Apr
15
2009

Fedora 10 and TVtime make gaming on your PC easy and affordable!

For a while I’ve been using a WinTV cable tv tuner card made by hauppauge. These cards are the best way to add TV/(console gaming) on the cheap.  WinTV cards are well supported by all major Operating Systems.  As of this writing you can only get HD tv tuner cards in the United States now, but I have an older card.  So I can’t personally vouch for the High Definition card drivers in Linux.  I’m guessing by now every major distro supports it.

My advice is to get the HD card if you can.  X-Box and PS3 are designed for HD TV’s, but in my example I’m showing Mario Kart on the Nintendo Wii.

Linux Installation is easy.  First check to see if Linux can see the device.

[matt@mattcom1 Desktop]$ lspci -vvv
07:01.0 Multimedia video controller: Brooktree Corporation Bt878 Video Capture (rev 11)
Subsystem: Hauppauge computer works Inc. WinTV Series
Control: I/O- Mem+ BusMaster+ SpecCycle- MemWINV- VGASnoop- ParErr- Stepping- SERR- FastB2B- DisINTx-
Status: Cap+ 66MHz- UDF- FastB2B+ ParErr- DEVSEL=medium >TAbort- <TAbort- <MAbort- >SERR- <PERR- INTx-
Latency: 32 (4000ns min, 10000ns max)
Interrupt: pin A routed to IRQ 22
Region 0: Memory at d2001000 (32-bit, prefetchable) [size=4K]
Capabilities: <access denied>
Kernel driver in use: bttv
Kernel modules: bttv
07:01.1 Multimedia controller: Brooktree Corporation Bt878 Audio Capture (rev 11)
Subsystem: Hauppauge computer works Inc. WinTV Series
Control: I/O- Mem+ BusMaster+ SpecCycle- MemWINV- VGASnoop- ParErr- Stepping- SERR- FastB2B- DisINTx-
Status: Cap+ 66MHz- UDF- FastB2B+ ParErr- DEVSEL=medium >TAbort- <TAbort- <MAbort- >SERR- <PERR- INTx-
Latency: 32 (1000ns min, 63750ns max)
Interrupt: pin A routed to IRQ 22
Region 0: Memory at d2000000 (32-bit, prefetchable) [size=4K]
Capabilities: <access denied>
Kernel driver in use: Bt87x
Kernel modules: snd-bt87x

You should see a video and audio capture device, for my model it is Brooktree.  Use the package manager of your Linux(in my case Fedora 10 and yum) to install TV Time.  Now hook up your Wii and start TVtime Television Viewer.  From Gnome Panel: Applications -> Sound & Video -> TVtime Television Viewer.  It’s that easy.  Enjoy.  For more information on TVtime television viewer click here.





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