Fwd: Re: [mythtv-users] Cannot change channels with M179

Bob Weber rjweber at ieee.org
Tue Jul 12 16:38:59 EDT 2005

Alas, Avermedia will only take their card back after 14 days. To save others 
some hassle, I don' recommend using the m179. When I had it running under 
windows, the picture quality wasn't real good, and I think the PVR150 from 
hauppauge must be easier to get working, and it's about the same price.

That said, I will try to get this sucky card working since I'm stuck with it. 
So here's my latest thought (I can only muster up one at a time). Does the 
m179 use the same firmware as the hauppaugge? To anyone who has a working 
m179, what firmware are  you using?

Thanks. Bob

On Sunday 10 July 2005 04:49 am, Dennis Hand wrote:
> >I appreciate the help guys. I didn't get any feedback from the ivtv group.
> I
> >tried several versions of ivtv, including 0.2.0-rc3b. All exhibit the same
> >behaviour: a lot of static and I cannot change channels.
> >
> >I tested the m179 in a windows PC, and it worked fine. I put my PVR-250
> card
> >in my AMD64 system, and it works fine. So, it's a problem with ivtv and
> > the m179, at least when coupled with an amd64, it seems.
> >
> >When I run:
> >> ivtvctl -I
> >
> >I get
> >Check SAA7115 input signal
> >ioctl: VIDEO_STATUS = Bad
> >
> >That's probably a pretty good indication of the problem, but I don't know
> what
> >to do about it.
> >
> >Come Monday, I'm going to return the m179 to avermedia and get another
> >PVR-250. They're a little pricey, but at least I can get it to work.
> Unless,
> >of course, someone can save me the hassle by guiding me in the right
> >direction. Tnx again.
> Well I unfortunately have a alot of experience with the M179's. I'm using
> FC3 with one of the later
> rc3 ivtv versions on a test box and it works fine. Granted I'm not using a
> amd64 system but that
> shouldn't have anything to do with it. What does your modprobe.conf look
> like? I will say the
> M179 is very very stubborn. You usually have to trick it especially on a
> reboot as this card doesn't get
> autorecognized by ivtv. If your getting static then thats a good sign. What
> I have to do sometimes
> is change the tuner to something that doesn't work then change it back to
> the right one. Like so,
> ivtvctl -p 0 ivtvctl -p 3. If composite(3) is what your using.

I've tried your trick Dennis, changing the input with ivtvctl, to 3 and
 backto 0 (I'm using the coax input), but it still doesn't work. Now, going
 back to the latest gentoo driver, I don't even get a picture, just static,
 or blank screens when I have a different input.

I've attached my modprobe.conf file. As things look now, though, I'll return
the m179 and get a PVR150. I think that should be easy to get working, and
there isn't much price difference.

> Dennis

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