I am having a problem with a firmware package in Fedora 17, which also affects Rawhide. I have been unable to solve the problem.
I have a Hauppauge WinTV-HVR-1600 tuner/video capture card, model 74041 LF rev. C6B2.
I had no problems with it in Fedora 14, Fedora 15 or Fedora 16.
If I install "firmware for Conexant cx23418-based video capture devices" package (cx18-firmware-20080628-5) I end up with Cheese failing to launch and slamming hard drive, running CPU cores at 100%, and filling memory to capacity until killed by the system, as well as User Accounts in System Settings doing the same thing as Cheese.
If I do not have the firmware in the /usr/lib/firmware directory both Cheese and User Accounts works without crashing but then gnome-settings-daemon continually crashes with alternate signal 6 and signal 11 errors and I cannot run Cinnamon for more than a few seconds before I get the "Oops!" screen that forces me to logoff.
This is a fresh install of Fedora 17 with no proprietary software installed, and updated to the latest updates available in the repositories. I have tried differing versions of the firmware but this makes no difference.
Any suggestions besides replacing the card? The card is working fine in other operating systems I have tried it in.