[linux-dvb] dvb trouble with the pinnacle 300i (mt352)

Ralph Metzler rjkm at metzlerbros.de
Fri Apr 22 01:10:39 CEST 2005

Rainer Schubert writes:
 > On Wed, 20 Apr 2005, Alexander Macdonald wrote:
 > > Hi
 > Hi Alex and the list,
 > > I recently got a pinnacle 300i analog/digital pci tv card and I've been
 > > trying to get it to work reliably. I can receive all the channels but
 > > the display is full of artifacts and after maybe 10-30 seconds
 > > mplayer(or xine) just cuts out. I've seen a number of threads which have
 > > similar problems with the following:
 > >
 > > mt352_read_register: readreg error (reg=1, ret==-5)
 > >
 > > showing up in the dmesg output. I've upgraded to the 1.11 firmware using
 > > windows, that helped a lot but not enough. I'm currently running
 > > with the latest patch from bytesex
 > > (http://dl.bytesex.org/patches/2.6.11-2/All-2.6.11.diff.gz)#
 > I am using the video4linux archive from 
 > http://dl.bytesex.org/cvs-snapshots/video4linux-20050403-221421.tar.gz
 > with kernel 2.6.10 and the kaffeine video player version 0.6-cvs from
 > http://kaffeine.sourceforge.net/
 > I have got the same audio/video glitches that you report, but they have
 > become less frequent since I use kaffeine as a player.
 > > Is this a problem that people are trying to fix or have I just bought a
 > > crap card? I got the pinnacle to replace my Nova-T (which could receive
 > > channels just fine) because it has analog as well.
 > In fact people already have tried to fix these problems...
 > If you have a look at the code for the mt352 chip (in mt352.c) you will
 > find some options commented /* Pinnacle */ that should be activated to
 > make them work.
 > IMHO there are some small timing differences for the mt352 on the PCTV
 > 300i board from other boards that use the same chip.

Then this should go into the pinnacle driver code. Maybe mt352.c
should either give the whole "tuning buf" to the pll code,
not just the pll part, or make the acq_ctl configurable like adc_clock.
Writing to pllbuf[-5] (which I also need to do for another card) is kind 
of awkward.


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