[mythtv-users] 1394b and SA3250HD STB

Brian Long briandlong at gmail.com
Fri Mar 10 16:40:32 UTC 2006

On 3/9/06, Brian Long <briandlong at gmail.com> wrote:
> I have a Gigabyte GA-K8N Ultra-9 motherboard which has 3 1394b ports using
> a TI chip.  I read in the ieee1394-users list that the Linux driver for
> 1394b only supports 800Mbps and does not support 100-400Mbps.  Can anyone
> confirm I need to purchase a 1394a card to use for Firewire capture from a
> Scientific Atlantic 3250HD?
> When I plug the 3250HD into my existing 1394b ports, "plugreport" and
> "dmesg" show absolutely nothing; however, when I plug my Sony MiniDV
> camcorder in, "dmesg" shows a message about Node attached and it says the
> node is not 1394a-2000 compliant.  The fact that the camcorder is detected
> but the STB is not worries me.
> I have entered the STB advanced menu by holding down the + and then
> hitting "exit" on the front panel.  I scrolled down to IEEE1394 and it's
> definitely enabled.
> I plan to purchase a $12 1394a NEC-based card tonight and see if I have
> better luck.  Does this sound like the right avenue to pursue?

After receiving no responses, I went ahead with this purchase and I was able
to capture an HD stream from the SA 3250HD over Firewire on 1394a.

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