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I have bought a Pinnacle PCI TV card:

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I also installed Tvtime. I am able to see the multiple channels but there is no sound. After some googling I found this is a standard issue with Tvtime.

So far I tried the following (none worked):

  • running from terminal: tvtime --mixer=hw:0/Line
  • sudo tvtime option --device /dev/video0 | arecord -D hw:1,0 -r 32000 -c 2 -f S16_LE | aplay -

How to make sound to work? You'll get a really cold beer for it :)

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Have you tried any other software like kaffeine, vlc, vdr, or even xawtv? – taneli Nov 14 '12 at 8:36
Is it possible to configure the channels without tedious scripting with any of your suggested programs? Or at least having a well written tutorial somewhere. I ussualy spend all my day trying to figure it out and in the end of the day it's still not working. Getting somewhat tired of that. – Primož Kralj Nov 14 '12 at 10:07
If I remember correctly, kaffeine worked "out of the box" about two years ago, the others required more work. I currently have DVB only at work, so can't readily test here at home. – taneli Nov 14 '12 at 12:35
I tried Kaffeine today but it detects no source when going to "Television -> Channels". Under "Television -> Configure Television" there is also no interesting option to set any device or anything. On the other hand I found that my TV card is supported under linux and should work out of the box. – Primož Kralj Nov 15 '12 at 21:29
Ah, too bad. Does your TV card have 3.5mm stereo out? Could you try if that works? Would that be an acceptable solution? – taneli Nov 16 '12 at 8:59
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Try the trick mentioned in tvtime FAQ#11, that is load (and use) btaudio module and set up sox or similar to pass audio from it to your output device. Assuming /dev/dsp for output and /dev/dsp2 for DVB input:

sox -r 32000 -w -t ossdsp /dev/dsp2 -t ossdsp /dev/dsp

as per their example. Change devices to suit, or if using alsa or pulseaudio.

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did you try to install XBMC and activate some plugins.... one my friend is solve his problem with

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I also encountered the no-sound problem with Pinnacle PCTV (Pro) / TVtime. There is a fairly simple solution not involving tedious scripting:

  • Connect the audio out of the PVTV card to the audio in of the soundcard on the motherboard. NB: Pinnacle PCTV / PCTV Pro does have a physical audio out connector. There should be a connector cable around 25 cm long 3.5 mm jacks stereo male male delivered with the card. If missing, use another regular cable with 3.5 mm jacks stereo male male.
  • I am using Ubuntu 12.04 Precise Pangolin on a mobo with build-in soundcard. Default the line-in connection is disabled, it don't appear in System Settings, Sound. You can enable line-in by installing ALSA Mixer of something like that. You don't have to use it, after installing you can even remove it. Line-in should now appear in the input section of System Settings, Sound.
  • You will have to adjust some volume settings, but it works.

Regards, The Netherlands, Karel de Win

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  • Connect the audio output from the TV card to the PC line input. In System Settings set the volume of Analog input.
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