[mythtv-users] Success story: PVR-150, Mandrake 10.1
prudek at bvx.cz
Tue Jul 5 02:44:28 EDT 2005
Yesterday I installed Myth on Mandrake 10.1. After reading this list for
2 years I expected to spend a week installing myth. Especially because I
decided to buy PVR-150, which has unstable drivers.
No such luck. All I needed was a few hours. Jarod's guide was not used
at all. The following description summarizes my experience and it will
be useful to a somewhat experienced Mandrake user.
Step 1) ivtv download and installation
- Downloaded and installed ivtv-0.3.3k simply by following the first ten
lines in doc/install.txt. You can skip the rest of install.txt
- DO NOT use the instructions in QuickSetup for modprobe.conf
modification. It may causes hard lockup of the OS when you run "modprobe
ivtv" later on. Instead enter this into your modprobe.conf:
alias char-major-81 videodev
alias char-major-81-0 ivtv
That is right. Just two lines. ivtv-0.3.3 will figure out the rest.
- curiously, /lib/modules/126.96.36.199-24mdkcustom/extra is created and new
modules are installed in this directory
- Mandrake ships with ivtv 0.1.x in
/lib/modules/188.8.131.52-24mdk/kernel/3rdparty/ivtv. I removed the contents
of this directory, because modprobe was using it. And I copied the new
ivtv 0.3.3k modules from /lib/modules/184.108.40.206-24mdkcustom/extra to
Step 2) firmware download
Firmware is available on the original Hauppauge CD-ROM. It must be
installed according to
the following hack:
edit the ./ivtvfwextract.pl script: find "ivtvex.$$", and remove ".$$",
then remove the next 5 lines of code, up to (but not including)
"$fw_driver_path = ...".
Then, do the following:
cp /mnt/cdrom/hcwPVRP2.sys /tmp/ivtvex/hcwpvrp2.sys
In my case this caused a simple error message and I had to "mkdir
/root/tmp/ivtv" instead of mkdir "/tmp/ivtvex".
Step 3) ivtv activation
You could just run "modprobe ivtv" but sometimes the /dev/video* files
are not created. I use a staged loading described in ivtv FAQ:
echo Loading videodev
echo Loading cx25840
modprobe cx25840 i2c_enable=1
echo Loading tuner
echo Loading wm8775
echo Loading ivtv
I advice that you watch the activation in a separate terminal window
using "tail -f /var/log/messages". There should be plenty of ivtv log
messages and no errors at all.
Step 4) verification
Test 1: "cat /dev/video > test.mpeg", run for 5 seconds, kill with
ctrl-c, and display with "mplayer test.mpeg". You should see static, no
signal yet because no tuning was done.
Test 2: "mplayer /dev/video0": again this displays just static in a window.
Step 5) Myth installation
This is trivial for a semi-experienced Mandrake user. Use Mandrake
Control Center to install Mysql and Mysql-client, make sure that your
software sources contain PLF and Thac repositories, and install
everything myth*0.18*rpm. I have installed the following:
Then follow the official MythTV documentation to configure MySQL and
Myth. This configuration will require about an hour or two.
Make sure that ivtv is loaded and works (step 4 above) before running
the "mythtv-setup" program!
You should be hapilly watching TV now.
I did not install lirc yet, so this is just for TV without infrared
remote control. Presumably, compilation of lirc from sources will be
required, because Mandrake ships with lirc 0.6.x which does not support
Hauppage PVR-150 or PVR-250 remote control.
I can't express how amazed I am with the Myth abilities and the sheer
scope of functions it supports. This installation was definitely worth
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