[clug] (MythTV) LIRC + TView99 card - IR problem

Andrew Smith andrew at coolchilli.com
Fri Jul 25 06:34:33 GMT 2008

Thanks for the feedback Ian.  Fortunately I've had no problems getting it
working tuning TV, selecting different sources (Composite in) for viewing
a camera with xawtv and Zoneminder.  I'm not shy of taking your advice
though and buying a solution; it's just bugging me now and I have to win
over it :)

How does MythBuntu fair compared to MythDora?  I was impressed that the
setup was all autodetected, but a little disappointed that MythDora only
provides a limited lirc driver set (no lirc_gpio).  Then again I tried
recompiling lirc and fell into a dependancy hell which left me spinning.


> G'Day Andrew
> I'm not the bearer of good news i'm afraid,  my first attempt with
> Mythtv was with on of these tuner cards and I never managed to get it
> working even as a tuner.  After many attempts, some great help from
> various list members and a deal of frustration, I just bought a DVB
> device.
> For what it's worth I aquired via E-Bay some time ago a Micro$oft MCE
> remote which has a nice feature of incorporating 2 programmable ir
> senders as will as an ir receiver which allows control of the TV as well
> as Myth with the one remote.  I use Mythbuntu now and this device
> installed itself as part of the Mythbuntu installation process and apart
> from a couple of errors in the in the LIRCD file,  worked without
> further intervention.  Prior to that I was just using a simple serial
> remote which also worked fine for Myth.
> Hope you have better luck that I did but if all else fails there are
> some fairly cheap solutions available to you as alternatives.
> Regards
> Ian Bardsley
> Andrew Smith wrote:
>> Hi List,
>> Firstly, I have to say that Myth is a kick-arse bit of open source.
>> All of my hats are off to those who've contributed to it.
>> I have a TView99 Analogue tuner card from about a billion years ago
>> that I'd like to use as my IR receiver.  My main tuner is a Twin HD
>> card (without IR), I threw the TView card in cause I had it, would
>> like to tune Analogue and need IR.  I'm hoping someone on the list
>> happens to have one of these cards working, or can steer me on
>> diagnosis of the problem.
>> My Distro is MythDora (cause it's quick).  I have the card tuning fine
>> - bttv auto detects the correct card type, and the IR function seems
>> to be correctly found and provides /dev/input/event6 for me to use
>> with irrecord (irrecord -H dev/input -d /dev/input/event6 lircd.conf)
>> The issue is that irrecord times out after 10 seconds with:
>> Hold down an arbitrary button.
>> <10 secs>
>> irrecord: gap not found, can't continue
>> irrecord: closing '/dev/input/event6'
>> I'm thinking it might even be a hardware problem - I'm pretty sure I'm
>> using the correct IR lead (white stereo 3.5mm plug) - that's where I'm
>> hoping someone has one and can confirm.  I haven't located the
>> original remote, but have been hoping that at least one of the others
>> I've tried (including a Hauppauge x50 remote) should've shown up
>> something.
>> From what I understand, irrecord is talking directly to the
>> module/card, so lircd isn't running or configured at this point.
>> Other output below.
>> An help/pointers appreciated!
>> Thanks
>> Andrew
>> dmesg:
>> bttv: Bt8xx card found (0).
>> ACPI: PCI Interrupt 0000:04:00.0[A] -> GSI 16 (level, low) -> IRQ 16
>> bttv0: Bt878 (rev 2) at 0000:04:00.0, irq: 16, latency: 64, mmio:
>> 0xd8001000
>> bttv0: detected: (Askey Magic/others) TView99 CPH06x [card=38], PCI
>> subsystem ID is 144f:3000
>> bttv0: using: Askey CPH06X TView99 [card=38,autodetected]
>> bttv0: gpio: en=00000000, out=00000000 in=00ffefff [init]
>> bttv0: tuner type=1
>> bttv0: i2c: checking for MSP34xx @ 0x80... not found
>> bttv0: i2c: checking for TDA9875 @ 0xb0... not found
>> bttv0: i2c: checking for TDA7432 @ 0x8a... not found
>> All bytes are equal. It is not a TEA5767
>> tuner 1-0060: chip found @ 0xc0 (bt878 #0 [sw])
>> tuner-simple 1-0060: type set to 1 (Philips PAL_I (FI1246 and
>> compatibles))
>> tuner 1-0060: type set to Philips PAL_I (FI12
>> tuner-simple 1-0060: type set to 1 (Philips PAL_I (FI1246 and
>> compatibles))
>> tuner 1-0060: type set to Philips PAL_I (FI12
>> bttv0: registered device video0
>> bttv0: registered device vbi0
>> bttv0: PLL: 28636363 => 35468950 .. ok
>> input: bttv IR (card=38) as /class/input/input6
>> bt878: AUDIO driver version 0.0.0 loaded
>> bt878: Bt878 AUDIO function found (0).
>> ACPI: PCI Interrupt 0000:04:00.1[A] -> GSI 16 (level, low) -> IRQ 16
>> bt878_probe: card id=[0x3000144f], Unknown card.
>> cat /proc/bus/input/devices:
>> I: Bus=0001 Vendor=144f Product=3000 Version=0001
>> N: Name="bttv IR (card=38)"
>> P: Phys=pci-0000:04:00.0/ir0
>> S: Sysfs=/class/input/input6
>> U: Uniq=
>> H: Handlers=kbd event6
>> B: EV=100003
>> B: KEY=10afc336 2150a48 0 0 0 404 80010000 190 4801 1e0000 4400 100000
>> 10000ffc

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