Annoying lockups for Live TV and Recordings
Just a quick overview of my hardware:
- Intel E5200 CPU
- Intel DG41TY Motherboard
- Nvidia GeForce 9400 GT (512MB DDR2)
- 2GB RAM
- Hauppauge HVR-1600 PCI card
- Seagate 1TB SATA drive
The system had been working perfectly for months -- with NO lockups/freezing whatsoever. In all fairness, there was a somewhat recent hardware change. When the system was first installed, I was borrowing and using an Nvidia 7300LE PCIe video card through a DVI->HDMI cable and getting 1080p. Later, I swapped the card with an Nvidia 9400GT PCIe card. I got an additional problem-free month of use after this switch.
2 Notable Symptoms:
- I'm getting the dreaded "NVP: Timed out waiting for free video buffers" error, which I tried to correct by following the tips on this page:
One suggestion on a page mentioned that there was an Nvidia xorg.conf file in the Extras directory. After discovering this, I promptly put it in place, which appeared to give me 2 days of problem-free use. Normally this problem will surface after a couple hours of LiveTV play from a cold boot. It appears to only be affecting playback, and not the recording process.