[mythtv-users] PVR-250 Model 975 vs. Model 980

Michael T. Dean mtdean at thirdcontact.com
Wed Sep 8 12:25:54 EDT 2004

On 09/08/2004 09:58 AM, Justin Hart wrote:

>I saw the same deal yesterday, how does one know that it is not the
>blackbird design?
The only way to know is to buy it, and take a look at the card (or for 
someone on here to buy it and report back to the list :).  The blackbird 
has two big square Conexant chips in the lower right corner ( 
http://www.shspvr.com/pvr_model/haup_roslyn.jpg ) and is in the 28xxx 
series.  Note that the Blackbird design is a PVR-250MCE, but 
unfortunately, some of the ads on the 'net don't realize that there's a 
difference, and call PVR-250MCE's PVR-250's.

If you get a picture of the card and purchase from a vendor that shows 
actual pictures of the product (instead of "close-enough" pictures), 
that can help.  If you can call the vendor and ask for the series number 
on the WinTV sticker on the tuner, you will know.  If the vendor says, 
"works with Linux/MythTV," you can be reasonably certain.

Fortunately, the Roslyn cards (that use the Blackbird design) are only a 
small percentage of the PVR-250's out there, so if you play the odds, 
you probably won't get one.  :)  Besides, isn't that what eBay is for?  
You can always pawn it off to some Win-doh-s user.  And, you could 
always try the cx88-blackbird patch ( 
http://www.foks.8m.com/cx88-blackbird.html ) for BTTV.


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