[mythtv-users] Machine hangs, poss. because of PVR-250

Peter Judge peter at judge.co.za
Sat Jun 18 00:11:15 UTC 2005


On Fri, 2005-06-17 at 15:26 -0700, Mark Knecht wrote:
> Peter,
>    Why the PVR-250? Why not the Firewire? The shuttle MB? Even memory
> could be a cause here. What about generic overheating?

Good questions. I suspect the PVR/ivtv because of the stuff I've seen on
the ivtv mailing list. I've had this machine running since October, and
for the vast bulk of that time it's Just Worked. This is a fairly recent
problem (a month or less). I've discounted a hardware issue because I
know that it has worked with this hardware (I could, of course, be
wrong). The Shuttle boxes have pretty good cooling too.

>    If it really crashes this often then I'd do this:
> 1) Reboot without loading ivtv at all. Let it run for a day. Any crash?
> 2) If it crashes with the PVR-250 in but ivtv not loaded then remove
> the PVR-250 from the machine and run for another day. Any more
> crashes?
>    If you go at it one step at a time eventually the real root cause
> will appear.

Yeah, our old friend ceteris paribus, but a shortcut is always nice. :)
The downside of not running with a capture card is, well, not having a
capture card. Still, TV's not the end-all and be-all.

>  More often than not, in my experience, these problems are
> caused by the motherboard or memory. Run memtest86 for 6 hours and see
> what happens.

I'll try this too.

> Good luck,
> Mark

Thanks for the pointers,

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