Configure PixelView for PAL-N TV standard

C Caldwell cvcaldwell at
Thu Aug 31 18:22:31 UTC 2006

On Thu, Aug 31, 2006 at 12:04:22AM +0000, Carmen Chase wrote:
> Dear Gentlemen
> We have a pixel view playTV Mpeg-2 PCI card and run
> PC-BSD 1.2 on a P-4 machine.
> Went through the manual step by step but couldn't get
> a display with any program.
> Added the line
> bktr_load="YES"
> to /boot/loader.conf
> yet the dmesg.boot indicates:
> bktr0: <BrookTree 878> mem 0xdf000000-0xdf000fff irq
> 22 at device 10.0 on pci2
> bktr0: [GIANT-LOCKED]
> bktr0: Warning - card vendor 0x1554 (model 0x4011)
> unknown.
> bktr0: Pinnacle/Miro TV, Temic PAL I tuner.
> pci2: <multimedia> at device 10.1 (no driver attached)
> Per manual, tried
> PCBSD# sysctl hw.bt848.card=20
> hw.bt848.card: 16 -> 20
> and also
> PCBSD# sysctl hw.bt848.tuner=2
> hw.bt848.tuner: -1 -> 2
> Any tips/suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

I have had success using the ALPS_TSBH1 tuner of the bktr driver

    sysctl hw.bt848.tuner=13

My hw.bt848.card value was set at -1, I didn't change it.

Using fxtv, I was able to receive video through the
"composite" and "S-Video" inputs. This worked regardless of
tuner setting.
After setting the tuner, I was able to receive signal from
television station broadcasts (also in fxtv).

I was using it with FreeBSD-6.1 release. I don't know anything
about PC-BSD, so I hope my information at least gets you a little
closer to something functional.

The full description of my card is:
  Prolink PixelView PlayTV MPEG2

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