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no bttv for Pico video capture card in Ubuntu 8.10 
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Post no bttv for Pico video capture card in Ubuntu 8.10
after upgrading Ubuntu to 8.10 (Intrepid) my so named "Pico-card" (in Zoneminder-Wiki) disappeared from dmesg. There is no "bttv" at all any more. That's all about the card in dmesg:
Code:
[    0.697858] PCI: 0000:01:00.0 reg 10 32bit mmio: [de000000, deffffff]
[    0.697868] PCI: 0000:01:00.0 reg 14 32bit mmio: [d0000000, d7ffffff]
[    0.697895] PCI: 0000:01:00.0 reg 30 32bit mmio: [dfdf0000, dfdfffff]
....
[    2.041795] pci 0000:01:00.0: Boot video device

and lspci says:
Code:
02:0d.0 Multimedia video controller: Brooktree Corporation Bt879(??) Video Capture (rev 11)
02:0d.1 Multimedia controller: Brooktree Corporation Bt878 Audio Capture (rev 11)

How can I tell Unbuntu, that there is a card that used to work in Gutsy?

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Sun Nov 30, 2008 10:32 pm
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It is is a 4 port single chip card, try this in the options file.
Code:
options bttv gbuffers=32 card=77 tuner=4 radio=0 coring=1 full_luma_range=1 chroma_agc=1 combfilter=1 autoload=0 triton1=0 vsfx=0


Mon Dec 01, 2008 5:08 am
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I inserted your line in a new file bttv in /etc/modprobe.d/

But still the same:
nothing about bttv in dmesg
the same two lines in lspci

the system does almost not recognize, that there is a video capture card. How can I tell the system about the card?
As far as I know is bttv contained in the 2.26-10 kernel. Or will I have to add it?

help!

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Boot a Gutsy Live CD and see what dmesg says... This could be a Hardy issue. (It has a lot)


Tue Dec 02, 2008 9:30 pm
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Lee Sharp wrote:
Boot a Gutsy Live CD and see what dmesg says... This could be a Hardy issue. (It has a lot)


The system running now is Intrepid (8.10). I started a Gutsy (7.10) Live CD and it says:
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[  108.398434] bttv: driver version 0.9.17 loaded
[  108.398441] bttv: using 8 buffers with 2080k (520 pages) each for capture
[  108.475751] bt878: AUDIO driver version 0.0.0 loaded
[  108.475847] bt878: Bt878 AUDIO function found (0).
[  108.475881] ACPI: PCI Interrupt 0000:02:0d.1[A] -> GSI 21 (level, low) -> IRQ 20
[  108.475892] bt878_probe: card id=[0x0], Unknown card.
[  108.475894] Exiting..
[  108.475900] ACPI: PCI interrupt for device 0000:02:0d.1 disabled
[  108.475908] bt878: probe of 0000:02:0d.1 failed with error -22


There's nothing like that in Intrepid dmesg ...

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Tue Dec 02, 2008 11:08 pm
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Odd... Try Ubuntu forums, and launchpad to bug the non-detection. Another regression in Ubuntu. PM me if you need help with this process. In the mean time, Gutsy works! :D


Wed Dec 03, 2008 6:04 pm
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Lee Sharp wrote:
It is is a 4 port single chip card, try this in the options file.
Code:
options bttv gbuffers=32 card=77 tuner=4 radio=0 coring=1 full_luma_range=1 chroma_agc=1 combfilter=1 autoload=0 triton1=0 vsfx=0


Lee / Anybody, I'm new to Zoneminder and Linux...where / how do i set these options?

Thanks


Sat Dec 13, 2008 1:09 pm
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Can vary slightly.

If you have an /etc/modules.conf add it there.

If you have a /etc/modprobe.d/ folder add it to a file called bttv in that folder (file can be called what you want too...)

You might have an update-modules command to refresh them, or just restart.


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I tried everything and I think it's not possible to get ZM running with Ubuntu 8.10 with the so named "Pico" (=cheap ebay) cards.
I will just install the three years old life CD and hope I will be able to fix all security issues since 2006.

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Lee Sharp wrote:
This could be a Hardy issue. (It has a lot)


I can't speak for Hardy, but 8.10 (Ibex) is pretty flawless for me with these cards. I have two working in one box - I've done nothing magic and I'm quite happy to output anything that would be useful to anyone.


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Really I have no problems with hardy. I have seen a lot more with 8.10 since it's release, seems now the forum is getting flooded with 8.10 bttv issues all of a sudden.


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I haven't found a way to tell Ubuntu Feisty about my card=77. It simply was not able to use my video capture card. Now I have found a 1.23 live CD (the links in Wiki about "live CD" lead to the download. The links in "download" have only an old 1.22 version. I think I might get used to Madriva Linux, especially as it's not so much work any more, after the system is running.

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cordel wrote:
Really I have no problems with hardy. I have seen a lot more with 8.10 since it's release, seems now the forum is getting flooded with 8.10 bttv issues all of a sudden.


Cordel, do you have the so named "Pico" card (cheap chinese ebay)? Hardy has the same new structure with modprobe as 8.10. How did you tell Hardy about card=77 ? I haven't found a way in Intrepid.

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Both are set the same way.

Create a file in /etc/modprobe.d name it anything you want.
ie.
name a file capturecards.
Code:
vim /etc/modprobe.d/capturecards


Insert your option line.
Code:
options bttv card=77


save the file and either unload and reload bttv or reboot the system.


Mon Jan 19, 2009 3:22 am
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cordel wrote:
Create a file in /etc/modprobe.d name it anything you want.
ie.
name a file capturecards.
Code:
vim /etc/modprobe.d/capturecards


Insert your option line.
Code:
options bttv card=77


save the file and either unload and reload bttv or reboot the system.


I tried it this way but my problem is: in dmesg there is nothing about bttv. Not before and not after the line in modprobe.d. Intrepid just seems not to recognize the ebay-card at all. In Gutsy it had not been a problem.

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