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Experiences using digital video under Ubuntu, Redhat 8.0 + 9.0. Details the frustrations of getting cool stuff up and running in Linux.

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Saturday, May 14, 2005

Getting the tv out on an ATI Radeon 7000 card working seems to be a little harder than enabling other features on ubuntu. Plugging the output of the svideo cable from the card to the tv gives console output fine on the tv. Starting X/gdm and the screen looks like crap... flickering all over the place and garbage.

Followed the suggestion at ubuntuforums and I can get an unaccelerated X display on screen. Need to try out vidix and see if I can get performance acceptable for mythtv playback.

Tuesday, May 10, 2005

Ubuntu kicks arse again! Hauppauge Nova-T DVB card works OUT OF THE BOX* in Hoary...

Of course you need all the other DVB crap such as dvb-utils and dvbstream:

sudo apt-get install dvb-utils dvbstream

*when I say out of the box, what I mean is 'relative to other distros' - the procedure to get the firmware for the tda1004x chip is:

wget http://www.ibiblio.org/peanut/Kernel-2.6.10/dvb/get_dvb_firmware
chmod +x ./get_dvb_firmware
./get_dvb_firmware tda10046
sudo cp ./dvb-fe-tda10046.fw /usr/lib/hotplug/firmware

Some helpful links for setting up this stuff:

http://www.parker1.co.uk/mythtv.php
http://ubuntuforums.org/archive/index.php/t-22359.html
http://www.ethics-gradient.net/myth/mythdvb2.html

Trouble I have now is tuning to a channel using dvbstream takes ~20 seconds.