[mythtv-users] Hauppauge HVR-1600 Analog Tuner Issues

Matthew twistedmatt107 at yahoo.com
Tue Jun 1 06:26:09 UTC 2010

Before I get started, I want to say I have already confirmed the hardware and current setup are good by installing Windows 7 and the default software that came with the card. Both the analog and digital tuners worked perfectly. This issue only comes up in Linux and MythTV. I will go into what I have already tried at the later. Also, my experience with Linux is extremely limited so, if you do decide to help me, and I sure hope you do, I will need the special ed version of it. Aka, step by step or codes I can just copy and paste. The only reason I care about the Analog side is we only have Extended Basic Cable so, most of my channels are analog.

My issue is the analog tuner of my Hauppauge HVR-1600 is not working in MythTV. I have followed the complete instructions here (http://www.mythtv.org/wiki/Hauppauge_HVR-1600) yet the issue still persists. I also tried to follow the remote guide linked to on that page but was lost on part 3 nor did I understand what he meant by "update your kernel" in part 2 however, that is not something I am concerned with at the moment.

What happens is the screen displays either a red or black screen when I try to view an analog channel with "Watch Live TV." I have done channel scans and do not receive a lock on any analog channel either. I manually put in the channel as I am not a subscriber to Schedules Direct. I don't know the frequencies so I just put in the channel number. Remember, this EXACT same set up works in Windows with the default software. I have also moved the system to a different room just to be sure that somehow my current setup affected MythTV differently than it effected Windows and the default software but, it made no difference. In the other room it ran from the wall, to one splitter, then to my system.

What I have done to try and remedy this problem has been multiple reinstalls of Ubuntu 10.04 64-bit, I believe I have also installed the 32-bit versions but, as I have been doing a lot over this week, I do not recall. I have also tried Mythbuntu but, it lacks the audio settings I need to get audio over HDMI unless I install the Ubuntu Desktop as well. I also tried installing some other variants of bundled MythTV with an OS to no avail. I have done many Google searches and tried many different "solutions" to this problem. Most of which resulted in nothing good happening and needing to reformat since I had no idea how to undo what I had done. As it currently stands, I have downgraded from MythTV .23 and Ubuntu 10.04 to MythTV .21 and Ubuntu 8.04 and still no change to this issue. Please help!

My System:

Motherboard: GIGABYTE GA-MA785GM-US2H Version 1.1 Using the integrated graphics with ATI proprietary drivers. The integrated graphics is a Radeon HD 4200.

Tuner Card: Hauppauge HVR-1600


Processor: 2.9GHz Athlon II X3 ADX435WFGIBOX

Current OS: Ubuntu 8.04 (Hardy) with MythTV .21

Prior OS (That I would like to get back to): Ubuntu 10.04 with MythTV .23

I thank those of you for your help ahead of time. I have been struggling with this myself for over a week and I hope someone with more knowledge can help me solve this issue.

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