This may turn into a pretty long post trying to explain the problem I am up against.
The short version:
My new HD-PVR (ver f2) has bad resolution. With 720p component input cat/dev/videoX looks like this:
I get the same picture quality regardless of the input signal resolution (yes, the picture size changes, but the picture quality is always like the pic above)
Tried newest drivers and firmware, and all the v4l2-ctl commands I could find. On it's own usb bus, and very solid. No matter what resolution I throw at it, it looks like the above pic.
The long version:
I have a fresh 12.04 64bit 3.2.0-24-generic install. (When I started, I was on a 11.10 64 bit system and had the exact same problem)
An old pvr-350 analog tuner died, so I did a little research and decided on a HD-PVR to replace it. I am in Japan, so I am limited in my choices of input devices. I am recording the component out of my cable box Panasonic tz-dch820. The component is from a d-terminal (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/D-Terminal) to component adapter cable.
I opened the HD-pvr, and plugged it into a windows machine to test it out. I installed the newest 1.7.1 firmware and it ran great. No problems at all. (So from this I am thinking cables are OK)
Plug it into Ubuntu, and the driver isn't loaded. I do lsusb, and find:
Bus 001 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0002 Linux Foundation 2.0 root hub
Bus 002 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0002 Linux Foundation 2.0 root hub
Bus 003 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0001 Linux Foundation 1.1 root hub
Bus 004 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0001 Linux Foundation 1.1 root hub
Bus 005 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0001 Linux Foundation 1.1 root hub
Bus 006 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0001 Linux Foundation 1.1 root hub
Bus 007 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0001 Linux Foundation 1.1 root hub
Bus 008 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0001 Linux Foundation 1.1 root hub
Bus 001 Device 003: ID 05e3:0608 Genesys Logic, Inc. USB-2.0 4-Port HUB
Bus 002 Device 002: ID 2040:4983 Hauppauge
Bus 005 Device 002: ID 04e6:511a SCM Microsystems, Inc.
Bus 001 Device 004: ID 046d:c52b Logitech, Inc. Unifying Receiver
Bus 001 Device 005: ID 0471:0815 Philips (or NXP) eHome Infrared Receiver
* Originally, the HD-PVR was on the same USB bus as other devices, but I read that can cause problems, so I isolated it on its own bus.
*Not using hd-pvr ir blaster, I am using a separate usb ir receiver/blaster. Tried unplugging it, but got same result.
The ID 2040:4983 is not recognized by the driver. I guess the driver doesn't support it yet.
So I think, I am sure I can beat this... (a month later, I am here looking for help )
I don't have links for everything I read and tried, but here is a little list:
1) Grab newest HD-PVR Linux driver and add the USB ID to two files before compiling. Compile and install the hd-pvr driver. This seems to work, I can load the driver with modprobe, but as soon as I plug in the device I get a long error in dmesg that talks about my mother board and such, I get the same error if I don't add the USB ID to the driver, and simply load it using the method below. I also have a pt1 DVB tuner that the newest linux drivers don't work on, so I was just compiling and installing hd-pvr (all other choices=n).
here is a snippit of dmesg when the device is plugged in with the newest kernel driver:
[ 202.959396] WARNING: at /build/buildd/linux-3.2.0/drivers/media/video/v4l2-dev.c:559 __video_register_device+0x441/0x4e0 [videodev]()
[ 202.959398] Hardware name: Blitz Extreme
[ 202.959400] Modules linked in: hdpvr(O) mceusb bnep rfcomm bluetooth parport_pc ppdev vesafb snd_hda_codec_analog nvidia(P) snd_hda_intel snd_hda_codec ir_lirc_codec snd_hwdep lirc_dev snd_pcm ir_mce_kbd_decoder ir_sony_decoder snd_seq_midi snd_rawmidi ir_jvc_decoder snd_seq_midi_event snd_seq joydev ir_rc6_decoder snd_timer bttv i2c_algo_bit ir_rc5_decoder snd_seq_device videobuf_dma_sg videobuf_core ir_nec_decoder snd btcx_risc rc_core tveeprom hid_logitech_dj v4l2_common earth_pt1 dvb_core asus_atk0110 serio_raw soundcore videodev snd_page_alloc v4l2_compat_ioctl32 shpchp mac_hid lp parport firewire_ohci firewire_core skge crc_itu_t pata_jmicron sky2 floppy usbhid hid
[ 202.959435] Pid: 23, comm: khubd Tainted: P O 3.2.0-24-generic #39-Ubuntu
[ 202.959437] Call Trace:
2) Use stock kernel driver and get the USB ID loaded this way: http://www.ha19.no/usb/
This seems to work. If I do:
sudo modprobe hdpvr
sudo echo 2040 4983 > /sys/bus/usb/drivers/hdpvr/new_id
Then plug in the device. /dev/videoX is created, and I can use the device like normal. I do have the color saturation problems, but the help here gets the colors fixed. However, no matter what resolution I throw at it, the picture is like the link above. The only way I can describe it is the resolution looks terrible.
3) 3.4 beta kernel - same results
4) Tried the older 1.5.7 firmware, and got the same results with both 3.2 and 3.4 kernels
5) Tried all inputs (video and audio) on hd-pvr - same results
Does anyone have any suggestions for me to try to get it to work?
Is there an appropriate mailing list for hd-pvr driver specific questions?
Should I just burn the hd-pvr with fire and cancel my cable?