[mythtv-users] Mythbuntu and Pinacle PCTV HD USB from Woot -- installed drivers OK but how to get channels

allene222 nabble at oldpaloalto.com
Sat Apr 26 02:56:30 UTC 2008

Hi Raphy,

You have been a great help and I truly appreciate it.  I have now 
successfully run scan and see that it creates a channels.conf file that 
reflects my local DTV channels.

I am stuck on getting that file into MythTV.  I have done what I think 
should work, "Input connections", "Scan", "Scan Type" but at that point 
I get a "Program Error".  I have tried every thing I can think of, 
looked on the web for solutions, and nothing works.

I got a little side tracked today trying to start from 8.04 but the make 
of v4l-dvb-experimental doesn't work from 8.04.  So, I reinstalled 7.10 
and installed the USB DTV device, instlled dvb-utils, ran scan, and got 
stuck trying to get the scan information into MythTV.

Thank you once again for your help.


Raphael wrote:
> Allen Edwards wrote:
>> Hi Raphy,
>> Thanks for the reply.  I have installed scan and can run it but it 
>> just gives me the syntax file letting me I don't know how to run it.  
>> I did "man scan" and there is no man page for it.  I googled it and 
>> didn't find anything.
>> So, if it isn't too much trouble, I think what I need is a sample 
>> US-Broadcast tuning file, the command line I would use to run scan, 
>> and how I get that resulting file into MythTV.  If I am wrong, please 
>> correct me.
> Just putting this back on list since it might help others, too.
> The syntax is
> scan <channel file> > <output file>
> So I would say
> scan us-ATSC-center-frequencies-8VSB > channels.conf
> the file us-ATSC-center-frequencies-8VSB should have come with your 
> dvb-apps package; look for it in /usr/share
> Check the dvb wiki for info on how to use scan also:
> http://www.linuxtv.org/wiki/index.php/Scan
> and for dvb-apps in general.

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