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Do you have a working HD-5500 configuration?
PostPosted: Thu Mar 22, 2007 12:23 am Reply with quote
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How about posting a .config??
PostPosted: Thu May 03, 2007 9:09 am Reply with quote
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Should I start a new topic for this? Not sure. I am looking for feedback from that 52% that DO have this card working so here goes:

I am in the "not working" group. I have been at it with this card for 3 months now. Best I have been able to accomplish is the card gets recognized as a dvb adapter but the /dev/dvb entries do not get created. I am a Debain Etch user but have gone as far as installing Fedora Core6 in attempt to get this card to work, but to no avail. Currently I run a customized 2.6.20.7, although I have tried countless kernels from 2.6.12 up. Here is a quick lsmod before attempting to load driver:
Code:

Module                  Size  Used by
nvidia               6835316  26
agpgart                32908  1 nvidia
dm_mod                 57996  0
loop                   17032  0
sg                     25240  0
8250_pci               21056  0
sr_mod                 15908  0
i2c_i801                8140  0
pcspkr                  3136  0
psmouse                38408  0
8250                   24468  1 8250_pci
serial_core            21568  1 8250
cdrom                  36960  1 sr_mod
i2c_core               22464  2 nvidia,i2c_i801
e1000                 123584  0
sd_mod                 18944  4
thermal                13832  0
processor              25528  1 thermal
unix                   27728  265


Here is loading the card with modprobe:
Code:

cadstar@vortec:~$ sudo modprobe -v cx88-dvb
insmod /lib/modules/2.6.20.7-vortec4/kernel/drivers/media/video/video-buf.ko
insmod /lib/modules/2.6.20.7-vortec4/kernel/drivers/media/dvb/dvb-core/dvb-core.ko
insmod /lib/modules/2.6.20.7-vortec4/kernel/drivers/media/video/video-buf-dvb.ko
insmod /lib/modules/2.6.20.7-vortec4/kernel/drivers/media/dvb/frontends/dvb-pll.ko
insmod /lib/modules/2.6.20.7-vortec4/kernel/drivers/media/video/btcx-risc.ko
insmod /lib/modules/2.6.20.7-vortec4/kernel/drivers/media/video/v4l1-compat.ko
insmod /lib/modules/2.6.20.7-vortec4/kernel/drivers/media/video/v4l2-common.ko
insmod /lib/modules/2.6.20.7-vortec4/kernel/drivers/media/video/videodev.ko
insmod /lib/modules/2.6.20.7-vortec4/kernel/drivers/media/video/tveeprom.ko
insmod /lib/modules/2.6.20.7-vortec4/kernel/drivers/i2c/algos/i2c-algo-bit.ko
insmod /lib/modules/2.6.20.7-vortec4/kernel/drivers/media/common/ir-common.ko
insmod /lib/modules/2.6.20.7-vortec4/kernel/drivers/media/video/cx88/cx88xx.ko
insmod /lib/modules/2.6.20.7-vortec4/kernel/drivers/media/video/cx88/cx8802.ko
insmod /lib/modules/2.6.20.7-vortec4/kernel/drivers/media/video/cx88/cx88-dvb.ko
FATAL: Error inserting cx88_dvb (/lib/modules/2.6.20.7-vortec4/kernel/drivers/media/video/cx88/cx88-dvb.ko): No such device


That FATAL line is where I am stuck. The cx88-dvb modules does exist, so what is the problem??
Dmesg shows the following:
Code:

Linux video capture interface: v2.00
cx2388x cx88-mpeg Driver Manager version 0.0.6 loaded
cx2388x dvb driver version 0.0.6 loaded
cx8802_register_driver() ->registering driver type=dvb access=shared


Here is an lsmod after trying the above modprobe:
Code:

cadstar@vortec:~$ lsmod
Module                  Size  Used by
cx8802                 18628  0
cx88xx                 67236  1 cx8802
ir_common              30340  1 cx88xx
i2c_algo_bit            7880  1 cx88xx
tveeprom               15056  1 cx88xx
videodev               27584  1 cx88xx
v4l2_common            24320  1 videodev
v4l1_compat            14404  1 videodev
btcx_risc               5000  2 cx8802,cx88xx
dvb_pll                14468  0
video_buf_dvb           6788  0
dvb_core               80296  1 video_buf_dvb
video_buf              25156  3 cx8802,cx88xx,video_buf_dvb
nvidia               6835316  26
agpgart                32908  1 nvidia
dm_mod                 57996  0
loop                   17032  0
sg                     25240  0
8250_pci               21056  0
sr_mod                 15908  0
i2c_i801                8140  0
pcspkr                  3136  0
psmouse                38408  0
8250                   24468  1 8250_pci
serial_core            21568  1 8250
cdrom                  36960  1 sr_mod
i2c_core               22464  6 cx88xx,i2c_algo_bit,tveeprom,dvb_pll,nvidia,i2c_i801
e1000                 123584  0
sd_mod                 18944  4
thermal                13832  0
processor              25528  1 thermal
unix                   27728  265


I have read the pcHDTV readme about udev and all looks perfect acording to the posts I have read. So now I am wondering what obscure little thing I am overlooking. I am right at the threshold of a working card but can't get that last bit to work.
Starting to think I have a bad card! Anyone who works for pcHDTV read these boards and have any input on that possibility?

So the point of this post (finally):
Can ANYONE with a working hd5500 in a 2.6.20 kernel post their kernel .config so I can compare please. I have enabled every option listed in the readme's; but I must be missing something somewhere.

Strangely this is the EXACT same problem I have in Fedora too (and that is on a stock Fedora 2.6.20 kernel). I have tried several different machines as well as distributions and kernels.

Been digging this board but if the answer is here I have missed it. I have also been on the MythTV sites and forums, read the Gentoo and Ubuntu guides for the card, ect, ect. Eventually I want to add HD to my Myth setup. I have been a MythTV user (with Hauppauge cards) for like 5 years now so I am no newbie to all this stuff. Planning on having the 5500 and a PVR-150 in this machine, and I know that is a potential problem so I have left the PVR out completely for now. I figure I need to make this card card work before I mess with the PVR. This is a Myth frontend only for now and I only use the PVR-150 to get some lirc support. The plan is to make this a slave backend to handle only the HD stuff.

Anyone have any ideas to help me out? I would greatly appreciate any help or input anyone has. Thanks for taking the time to dig through the board spam to read this! (Can't the moderators do something about all this spam - it is waaay out of control).

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PostPosted: Thu May 03, 2007 2:15 pm Reply with quote
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The cx88-dvb module is not specific to the HD-5500 card. It is also used in my HD-3000 card. I have the module loading on my laptop, and there is no capture card in it. There is no /dev/dvb though.

Is your card being recognized? What is the output of this (as root):
Code:
lspci

Since it is saying that a specific file is missing, have you checked for it. I have it in that exact spot in SuSE 10.1 (/lib/modules/2.6.16.27-0.6-default/kernel/drivers/media/video/cx88/cx88-dvb.ko)

I have done nothing special to my kernel to get the cx88-dvb module to load. I use a stock kernel.

There used to be a problem with the cx88-blackbird module interferring with the cx88-dvb, but I don't see that module loaded.

Maybe try putting the card in a different slot, or also try it after removing the Hauppauge card.

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Re: How about posting a .config??
PostPosted: Thu May 03, 2007 11:32 pm Reply with quote
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Cadstar wrote:

Code:

cadstar@vortec:~$ sudo modprobe -v cx88-dvb
insmod /lib/modules/2.6.20.7-vortec4/kernel/drivers/media/video/video-buf.ko
insmod /lib/modules/2.6.20.7-vortec4/kernel/drivers/media/dvb/dvb-core/dvb-core.ko
insmod /lib/modules/2.6.20.7-vortec4/kernel/drivers/media/video/video-buf-dvb.ko
insmod /lib/modules/2.6.20.7-vortec4/kernel/drivers/media/dvb/frontends/dvb-pll.ko
insmod /lib/modules/2.6.20.7-vortec4/kernel/drivers/media/video/btcx-risc.ko
insmod /lib/modules/2.6.20.7-vortec4/kernel/drivers/media/video/v4l1-compat.ko
insmod /lib/modules/2.6.20.7-vortec4/kernel/drivers/media/video/v4l2-common.ko
insmod /lib/modules/2.6.20.7-vortec4/kernel/drivers/media/video/videodev.ko
insmod /lib/modules/2.6.20.7-vortec4/kernel/drivers/media/video/tveeprom.ko
insmod /lib/modules/2.6.20.7-vortec4/kernel/drivers/i2c/algos/i2c-algo-bit.ko
insmod /lib/modules/2.6.20.7-vortec4/kernel/drivers/media/common/ir-common.ko
insmod /lib/modules/2.6.20.7-vortec4/kernel/drivers/media/video/cx88/cx88xx.ko
insmod /lib/modules/2.6.20.7-vortec4/kernel/drivers/media/video/cx88/cx8802.ko
insmod /lib/modules/2.6.20.7-vortec4/kernel/drivers/media/video/cx88/cx88-dvb.ko
FATAL: Error inserting cx88_dvb (/lib/modules/2.6.20.7-vortec4/kernel/drivers/media/video/cx88/cx88-dvb.ko): No such device


Your problem is this module is not loading, which isn't related to udev. There should also be a lgdt330x module that is loaded. Do you not have this driver? Does your card show up with lspci, including [MPEG Port] function?
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Re: How about posting a .config??
PostPosted: Fri May 04, 2007 9:09 am Reply with quote
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Thank you both for responding. I sent an email to pchdtv support last night too in hopes they will respond as well. There have been a few comments on these boards that they aren't generally too helpful, I hope that' is not the case.
Yeah I guess I forgot to post an lspci so here goes:

Code:

cadstar@vortec:~$ sudo lspci
00:00.0 Host bridge: Intel Corporation Q963/Q965 Memory Controller Hub (rev 02)
00:01.0 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation Q963/Q965 PCI Express Root Port (rev 02)
00:03.0 Communication controller: Intel Corporation Q963/Q965 HECI Controller (rev 02)
00:03.2 IDE interface: Intel Corporation Q963/Q965 PT IDER Controller (rev 02)
00:03.3 Serial controller: Intel Corporation Q963/Q965 KT Controller (rev 02)
00:19.0 Ethernet controller: Intel Corporation 82566DM Gigabit Network Connection (rev 02)
00:1a.0 USB Controller: Intel Corporation 82801H (ICH8 Family) USB UHCI #4 (rev 02)
00:1a.1 USB Controller: Intel Corporation 82801H (ICH8 Family) USB UHCI #5 (rev 02)
00:1a.7 USB Controller: Intel Corporation 82801H (ICH8 Family) USB2 EHCI #2 (rev 02)
00:1b.0 Audio device: Intel Corporation 82801H (ICH8 Family) HD Audio Controller (rev 02)
00:1c.0 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 82801H (ICH8 Family) PCI Express Port 1 (rev 02)
00:1d.0 USB Controller: Intel Corporation 82801H (ICH8 Family) USB UHCI #1 (rev 02)
00:1d.1 USB Controller: Intel Corporation 82801H (ICH8 Family) USB UHCI #2 (rev 02)
00:1d.2 USB Controller: Intel Corporation 82801H (ICH8 Family) USB UHCI #3 (rev 02)
00:1d.7 USB Controller: Intel Corporation 82801H (ICH8 Family) USB2 EHCI #1 (rev 02)
00:1e.0 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 82801 PCI Bridge (rev f2)
00:1f.0 ISA bridge: Intel Corporation 82801HO (ICH8DO) LPC Interface Controller (rev 02)
00:1f.2 IDE interface: Intel Corporation 82801H (ICH8 Family) 4 port SATA IDE Controller (rev 02)
00:1f.3 SMBus: Intel Corporation 82801H (ICH8 Family) SMBus Controller (rev 02)
00:1f.5 IDE interface: Intel Corporation 82801H (ICH8 Family) 2 port SATA IDE Controller (rev 02)
01:00.0 VGA compatible controller: nVidia Corporation GeForce 7300 GS (rev a1)
03:02.0 Multimedia video controller: Conexant CX23880/1/2/3 PCI Video and Audio Decoder (rev 05)


You can see the card is detected, but I don't see any reference to this "MPEG Port" function that xyzzy mentions. In fact I don't think I have seen anything about that before in any readme or any posts so I don't know what the heck that even is.

Yes, the module does indeed exist and is exactly where the kernel seems to be looking for it:
Code:

cadstar@vortec:~$ sudo updatedb
cadstar@vortec:~$ locate cx88-dvb.ko
/lib/modules/2.6.20.7-vortec4/kernel/drivers/media/video/cx88/cx88-dvb.ko
/usr/src/linux-2.6.20.7/drivers/media/video/cx88/cx88-dvb.ko
/usr/src/linux-2.6.20.7/drivers/media/video/cx88/.cx88-dvb.ko.cmd


I do have a lgdt330x module here:
/lib/modules/2.6.20.7-vortec4/kernel/drivers/media/dvb/frontends/lgdt330x.ko
and i can load it manually without error:
Code:

cadstar@vortec:~$ sudo modprobe -v lgdt330x
insmod /lib/modules/2.6.20.7-vortec5/kernel/drivers/media/dvb/frontends/lgdt330x.ko


Not sure why that doesn't load automatically, but I bet that is part of the problem. That module is the frontend I need. Manually loading it still does not seem to get me a /dev/dvb directory or the device nodes though.
Code:

cadstar@vortec:~$ lsmod
Module                  Size  Used by
lgdt330x                8964  0
cx88_vp3054_i2c         4480  0
cx8802                 18628  0
cx88xx                 67236  1 cx8802
ir_common              30340  1 cx88xx
i2c_algo_bit            7880  2 cx88_vp3054_i2c,cx88xx
tveeprom               15056  1 cx88xx
videodev               27328  1 cx88xx
v4l2_common            20416  1 videodev
btcx_risc               5000  2 cx8802,cx88xx
dvb_pll                14468  0
video_buf_dvb           6788  0
dvb_core               80296  2 lgdt330x,video_buf_dvb
video_buf              25156  3 cx8802,cx88xx,video_buf_dvb
nvidia               6835316  26
agpgart                32908  1 nvidia
dm_mod                 57996  0
loop                   17032  0
i2c_i801                8140  0
sg                     25240  0
i2c_core               22464  8 lgdt330x,cx88_vp3054_i2c,cx88xx,i2c_algo_bit,tveeprom,dvb_pll,nvidia,i2c_i801
pcspkr                  3136  0
psmouse                38408  0
8250_pci               21056  0
8250                   24468  1 8250_pci
serial_core            21568  1 8250
sr_mod                 15908  0
cdrom                  36960  1 sr_mod
e1000                 123584  0
sd_mod                 18944  4
thermal                13832  0
processor              25528  1 thermal
unix                   27728  265
cadstar@vortec:~$ ll /dev/dvb
ls: /dev/dvb: No such file or directory
cadstar@vortec:~$ dmesg | grep DVB


I have tried the card in different slots in this PC, but as I stated somewhere in my first long-winded post, I have even tried installing it in completely separate computers! I get the same result no matter where I put the hardware, what OS I am on, or what kernel I use. (no, I have not tried the Windows driver from the CD - I don't own any ATI video cards, I am a loyal nVidia man - who would want to run windows anyway??? )

I do not have the Hauppauge card installed at all, and I have not had it in the PC through all this troubleshooting. I am planning to put that card in the machine later on, but only for the lirc support to get my remote control working for MythTV. There seems to be no support for the IR receiver built into the 5500 card from what pcHDTV says in their docs. I am attacking this one card at a time. Currently the Hauppage PVR-150 is in a MythTV frontend only PC; what I want to do is replace that older machine (AthlonXP 2400+) with this new Core2Duo PC and make it a MythTV slave backend for HDTV that I can use as a general MythTV frontend still as I do now.

Here is a more complete listing from dmesg that shows more than the snippet I posted yesterday:
Code:

Linux video capture interface: v2.00
cx2388x v4l2 driver version 0.0.6 loaded
ACPI: PCI Interrupt 0000:03:02.0[A] -> GSI 17 (level, low) -> IRQ 23
CORE cx88[0]: subsystem: 7063:5500, board: pcHDTV HD5500 HDTV [card=47,autodetected]
TV tuner 64 at 0x1fe, Radio tuner -1 at 0x1fe
cx88[0]/0: found at 0000:03:02.0, rev: 5, irq: 23, latency: 20, mmio: 0xee000000
tuner 1-0043: chip found @ 0x86 (cx88[0])
tda9887 1-0043: tda988[5/6/7] found @ 0x43 (tuner)
tuner 1-0061: chip found @ 0xc2 (cx88[0])
tuner 1-0061: type set to 64 (LG TDVS-H06xF)
tuner 1-0061: type set to 64 (LG TDVS-H06xF)
cx88[0]/0: registered device video0 [v4l2]
cx88[0]/0: registered device vbi0
cx2388x cx88-mpeg Driver Manager version 0.0.6 loaded
cx2388x dvb driver version 0.0.6 loaded
cx8802_register_driver() ->registering driver type=dvb access=shared


Sure looks like the kernel can see my card and even understands what it is. Are you starting to see why I am getting so frustrated? I am thinking maybe I do have a bad card.

Really appreciate the responses; but have you any further ideas or things I can check at this point??
I sure hope I get a response from pcHDTV themselves. It seems like there must be some small silly little thing I am missing somewhere in all this. Question


Last edited by Cadstar on Fri May 04, 2007 12:28 pm; edited 5 times in total

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Re: Re: How about posting a .config??
PostPosted: Fri May 04, 2007 12:17 pm Reply with quote
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Got a response back from Jack at pcHDTV.com this afternoon. Working with him to see if we can figure out what the problem is. My card is still under warranty and he already stated that if the card is defective a replacement will be no problem at all.

Just wanted to share that quick info. There have been a few posts made accusing pcHDTV of having poor tech support, but that does not appear to be the case at all!

I'll keep you all posted on my progress. Please don't be afraid to chime in if you can help out with this. There MUST be more than 4 people out there that have this card working.

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Re: How about posting a .config??
PostPosted: Fri May 04, 2007 6:09 pm Reply with quote
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Cadstar wrote:

You can see the card is detected, but I don't see any reference to this "MPEG Port" function that xyzzy mentions. In fact I don't think I have seen anything about that before in any readme or any posts so I don't know what the heck that even is.

I know there are many posts here that mention it, I'm sure you'll find something if you search for mpeg port. It should show up with lspci and this is most certainly your problem.
Code:

00:0d.0 Multimedia video controller: Conexant CX23880/1/2/3 PCI Video and Audio Decoder (rev 05)
00:0d.1 Multimedia controller: Conexant CX23880/1/2/3 PCI Video and Audio Decoder [Audio Port] (rev 05)
00:0d.2 Multimedia controller: Conexant CX23880/1/2/3 PCI Video and Audio Decoder [MPEG Port] (rev 05)

That's is what you should see.

Why doesn't it show up?
A) Bad eeprom contents have it disabled. Search for "cx88_eeprom" and "pchdtv_audio.pl", I wrote some utilities for looking at this, maybe they will tell you something.
B) Problem with your motherboard's PCI bios, the card's sub-function are not getting scanned.
C) Card is broke.
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Thanks for the reply xyzzy! Thats the best info I have received thus far. Now I feel dumb for not having searched the forum better. There is just sooooo much spam here!
Anyway, you seem to be onto something here:

Quote:

Why doesn't it show up?
A) Bad eeprom contents have it disabled. Search for "cx88_eeprom" and "pchdtv_audio.pl", I wrote some utilities for looking at this, maybe they will tell you something.
B) Problem with your motherboard's PCI bios, the card's sub-function are not getting scanned.
C) Card is broke.


Hmmm,

A) This seems very possible, but I am having a problem with your script (or maybe it doesn't run correctly because the card IS bad):
Code:

cadstar@vortec:~$ sudo ./pchdtv_audio
The program 'cx88_eeprom' needs to be in the current directory
and be executable in order to modify any cards.  Since it's not,
you will be unable to run cx88_eeprom on a detected card.  You can
still scan for cards with this script.

Found CX88 Card 0 on I2C bus 1
Unable to open file /sys/class/i2c-dev/i2c-1/device/subsystem_vendor: No such file or directory at ./pchdtv_audio line 27..


I get this error in both Debian and Fedora. I have 2 machines setup and just swap the card back and forth between the two of them.

B) I doubt this is the case as I have tried the card in 4 different PC's each with completely different mobo and CPUs.

C) I think this must be the problem. Too bad I can't get more info from your script to be sure it's not just a disabled feature in the eeprom. Being a brand new card though, I don't see why it would have disabled features - seems like pcHDTV knows about this issue by now.

At this point it looks like I will have to get a warranty replacement on the card. Maybe it is a good thing I couldn't get more out of your script - I wouldn't want to void my warranty by reprogramming the eeprom!

Countless thanks to you xyzzy!!
At least I wasn't just missing something obvious, and I am not going insane after all.
I will keep you posted on what Jack Kelliher has to say next. Unfortunately I don't imagine he works over the weekend (not that I blame him), so I don't expect to get any feedback from him untill Monday.

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-bump-

Still waiting to hear back from pcHDTV on my issue.


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Heard back from pcHDTV earlier this week - Jack agrees I likely have a bad card. The replacement is on the way. I'll start a new topic when it gets here and I get to play around with this some more.

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Cadstar - is your card working yet?
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I have almost given up trying to get mine to work, but thought that I'd give it a little more effort. Curious is these guys got you a new card, and if they did, did it help? - If it is working, can you post what drivers / versions / kernel / distro / dmesg / lsmod / lspci and other fun stuff that made it work?
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It depends on what you call a working installation...
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It depends on what you call a working installation of a 5500...

For instance, analog works fine for me on the 5500.

I'm in the initial stages of diagnosing a problem that prevents me from using any digital broadcasts. The most noticeable symptoms right now is there is no /dev/dvb directory.
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Anyone else having reception issues? I get about 6 less OTA channels with the 5500 than I should be getting.
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 01, 2008 8:06 pm Reply with quote
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Sorry to have disappeared for so long. New job, much stress, etc, etc...

Anyway, much has happened. I received my replacement card as expected.:

00:09.1 Multimedia controller: Conexant CX23880/1/2/3 PCI Video and Audio Decoder [Audio Port] (rev 05)
00:09.2 Multimedia controller: Conexant CX23880/1/2/3 PCI Video and Audio Decoder [MPEG Port] (rev 05)
00:09.4 Multimedia controller: Conexant CX23880/1/2/3 PCI Video and Audio Decoder [IR Port] (rev 05)

What a difference a working card makes!

Had some issues at first that were traced to the crappy PC I had the card in. For some reason this Acer machine just refused to boot with the HD5500 in either of it's pci slots. yes, it only had 2. Wanted to use this machine for it's core2 cpu but I wasn't ready to get a real mobo, case, and power supply to stuff this all into as it works fine for MythTV frontend the way it is.

I did however, have an older machine unused in the corner. Popped the HD5500 into the Athlon-XP 1700+ 1.43GHz machine and installed a fresh Debian 4.0 load. Did the usual apt-get commands to get up to date, compiled my own kernel as I always do, based on 2.6.20.7.

I always use svn trunk for Mythtv so I installed the same 15419 revision from svn trunk. 0.21.20071211-1 is reported by status page in mythfrontend. I had no problems at all setting the card up to grab the few ATSC broadcast channels in my area. I ended up with 1 channel that would sometimes get enough signal to work in Myth. So I ran down to RadioShack and spent $85 or so on a better antenna. Spent an hour doing a quick install at the highest point of my roof. Used info from antennaweb.org to point the dish toward the signals I was looking for most.

Now I get a good 10 or so broadcast digital channels. It isn't perfect, but I haven't done any tweaking either. There are some occasional playback issues, but overall it's not bad for a first real attempt.

I use this machine as a remote backend. The digital takes up about 5GB/h, I haven't had any issues with playback on a widescreen monitor. Doesn't work well on a standard 4:3 display - Myth can't scale it properly, it works but everything is green. I had to uncheck the "Avoid conflicts between live TV and scheduled show" as Myth kept choosing the HD5500 as default card for livetv. I am one of the few that uses live tv all the time. I also have an issue where when a show is available analog or digitial, Myth tries to record both. I should be able to change this behavior by setting preferred tuner for recordings. Haven't tried this yet. 10 channels really is not sufficient for me to need the card much. 8 out the 10 rarely have HD content, they just broadcast SD stuff on digital channels.

Overall I am impressed by how little fussing I had to do once I got a good card. I have a PVR-150 and a PVR-350 in the master backend on TimeWarner basic cable with about 70 or so channels. I have been unable to get ANY channels on the cable to tune digitally on the HD5500. I don't subscribe to digital cable, but I believe the signals are there, just encrypted. Not sure. I also have not tried using the HD5500 with NTSC at all, although I am interested in trying it.

One thing that snagged me: setting up the slave backend I set it to ATSC in the mythtv-setup program which I assumed was correct. As it turns out, Myth changed my whole setup to ATSC so suddenly when recordings came up requesting the PVR cards to tune ATSC, that would error out with a "tuner failed" message. I went back and changed it back to NTSC and now all seems OK. Can't use live tv browse mode to browse digital channels without changing the tuner card first, then changing it back. But the epg does show all channels, as does mythweb. There is a patch for Myth in the works to fix this so that all channels can be browsed.


Whooo, long post. Wink

Any questions???

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PostPosted: Sun Apr 13, 2008 7:30 pm Reply with quote
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I have two 5500's working fairly well. It has been going for about a year on Feisty (Linux Mint Celena actually), and I am just starting to work on Hardy (I really can't wait for Elyssa so I'll try plain Ubuntu)

I had to blacklist the cx88-alsa module, but once I did that MythTV 0.21 found the cards OK. I also added cx88-dvb to /etc/modules but I am not 100% sure if that is necessary, it is a holdover from my 2000 days (anyone want to buy a used 2000, by the way Smile )

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Do you have a working HD-5500 configuration?
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