Unidentifyable card

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tke240
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Unidentifyable card

Post by tke240 » Sat Dec 25, 2010 1:07 am

Hello all,

I am trying to setup a surveillance system for my parents, using some parts from their previous system. I have the card for video input that I can't figure out what it is. This makes it difficult to reference the hardware list that you guys have posted.

here are some pictures of it

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using the lspci command i got the output
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00:00.0 Host bridge: Intel Corporation 4 Series Chipset DRAM Controller (rev 03)
00:02.0 VGA compatible controller: Intel Corporation 4 Series Chipset Integrated Graphics Controller (rev 03)
00:1b.0 Audio device: Intel Corporation N10/ICH 7 Family High Definition Audio Controller (rev 01)
00:1c.0 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation N10/ICH 7 Family PCI Express Port 1 (rev 01)
00:1c.2 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation N10/ICH 7 Family PCI Express Port 3 (rev 01)
00:1d.0 USB Controller: Intel Corporation N10/ICH 7 Family USB UHCI Controller #1 (rev 01)
00:1d.1 USB Controller: Intel Corporation N10/ICH 7 Family USB UHCI Controller #2 (rev 01)
00:1d.2 USB Controller: Intel Corporation N10/ICH 7 Family USB UHCI Controller #3 (rev 01)
00:1d.3 USB Controller: Intel Corporation N10/ICH 7 Family USB UHCI Controller #4 (rev 01)
00:1d.7 USB Controller: Intel Corporation N10/ICH 7 Family USB2 EHCI Controller (rev 01)
00:1e.0 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 82801 PCI Bridge (rev e1)
00:1f.0 ISA bridge: Intel Corporation 82801GB/GR (ICH7 Family) LPC Interface Bridge (rev 01)
00:1f.2 IDE interface: Intel Corporation N10/ICH7 Family SATA IDE Controller (rev 01)
00:1f.3 SMBus: Intel Corporation N10/ICH 7 Family SMBus Controller (rev 01)
02:00.0 Ethernet controller: Broadcom Corporation NetLink BCM57788 Gigabit Ethernet PCIe (rev 01)
03:01.0 PCI bridge: Pericom Semiconductor PI7C8140A PCI-to-PCI Bridge
04:08.0 Multimedia video controller: Brooktree Corporation Bt878 Video Capture (rev 11)
04:08.1 Multimedia controller: Brooktree Corporation Bt878 Audio Capture (rev 11)
04:09.0 Multimedia video controller: Brooktree Corporation Bt878 Video Capture (rev 11)
04:09.1 Multimedia controller: Brooktree Corporation Bt878 Audio Capture (rev 11)
04:0a.0 Multimedia video controller: Brooktree Corporation Bt878 Video Capture (rev 11)
04:0a.1 Multimedia controller: Brooktree Corporation Bt878 Audio Capture (rev 11)
04:0b.0 Multimedia video controller: Brooktree Corporation Bt878 Video Capture (rev 11)
04:0b.1 Multimedia controller: Brooktree Corporation Bt878 Audio Capture (rev 11)
Specs:
Dell Vostro 230
2 gb RAM
Ubuntu 11.04

I haven't had that much experience with linux so sorry if this is a rookie post. Any help would be greatly appreciated! Happy Holidays!

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Post by Flash_ » Sat Dec 25, 2010 7:38 am

I'm not experienced with analogue stuff, but that looks like a four channel Bt878 card, which your distro appears to have correctly identified.

Have you tried simply plugging in a camera and trying to view /dev/video0 through /dev/video3 with video software? I think there's a fair chance it'll just work.

tke240
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Post by tke240 » Sun Dec 26, 2010 5:40 am

Thanks, you are correct it was a bt878 card and i was able to get it to work. A peculiar thing happened though while i was testing it out. It seems that video0, video1, video2 have all disappeared from /dev. The only thing I changed before this happened was the permissions to the Events folder. Is there any way to get /dev/video0, /dev/video1, etc. back?

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Post by kingofkya » Sun Dec 26, 2010 11:51 pm

it shouldent be effected by that do this.

ls /dev | grep video

to see if devices exists if they do then most likely zm can not write to the event folders check logs.


Also to reload the bttv driver

modprobe bttv

and you can see what happens after loading drivers by this comand
tail -f /var/log/messages

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Post by joako » Thu Dec 30, 2010 3:06 am

Probably your distribution is blocking it because its an unknown card.

Check in /etc/modprobe.d/ directory and see if there is any file called blacklists. This is what openSUSE does.

If you do modprobe bttv there will be a very long delay but it will load fine... hopefully.

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