[mythtv-users] PVR-350 survey - what works and what doesn't?
tom at openhardware.net
Wed Mar 3 15:20:02 EST 2004
I am running:
1 - PVR-250MCE Rev 2
1 - PVR-350 (retail)
Tyan S2495 mainboard
Athlon 2800+ XP
370Gig logical volume created with the -s 64m option
Mad Dog GeForce4 MX 440 8X AGP
Plextor 708A DVD writer
Radio Shack 8-in-1 IR remote
Mandrake 9.2 distro with myth compiled from source, any libs that
weren't in the Mandrake distro were also done from source (no foreign,
third party, RPMs were used).
note: all the acpi, apci stuff is turned off!
Overall, the system is working fine. Little anomoies here and there,
but no major stuff such as: recording stops halfway, playback freezes,
etc. Seems to be a real solid system. Most problems seem to be
associated with myth code itself rather than hardware.
I am still tweaking, for example, I am not real happy with the video
quality of the Nvidia TVOUT and am thinking of doing some kind of
electronic video switching. Use the PVR-350 for all the TV stuff and
menus, while using the Nvidia for playing DVDs.
I am well pleased with the resulting Myth box that I have! :)
> While I'm still wrestling with getting my PVR-350 card working, I keep
> reading about the supposed hordes of people for whom It Just Works. :-)
> So I thought I'd run a quick survey to see what people were running
> and what seems to work, and maybe a trend will develop.
> I have:
> PVR-350 (obviously)
> Gigabyte GA-7VM266 (this has a VIA KM266 chipset)
> AMD 2000
> 512M Corsair Value RAM 2700
> Debian Unstable
> mythtv-frontend 0.14-5
> mythtv-backend 0.14-5
> ivtv 0.1.9 (I've also tried the "0.1.9a" patched version, with no
> visible changes)
> lirc 0.7.0rc2
> xserver-xfree86 4.3.0-2
> I have live preview in the guide set off.
> hdparm -I shows:
> LBA, IORDY(can be disabled)
> bytes avail on r/w long: 40 Queue depth: 1
> Standby timer values: spec'd by Standard, with device specific
> R/W multiple sector transfer: Max = 16 Current = 16
> Recommended acoustic management value: 128, current value: 254
> DMA: mdma0 mdma1 mdma2 udma0 udma1 udma2 udma3 udma4 *udma5
> Cycle time: min=120ns recommended=120ns
> PIO: pio0 pio1 pio2 pio3 pio4
> Cycle time: no flow control=120ns IORDY flow control=120ns
> Existing problems:
> Live preview in the Recorded Programs listing will kill a recording in
> Viewing any recorded program will freeze the frontend, sometimes 2
> seconds in, sometimes 15 minutes in.
> Fast forward at speeds higher than 1X will freeze the frontend.
> Live TV seems to work just fine.
> I can't think of any other details to post...
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Tom Walsh - WN3L - Embedded Systems Consultant
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