[vdr] which tv-out card?

Doughan Turk doughan at sympatico.ca
Tue Nov 15 01:08:54 CET 2005

Can someone who is using via epia (SP1300 maybe) with a DVI or S-Video and
using the onboard MPEG2/4 chip + a budget card share their experience? Any
issues with interlacing or drivers also are there any how-to out there for
such a setup?


-----Original Message-----
From: vdr-bounces at linuxtv.org [mailto:vdr-bounces at linuxtv.org] On Behalf Of
Niko Mikkila
Sent: November 14, 2005 6:18 PM
To: VDR Mailing List
Subject: Re: [vdr] which tv-out card?

On Mon, 14 Nov 2005 23:40:48 +0100
Luca Olivetti <luca at ventoso.org> wrote:

> En/na Ville Skyttä ha escrit:
> > On Mon, 2005-11-14 at 13:40 -0700, Vladimir Shved wrote:
> > 
> >> Also tried Dxr3/Hollywood+, TV-out is nice, OSD is much improved but
> >> very unstable.
> > 
> > These problems seem to have gone completely away here (even with setting
> > the plugin OSD flush rate to 0) in normal use after installing text2skin
> > (CVS) and starting to use a less challenging (?) skin than ST:TNG,
> > currently the latest enElchi with the DXR3 compatible logos.
> but they're not gone here with the same skin ;-)
> (not much difference between enElchi or enigma or ST:TNG).
> (I'm not complaining, the video quality is good and the osd is
> usable...but not completely stable).

I had Dxr3 lockups too until I figured out it was an interrupt problem.
On my 64-bit system it crashed erratically and also often when there was
some network traffic. I tried to get every device it's own IRQ, but
the motherboard thought otherwise and I couldn't get all the cards
fit without sharing IRQ's. Finally I enabled IO-APIC in the kernel and
that gave additional interrupt numbers so that by swapping some cards it
worked properly. For some reason both my DVB devices and Dxr3 were
sensitive to shared IRQ's, or perhaps it was some other misbehaving

Now the system works 24/7 with perhaps one Dxr3 lockup every week.
That could be due to bad signal or DVB-card problems as well because
sometimes one of the two DVB-T cards seems to go out for lunch. Haven't
figured it out yet, but at least it doesn't crash the machine and
a simple module reloading cycle fixes the problem.

Niko Mikkilä

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