[vdr] VDR Stability

Adrian P Challinor adrian.challinor at osiris.co.uk
Wed Jun 1 08:40:42 CEST 2005


Well, I ran femon (until the card crashed!) and the best I'm seeing is a
signal strength of 23%. The indicator bar is always red. I guess this means
I need to get someone to look at the aerial. Any comments? 



-----Original Message-----
From: vdr-bounces at linuxtv.org [mailto:vdr-bounces at linuxtv.org] On Behalf Of
Adrian P Challinor
Sent: 31 May 2005 07:36
To: 'Klaus Schmidinger's VDR'
Subject: RE: [vdr] VDR Stability

The antenna hasn't changed. The DVB-T TV uses the same antenna. It's mounted
on my roof and has a direct line-of-site to the transmitter (about 4 miles
away and clearly visible). A quick look from a window of a neighbouring tall
building shows that the antenna is standing, looks to be correctly aligned. 

Interesting though. You are the second person to make this suggestion. How
would I check the signal? Is this a job for femon? The problem is that I
don't fully understand the output from femon so making sense of it is
tricky. 

Adrian

-----Original Message-----
From: vdr-bounces at linuxtv.org [mailto:vdr-bounces at linuxtv.org] On Behalf Of
Karsten Müller
Sent: 31 May 2005 07:26
To: Klaus Schmidinger's VDR
Subject: Re: [vdr] VDR Stability

Well, UPT errors look like either a weak antenna signal or a driver issue.
I got rid of those by amplifying my antenna signal the other day. Does
your DVB-T work fine with *the same* antenna ?

best regards
Karsten

On Tuesday 31 May 2005 08:22, Adrian P Challinor wrote:
> I have used VDR successfully for about 18 months now, but in the last 2
> months found that stability has gone completely out of the window. It
> started when I tried to get the vdrsync code working to burn dvd's (never
> successful).
>
>
>
> I have a Pentium P4, 2.4Ghz, 512 MB Ram, 2 x 120 GB IDE disks, with an
ASUS
> motherboard. Cards are a TT-FF DVB-T and a Nebula DVB budget card. I had
so
> many problems after I did a few kernel changes that I reverted to
> rebuilding the system from scratch. I was working on linux 2.6.4, but
> listening to the list I upgraded to 2.6.11 on the rebuild.
>
>
>
> Things have not got better.
>
>
>
> It is impossible to record anything from the budget card, which is VDR's
> preferred card. I get so many errors with skipped bytes to sync to a TS
> packet it is unwatchable. The recording makes old VCR's look good. Funny
> this, because the DVBT enabled television is just fine.
>
>
>
> I tried recording just of the TT-FF card. OK, I can only record one signal
> at a time, but at least it will be stable, right? Wrong. It's still
> unstable.
>
>
>
> For example:
>
>
>
> May 30 22:50:22 vdr vdr[8931]: timer 1 (1 2240-0045 'Total Recall') set to
> event Mon 30.05.2005 22:50-00:35 'Total Recall'
>
> May 30 22:54:11 vdr vdr[8935]: channel 1 (BBC ONE) event 22:50 'Total
> Recall' status 4 May 30 23:03:38 vdr vdr[8935]: channel 3 (BBC THREE)
event
> 23:00 'Ideal'
>
> status 4
>
> May 30 23:07:45 vdr vdr[8991]: ERROR: unknown picture type '5'
>
> May 30 23:07:46 vdr vdr[8991]: ERROR: unknown picture type '4'
>
> May 30 23:11:01 vdr vdr[8931]: connect from 127.0.0.1, port 47508 -
> accepted May 30 23:11:01 vdr vdr[8931]: closing SVDRP connection May 30
> 23:16:50 vdr vdr[8991]: ERROR: unknown picture type '5'
>
> May 30 23:18:30 vdr last message repeated 5 times May 30 23:18:51 vdr last
> message repeated 2 times May 30 23:21:02 vdr vdr[8931]: connect from
> 127.0.0.1, port 43811 - accepted May 30 23:21:02 vdr vdr[8931]: closing
> SVDRP connection May 30 23:25:15 vdr vdr[8991]: ERROR: unknown picture
type
> '5'
>
> May 30 23:25:15 vdr vdr[8991]: initiating emergency exit May 30 23:25:15
> vdr vdr[8991]: ERROR: unknown picture type '4'
>
> May 30 23:25:15 vdr vdr[8991]: initiating emergency exit May 30 23:25:15
> vdr vdr[8991]: ERROR: unknown picture type '5'
>
> May 30 23:25:15 vdr vdr[8991]: initiating emergency exit May 30 23:25:16
> vdr vdr[8931]: emergency exit requested - shutting down May 30 23:25:16
vdr
> vdr[8931]: timer 1 (1 2240-0045 'Total Recall') stop May 30 23:25:16 vdr
> vdr[8931]: saved setup to /root/vdr/setup.conf May 30 23:25:16 vdr
> vdr[8931]: exiting May 30 23:25:16 vdr vdr[8931]: emergency exit!
>
>
>
>
>
> My recording stops in the middle with an unknown picture type. At this
> point, nothing I do other than reboot will restore VDRAdmin (probably the
> most important feature of VDR IMHO).
>
>
>
> I have tried VDR 1.3.25, I have reverted to 1.3.20. I have taken the
latest
> versions of firmware, I have reverted to those that came with the card.
>
>
>
> Am I alone in thinking that, for anyone who wants to actually watch TV,
the
> answer is a SKY+ box. Please, god forbid it should come to that.
>
>
>
> What am I doing wrong here?
>
>
>
>
>
> HELP !
>
>
>
>
>
> Adrian P Challinor
>
>
>
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