[vdr] CAM auto resetting - feature request??

Oliver Schinagl oliver at schinagl.nl
Mon Dec 27 08:54:46 CET 2010

On 12/25/10 09:48, Halim Sahin wrote:
> Hello,
> On Thu, Dec 23, 2010 at 09:59:19PM +0100, Oliver Schinagl wrote:
>> so its nothing illegal, also you can use 1 smartcard on more than 1 dvb
>> card, even CI-less cards.
> I don't think that it's legal in germany or in other countries.
I don't think softcams are illegal, using cardsharing services is ..
legally debatable, but a softcam, in combination with your own
smartcard, should be legal.

> Please don't spam this thread with such suggestions.
Hardly spam, just a suggestion/workaround to get a workable legal solution. And with all the CI-less hardware out there, from PCI cards to USB cards and even WinTV offering a cardreader only (I belive they might be using a softcam in their win-ware) this may be the only solution to some.

>The is a problem which can be reproduced 
>by other vdr users as well so that should be fixed in core vdr.
Is this problem only to VDR? or has anybody noticed this same behaviour with, say Myth or something else. Could it be a kernel bug?

It seems/feels like the cam is crashing and that's why it needs to be reset, as sometimes the cam menu brings a 'CAM: -' message, indicating it isn't initialized any longer. Unrelated btw, I sometimes have a horribly A/V sync issue when changing encrypted channels. E.g. the video runs fine, but the audio is first missing, then slowly starts dripping in, kinda like how a torrents work, until after about 10 seconds all the sound runs smoothly. It only happens occasionally though ... very strange, but could be related.

>Suggesting these plugins will not help everyone.
It very well may help people until this bug is solved. :(

Btw, I'm not sure if I mentioned, but this is happening in VDR 1.6, and I belive Halim has it on 1.7? So it has been around for quite a while. I can try patches if needed, as it should be pretty straight forward applying them on Gentoo, but 1.6 would be prefered.


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