[vdr] Vdr or driver performance dropout

Kartsa kari at kniivila.com
Sun Mar 11 20:25:26 CET 2007

Steffen Barszus kirjoitti:
> Kartsa schrieb:
>> Stefan Huelswitt kirjoitti:
>>> On 01 Feb 2007 Reinhard Nissl <rnissl at gmx.de> wrote:
>>>> Heikki Manninen wrote:
>>>>>> I've noticed that earlier when I was using PIII 550 MHz and vdr 
>>>>>> 1.3.22 (or something about) I made a test by recording nine 
>>>>>> channels simultaneously and watching a recording at the same 
>>>>>> time. I remember there seemed to be no trouble doing it. Now when 
>>>>>> I have vdr 1.4.4 after fourth recording starts vdr becomes 
>>>>>> sluggish and there starts to come errors on log:
>>>>>> dvb-ttpci: warning: timeout waiting in LoadBitmap
>>>>>> when pushing menu button. And ofcourse no menu appears or menu 
>>>>>> appears only partly.
>>>>> Exactly the same thing here and with the latest and the second latest
>>>>> firmware. My FF 2.1 TT card starts to die after third simultaneous
>>>>> recording. But then again, I think that budget cards are much 
>>>>> better in
>>>>> this area.
>>>> Most likely, it's me who has to be blamed. Around 1.3.27, 
>>>> cVideoRepacker
>>>> was introduced which has an impact on CPU load. This could be a reason
>>>> why the menu is slow when running several recordings at the same time.
>>> I don't think that the problem is related to anything on VDR
>>> side.
>>> AFAIK the bandwidth from ARM to PCI bus is very limited on
>>> full-featured cards. With 3 recordings being transfered to VDR
>>> there is simply not enough bandwidth left for the OSD transfers.
>>> Hence the LoadBitmap timeout.
>>> I experience the problem since VDR introduced concurrent
>>> recordings and I cannot believe that there is any VDR / firmware
>>> combination which doesn't show this behaviour as it's IMO a
>>> hardware limitation.
>>> Budget cards doesn't have this limitation, they can transfer the
>>> full transponder without problems.
>> I know the performance was better when I was using vdr-1.3.22. I know 
>> I had 9 recordings going on and still I was able to watch a previous 
>> recording and I was using a slower cpu and a ff card. Ofcourse my 
>> recent test does prove your point, hence the question "what is the 
>> best combination of hw and sw?".
> Guess the best would be if you could/would be able to limit the 
> possible number of recordings on a single card (or one would be able 
> to set a limit for FF Cards or a fixed limit would be set in VDR at 
> compile time) Then you could have a combination of FF and budget cards 
> like most here have most likely.
I too have one FF and one budget card and I occasionally do stumble in a 
situation when there is three or more recordings. And I am pretty sure 
they are not all from the same mux thus they are from two dvb cards. And 
btw I actually need to record from two muxes only and wrom fta channels 
only. And this is the reason why I have vdr with two cards in the first 

But as it is there is a problem and as I said it does not seem to exist 
in an environment with something else giving the video out than FF card. 
Therefore the question still remains.


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