Bug#287428: using DVB-T Nova "Budget" card - vdr fails to detect /dev/video0

Thomas Schmidt pkg-vdr-dvb-devel@lists.alioth.debian.org
Tue, 28 Dec 2004 14:09:36 +0100

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* Luke Kenneth Casson Leighton schrieb am 27.12.04, um 18:12 Uhr:
> dvbstream works.  xine (with dvb://1 etc.) works.  tzap works.
> kvdr fails miserably.  vdr fails miserably.
> error reported: cannot find /dev/video0.
> firmware is in place (tda1004x.bin, dvb-ttpci-01.fw).

The firmware dvb-ttpci-01.fw is only useful when you want to use a
DVB-Card based on the Design of the TechnoTrend Full-Featured Cards
(Hauppauge Nexus, TechnoTrend FF 1.* and a few others)

> ... are my expectations broken or is the software broken?

Well, when you ask the question this way, then i would say that your
expectations are broken, because the default vdr requires a DVB-Card
with a integrated mpeg-decoder, for example the Hauppauge Nexus. There
are to projects to resolve this issure, such as the vdr-xine and
vdr-softdevice plugins, but it is not possible to use kvdr or xawtv
with these plugins, because they do not implement a v4l-device like
/dev/video0, they are more or less only software-decoders for the

> so either this bug is about documentation ("cannot find clues leading to
> be able to tell if this software is useful / can do the job i expect it
> to do") or it's about code ("it's broken").

Well, you are right, it seems that there is no note in the documentation
that you need a DVB-Card with mpeg-decoder to use the standard vdr
without plugins, i will add this to the package description and=20
README.Debian in the next release of the vdr-packages.

I also plan to add the xine-plugin to the official Debian-archive, but
this will not happen very soon, because at the moment it requires a
patched libxine, and i guess the maintainer of the libxine-package
will not include this patch (at least not before Sarge is released).

> ii  vdr-kbd                     1.2.6-1      Video Disk Recorder for DVB =


Is this the official vdrsion of the vdr-package? If yes, then it is
more than 11 months old, at the moment there is vdr 1.2.6-5 in testing
and unstable!


Thomas Schmidt

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