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Re: [mythtv-users] Firewire unstable. Tom Bongiorno Tue Feb 21 11:00:29 2012

On Tue, Feb 21, 2012 at 12:02 PM, Aaron <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> wrote:

>
> On Tue, Feb 21, 2012 at 9:32 AM, Aaron Russell <[EMAIL PROTECTED]>wrote:
>
>> Hello
>> I have firewire set up to my motorolla qip7100-2 cable box on fios.
>> I had recently moved and ended up with a new cable box(same model but
>> must be
>> later manufacture date)
>> Firewire worked beautifully on my old box before i moved. Now with this
>> new box
>> its really flakey.
>>
>> Someitmes i can watch live tv off it for hours. Sometimes i can record my
>> shows.
>> Most of the time it doesnt work. When i try to use firewire tester i get
>> this
>> error.
>> You may need to manually set the channel on the receiving node.
>> Failed (sync failed)
>> P2P: Testing...libiec61883 warning: Failed to allocate bandwidth.
>>
>>
>> It also takes me forever to get the box working again after this. Turn off
>> computer and cable box. Unplug firewire and power form cable for about 2
>> minutes
>> then boot computer and cable box back up. then reconnect firewire.
>> This only sometimes fixes it.
>>
>> Also what i thought was weird i cant set any options using plugctl.
>> I try to set it to p2p for broadcast and it never sets. Gives me no error
>> but
>> plugreport doesn't show it changed.
>>
>> Also channel changing Via 6200 script works everytime.
>>
>> So my questions are these.
>> 1. Anyone know why i cant set any options via plugctl? This could be
>> related but
>> i have no idea.
>> 2. The firewire card is a via chipset. Is it worth trying to buy a TI
>> based
>> one? Could that be the cause of my all of a sudden flakyness?
>> 3. Should i try to get fios to give me a new cable box and hope the new
>> one is
>> better?
>> 4. I also have a pvr150 in the mythtv but i believe its dying because i
>> get
>> really crappy quality from it. The cable box is only 10% of my recording
>> so what
>> are my other option. I dont want to spend much because its such a small
>> amount
>> of recordings.
>>
>>
>> Thanks for any help you can give.
>>
>> Aaron.
>>
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>> This is just a shot in the dark, but are you running 64-bit? I tried 64
> bit and could never get it stable, 32-bit has been running perfect for 3
> years. I'm also running FiOS with a qip7100-2. Here are my notes;
> http://www.maistech.net/2009/11/mythbuntu-firewire-channel-and.html
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I was using 32-bit and could only get Firewire generally "stable" on one
machine of the 8-10 that I tried over the years.  I even exchanged cable
boxes many times.  It didn't matter what OS and MythTV versions that I used.

-Tom
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