I'm trying to install Pluto since .39 with no success. Yes I'm used to Linux environments, even other like AIS, Solaris, ...
I recognize that my problem is Hardware tuning.
I just started to use spare parts, peace by peace I'm building my Core/hybrid server (low end pc to be fair).
I started with a Pentium II 350, but a friend made an upgrade and gave me a Pentium 4 1500.
When I had the Pentium II 350, I also had a BT878a TV capture card, an Ethernet card, a NVIDIA Geforce 250 graphic card and a SoundBlaster sound card.
Got some problems with the bt878a card for some times, till a find the right configuration (not tuned and with a very bad image). But the major problems were with the graphic card, the Geforce 256 is quite old card only supported by the legacy drivers from NVIDIA. Remember that I started with Pluto .39, and the included NVIDIA kernel module does not support that driver anymore.
I spend a week trying to compile the legacy drivers with .39 version of Pluto, when I realized that I could by a low cost upgraded NVIDIA card for €50.
I bought a NVIDIA 6200gs AGP card, but when added it to the pc, I got another problem. It conflicts with the bt878a card. The PC just blank after BIOS Post (an evident IRQ conflict). Tried to change the bt878a card to a different PCI slot, changed BIOS IRQ assignment, but no good.
I'm not beaten yet, last week I bought a new TV capture card from Ebay that I hope will work with the new graphic card. I bought a WinTV PVR 350.
First, could someone from Brilliant Living give me some orientation? I'm in the good direction.
My feeling is that I still have a problem with the bt878 cards, because I have another card with that ship (CDTV capture card for 4 cameras).
I will go slowly, first the graphic card conflict, but after that I need to think what I should do this the cameras. Any suggestion?
I know that other posts in this forum have asked for hardware recommendations, could you point to the right direction (or posts that I should consider).
João Vaz Martinsjoao.firstname.lastname@example.org