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PostPosted: Mon Jun 05, 2006 7:46 am 
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Walked into Circuit City yesterday and find the WinTV PVR-150 on sale. Sweet. Time to try again (last time was with a Pinnacle Studio PC-TV Pro and a NVidia Ti4200)

System: Dual PIII mboard with 1 PIII 1Ghz CPU, 1.5GB Ram, 250GB IDE disk, Hauppage WinTV PVR-150, NVidia FX5500, Dlink G520 (atheros wifi), Intel pro/100 ethernet on motherboard. Network is a local lan with 192.168 addresses, non-routable with a Squid proxy connected to a wifi port. Additionally, wifi is setup with WEP, key 4 (though to date, I have yet to see one application actually setup a new WIFI connection correctly with WEP and a wepkey != 1, or to make it obvious how it should be setup)

Once I got the tuner hooked up on cable and got my Zap2It account setup, I went forward with the install.

First attempt:

Setup lan port, figure I can use the squid proxy. See nothing that indicates that it's working, find out nothing else is working. Restart.

* If I have a lan port with a static IP address, shouldn't the KnoppMyth installer query about a http/ftp proxy on the lan? In this case, if it did this, I would expect it to be able to download the latest NVIDIA driver at first reboot.

Second attempt:

Same thing, though I setup /etc/wgetrc to pickup the proxy before starting the installer. This works, but doesn't pickup the auto-update for the NVIDIA driver. Mess up the config with the tuner, and decide to start again

Third attempt:

Try wireless (ath0) several times, but can't find the right sequence to get KnoppMyth to use ath0 to connect to the AP using a WEP Key and a wepkey index of 4. If this can be done using the current interface, how about a nice example of how the config should look? Reinstall just to make sure several reboots didn't make the installer a bit wonky.

Fourth attempt:

Go back to setting up the wgetrc before the installer starts. While I'm at it, I test the waters with the ath0 interface and successfully am able to connect through the access point (all I need is an ESSID, encryption on/off, my encyrption key and the key index). Disable /etc/wgetrc since wifi is working. Get caught in /etc/network/interfaces setting up ath0 when the installer starts up (I figured I'd still have access to the xterm). Goes through the install and I forget that /etc/wgetrc is no longer proxied and I didn't finish the setup of the wifi for boot. Reboot gets messy but reconfigure the wifi to start on boot, and reboot and that comes up. Do a few configuration items, hit WATCH TV and am pleased with the fact that the Hauppage remote just works, though all I'm getting is static. A quick view of the FAQ for the PVR-150 says I might need to update the firmware and the ivtv software.

Read the wiki on updating PVR-150 and ivtv and run through that, as well as the information on the ivtv site. Find out that the ivtvfxextract.pl script won't work on
the later versions of the pvr_250_350 driver, so I punt and go back to the originals for that, but use the latest pvr_150_500 firmware. Recheck my work, and reboot.

Linux sees the updates and likes the tuner this time. However, my backend will not start. Try all the tricks from the wiki I can find, and nothing works. The backend just will not start (or stay running). Give up for the night.

So to recap, my issues during the install that I think need attention:

1) if lan is local/static, or otherwise might require an http/ftp proxy, ask for one and use it (ie update to NVIDIA drivers, guide updates, etc)

2) if wan, make it possible for those of us using WEP and a wep key != 1 be able to bring up wifi. (Comments about ineffectiveness of WEP ignored. I have other OS's which don't support WPA, and WEP is my only option currently. Better WEP than open).

despite the problems, I'm thinking deep thoughts about getting another PVR-150 to have TV in my office, while this one will take it's place next to my Cable box (Can't believe the luck of having the PVR-150 now including an IR blaster...)


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