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PostPosted: Sun Aug 15, 2004 11:06 pm    Post subject: lirc and winfast 2000 xp deluxe tv card Reply with quote

Hi I am currently in the process of installing my tv tuner. I got bttv working with tvtime. But now I am working on the remote. I downgraded kernel to 2.6.5-gentoo in order to use the lirc patch. I have successfully loaded my remotes module lirc_gpio. But now, I need to emerge lirc and have it configure the driver for lirc_gpio. (NOTE: when you just type emerge lirc, it installes the serial driver by default.) How can I change that and is this going to work with this kernel?

Any other tips on lirc greatly aprreciated.
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 16, 2004 1:50 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

for some unfortuante reason the portage LIRC never worked for me with the same remote as yours. I cannot remember the exact syntax but I did emerge it with the gpio driver...

Have no fear, I installed the cvs version and it works perfectly.
I'll give you some instructions on how to do it. Some points to note.

you NO LONGER need to patch the kernel! So upgrade your kernel if you please...the cvs version of lirc builds the modules for you and the software. Nice and easy :)

1. emerge cvs (if you haven't got it)
2. YOU MUST DO THIS STEP, just enter it in a terminal. We want to use these versions of autoconf and automake as other versions may fail. Gentoo has multiple versions some times so this his how we select it
Code:

export WANT_AUTOCONF=2.13
export WANT_AUTOMAKE=1.5


3. follow the instructions here: http://www.lirc.org/cvs.html

when you run the setup script it has a "menuconfig" interface, simply select TV tuner, and our tv2000xp card!

Save and exit and it runs configure for you. Then make, and as root, make install.

then modprobe lirc_gpio to load the driver. Add the lirc_gpio into your /etc/modules/autoload.d/kernel-2.6 and start the lircd by the following command
/usr/local/sbin/lircd

I add that into /etc/conf.d/local_start so its starts at boot up

I hvae a bunch of nice scripts that give on screen display so you can select the app you want to control! PM me your email addy if you want this.

Remember the above doesn't require patching of te kernel so you a later version of the kernel if you prefer
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 18, 2004 1:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

thank you so very much! it worked...but now I need to work with the permissions involved.

I read on the site about chmod 666 /dev/lircd...and I did it, but I still get the following:

Code:
$ /usr/local/sbin/lircd
lircd 0.7.0-CVS: could not delete /dev/lircd
Permission denied


Its very peculiar. I have found a way around this though, I can run lircd as root and then flip back to my user name and everything works. I just need a way to start lircd at boot (or with kde).
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 19, 2004 1:00 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

lircd must be started as root.
I have edited:

/etc/conf.d/local.start
and have this in there

Code:

# start up the remote control d (CVS)
/usr/local/sbin/lircd


It should now start on start up.

You also need to run irexec as the user who wishes "use" the remote, it catches events from lircd and converts them to actions such as opening programs. A forum member deviced a way to automatically start this application when you login (only if its not running) and if its running then its not started :) You will find the info on the second last post http://forums.gentoo.org/viewtopic.php?t=198201
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 19, 2004 2:18 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

you are a good man. thank you so much for the help.

but now I have just one more question: (wait I lied, make that two)

1) How can I trick portage into thinking that the lirc ebuild is installed? bc everytime I go to install something with lirc support, lirc is a dep and I can do --nodep but thats annoying. Any thoughts?

2) Second, I assume you own the same tv card as I do. Can I use PIP in linux? What about the sound via bttv (w/o the external cable)?

thanks!

While I am thinking about it...what tv apps do you use?

I love TVTime, but I need something to record and mythtv is a little overkill for me.

(wow that was longer than I thought it would be)

:)
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 19, 2004 8:48 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

1. inject the version into portage including category
Code:
emerge -i app-misc/lirc-0.7.0_pre4


Now just for good measure so we wont be hassled by portage again, edit/create the following file /etc/portage/package.keywords and in it add the following line

Code:
# These are installed, and we always want this version
=app-misc/lirc-0.7.0_pre4 ~x86


that will cause portage "never" to upgrade to a newer lirc from the one it thinks is installed.

you can emerge the xmms plugin to get xmms lirc support, and if you use mplayer then you can remerge that with the lirc use flag

I use TVTIME for tvviewing, if I were to record I'd use mythtv. I think there are other apps but honestly I've never looked into it. For radio I use gqradio. As for audio I use the external cable, the tvtime side had how to digitally do it and last time I tried over an year ago it kept lockng my computer (you had to add the tuner as a sound card as well) but it never worked.
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 19, 2004 1:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

awesome. I will do that.

thank you again
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 20, 2004 1:07 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

(little encounter of Neo and Mr. Smith? ;)

I nearly got this far. I managed to find out automake failed to use the correct version and that I'd have to use WANT_AUTOMAKE. I failed at using 'export' so it didn't work.

Now I've got a strange error message: "sleeping function called from invaild context at mm/slav.c" in syslog, after first client connects (I'm actually using lirc to control my windows boy, with girder and winamp :) but it seems to work. Even after reboot, which is a good sign.

From my 2.6.5-times, unchanged, is the installed lirc ebuild (why shouldn't it be there, I think I don't unmerge it) and my added line
Code:
/bin/setserial /dev/ttyS0 uart none

in /etc/init.d/lirc, so that lirc gets to use the port. Changing /etc/serial.conf didn't work for me. (back then, having checked now, since it works for me now this way)

A tad annoying is that it doesn't say 'lircd' but '0.7.0pre4' as sender in syslog.

Oh, and I still had the line
Code:
LIRCD_OPTS="-d /dev/lirc/lirc0 --listen=8765"

in my /etc/conf.d/lircd, so that it initially failed to connect to the correct device. I had to remoce /dev/lirc/lirc0 so make install would work, now I just recreated it (mkdir /dev/lirc, mknod /dev/lirc/lirc0 c 61 0). Works for me, if I don't do it this way I get another syslogwarning that /dev/lirc is not a directory. Not sure if this is important, though.
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 07, 2004 1:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

the sleeping function thingo, in the kernel, have you got SPINLOCK something enabled? its in kernel hacking I think. When I had this enabled I got shit loads of spam in my sys log from my nvidia driver perhaps this is related? when I meant shit loads I do mena it, all 34gb of syslog file over 1 month
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 14, 2004 7:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

You are right, CONFIG_DEBUG_SPINLOCK_SLEEP is enabled. Probably by default since I didn't do it. I did a quick googling but haven't found what it's for nor whether it's important (for me).

see http://sourceforge.net/mailarchive/message.php?msg_id=9057278

And no, I don't get that much spam :) only the one when initialising. Looks like it's a known bug in lirc_serial and since it doesn't bother me much I'll just wait till it gets fixed.
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PostPosted: Sun Sep 19, 2004 6:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

yeah...umm...i accidently deleted my cvs download of lirc...

so I tried to reconnect and download all of it. BUT there appears to be something wrong...

Code:
cvs -d:pserver:anonymous@cvs.sourceforge.net:/cvsroot/lirc login
Logging in to :pserver:anonymous@cvs.sourceforge.net:2401/cvsroot/lirc
CVS password:
cvs [login aborted]: end of file from server (consult above messages if any)


so could someone possibly send me a copy of their cvs download...or maybe help me out by correcting this problem?
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PostPosted: Sun Sep 26, 2004 10:01 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've followed the steps laid out here and I thank you for posting something that works more successfully than the other methods i've tried.

I have a different problem now, when I run irexec I get this:

Code:
~ $ irexec
irexec: unknown token "name" in /home/infecticide/.lircrc:21 ignored
irexec: unknown token "bits" in /home/infecticide/.lircrc:22 ignored
irexec: unknown token "flags" in /home/infecticide/.lircrc:23 ignored
irexec: unknown token "eps" in /home/infecticide/.lircrc:24 ignored
irexec: unknown token "aeps" in /home/infecticide/.lircrc:25 ignored
irexec: unexpected token in line /home/infecticide/.lircrc:27
irexec: unexpected token in line /home/infecticide/.lircrc:28
irexec: unexpected token in line /home/infecticide/.lircrc:29
irexec: unknown token "ptrail" in /home/infecticide/.lircrc:30 ignored
irexec: unexpected token in line /home/infecticide/.lircrc:31
irexec: unknown token "pre_data_bits" in /home/infecticide/.lircrc:32 ignored
irexec: unknown token "pre_data" in /home/infecticide/.lircrc:33 ignored
irexec: unknown token "gap" in /home/infecticide/.lircrc:34 ignored
irexec: unknown token "toggle_bit" in /home/infecticide/.lircrc:35 ignored
irexec: unknown token "frequency" in /home/infecticide/.lircrc:37 ignored
irexec: unknown token "duty_cycle" in /home/infecticide/.lircrc:38 ignored
irexec: bad file format, /home/infecticide/.lircrc:40


This is the .lircrc file it is referring to:

Code:
#
# this config file was automatically generated
# using WinLIRC 0.6.4 (LIRC 0.6.1pre3) on Sun Nov 03 14:25:14 2002
#
# modified by CB
#
# contributed by Erik Christiansson, aka Sci
# www.alphafish.com
# erik@alphafish.com
#
# brand:             Leadtek
# model:             RM-0010 (bundeled with TV2000 TV-card)
#
# modifications based on the config files from
# Juan Toledo <toledo@users.sourceforge.net> and
# Markus Lischka <mlischka@users.sourceforge.net>


begin remote

  name  RM-0010
  bits           16
  flags SPACE_ENC|CONST_LENGTH
  eps            40
  aeps          100

  header       9000  4500
  one           563  1687
  zero          563   562
  ptrail        563
  repeat       9000  2250
  pre_data_bits   16
  pre_data       0xC03F
  gap          108000
  toggle_bit      0

  frequency    38000
  duty_cycle   33

      begin codes
          POWER                    0x00000000000000FF
          TV/FM                    0x00000000000040BF
          SCAN                     0x000000000000A857
          DISPLAY                  0x0000000000006897
          1                        0x000000000000A05F
          2                        0x000000000000609F
          3                        0x000000000000E01F
          4                        0x000000000000906F
          5                        0x00000000000050AF
          6                        0x000000000000D02F
          7                        0x000000000000B04F
          8                        0x000000000000708F
          9                        0x000000000000F00F
          0                        0x00000000000048B7
          RECALL                   0x0000000000008877
          ENTER                    0x000000000000C837
          CC                       0x000000000000F807
          MTS                      0x000000000000D827
          FINE_DOWN                0x0000000000009867
          FINE_UP                  0x00000000000018E7
          VIDEO                    0x0000000000007887
          MUTE                     0x00000000000028D7
          CH_UP                    0x00000000000030CF
          CH_DOWN                  0x00000000000008F7
          VOL_DOWN                 0x00000000000010EF
          VOL_UP                   0x00000000000020DF
          FULLSCREEN               0x000000000000C03F

# The following are only supported by the remote control bundled with
# the WinFast TV 2000 XP Deluxe card.

          SLEEP                    0x00000000000004FB
          BOSS_KEY                 0x000000000000946B
          RED                      0x000000000000D42B
          GREEN                    0x00000000000034CB
          YELLOW                   0x000000000000B44B
          BLUE                     0x000000000000748B
          PIP                      0x00000000000054AB
          .                        0x000000000000847B
          BACK                     0x00000000000044BB
          PLAY                     0x000000000000C43B
          NEXT                     0x00000000000024DB
          TIMESHIFT                0x000000000000A45B
          STOP                     0x000000000000649B
          REC                      0x000000000000E41B
          SNAPSHOT                 0x00000000000014EB

      end codes

end remote


Anyone know why this straight from lirc.org config file doesn't work?
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PostPosted: Sun Sep 26, 2004 7:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

infecticide - that's because you're trying to use lircd.conf file that is meant to be placed in /etc; .lircrc synopsis is slightly different :P http://www.lirc.org/html/configure.html#lircrc_format


i've followed instructions posted by ASIO_BOB, i got lirc device working (i guess - cat /dev/lirc/0 gives some output on pressing keys on the remote), i even made my own lircd.conf using irrecord, but that's where i'm stuck - when i start any application that uses lirc, /usr/local/sbin/lircd is instantly killed... (irw, irexec, xmms with lirc plugin)

irw and irexec give no output, xmms spits out this:
Code:
LIRC Plugin 1.4: disconnected from LIRC


can anything be done about it? :( i've searched a lot, but no success so far...

ps. i'm using a homebrew serial receiver


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PostPosted: Sun Sep 26, 2004 8:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

This is the course of action I took to do what you've suggested that the file I have should be in a file called lircd.conf in /etc

Code:

# irexec
irexec: unexpected token in line /etc/lircrc:37
irexec: unknown token "bits" in /etc/lircrc:38 ignored
irexec: unknown token "flags" in /etc/lircrc:39 ignored
irexec: unknown token "eps" in /etc/lircrc:40 ignored
irexec: unknown token "aeps" in /etc/lircrc:41 ignored
irexec: unexpected token in line /etc/lircrc:43
irexec: unexpected token in line /etc/lircrc:44
irexec: unexpected token in line /etc/lircrc:45
irexec: unknown token "ptrail" in /etc/lircrc:46 ignored
irexec: unexpected token in line /etc/lircrc:47
irexec: unknown token "pre_data_bits" in /etc/lircrc:48 ignored
irexec: unknown token "pre_data" in /etc/lircrc:49 ignored
irexec: unknown token "gap" in /etc/lircrc:50 ignored
irexec: unknown token "toggle_bit" in /etc/lircrc:51 ignored
irexec: unknown token "frequency" in /etc/lircrc:53 ignored
irexec: unknown token "duty_cycle" in /etc/lircrc:54 ignored
irexec: bad file format, /etc/lircrc:56


Code:

# mv /etc/lircrc /etc/lircd.conf


Code:

# irexec
irexec: could not open config files /root/.lircrc and /etc/lircrc
irexec: No such file or directory


Code:

# irexec /etc/lircd.conf
irexec: unexpected token in line /etc/lircd.conf:37
irexec: unknown token "bits" in /etc/lircd.conf:38 ignored
irexec: unknown token "flags" in /etc/lircd.conf:39 ignored
irexec: unknown token "eps" in /etc/lircd.conf:40 ignored
irexec: unknown token "aeps" in /etc/lircd.conf:41 ignored
irexec: unexpected token in line /etc/lircd.conf:43
irexec: unexpected token in line /etc/lircd.conf:44
irexec: unexpected token in line /etc/lircd.conf:45
irexec: unknown token "ptrail" in /etc/lircd.conf:46 ignored
irexec: unexpected token in line /etc/lircd.conf:47
irexec: unknown token "pre_data_bits" in /etc/lircd.conf:48 ignored
irexec: unknown token "pre_data" in /etc/lircd.conf:49 ignored
irexec: unknown token "gap" in /etc/lircd.conf:50 ignored
irexec: unknown token "toggle_bit" in /etc/lircd.conf:51 ignored
irexec: unknown token "frequency" in /etc/lircd.conf:53 ignored
irexec: unknown token "duty_cycle" in /etc/lircd.conf:54 ignored
irexec: bad file format, /etc/lircd.conf:56

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PostPosted: Sun Sep 26, 2004 8:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

go back to the point, where you got this:
Code:
# irexec
irexec: could not open config files /root/.lircrc and /etc/lircrc
irexec: No such file or directory


and create lircrc file in /etc or .lircrc in your home directory (you started irexec as root, that's why it looked for .lircrc in /root directory) according to this http://www.lirc.org/html/configure.html#lircrc_format and do not simply copy content of your lircd.conf into it...
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 28, 2004 3:07 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

/me has a heart attack. It works..... thanks guys! My next task is to tackle Postfix. Ugh!
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 12, 2005 11:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

10x ASIO_BOB it worked for me :)
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 13, 2005 7:29 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

WladyX wrote:
10x ASIO_BOB it worked for me :)

Great! but times have changed :)

You can install it from portage now, for the winfast tv2000xp (and delux)

add the following to /etc/portage/package.keywords

Code:

# Linux Infrared Remote Control
# $ LIRC_OPTS="--with-driver=leadtek_0010" emerge lirc
~app-misc/lirc-0.7.0-r1 ~x86


Now install it
Code:

$ LIRC_OPTS="--with-driver=leadtek_0010" emerge lirc


The module is built so add it to your modulues.autoload file
To start lird at boot up do: rc-update add lirc default

Easy!

f you want to do this, its wise to do a make uninstall from the cvs dirctoriy to remove the cvs version
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 13, 2005 10:36 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks a lot for taking time to inform me of this, i really appreciate it. I merged the portage versions and wooow it works, i didn't know about the lircopts and the package used to get compiled for the serial remote. Thank you, you helped me twice!
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 13, 2005 11:05 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

WladyX wrote:
Thanks a lot for taking time to inform me of this, i really appreciate it. I merged the portage versions and wooow it works, i didn't know about the lircopts and the package used to get compiled for the serial remote. Thank you, you helped me twice!


Excellent!
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