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Lirc Round Two

Do you collect miscellaneous computer parts? Sometimes they actually come in handy! I found a HP eHome transceiver in my bin and hooked it up to the server and I now have 2 set top boxes firing again. It relieves some of the familial pressure, but I need to get all four set top boxes in rotation. Fortunately most of the recorded programming is OTA high definition, though.

I did receive a response back from CommandIR this morning, and I responded with an invitation to work together over the phone, irc, instant messaging, chat and any other form of real time communication I could think of. Let’s see if they respond favorably.


Trouble with CommandIR

Unfortunately my Command IR II Internal has decided to go on the fritz. I have been working, VERY SLOWLY, with the CommandIR support person who will only deal via email even though I have called in as well.

In order to troubleshoot this problem I have installed multiple versions of Linux distributions and followed their instructions to the letter. I am now in search of another IR Blaster which doesn’t have SLOW or poor support options. This is a drastic difference compared to the comments they sent me last year when I purchased the unit and posted about it on this blog.

Linux HD PVR drivers now merged to V4L-DVB Tree

Janne’s HD PVR driver has been merged into the V4L-DVB tree. This means it will go into the mainline kernel and into distros as they are updated. Thanks to Janne and all the testers for their work in getting the device to a usable state! The release notes are below.

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Hello there, it’s been a while..

Hi there blogosphere, I am sorry I haven’t posted in a while. Things have, as of late, been running really well with SageTV but there’s been quite a few changes.

SageTV is in RC stages of its 6.5 version of the product. The biggest change for this version is the addition of their new HD-200 product support. This device is capable of playing back internet, local network, and SageTV fed content at resolutions of up to 1080p via component or HDMI. The internet and local aspects do not require the use of SageTV’s server component. I’ll go into more detail in a separate post. My home setup now has 6 HD extenders for watching TV. I recently removed my last PC being used for playback.

Aside from firmware issues which plague Windows users as well, my HDPVR has been running well in Linux. This device allows you to capture TV from component outputs up to 1080i on your cable or sat provider set top box. There are a few minor things to tweak when building the drivers. I will go into more detail, you guessed it, in a separate post.

HVR-1600 drivers have never been better! I use 3 of these PCI cards to capture OTA HD signals and standard definition cable box channels. I’ll cover recent changes in a separate post shortly. If you have this card, you’ll want to do a pull from v4l-dvb’s mercurial!

Lastly, in the next few days I will be setting up a method to automatically convert my favorite TV shows to iPod Touch format and mark chapters at commercial break points. The TV shows will be downloaded into iTunes via an RSS feed from a server on my local network. I’ll document the process and provide the scripts make this work.

Thanks for reading!


Conversion to ArchLinux 64 bit

Over the weekend I decided to migrate from Ubuntu 64-bit to ArchLinux 64-bit. My reasoning was fairly simple. ArchLinux is designed to be a Linux distro which only includes what you need to run and you add on what you want to run.

My server sits in a dark room in the basement and all management is carried out via SSH on the console. As such I don’t make use of X, KDE/Gnome, and other packages. I also don’t want all of it installed for me either. When I finished the total footprint for the install was only 460MB!

The problem with running 64-bit is that SageTV is a 32-bit program. You need to install required 32-bit libraries for the application to function. Suffice it to say there is a solution and all the juicy details are after the break.


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CommandIR II takes the cake

And changes channels flawlessly! As I have mentioned earlier I originally had an IguanaIR device which was billed as 4 IR blasting capable ports. I could never get it to work with more than 2 devices and their support was terrible.

I purchased the CommandIR II, and installed it in an available USB header port on the motherboard. A pull from lirc cvs, a quick compile of the driver (make sure to choose CommandIR under USB devices) had me up and running in no time. I am still using a tuning plugin written by a fellow SageTVer, with a script I wrote to perform the channel changes. All is working great. –b

HD-PVR driver in Linux updated to support AC3

The development tree for the Hauppauge HD-PVR driver in Linux was recently updated to include AC3 support for the device.

“Adds support for AC3 as audio codec. Only available with firmware released
in August 2008.”

This suggests the new driver/firmware has been released but it is not locateable on Hauppauge web site. It should be immenent though. Looks like it is time to re-compile the driver! Point your Mercurial tools here for a clone.

HD-PVR/HVR-1600 32-bit Compatibility fixed!

User trueno on the SageTV forums posted this patch which adds full ioctl support for a 32-bit software package running with these 64-bit drivers in Linux. If you have both devices like I do, I would suggest the following implementation:

  1. ~#>hg clone
  2. ~#>cd hdpvr
  3. ~#>hg pull
  4. ~#>hg merge
  5. ~#>hg commit
  6. ~#>wget -O
  7. ~#>unzip sage64.patch
  8. ~#>cat sage64.patch | patch -p1
  9. ~#>hg merge
  10. ~#>hg commit
  11. ~#>make menuconfig #select/deselect the options
  12. ~#>make
  13. ~#>sudo make install
  14. ~#>sudo reboot

Have fun. In testing HVR-1600s do not throw dmesg errors and I haven’t hooked the hd-pvr back up to Linux yet –b

Goodbye iguanaIR, hello CommandIR II

After becoming very frustrated with the lack of support from IguanaWorks, I have decided to replace their device with the internal unit from CommandIR.

The Iguana device had been working great when I was running 2 tuners. After adding the 3rd tuner/DCT700 cable box to the mix, I could not get it to work. I opened a ticket with Iguana and I get the impression my issue is not high enough on their priority list to address. As a result I would NOT recommend this company to anyone to do business with.

Stay tuned for CommandIR feedback. I selected their new internal version and am looking forward to the install. I need to have all my tuners operational before the kickoff of the new TV season!


HD-PVR Drivers for Linux

Today is pretty exciting. Janne Grunau has posted his driver source for the new HD-PVR in linux. Now the question is, will I risk WAF points for testing bleeding edge? What do you think 😉


Check out it out via Mercurial at