TVservice.exe process needs to be killed on exit/Windows version.

Discussion in '1.2.x' started by LeRoy Lorenz, June 24, 2012.

  1. LeRoy Lorenz

    LeRoy Lorenz New Member

    June 23, 2012
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    MediaPortal Version: 1.2.3

    The tvservice.exe windows process needs to be killed on exit
    from mediaportal.
    It keeps the TV tuners locked so they can't be use in other TV
    The tvsevice.exe process even keeps running after a computer restart.

    Steps to Reproduce:
    Properly run mediaportal and TV server setup.
    Then run mediaportal which starts the tvservice.exe process.

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  3. mm1352000
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    Hi LeRoy

    All of what you've said is likely by design, and by definition not a bug.

    The TV service is designed to run in the background all the time to ensure that recordings and other background tasks occur. This is so that (for example) you don't have to have MediaPortal open for recordings to happen etc.. The TV service is started automatically with Windows like many other services, and stopped when Windows is shut down. You can control this behaviour by managing the Windows service startup type:

    Like most other hardware, tuners can only be used in one application at a time. TV Server doesn't lock the tuners, ***unless*** you choose "pause card" for the "when card enters idle state..." setting. This is documented in the notes for that setting in our wiki here:

    There is no way to work around that exception - it is simply the nature of the way it works. If you want to use the tuner in other software then use "stop card".

    The only other semi-non-obvious way that tuners could be locked is if you enable the DVB EPG grabber, in which case TV Server will periodically use the tuner to grab EPG. While grabbing, the tuner would be locked.

    Perhaps I have misunderstood?


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