Extra tuner added

I puchased an Hauppauge PVR-350 for my MythTV box so I now have a PVR-250 and a PVR-350 in the Pundit-R. Getting it in was quite a challenge and lets just say that the case has been modded a little… 😉

Getting it to work has been a little challenging. I added the extra ivtv line to /etc/modprobe.conf and once rebooted the card was detected. Great !! Only not… I got no picture – only snow. In the beginning I thought this was due to an IRQ conflict with the audio device (snd_atiixp) but it turned out not to be it. After googling a lot I found a post by a guy saying that i needed to add the following options-line to my modprobe.conf:

options ivtv ivtv_std=2 tda9887=0

I have no idea what is does (other than probably forcing the tuner to PAL?) but it works !! I can now record and watch tv at the same time and picture-in-picture works.

Next point on the agenda will be to play with the hardware decoding video-out on the PVR-350 and to see about the heat issue that some users report. We’ll have to see.

For now I’m just a happy camper.