[mythtv-users] DVB card for Australia (melbourne)

David Whyte david.whyte at gmail.com
Wed Mar 16 09:54:53 UTC 2005

On Wed, 16 Mar 2005 19:06:47 +1100, Rob Hillis <rob at hillis.dyndns.org> wrote:
> David Whyte wrote:
> >I use 2 Avermedia 771's in my box with no problems.  I can't tune SBS,
> >but I don't get SBS anywhere in the house even on conventional TV's.
> >
> >
> I wish I could figure out how to get it installed and working properly.
> It's in my secondary frontend/backend at the moment (operating as a
> backend fine, though the card won't tune so the backend is left down to
> ensure that it's not used) happily presenting /dev/dvb/adapter0 entries,
> showing the following in "dmesg" output...
> Linux video capture interface: v1.00
> bttv: driver version 0.9.15 loaded
> bttv: using 8 buffers with 2080k (520 pages) each for capture
> bttv: Bt8xx card found (0).
> ACPI: PCI Interrupt Link [LNKA] enabled at IRQ 10
> PCI: setting IRQ 10 as level-triggered
> ACPI: PCI interrupt 0000:01:05.0[A] -> GSI 10 (level, low) -> IRQ 10
> bttv0: Bt878 (rev 17) at 0000:01:05.0, irq: 10, latency: 132, mmio:
> 0xfe000000
> bttv0: detected: AverMedia AverTV DVB-T [card=124], PCI subsystem ID is
> 1461:076
> 1
> bttv0: using: AverMedia AverTV DVB-T 761 [card=124,autodetected]
> bttv0: gpio: en=00000000, out=00000000 in=009d00cd [init]
> bttv0: using tuner=-1
> bttv0: registered device video0
> bttv0: registered device vbi0
> bttv0: PLL: 28636363 => 35468950 .. ok
> bttv0: add subdevice "remote0"
> bttv0: add subdevice "dvb0"
> tvaudio: TV audio decoder + audio/video mux driver
> tvaudio: known chips:
> tda9840,tda9873h,tda9874h/a,tda9850,tda9855,tea6300,tea642
> 0,tda8425,pic16c54 (PV951),ta8874z
> ir-kbd-gpio: bttv IR (card=124) detected at pci-0000:01:05.0/ir0
> ... but when I go to tune to it, all I get is
> mythfe2 scan # ./scan dvb-t/au-vic-Selby
> scanning dvb-t/au-vic-Selby
> using '/dev/dvb/adapter0/frontend0' and '/dev/dvb/adapter0/demux0'
> initial transponder 662500000 1 3 9 3 1 1 0
> initial transponder 620500000 1 2 9 3 1 2 0
> initial transponder 641500000 1 3 9 3 1 1 0
> initial transponder 711500000 1 3 9 3 1 1 0
> initial transponder 683500000 1 2 9 3 1 2 0
>  >>> tune to:
> WARNING: filter timeout pid 0x0011
> WARNING: filter timeout pid 0x0000
> WARNING: filter timeout pid 0x0010
>  >>> tune to:
> WARNING: filter timeout pid 0x0011
> WARNING: filter timeout pid 0x0000
> WARNING: filter timeout pid 0x0010
> ...and so on and so forth.  Googling for "filter timeout pid 0x0011"
> yeilds lots of results - most of the in languages other than English
> which Google doesn't understand either, many of them referring to DVB-S
> as well... Yes, the frequencies are correct - it works fine on the the
> Nova-T in the main backend which records SDTV nicely.

Oooh, Now there is some output I Haven't seen in a while (all that
dmesg crap).  It gives me the shakes just thinking about it.

> >I found it difficult to set them up with a stock FC2 install (using
> >Jarods guide) but the main problem was my lack of linux knowlegde.  A
> >linux savvy mate helped me and it is working fine now.
> >
> >
> Where did you go wrong?  This one really has me stumped, and with the
> addition of ABC 2 to the list of channels that seems to have stuff pop
> up that I want to record (albeit repeated ad-nauseum) the second card
> would be really useful around now... :)

First, we upgraded so that we use udev instead of the that other
'static' thing that FC2 seemed to be using.  (Don't ask, I don't know

Next, I downloaded Chris Pascoes drivers from the UQ website (ping me
if you can't find it).  I built them, ran that start script, I think I
created links from the udev stuff to the /dev/dvb/blah0 folders.  I am
pretty sure it was then all ready to go with TZAP.

> >I don't like the idea of HD yet.  I don't have the horsepower, or the
> >storage capacity for it at the moment.  SD Digital looks great so I am
> >happy.
> >
> >
> Never got it to work here properly either... the Nova-T either doesn't
> like HDTV or the PC is too slow (probably the RAM which was scrounged up
> from older machines) to handle the data - it skips and jumps like mad.
> >I am thinking of getting a third avermedia in the near future.
> >
> >
> Either you watch a damned lot of television or you don't live in
> Australia... :)  With only 5 FTA channels (7 if you include SBS News and
> ABC 2 - though I'm yet to see anything worth recording on SBS News
> sinceI only speak English) there isn't enough around to record.

Nope, its just that the channels in AU are so crap they can't stick to
there times and I have to record an extra 20 minutes of every show. 
Then, when I tape two concurrent shows (like NCIS on Sundays) I a
pretty much goosed to record anything else.

Anyways, I hope you get it sorted.  Give me a shout if there is
anything more I can do,


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