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Thread: Prolink remote problems

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Oct 2007

    Prolink remote problems


    Mythbuntu (7.10).
    Hardware : P4 2.0ghz 512 MB ram Geforce 440 64 mb 60 hdd

    All seems to be well except I cannot get the remote to work.
    It's a Pixelview PlayTV MPEG2 (pv - M4900) card and remote combo.
    The files /home/user1/.lircrc and /home/user1/.mythtv/lircrc is both there and they look both correct.
    I started irw to see if anything comes up but no response
    ps -ef shows /usr/sbin/lircd --driver=dev/input

    I have in /dev/input :
    ls -alrt
    total 0
    crw-rw---- 1 root root 13, 32 2007-10-24 21:03 mouse0
    crw-rw---- 1 root root 13, 63 2007-10-24 21:03 mice
    crw-rw---- 1 root root 13, 65 2007-10-24 21:03 event1
    crw-rw---- 1 root root 13, 64 2007-10-24 21:03 event0
    crw-rw---- 1 root root 13, 33 2007-10-24 21:03 mouse1
    crw-rw---- 1 root root 13, 66 2007-10-24 21:03 event2
    crw-rw---- 1 root root 13, 67 2007-10-24 21:03 event3
    drwxr-xr-x 2 root root 120 2007-10-24 21:03 by-path
    crw-rw---- 1 root root 13, 69 2007-10-24 21:03 event5
    crw-rw---- 1 root root 13, 68 2007-10-24 21:03 event4
    drwxr-xr-x 3 root root 240 2007-10-24 21:03 .
    drwxr-xr-x 12 root root 14120 2007-10-24 21:03 ..

    I have only the following file in /dev in regards to lirc
    srw-rw-rw- 1 root root 0 2007-10-24 21:03 lircd

    The layout in /etc/lirc/lircd.conf file is spot on for the remote that it is for - I don't know about the rest of the info.

    Here is the hardware.conf which doesn't tell me much on where what is :
    user1@user1-desktop:/etc/lirc$ more hardware.conf
    # /etc/lirc/hardware.conf
    #Chosen Remote Control
    REMOTE="Pixelview PlayTV MPEG2"

    # Arguments which will be used when launching lircd

    #Don't start lircmd even if there seems to be a good config file

    #Try to load appropriate kernel modules

    # Run "lircd --driver=help" for a list of supported drivers.
    # If DEVICE is set to /dev/lirc and devfs is in use /dev/lirc/0 will be
    # automatically used instead

    # Default configuration files for your hardware if any

    The lircmd.conf file is unconfigured.

    I cannot find any file called lircd.conf.playtv_pro - should that maybe be the file /etc/lirc/lircd.conf ?

    Anybody have a few Ideas I can try.
    This is by far the closest I have come to having the remote installed. I have knoppmyth and mythdora but no luck on either.


  2. #2
    Join Date
    Oct 2007

    Re: Prolink remote problems

    Ok Progress....
    I found some further info:
    I created a entry in /etc/modules called bttv and in /etc/modprobe.d created a file called bttv with the entry :
    options bttv card=139 tuner=44 radio=1 ( i also tried tuner 69 and no noticable difference)

    I scanned 4 channels which is about the few free to air channels you can get here.
    I can change the channel by watching tv and then selecting the channel using the numbers on the remote.
    Navigation using the CH+ or CH- in the menu's or changing channel, volume, etc does not work.
    Running irw I can see the numbers of the remote nothiing else.

    I also had no sound - when I pulled the card to see what the tuner is ( ymec tvf88t5-b/dff) I noticed pins on the card audio out and audio in - I plugged the CD sound cable into the audio out and now I have sound although it does not stop when I exit the Watching TV menu - it keeps on playing even whilst making config changes - only stops if I reboot.

    There has been mention of things like alias char-major-81 i2c-dev in the modules
    Anybody that can give me a easy explanation of what that means and what does that influence in regards to the tv card and or remote

    I am now of to look at the remote's conf file

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Oct 2005
    Austin, TX
    Ubuntu Development Release

    Re: Prolink remote problems

    You need to modify your DEVICE="" line as described here:

    Just modify the line and restart lirc.

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Oct 2007

    Re: Prolink remote problems

    Thanks for the reply.

    I have tried as suggested but no go.
    My devices files looks like this :
    I: Bus=0001 Vendor=109e Product=036e Version=0001
    N: Name="bttv IR (card=139)"
    P: Phys=pci-0000:02:0d.0/ir0
    S: Sysfs=/class/input/input4
    U: Uniq=
    H: Handlers=kbd event4
    B: EV=100003
    B: KEY=2c0814 100004 0 0 0 4 2008000 2090 2001 1e0000 4400 0 ffc

    So the handler seems to different - I have tried /dev/input/event4, but nothing works then ( I think I just might try that agin to be doubly sure)

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Oct 2007

    Re: Prolink remote problems

    scratch the previous post - I ran the command as is on the webiste and it seems to be working - I will have a look at the config file supplied and the new one created

    Thanks heaps


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