[mythtv-users] HD PVR not starting

Michael Powell mikep at mikepowells.net
Sat Nov 10 02:35:06 UTC 2012

Why does the solution for these things always appear moments after posting
somewhere for advice? It turns out my channel-change script was hanging up
the system somehow. When I changed it to /bin/true, it started working.

Mike Powell
mikep at mikepowells.net

On Fri, Nov 9, 2012 at 6:02 PM, Michael Powell <mikep at mikepowells.net>wrote:

> I am trying to set up MythTV 0.25-fixes on an Ubuntu 12.04 system, direct
> from Ubuntu's repository. I have a Hauppauge HD PRV running firmware 1.7.1.
> My video source is a DirecTV receiver connected with component cables and
> SPDIF audio.
> Outside of Myth, it "just works". I simply plugged it in and was able to
> grab playable video with the command "cat /dev/video0 > test.ts". I had to
> use v4l2-ctrl to change the input to SPDIF to also get sound, but that was
> pretty simple.
> Myth, however, refuses to start up the HD PVR. When I go to "Watch TV",
> the HD PVR doesn't activate. After about 10 seconds of a black screen with
> the channel banner at the bottom, I get a message saying a lock should have
> been achieved by now, so I can wait longer or try changing the channel. The
> receiver is already sending a channel (I can verify using the method
> above), so I should have some video upon switching to live TV. There is a
> little bar at the top of the screen that says "1: Component", so I think my
> input setup is correct. Also, in the capture card setup, I have it set up
> as an H.264 device. MythTV lists "Hauppauge HD PVR [hdpvr]" as the probed
> info, so I think it is seeing the device correctly.
> I ran the frontend with the -v option, and saw this in the output, which
> may or may not be helpful:
> 2012-11-09 17:54:36.233187 I  MythCoreContext: Connecting to backend
> server: (try 1 of 1)
> 2012-11-09 17:54:36.234593 I  Using protocol version 72
> 2012-11-09 17:54:36.235818 N  TV: Spawning LiveTV Recorder -- begin
> 2012-11-09 17:54:36.339001 N  TV: Spawning LiveTV Recorder -- end
> 2012-11-09 17:54:36.343576 I  TV:
> playbackURL(/var/lib/mythtv/livetv/1005_20121109175436.mpg) cardtype(DUMMY)
> 2012-11-09 17:54:36.484259 E  ALSA: snd_pcm_info_get_card: Operation not
> permitted
> 2012-11-09 17:54:36.494872 N  AudioPlayer: Enabling Audio
> 2012-11-09 17:54:36.582475 I  VideoOutputXv: XVideo Adaptor Name: 'NV17
> Video Texture'
> Any ideas?
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