[mythtv-users] Troubleshooting a CrystalHD problem in 0.24

Tom Flair tom at graniteskies.net
Sat Dec 11 19:04:07 UTC 2010

On Sat, Dec 11, 2010 at 3:49 AM, Tom Flair <tom at graniteskies.net> wrote:

> On Sat, Dec 11, 2010 at 1:34 AM, Mark Kendall <mark.kendall at gmail.com>wrote:
>> On 11 December 2010 12:18, Tom Flair <tom at graniteskies.net> wrote:
>> > My frontend's response when playing back a video is this:
>> >     2010-12-10 20:15:47.879 CrystalHD Err: Error at
>> > privatedecoder_crystalhd.cpp:104 (#-1, Unknown)
>> >     2010-12-10 20:15:47.880 CrystalHD Err: Failed to open CrystalHD
>> device
>> I suggest you go into the crystalhd/examples directory, compile the
>> examples if necessary and then execute them. I'm guessing they won't
>> work either.
>> For what it's worth, I've noticed before that my BCM70015 seems to go
>> MIA occasionally and I have to reboot to get it back.
>> regards
>> Mark
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> After a little digging, I found the required test_video.264 at
> http://code.google.com/p/crystalhd-for-osx/downloads/list and was able to
> confirm that I am getting some output from the card.
> But only when I run the test program as root.  I compiled hellobcm as my
> normal user.  I'm curious if this is why I was getting the
> privatedecoder_crystalhd.cpp error.   So far, searching has resulted in a
> lot of traffic related to the AppleTV installation, but not a whole lot for
> linux and this problem.
> Thanks for the tip, Mark.  I'll keep digging.

For what it's worth, I found my problem.   While I can follow directions, I
missed that there was a udev rule tucked away in the driver directory.   It
was a permission problem that the rule corrected.
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