[mythtv-users] PVR-250MCE and Jarod's guide

Alan Carlson ACarlson at PHN-WACO.ORG
Mon May 17 18:14:06 EDT 2004

>>> voidtrance at comcast.net 5/17/04 12:26:24 PM >>>

> Once the modules have been compiled and installed, add the
> parameter to the ivtv module in /etc/modules.conf and you should be
> to go.

I too am working through getting 3 of the $88 PVR250MCEs off of ebay
working using Jarod's guide.  You really have to dig to find the
information to do this. As a Linux newbie, using Axel's
ivtv-experimental rpms would be much easier than what I did. I
downloaded the IVTV 0.1.9 cardtype patch from pcalchemy and patched and
then compiled the IVTV 0.1.9 source.
( http://www.pcalchemy.com/downloads.php?pageaction=jumplink&link_id=3

I finally got all three boards in the case today and capturing video!

I edited the edit /etc/modules.conf and changed Jarod's line from 

options ivtv ivtv_debug=1 mpg_buffers=90


options ivtv ivtv_debug=1 cardtype=2,2,2 mpg_buffers=90

Basically, you add one "2" separated by commas for each card. 

I have a PVR-350 that I want add to the setup also. If the PVR-350 is
the first board next to the video card and then the three PVR-250MCEs go
out from there, from my reading I understand that using cardtype=,2,2,2
should work. Basically I am telling the system to autodetect the PVR-350
and then setting the cardtype to 2 for the rest. But this just hard
locks the system like it did when you try to load the ivtv module
without the cardtype patch. 

I have tried different combinations, but have not gotten the 350 to
work with the 250MCEs. Is the pcalchemy patch not able to handle
different cardtypes??

(Quick note: I just checked eBay and the cards are now only $86 - and
the guy shipped fast!)



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