Pinnacle RAVE TV tuning problem

markzero mark at
Sat Mar 5 16:54:20 GMT 2005

> Hi!


> My Pinnacle PCTV Rave card (for the germ. market) is detected as
> follows:
>  kernel: bktr1: <BrookTree 878> mem 0xdfcfc000-0xdfcfcfff irq 10
>    at device 9.0 on pci0
>  kernel: bktr1: [GIANT-LOCKED]
>  kernel: bktr1: MT2032: Companycode=4d54 Part=04 Revision=04
>  kernel: bktr1: Pinnacle PCTV Rave, MT2032 tuner.

Hmm, I wonder why this card doesn't utilise the big giant lock...

> > The problem is: FreeBSD seems to know what the card is, it
> > also seems to know what the tuner is, but we can't get any
> > picture in motv (or any TV app for that matter). We are in
> > the UK, so the card is not NTSC and we've verified that the
> > aerial cables are fine. What could be the problem?
> >
> Did you try the various frequency areas (xawtv shows such a list)?

Yes, we've tried all of them.

> Setting a different tuner (by bypassing the auto detection) in
> sysctl hw.bt848... in /boot/loader.conf might help, too. E. g.:
>   hw.bt848.tuner=1

Ok, I set these according to bktr_tuner.h and bktr_card.h:


..but unfortunately this made no difference.

> > The card is supposed to be supported so I'm guessing that
> > this is just a configuration problem.
> >
> Maybe it is a new and unsupported tuner. You could ask Branko
> Lankester (branko at, who made my Pinnacle card supported.

I'm beginning to think it might be, I'll send Branko and email and
(hopefully) post a followup if we get it working.


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