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RE: Can't use my Pinnacle PCTV HD Pro stick - what am I doing wrong?




Hello again.  I have some updates now that I've been able to make some further tests.

1) My Pinnacle PCTV HD Pro (800e) stick does, in fact, work correctly under Windows.  The scanning detects the one channel we're running over our closed circuit cable (channel 3) and displays it on-screen just fine.  (audio over channel 3 works as well)


2) Devin, my installation process is "hg clone http://linuxtv.org/hg/v4l-dvb; cd v4l-dvb; make rminstall; make distclean; make; make install"  This appears to install everything v4l-related as modules in the appropriate directories.  For instance:

>  uname -r
2.6.24-24-server

> find /lib/modules/`uname -r` -type f -name em28xx\* -o -name tvp\*
/lib/modules/2.6.24-24-server/kernel/drivers/media/video/tvp5150.ko
/lib/modules/2.6.24-24-server/kernel/drivers/media/video/em28xx/em28xx.ko
/lib/modules/2.6.24-24-server/kernel/drivers/media/video/em28xx/em28xx-dvb.ko


3) tvtime still hangs when launched.  


4) Running zapping gives the error "VBI Initialization failed.  /dev/vbi0 (Pinnacle PCTV HD Pro) is not a raw vbi device)".  Continuing on and trying to choose the "Preferences" menu option segfaults the program (and this is the Ubuntu-distributed "zapping" package)


5) Running Paul's suggested "mplayer" command gives the following:

> mplayer -vo xv tv:// -tv driver=v4l2:alsa:immediatemode=0:adevice=hw.1,0:norm=ntsc:chanlist=us-cable:channel=3

MPlayer 1.0rc2-4.2.4 (C) 2000-2007 MPlayer Team
CPU: Intel(R) Core(TM)2 Quad CPU    Q9550  @ 2.83GHz (Family: 6, Model: 23, Stepping: 10)
CPUflags:  MMX: 1 MMX2: 1 3DNow: 0 3DNow2: 0 SSE: 1 SSE2: 1
Compiled with runtime CPU detection.
mplayer: could not connect to socket
mplayer: No such file or directory
Failed to open LIRC support. You will not be able to use your remote control.

Playing tv://.
TV file format detected.
Selected driver: v4l2
 name: Video 4 Linux 2 input
 author: Martin Olschewski 
 comment: first try, more to come ;-)
Selected device: Pinnacle PCTV HD Pro Stick
 Tuner cap:
 Tuner rxs:
 Capabilites:  video capture  tuner  audio  read/write  streaming
 supported norms: 0 = NTSC; 1 = NTSC-M; 2 = NTSC-M-JP; 3 = NTSC-M-KR; 4 = NTSC-443; 5 = PAL; 6 = PAL-BG; 7 = PAL-H; 8 = PAL-I; 9 = PAL-DK; 10 = PAL-M; 11 = PAL-N; 12 = PAL-Nc; 13 = PAL-60; 14 = SECAM;
 inputs: 0 = Television; 1 = Composite1; 2 = S-Video;
 Current input: 0
 Current format: YUYV
v4l2: current audio mode is : MONO
v4l2: ioctl set format failed: Invalid argument
v4l2: ioctl set format failed: Invalid argument
v4l2: ioctl set format failed: Invalid argument
Selected channel: 3 (freq: 61.250)
Video buffer shorter than 3 times audio frame duration.
You will probably experience heavy framedrops.
v4l2: ioctl query control failed: Invalid argument
v4l2: ioctl query control failed: Invalid argument
v4l2: ioctl query control failed: Invalid argument
v4l2: ioctl query control failed: Invalid argument
xscreensaver_disable: Could not find XScreenSaver window.
GNOME screensaver disabled
==========================================================================
Opening video decoder: [raw] RAW Uncompressed Video
VDec: vo config request - 640 x 480 (preferred colorspace: Packed YUY2)
VDec: using Packed YUY2 as output csp (no 0)
Movie-Aspect is undefined - no prescaling applied.
VO: [xv] 640x480 => 640x480 Packed YUY2
Selected video codec: [rawyuy2] vfm: raw (RAW YUY2)
==========================================================================
==========================================================================
Forced audio codec: mad
Opening audio decoder: [pcm] Uncompressed PCM audio decoder
AUDIO: 44100 Hz, 1 ch, s16le, 705.6 kbit/100.00% (ratio: 88200->88200)
Selected audio codec: [pcm] afm: pcm (Uncompressed PCM)
==========================================================================
AO: [pulse] 44100Hz 1ch s16le (2 bytes per sample)
Starting playback...
v4l2: select timeout
A:   0.5 V:   0.0 A-V:  0.472 ct:  0.000   1/  1 ??% ??% ??,?% 1 0 [[JMA:   0.9 V:   0.0 A-V:  0.940 ct:  0.003   2/  2 ??% ??% ??,?% 2 0 [[JMv4l2: select timeout
A:   1.5 V:   0.0 A-V:  1.479 ct:  0.007   3/  3 ??% ??% ??,?% 3 0 [[JMA:   2.0 V:   0.0 A-V:  1.981 ct:  0.010   4/  4 ??% ??% ??,?% 4 0 [[JMv4l2: select timeout
A:   2.5 V:   0.0 A-V:  2.485 ct:  0.013   5/  5 ??% ??% ??,?% 5 0 [[JMA:   3.0 V:   0.0 A-V:  2.957 ct:  0.017   6/  6 ??% ??% ??,?% 6 0 [[JMv4l2: select timeout
A:   3.5 V:   0.0 A-V:  3.460 ct:  0.020   7/  7 ??% ??% ??,?% 7 0 [[JMA:   4.0 V:   0.0 A-V:  3.956 ct:  0.022   8/  8 ??% ??% ??,?% 8 0 [[JMv4l2: select timeout
A:   4.5 V:   0.0 A-V:  4.460 ct:  0.025   9/  9 ??% ??% ??,?% 9 0 [[JMA:   5.0 V:   0.0 A-V:  4.956 ct:  0.027  10/ 10 ??% ??% ??,?% 10 0 [[JMv4l2: select timeout


The Mplayer screen itself remains green the whole time.


So the surprise to me is that the Pinnacle device is not actually broken.  By this point, I had been sure it was a hardware problem.  Now I realize that it's something else.  And so I would again appreciate any suggestions you might have.  Thank you once again!

(My installation process, just for reference, distilled down:)
> cd /usr/local/src
> hg clone http://linuxtv.org/hg/v4l-dvb
> cd v4l-dvb
> make rminstall; make distclean; make; make install
> cd /tmp
> wget http://www.steventoth.net/linux/xc5000/HVR-12x0-14x0-17x0_1_25_25271_WHQL.zip
> unzip -j HVR-12x0-14x0-17x0_1_25_25271_WHQL.zip Driver85/hcw85bda.sys
> perl /usr/local/src/v4l-dvb/linux/Documentation/video4linux/extract_xc3028.pl
> mv xc3028-v27.fw /lib/firmware/xc3028-v27.fw




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