[mythtv-users] Anyone have HD3000 analog & digital working on 2.6.19?

Rod Smith mythtv at rodsbooks.com
Mon Mar 12 16:05:36 UTC 2007

On Monday 12 March 2007 05:52, gchris wrote:
> > 5) MythTV seems to favor the digital stations if you tune directly in
> > live TV, at least unless you take steps to favor analog stations by
> > playing with the input priorities. Check your program guide and schedule
> > a recording on an analog station to force an NTSC recording.
> >  
> The program guide is set up and the PVR card has its channels assigned
> and working okay.  Everything looks normal in setup with all 5 tuners
> configured but when you start Mythbackend and Mythfrontend and go to
> System Status - Tuners, you see Tuners 1,3 &5 not recording.  No mention
> of 2 or 4.

That's normal; each HD3000 card counts as one tuner, at least as far as the 
mythfrontend system status page goes. (It seems to allocate two numbers, 
though, one of which is hidden, so the missing tuner numbers 2 and 4 are 

Incidentally, given your setup (two HD3000s and a Hauppauge PVR-350), you 
might want to re-do your setup and do the PVR-350 first. That'll make the 
PVR-350 tuner 1, and the HD3000s tuners 2 and 4. The reason for doing this is 
that, given equal priority numbers, MythTV seems to favor lower-numbered 
tuners. For recording analog stations, your PVR-350 is most likely the 
preferred tuner, since it imposes little CPU load. For analog recording, the 
HD3000 acts as a simple frame grabber, so it chews up a lot of CPU time. 
Alternatively, you could boost the PVR-350's TV input priority (in 
mythtv-setup), but this will have the (probably undesired) side effect of 
bumping recordings to later time slots rather than recording two things 
simultaneously. If you re-do the setup as I suggest, you can always give HD 
stations a boost in any of various ways, if you prefer HD recordings to SD 

> And if you go to Watch TV and step thru the cards with the 
> "y" key, you only see the two digital and the PVR come up. 

Try doing as I suggested above: Explicitly schedule a recording on one of the 
HD3000's analog tuners. (If they're not labelled with names that distinguish 
them properly, just try doing two simultaneous recordings from analog-only 
stations. That'll guarantee you get at least one analog recording from an 
HD3000 card.) As I said in my earlier post, MythTV favors the digital tuner 
when you first begin using a card, so when you start up live TV, you'll see a 
digital station come up. You should be able to then tune to an analog 
station, but you won't have an easy way to verify that you're still using the 
HD3000 when you do that. (You could verify it via a second frontend or via 
MythWeb.) When you schedule two analog recordings, you can be sure that at 
least one of them is via the HD3000.

In other words, I believe your system is set up and working correctly; the 
MythTV interface has just confused you. ;-) (That's nothing to be ashamed of; 
I found configuring my HD3000 card terribly confusing. Sadly, my OTA 
reception sucks and the HD3000's QAM reception is a joke, so I'm using mine 
as nothing but an NTSC framegrabber. I think I'll eventually get an AVerMedia 
A180 or HDHomerun, but not just yet....)

Rod Smith

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