[mythtv-users] Pinnacle PCTV HD Card

Greg Lake greg12866 at nycap.rr.com
Fri Jun 20 22:18:10 UTC 2008

Tom Haddon wrote:
> 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
> WatchingLiveTV
> 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
> way...
> Any help appreciated.
> Thanks, Tom
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You will get the mythfilldata base question every time you exit 
mythsetup...Just ignore it,unless it's the first time you have run 
mythsetup...More than likely the black screen problem you are getting is 
a permission problem...Make sure the folder where your video captures 
are stored have the right user permission's set...My user is mythtv so 
my video file folder is owned by mythtv....

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