[mythtv-users] Pinnacle PCTV HD Card

Tom Haddon tom at haddons.net
Fri Jun 20 21:41:54 UTC 2008

Hi Folks,

I've just bought a Pinnacle PCTV HD Card as per
http://www.bestbuy.com/site/olspage.jsp?skuId=8512424&type=product&id=1186005934822 and I'm trying to configure it to worth with my hardy Mythbuntu install.

I've been following the instructions on
http://mythtv.org/wiki/index.php/Pinnacle_PCTV_HD_Card_(800i) and have
extracted the firmware, and compiled the v4l-dvb drivers per that page.
I'm then able to see the device as an option in mythtvsetup. I've
configured it as an MPEG-2 encoder card, and in the "Probed Info"
section it's showing "Pinnacle PCTV HD800i [cx8800]". I've then setup
Schedules Direct as a Video Source, and under "Input Connections" I've
defined "[MPEG: /dev/video0] (Television) -> Schedules Direct". I've
then performed the "Scan for Channels" and have got a bunch of channels
showing up (I'm just using rabbit ears, don't have cable or satellite),
but when I go to "Watch TV" on the mythfrontend I get a blank screen for
a few seconds and then I'm returned to the main menu. I see the
following in the frontend log:

2008-06-07 09:28:57.828 TV: Attempting to change from None to
2008-06-07 09:28:57.829 Using protocol version 40
2008-06-07 09:29:03.102 GetEntryAt(-1) failed.
2008-06-07 09:29:03.103 EntryToProgram(0 at Wed Dec 31 16:00:00 1969)
failed to get pginfo
2008-06-07 09:29:03.103 TV Error: LiveTV not successfully started
2008-06-07 09:29:03.138 TV Error: LiveTV not successfully started
2008-06-07 09:29:03.234 TV: Deleting TV Chain in destructor
2008-06-07 09:29:03.238 DPMS Deactivated
2008-06-07 09:29:03.238 DPMS Reactivated.

Also, after a recent update to linux-restricted-modules, whenever I run
the mythtv-setup script and try to go to any of the pages (General,
Capture Cards, Video Source, etc.) I get a message saying "If this is
the master backend server, please run mythfilldatabase to populate the
database with channel information". The only option is "OK" at which
point mythtv-setup exits and I'm asked to run that mythfilldatabase. If
I do, it runs fine, but still I get the same message when I re-run
mythtv-setup. So now I can't see my current config, or change it in any

Any help appreciated.

Thanks, Tom

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