[mythtv-users] PVR500: Is it stable and 3.3V

James L. Paul james at mauibay.net
Sat Dec 3 16:40:32 EST 2005

Andrew Close wrote:
> On 12/2/05, Brian Foddy <bfoddy at visi.com> wrote:
>> I'm having some pci shortage issues so I'm considering upgrading
>> my pvr250's to a pvr500.  First do people consider the driver
>> stable (compared to the pvr250) for daily usage?  Can the
>> driver be mixed with a pvr250 in the same machine?

I've mixed the 250 and 500 in the past, worked ok for me. I moved the 
cards to another box and got rid of the 250's due to slot shortage.

> i don't know about the voltage, but stability i can comment on.  i've
> been using a pvr-500 and a pvr-250 side by side for several months
> now.  i don't think any of the problems that i've had were due to
> either card or the combination (not that i've had a lot of problems. 
> and those problems were most likely my fault anyway. ;)
> it's a good combo.

I don't know about voltage either. I've been using my 500 for the past 
few months in the new box with good results. I originally had severe 
driver stability issues and would have to reload the ivtv module a 
couple times a week. I've only had to reload the module twice in the 
past 2 months now, when tuner 0 loses audio. After reloading ivtv and 
related modules, audio returns.

It is a bit annoying to discover that several most recent recordings 
lack audio and have to delete them and reload the modules, but it seems 
less frequent with each driver upgrade I've done, so I'm encouraged.

The last time the audio problem happened, I noticed a previous recording 
that looked like the cable signal was bad. I suspect this had something 
to do with killing the audio capture. I don't really know though.

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