[AG-TECH] IDS FALCONquattro with 64bit RHEL5

Fred Dech fdech at uchicago.edu
Wed Aug 26 18:07:11 CDT 2009

hi Doug,

while i was waiting to get root access on this capture machine, i sent
an email to IDS asking them about the bttv driver.
in their short reply was the sentence:
"i'm afraid the FALCONquattro is not compatible to the LINUX BTTV driver."

they referred me to the vendor in the US that had sold me the card,
1stVision.  "this isn't one of those TV cards.  it won't work with bttv.
you'll need to install the custom drivers.  go to our webpage and select
Eagle / Falcon linux drivers..."
i pointed out to my helpful rep that CARDLIST.bttv had an entry for the
IDS Eagle.  #93.  "well, your card is the PCI-E version so the reference
to the 32bit PCI Eagle probably won't do you any good.  i later got an
email back informing me that i was mistaken.  the Eagle in the list was
a different card.  not an IDS, but Eagle Capricorn2 #51.  ok...

sudo /sbin/rmmod bttv
sudo /sbin/modprobe bttv card=93,93,93,93

vic sees the card as an IDS Eagle and i have 4 working video streams
with V4L2.



On Mon, Aug 24, 2009 at 11:08AM, Douglas Kosovic wrote:
> Hi Fred,
> I think the issue is that the card isn't getting identified correctly by
> the bttv driver, so is probably falling back to a default setting which
> isn't applicable to your card. You would most likely also have the same
> issue with 32bit linux and that card.
> What card does vic say it is? You can also run 'dmesg' to see what card
> the bttv thinks it is.
> You could add a line in /etc/modprobe.conf to tell the bttv driver what
> card it is (i.e. card number values), much like with this quad input
> card:
>   http://www.accessgrid.org/node/1794
> the card number values can be found in the CARDLIST.bttv file here:
>    http://www.linuxtv.org/wiki/index.php/Bttv_devices_(bt848,_bt878)
> Doug
> > -----Original Message-----
> > From: ag-tech-bounces at lists.mcs.anl.gov [mailto:ag-tech-
> > bounces at lists.mcs.anl.gov] On Behalf Of Fred Dech
> > Sent: Sunday, 23 August 2009 12:55 AM
> > To: AG-Tech
> > Subject: [AG-TECH] IDS FALCONquattro with 64bit RHEL5
> > 
> > hello,
> > 
> > i've been trying to squeeze video out of this capture card into
> > vic or vlc or xawtv and getting nothing but blue-screens (vic),
> > black screens (vlc).  we're using the native bttv drivers.
> > 
> > one thing that totally slipped my mind until i was just now reviewing
> > the VideoProducerService.log is that we are running
> > 64bit RHEL5.  i recall expecting driver problems when i realized that
> > these would be 64bit system...
> > i've tried both the video4linux and video4linux2 drivers.
> > 
> > is anyone out there successfully using 64bit linux / drivers with
> > the FALCONquattro or similar card?
> > 
> > thanks very much.
> > 
> > --fred

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