[mythtv-users] LiveTV fails on the hour with "Error: Video frame buffering failed too many times."

John Luber john at luberfamily.net
Thu Dec 10 13:41:59 UTC 2009

Hi Lasse & Mike,

Just saw your responses this morning; thank you for the suggestions...

I hadn't posted back yet, but I've made some progress on this issue.  
Here's what I did...

I downloaded the latest source from SVN (svn co 
http://svn.mythtv.org/svn/branches/release-0-22-fixes/ mythtv-0-22
) and applied the patch from ticket #6583 to tv_play.cpp and compiled.   
During testing I no longer receive the "Error: Video frame buffering 
failed too many times.".  With the patch applied I just see a short (< 
2seconds) skip in the playback during the switch from one live show to 
another and live TV continues.  I've moved this fix to 3 of my frontends 
and none show the error any longer (just the brief skip).

So, not a perfect fix (I am a perfectionist ;-)) but very acceptable 
nonetheless.  I hope this patch makes it into the codebase eventually - 
sooner the better!

Thanks again,


Michael T. Dean wrote:
> On 12/10/2009 02:24 AM, Lasse Knudsen wrote:
>> Hi John,
>> Im by no means an expert, but i saw the same thing when i used the 
>> mythfrontend that came with myhtbuntu 9.10, i got asked to install 
>> debug symbols, but this lead me to build mythtv from the 0.22 fixes. 
>> And that solved my problem. I dont know if that will help you, as it 
>> takes some time to make it compile if you have not done this kind of 
>> thing before
>> i followed this one, but it does not explain what other things you 
>> need apart from the mythtv source
>> http://www.mythtv.org/docs/mythtv-HOWTO-5.html#ss5.1
>> hope it helps you.
> Likely just enabling the repo with the current 0.22-fixes would 
> accomplish the same thing and without having to uninstall packages and 
> then compile yourself.  I'd definitely try that first, John.
> Mike
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