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There is support for the Hauppauge WinTV-PVR series of cards in Freevo, especially the WinTV-PVR 250/350 cards have recently been getting a lot more attention. These cards have a hardware mpeg encoder, so they are perfectly for recording from analog input even if you have a weak CPU. Moreover the WinTV-PVR 350 has a TV-Out, which can be used to display Freevo on a TV.

IVTV Driver

The drivers for these cards are under active development (see http://ivtvdriver.org/index.php/Main_Page) and are part of the official kernel since version 2.6.22. In addition you need to install ivtv-utils. If you want to use the TV-Out of a PVR-350 with X11 you also need to install xorg-video-ivtv. For more information have a look at http://ivtvdriver.org/index.php/Download. If you have to install the driver from source, it basically boils down to:

PleaseUpdate: Put some info here, how to use and test the card without Freevo

Configuration of Freevo

Notes for the IVTV driver

With older versions of ivtv, you might get DMA errors. Possible causes:

The root cause is a buggy DMA engine and/or hardware of the cx23416. The Hauppauge PVR500 is actually the only card that seems to avoid this problem (mostly) due to the PCI bridge that seems to isolate the cx23416 from most PCI DMA issues.

2014-02-15 05:35