[MPlayer-users] saa713x grey screen/bar

Phil Oleynik oleynik.phil at mail.ioffe.ru
Wed Aug 24 14:15:53 CEST 2005

list wad wrote:

>I have:
>saa713x tuner (Selected device: UPMOST PURPLE TV)
>MPlayer 1.0pre7-3.3.5-20050130 (v4l and v4l2 enabled)
>Linux 2.6.11-gentoo-r9
>Pentium 4
>I've tried several different options for both the v4l and v4l2, but
>the best I can get is a dark grey screen (v4l) or a dark grey band at
>the bottom 5% of the screen (v4l2).  Running with -v and I get no
>This dark grey screen/bar has "movement" to it, so I believe that the
>tuner is delivering something.
>Is the problem the 'chanlist' option?  I am in Taiwan and
>frequencies.c does not call out anything close to my location.  I did
>try most of the chanlist values anyway, but nothing helped.
>Any ideas or help would be appreciated.
Your problem is that saa7134 (do not know about others) driver in kernel 
2.6.11 does not
support SECAM B/G and SECAM D/K norms, it only can tune if you have 
european PAL
signal. I also wait until the bug is fixed. However, if you have some 
time, you may tweak
kernel driver to make it work with all norms and frequencies it 
supports. It really supports
ANY TV-system with any norm and frequency table.
Read here:
I have FM1216ME tuner, it is very important to know your tuner model, 
because 7134 does
nothing but gets signal from tuner and makes it digital. All frequencies 
and parameters of
tuner are set via I2C bus, that is only driven by 7134, but execution 
happens on tuner side.


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