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Old 01-20-04, 04:31 PM   #1
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Exclamation NVIDIA Personal Cinema FX 5200

I have just purchased an NVIDIA Personal Cinema FX 5200. I would like to use this to create a PVR. What drivers do I need to do this? Do the drivers I am looking for exists? What is the experience of others doing this?

Thanks in Advance for your help!

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Old 01-21-04, 06:47 AM   #2
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Card's philips 7174HL tuner is not supported under linux. Try emailing to NVidia, perhaps they wake up when enough people keep on sending email.

The FX5200 side: I am using 1.0-4496 drivers, works fine with 2.4.24 kernel and both 4.2/4.3 XFree86. Haven't tried the VI-part of the VIVO, video out to TV works. With 2.6.0 kernel my system was unstable (i845 chipset) with NVidia kernel module (even the patched version, check http://www.minion.de/nvidia.html ).
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Old 01-21-04, 07:27 AM   #3
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Tvin and stuff like that is not really an Nvidia feature but something card makers added. There's a project called rivatv at http://rivatv.sf.net that has reverse engineered some windows drivers to figure out how to "talk" to the tvin/tvtuner chips. Using their drivers you might get everything working but rivatv might be slow and it doesn't like nvidia's drivers much.
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Old 01-22-04, 08:06 AM   #4
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Thanks for the rivatv link!

Rivatv seems to contain drivers for 7108, 7111 and 7113 (plus some variants). Seems to recognize the FX500 PCI dev ID, I'll give it a shot.

MSI's 8918 Personal Cinema card has Philips SAA7174HL, most propably for tuner control and VI-part. See picture in
http://www.digit-life.com/articles2/msi-8918/
For example XP drivers and sw bundle use Philip's teletext (text tv) application.

To make things complicated FX-series contains TV-out on the FX chip itself. I do not know if the FX part or Philips chip is used to produce the tv out on personal cinema cards.
NVidia X-driver has tv-out option, and it seems to work.

Found these:
http://mjpeg.sourceforge.net/driver-zoran/cards.php
has SAA7174 support. Typo, must mean 7114.
http://sourceforge.net/mailarchive/f...&forum_id=4201

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Old 01-25-04, 08:44 AM   #5
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More on FX5200 personal cinema HW:
http://www.anandtech.com/video/showdoc.html?i=1938&p=2
and Anand site containing link to
http://www.microtune.com/products/MT2050_Series.html
The tv tuner is Microtune mt2050, i2c controllable device.

l4v in 2.6.1, patched, has now support for MT2050 tuner,
http://lkml.org/lkml/2004/1/15/43
alas SAA7174 support missing, tuner control is there.
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