Hauppauge PVR-250

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PVR-250 with grey remote


Vendors Website http://www.hauppauge.com/html/wintvpvr250_datasheet.htm
Input Formats not applicable
Support Status Supported by Myth: Uses IVTV driver
Driver http://ivtvdriver.org/
Sound Driver not applicable
Chipset not applicable


The Newest version of HAUPPAUGE PVR-250 popular Video capture card is called the WinTV PVR-250 MCE. Despite the name, even the latest cards work under Linux with the ivtv drivers. There are cosmetic and functional changes between the revisions of the PVR 250. The PVR-250 MCE drops the connection for the remote, and adds component video and FM tuner. The picture on this page is of an older revision of the PVR-250 that has the remote connection, but no component video input.

Encodes MPEG-1 and MPEG-2, but does not decode. The PVR-350 does both.

Issues and Problems

Ghosting noted with some lower resolution and bitrate combinations on PVR-250 model 32062, rev C185 (cx23416). The ghosting disappeared with resolution 480x480 and 4000kbps rates.

The PVR-250 and other PVR-xxx cards using the ivtv driver sometimes suffer from a DMA problem. In some cases, this results in the card failing to produce any output until the system is rebooted, even unloading and reloading the driver doesn't clear the error. See ivtvdriver.org for more information about this problem and possible preventative measures.

Associated Software

Log Messages

If you see an "Unreasonably low latency" message from ivtv in your logs you should probably read the page on PCI Latency.

Installation guides

Usually found upon install.


Best info most likely found on the IVTV driver forum on Sourceforge. See also the wiki at: http://ivtvdriver.org/