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Installation issues / Re: HVR-4000 - SOLVED
« on: December 30, 2009, 08:04:51 pm »

Off course I'm not sure about this, but I can tell you I have been fighting with this for something like a month or so.
I did countless installs, all kinds of Ubuntu / Kubuntu various versions, various kernels etc.
I have plenty of hd's, and also since 0810 beta you can now have more than one installation next to another. This makes it easier to compare stuff.
If you install v4l-dvb using hg clone try using hg clone -r 13486 instead.
This will install the exact same repo / driverset I am using.
I have found that using a more recent repo version DID NOT WORK. Don't ask me why, because I don't know.
Also, I would advise to use the same version of firmware I'm using, as this is known working.

I have been using the 'newest' one available in the beginning, and it didn't work out. Again, I don't know why...

Another point of information:
I haven't found any information on this, but I THINK that Kaffeine does not use firmware, or, it may use it differently.
Why I say this? I have read that in some cases it may be sufficient that 'the firmware' has been loaded once (e.g. using M$ Windows) so this may be the case for Kaffeine, I'm not sure.

As for the country settings:
Are you aware that you can use various tools to scan for channels? Google around if you don't know yet.
For Kaffeine you can find what I call 'presets' with frequency information in ~/.kde/share/apps/kaffeine/dvb-t/
There you will find from es-Albacete to es-Zaragoza. Don't know what region you're in, but pick the one of your location.
When you install v4l-dvb, it installs similar 'presets' but to a different location - use slocate to find if needed.
Indeed it may make a difference, in my case e.g. there is no setting for Belgium, so scanning default for Australia the range of channels scanned is different according to location.

For comparison's sake I installed Ubuntu 0904. Then sudo apt-get install mythtv and everything works out of the box!
(different kernel - and myth 0.21) so all I had to do was make the symbolic links to make myth 0.21 see the second frontend.

I guess this is about all I can really tell...
Hope this helps....


PS You can also compare your lspci -v to mine attached in Mandingo's post. (txt attachment)

Installation issues / Re: HVR-4000 - SOLVED
« on: December 30, 2009, 03:48:39 pm »
Ola Frank,

Are you aware within Myht 0.22 - when in mythtv-setup - while doing capture card setup:
- You should have several Card types from which to choose
-> You should pick Card type: DVB DTV capture card (v3.x)
-> You should be able to change the DVB Device number according to your adapter0/frontend0 or adapter0/frontend1
- The Frontend IDentification should change accordingly - one for SAT the other for DVB-T, the ID should read something like Conexant CX22702 DVB-T Subtype: DVB-T

Can you confirm this?

Have a look at the attached screenshot - ATTENTION - this is a capture of Myth 0.21 (which is not multi frontend capable!)

Hope this helps!


Users / HVR-4000
« on: December 28, 2009, 04:03:40 pm »
Mandingo, here's my info:

sudo lspci -vn > lspci.txt is attached

This is what I did to get the correct firmware:
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* delving into firmware of HVR-4000
** look here for [[][info]]
   -rw-r--r-- 1 root root 32522 2009-11-01 21:57 /lib/firmware/dvb-fe-cx24116.fw
   md5sum /lib/firmware/dvb-fe-cx24116.fw
   417cafd3b10e207e1dba9a03ad63e405 /lib/firmware/dvb-fe-cx24116.fw

   As soon as the file is in the directory, the card will work properly. No rebooting or changing run levels required.

   You should see this healthy report from the kernel when a program accesses the card (such as mythtv doing a channel scan with it):

   [42984.651309] cx24116_firmware_ondemand: Waiting for firmware upload (dvb-fe-cx24116.fw)...
   [42984.651324] cx8800 0000:01:08.0: firmware: requesting dvb-fe-cx24116.fw
   [42984.661140] cx24116_firmware_ondemand: Waiting for firmware upload(2)...
   [42989.799701] cx24116_load_firmware: FW version
   [42989.799717] cx24116_firmware_ondemand: Firmware upload complete

   My channel scanning now works perfectly. Hope this helps someone else
** compare to mine:
   linuxmce@mythrouter:/lib/firmware$ md5sum dvb-fe-cx24116.fw
   dd8dfdfca6b72462d9db8032f78631c8  dvb-fe-cx24116.fw
** went to fetch Firmware v1.20.79.0
   linuxmce@mythrouter:/lib/firmware$ md5sum dvb-fe-cx24116.fw
   417cafd3b10e207e1dba9a03ad63e405  dvb-fe-cx24116.fw

During the previous couple of weeks I did a lot of test setup's in all kinds of ways. As stated earlier I have tried and tested both the standard v4l-dvb repositories at as well as the s2-liplianin repository. At a certain point nothing would work any more.
I am not a specialist in mercurial or git, but I did some searching and went back to some of the test installs.
I found that hg parents gave me detailed info on the repository installed.

This was the hg parent info of a working install:
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*** hg parents
    linuxmce@dcerouter:/usr/local/src/v4l-dvb$ hg parents
    Not trusting file /usr/local/src/v4l-dvb/.hg/hgrc from untrusted user root, group root
    Not trusting file /usr/local/src/v4l-dvb/.hg/hgrc from untrusted user root, group root
    changeset:   13486:b7aed635c722
    tag:         tip
    parent:      13476:94eeadb13b55
    parent:      13485:98ae95e7390b
    user:        Mauro Carvalho Chehab <>
    date:        Wed Nov 25 16:48:18 2009 -0200
    summary:     merge:

To put in place this specific set of the repo:
hg clone -r 13486 http://...

Here's the additional sudo v4l2-ctl -n info:
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linuxmce@dcerouter:~$ sudo v4l2-ctl -n
Input   : 0
Name    : Television
Type    : 0x00000001
Audioset: 0x00000000
Tuner   : 0x00000000
Standard: 0x0000000000727FF7 ( PAL NTSC SECAM )
Status  : 0

Input   : 1
Name    : Composite1
Type    : 0x00000002
Audioset: 0x00000000
Tuner   : 0x00000000
Standard: 0x0000000000727FF7 ( PAL NTSC SECAM )
Status  : 0

Input   : 2
Name    : S-Video
Type    : 0x00000002
Audioset: 0x00000000
Tuner   : 0x00000000
Standard: 0x0000000000727FF7 ( PAL NTSC SECAM )
Status  : 0

If you require more info just let me know.
If you want me to do testing, let me know what steps I need to make, and I'll swap in a blank hd and test anew.

Thanks for your input!


Installation issues / Re: HVR-4000 - SOLVED
« on: December 28, 2009, 01:11:07 am »

You can check like this:
- To make sure reboot your machine,
- open up a terminal, and do tail -f /var/log/messages
- fire up myth and do a channel scan
-> If you're in the same position, you will see a message saying that it can't load the firmware

This is what put my attention back to the Karmic link. - If so, something's wrong with your firmware.

Be sure to have a proper look at the link to the Karmic and HVR-4000 thread.
Do the md5sum check with your firmware sitting at /lib/firmware and make sure the md5sum is the same as on the Ubuntu forum. Mine was different - so I redownloaded and double checked.

I'm not an expert on this, but I'm fairly sure that Kaffeine does not need the firmware - don't ask me why. (I'd sure like to understand the difference though!!)
For MythTV there are 2 criteria that need to be fullfilled:
- v4l-dvb drivers need to be loaded (dmesg will list your card as HVR-4000)
- the firmware must load

Also for scanning I found that depending on what country you choose, Myth skips or limits channels, e.g. I'm in Belgium and scanning using France as a country works, but using Austria fails.
I have also gone back to somewhere 25/11/09 in the v4l-dvb repo. If the above does not help, let me know, I'll dig up my emacs install log and post the exact repo to clone.
Hope this helps!


Installation issues / Re: HVR-4000 - SOLVED
« on: December 27, 2009, 11:47:27 am »

I will repeat my complete LMCE 0810 install steps for the HVR-4000 once more. Then, if all works as it should, I will post my info. Probably within a couple of days.
One thing to note:
I have been stuck in a dead end for something like a week. I had been experimenting with v4l-dvb repo and s2-liplianin repo.
At a certain point, s2-kiplianin made my system choke upon reboot, (impossible to get it to boot again, even recovery mode) and v4l-dvb did not work either.
So I have crossed this hurdle by using a 'specific' repo of a specific date (hg -rxxxx)
I'm not sure how this nieeds to be packed into a template, but I will forward you the information soon.

Can also post info for the HVR-1110 if you want?

Merry X-mas,


Users / Re: Original PLUTO related documentation - AVAILABLE?
« on: December 25, 2009, 01:38:11 am »
Thx for replying los93sol,


Users / Original PLUTO related documentation - AVAILABLE?
« on: December 24, 2009, 10:16:03 am »
Did a quick search without positive result, as I thought this would have been asked already...

Is, by any chance, any original PLUTO related documentation available somewhere?
I ask this, because I feel there must be a tremendous amount of quasi hidden (or not so clear to me at least...) information available relating to the pluto admin part.
I feel this might greatly improve the understanding of LinuxMCE as a system.

Thanks for your reply.


Installation issues / Re: HVR-4000 - SOLVED
« on: December 22, 2009, 04:01:53 pm »

Be glad to;
Can you point me to a howto do this?


Installation issues / Re: HVR-4000 - SOLVED
« on: December 22, 2009, 03:37:31 pm »
Today finally solved this issue-
Got the HVR-4000 up and running under LMCE 0810.

What led to the solution?
Searching to get Karmic going with this card, I found this post:
After checking my firmware with md5sum and comparing to this post, I found this was the problem.
Next I put in place firmware v20.79.0 following the wiki here:

If there's any questions, don't hesitate, and thanks to everybody for helping out!


Users / Re: Combine LinuxMCE with non-LinuxMCE MythTV station?
« on: December 21, 2009, 02:22:53 pm »

Thx for your input :-)


Users / Re: Combine LinuxMCE with non-LinuxMCE MythTV station?
« on: December 21, 2009, 11:59:34 am »
Andrew, thanks for your reply!

Sounds good, but I guess I will have to keep doing somemore  testing.
Myth 0.21 on 0904 plays out of the box with HVR-4000 2nd frontend.
Guess I will have to try 0.22 on 0904 then...

Is there a way to keep LMCE 0810 using myth 0.21 instead of 0.22 that you know of?



Users / Re: Combine LinuxMCE with non-LinuxMCE MythTV station?
« on: December 21, 2009, 11:08:36 am »
Nobody ever tried this?


Users / Combine LMCE with non-LMCE MythTV station?
« on: December 18, 2009, 04:00:32 pm »
Hi all,

Is it possible to combine / connect 0810 LMCE with a non-LMCE machine running MythTV?
In other words, the 'other' MythTV machine would be running e.g. 0904 with MythTV, this would not be a PXE boot MD.
Can LMCE be connected with such a 'stand alone' Myth machine, and have its recordings in it's mythconverg database?

Why would I need this?
At the moment I'm completely stuck because I fail to get my HVR-4000 card to work with either Myth or VDR on 0810 LMCE.
I'd hate to lay aside such a nice dvb card as the HVR-4000.
It is possible to make it work with 0904.
I would then put the HVR-4000 in another machine and configure it to work with LMCE's Myth-backend.

Hope this is doable?


Short update:
After rebooting I found my channels.conf to be in place (I had copied it manually over to /var/lib/vdr/channels.conf)

Having a look at the log:
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1       12/18/09 13:14:01 35 (spawning-device)    15665 Dev: 35; Already Running list: 15,16,18,19,30,31,21,27,22,25,26,23,
1       12/18/09 13:14:01 35 (spawning-device)    device: 35 ip: cmd_line: VDR
0       12/18/09 13:14:01       35 (spawning-device)    Entering 35
========== NEW LOG SECTION ==========
1       12/18/09 13:14:01       35 (spawning-device)    Starting... 1
1       12/18/09 13:14:01       35 (spawning-device)    Found ./VDR
01      12/18/09 13:15:34.170           VDR.poll:in startup <0xb77bdb90>
01      12/18/09 13:15:34.172           VDR:A:pollVDRStatus state is now 2 <0xb77bdb90>
05      12/18/09 13:15:36.145           ReceivedDataDelimited: Last time we've called ReceiveData, it timed out! <0xb77bdb90>
01      12/18/09 13:15:37.145           VDR.parser: given input was 1 VRT - EEN
05      12/18/09 13:15:38.197           ReceivedDataDelimited: Last time we've called ReceiveData, it timed out! <0xb77bdb90>
05      12/18/09 13:16:08.217           ReceivedDataDelimited: Last time we've called ReceiveData, it timed out! <0xb67bbb90>
01      12/18/09 13:16:08.217           VDR not ok with command got 0 lines then got:  <0xb67bbb90>
05      12/18/09 13:16:08.217           void ClientSocket::Disconnect() on this socket: 0xb67ba288 (m_Socket: 8) <0xb67bbb90>
01      12/18/09 13:16:09.217           VDR.parser: given input was  <0xb67bbb90>
01      12/18/09 13:16:09.217           VDR.parser:Error parsing channel  <0xb67bbb90>

So I really guess I should somewhere point VDR to /dev/dvb/adapter0/frontend1/

Suppose you have more than one TV adapter in your system, how would you select adapter0 or adapter1 in VDR?

Hi folks,

Following my recent continuing problems to get Myth 0.22 going with my HVR-4000 I setup a new 0810 install with VDR instead of MythTV.

Unfortunately I have no experience whatsoever with VDR.
So all is in place and installed.
Choosing media > TV serves me a NO SIGNAL image.

I have followed the LMCE/VDR wiki page, and had to ad the -f 1 to the scan command in order for SCAN to use the secondary frontend of the HVR-4000.
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sudo scan -f 1 -o vdr -p -u /usr/share/doc/dvb-utils/examples/scan/dvb-t/be-Schoten > channels.conf
Scanning worked allright, and gave me a nice channels.conf.
I'm not sure where uploading this file using pluto webadmin does put this file, but I found a channels.conf in /var/lib/vdr/channels.conf (owner root) and this was not the channels.conf file that I uploaded.
So, where does the channels.conf file need to go for LMCE?

Next I assume that analogous to MythTV, VDR should somewhere be told to use the correct frontendN of the DVB-T card?
Below is a list of what is in /dev/dvb/adapter0/
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linuxmce@dcerouter:/dev/dvb/adapter0$ ls -l
total 0
crw-rw---- 1 root video 212, 1 2009-12-18 11:31 demux0
crw-rw---- 1 root video 212, 5 2009-12-18 11:31 demux1
crw-rw---- 1 root video 212, 2 2009-12-18 11:31 dvr0
crw-rw---- 1 root video 212, 6 2009-12-18 11:31 dvr1
crw-rw---- 1 root video 212, 0 2009-12-18 11:31 frontend0
crw-rw---- 1 root video 212, 4 2009-12-18 11:31 frontend1
crw-rw---- 1 root video 212, 3 2009-12-18 11:31 net0
crw-rw---- 1 root video 212, 7 2009-12-18 11:31 net1

Now where do I configure VDR to use frontend1?

I have vdradmin-am up and running.
Is there someplace here to configure dvb card settings?

Thanks a lot for you help!


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