Media players crash on HTPC

Carl Youngblood carl at
Sat Aug 26 15:58:24 MDT 2006

Update: after removing one of the pchdtv cards and the wintv 401 card
I'm still experiencing the same lock ups.  So I think the lockups are
probably not due to a conflict between cards, but rather some problem
in the pchdtv driver or something.

Has anybody here gotten one of these pchdtv cards working?


On 8/26/06, Carl Youngblood <carl at> wrote:
> I'm trying to set up a MythTV box on Ubuntu Dapper Drake.  I've got
> two pcHDTV 5500 cards and one WinTV 401 card (mainly for its IR
> remote).  I can get channels on the pcHDTV cards and record the mpeg
> streams to disk.  Before I installed the pcHDTV cards I could also
> watch analog TV with the WinTV 401 card with tvtime.  Now when I try
> to load tvtime or xine-hd or mplayer to try to play an mpeg stream or
> watch TV they cause my system to lock up.  Sometimes I can still move
> the mouse around, and sometimes I see a window blank out as if it's
> trying to update, and there is often still disk activity, but
> otherwise the system is completely unresponsive and requires a hard
> reset.
> I think that there is some conflict between the analog devices on the
> pcHDTV cards and the wintv 401, but I have no idea how to diagnose the
> problem.  I have a good amount of linux experience but not with
> drivers and hardware.
> Any suggestions?
> Thanks,
> Carl

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