[mythtv-users] Unable to Initialize Video - ATI X800

scott at tbwifi.ca scott at tbwifi.ca
Thu Dec 13 15:49:36 UTC 2007

>> Nick Morrott wrote:
>>> On 13/12/2007, Scott Souter <scott at tbwifi.ca> wrote:
>>>> [scott at localhost database]$ mythfrontend
>>>> 2007-12-12 22:57:30.662 Opening OSS audio device '/dev/dsp'.
>>>> 2007-12-12 22:57:30.662 AudioOutput Error: WARNING: something is
>>>> currently
>>>> using: /dev/dsp, retrying.
>>>> 2007-12-12 22:57:30.662 NVP: Disabling Audio, reason is: WARNING:
>>>> something is
>>>> currently using: /dev/dsp, retrying.
>>>> 2007-12-12 22:57:30.664 VideoOutput, Error: Not compiled with any
>>>> useable
>>>> video output method.
>>>> 2007-12-12 22:57:30.664 Unable to initialize video.
>>>> 2007-12-12 22:57:49.726 TV Error: StartPlayer(): NVP is not playing
>>>> after
>>>> 20000 msec
>>>> 2007-12-12 23:05:41.126 TV Error: LiveTV not successfully started
>>> As your logs are telling you, you appear to have neither i)
>>> accelerated Xv video support installed for your video driver nor ii)
>>> Xv support compiled into your installation of MythTV. Fix this, and
>>> you should be sorted. Not sure if the open source radeon driver
>>> supports your card.
>>> The fglrx driver should provide Xv support though, so check to make
>>> sure it is installed correctly@
>>> # xvinfo
>>> You also appear to have a problem with your audio device, but get the
>>> video output problem fixed first.
>> You may do better on the audio side if you set you system up as ALSA
>> rather than
>> OSS. My setup is Mandriva 2007.1 and I have a lower spec ATI PCIe card
>> (RV370),
>> but my system works with ALSA. Also, I'm using the 'ati' driver version
>> 6.6.3.
>> Looking at my Xorg.0.log, it seems this driver might handle your card as
>> well. I
>> tried the fglrx driver and got nowhere with it.
> I am fairly sure that I have the fglrx driver installed okay.  I am
> attaching a copy of the pertinent section of my xorg.conf for review.  I
> am also curious what I need to enable in the configure step.  By looking
> at ./configure –help it would appear that most options are there to be
> disabled only.  There are only a few that are related to video that I can
> enable.  Can someone suggest what I should compile with?  Also I am aware
> that Alsa is the best option for audio on my box.  Can someone suggest how
> to get that set up properly for Myth?  Is it done at the configure phase
> as well?  mythtv-setup?  fronend setup?
> Thx
> Scott
> --disable-x11            disable X11 support
> --x11-path=X11LOC        location of X11 include files
> [/usr/X11R6/include-path]
> --disable-xrandr         disable X11 resolution switching
> --disable-xv             disable XVideo   (X11 video output accel.)
> --disable-xvmc           disable XvMC     (Linux/BSD MPEG accel.)
> --disable-xvmcw          disable XvMC Wrapper, use --xvmc-lib if
> autodetection fails
> --enable-xvmc-pro        enable XvMC for the unichrome pro (NOT unichrome)
> chipset
> --enable-xvmc-opengl     enable nVidia XvMC OpenGL texture method
> --xvmc-lib=LIB           XvMC library override (for crosscompiling)
> --enable-opengl-video    enable opengl based video display
> --enable-mac-accel       enable Mac OS X MPEG acceleration
> --enable-opengl-vsync    enable OpenGL vsync method
> --disable-directfb       disable DirectFB (Linux non-X11 video)
> --enable-directx         enable DirectX   (Microsoft video)

Sorry here is a portion of my xorg.conf

Section "Monitor"
        Identifier   "aticonfig-Monitor[0]"
        Option      "VendorName" "ATI Proprietary Driver"
        Option      "ModelName" "Generic Autodetecting Monitor"
        Option      "DPMS" "true"

Section "Device"
        Identifier  "aticonfig-Device[0]"
        Driver      "fglrx"

Section "Screen"
        Identifier "aticonfig-Screen[0]"
        Device     "aticonfig-Device[0]"
        Monitor    "aticonfig-Monitor[0]"
        DefaultDepth     24
        SubSection "Display"
                Viewport   0 0
                Depth     24

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