems. Both cards are in the
> masterbackend machine. I was origionally running release ver. 14 but
> have recently upgraded to a CVS of 15. I have been able to get
> everything working by faking out the system by using 2 video source
> names that are actually the same source but that gives duplicate
> listings for every channel. Not exactly the optimum. Can someone tell
> me the steps or point me to a detailed howto? The myth docs are much
> too cryptic for me (a non-guru type) to use.
> I am about ready to give up and go back to SageTV. Its an inferior
> product but it works out of the box for 2 cards. Somebody please save
> me from Windows!!!! :)

It's pretty simple... just define a single video source, and connect it 
to both cards.  For instance, I have 2 M-179's that both tune analog 
cable.  So I have:

Video Source:  Comcast-Cable

/dev/video0:Tuner0 -> Comcast-Cable
/dev/video1:Tuner0 -> Comcast-Cable


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