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em84xx is an output-plugin for all em84xx-based decoder-cards and onboard-decoders.

These instructions were tested and are working with an Intel P4 system, using Debian kernel 2.6.20 and a Sigma Designs RealMagic Xcard with an em8475 chip. It was modified from its original version which had support for SCART output. This will enable NTSC, component video out on the said card.

Get the realmagic-0.2.3 driver, which at this time can be found here:

   [realmagic-0.2.3.rar - http://rapidshare.com/files/162019490/realmagic-0.2.3.rar]

Copy the contents of realmagic-0.2.3/lib to /usr/lib

Build the realmagic84xx.ko

   cd /path_to/realmagic-0.2.3

and then


Copy the realmagic84xx.ko where_ever.

   insmod /where_ever/realmagic84xx.ko

Further more you can:

Create a directory:

   mkdir /lib/modules/your_kernel_version/misc

Copy the module:

   cp realmagic84xx.ko /lib/modules/your_kernel_version/misc

Finally issue this:


And here is the vdr-em84xx-0.0.15, the em84xx VDR plugin modified for NTSC component video out:

   [vdr-em84xx-0.0.15.rar http://rapidshare.com/files/162019451/vdr-em84xx-0.0.15.rar]

Install it like any other VDR plugin by copying it into your '/PLUGINS/src' and make a symlink 'em84xx' to it.

   ln -s em84xx-0.0.15 em84xx

Then compile the plugins from the vdr-source-dir with:

   make plugins

If you want mplayer support in VDR, compile with EMMPLAYER=1 (Makefile @ line 12).

Add to your VDR start line:


If you want to mess with your system, try the following patch for mplayer (thanks to Helmut Auer). It will add the xcard as an output device (like dxr3).

[ao_em84xx.c http://lists.mplayerhq.hu/pipermail/mplayer-dev-eng/2006-October/046796.html]