[mythtv-users] PVR-500 problems

John Drescher drescherjm at gmail.com
Thu Feb 8 03:15:05 UTC 2007

On 2/7/07, J. David Maino <david.maino at gmail.com> wrote:
> I'm having problems getting my PVR-500 to work properly. The images are
> terrible - not snowy, but all distorted and there are weird colors and
> lines everywhere in video from both tuners. I've tried testing it using
> MythTV as well as using "cat /dev/video0 > /tmp/test0.mpg" and "cat
> /dev/video1 > /tmp/test1.mpg" and they both look horrible either way.
> The sound seems to work alright, and I can hear what is being said, but
> it is also a little fuzzy. I'm not very familiar with Linux
> troubleshooting, but I'm willing to get my hands dirty and would
> definitely appreciate some ideas as to where to start looking to solve
> this.
Check the ivtv-users list. There are a few discussions on this problem:

BTW, I have a problematic pvr500 (one with a samsung tuner) so I have
experienced some of what you describe.

> Additionally, I cannot see channels above channel 14. They are all
> black and there is no sound, but I'm assuming that is a separate issue.
You probably are not using cable tuning mode.


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