OHHH what an adventure. I found I'm using the cx8800 (or cx88xx?) Conextant chip. I created a cx8800.conf (or cx88xx.conf) file under /etc/modprobe.d and I've been using modprobe to remove and reload the cx8800 or cx88xx kernel modules and then checking dmesg for info. At one point a list of possible cards was presented and lo and behold Norwood Micro is on it at #54 for the card. I set that up in the .conf file I made (above) and dmesg reports modprobe (insmod) set the card on /dev/video0 using the v4l2 driver.
I get static! I can also change the static when I turn the vcr/tv button on and off on the vcr the cable signal goes through before the card. It changes, but it's still static.
Question 1: Is it my tuner that I need to play with or the card or both? I think I have the right card now but I've read on the net today someone had success with tuner 39, another with tuner 46. Any ideas what tuner # for an old Norwood Micro board or what range of tuners maybe?
Question 2: TvTime still won't even open or flashes so fast I don't see it. Zapping TV has been what I've been testing with. If I don't load the cx88'00' (no quotes), Zapping says it can't find anything on /dev/video0. But I've read elsewhere that it's the cx88'xx' I should be playing with. Any ideas? I'm going with cx8800 for now since Zapping likes it and I get "static" at least.
UPDATE: I GOT IT TO WORK! I used the following in my cx88xx.conf file that I created under /etc/modprobe.d/
Add these lines:
alias char-major-81 cx8800
options cx8800 video_nr=0 radio_nr=0
options cx88xx card=54 tuner=39
Then save the file and run "sudo modprobe -r cx8800" to unload the driver, then "sudo modprobe cx8800" to reload it. Run "dmesg" to view the results. It helps to run "dmesg -c" before you start to clear the log so the only entries will be from your reloading of the cx8800 module.
The missing key was I needed to set a channel in the TV software. Earlier I didn't see a non grayed-out way to do that. I think once the card was set though, that option may have opened up. I set it to US Cable-irc, clicked "import all channels" (again using Zapping tv). Zapping organizes the channels into blocks of 20 on the rt-click context menu. I can even use the remote to mute or change volume for it or the whole system depending on whether I use the soundcard mixer at /dev/mixer or the kernel sound at /dev/dsp. Just wish I could change channels with the remote hmmm....
Hope this helps someone. @GrumpyOldMan, I think you have the same card I do, these settings may work for you.
Last edited by Vandal73
on Sat Dec 05, 2009 3:48 am, edited 2 times in total.