30 December 2010


by mo

This is a collection of information that I have learned since I started using Ubuntu 10.4 back in August of 2010. Since then I have upgraded to 10.10 and have been using it as my primary OS on my voodoo laptop. It has been a super powerful OS, with pretty much everything I need in an OS to use my laptop.

There are a couple of things that I have had issues with: One is getting my Microsoft LifeCam to work nicely with Skype, and well I haven’t fired up Visual Studio on my laptop in months.


Hauppage WinTV PVR 150

I have a tv tuner card hooked up to my pc as well as a logitech webcam. To watch tv on my pc I can open up VLC and:

  • Media (alt+M)
  • Open Capture Device (ctrl+C)
  • Capture Mode = PVR
  • Device Name = “/dev/video1” – this should be set to your tv tuner video device you can find out what number is assigned to your tuner by using v4l2-ctl –list-devices
  • then press Play

VLC will then start playing whatever channel the card is currently configured to point to.

To change channels you can open up Terminal and enter

  $ ivtv-tune --channel=21

Fine tuning

  $ v4l2-ctl -n # to find out what inputs are available on the current device
  $ v4l2-ctl -i 1 # to change the current device to input 1
  $ v4l2-ctl -d/dev/video1 # to change devices
  $ ivtv-tune --channel=21 -d/dev/video1 # to change to channel 21 on the device 1

Mounting an internal drive