[mythtv-users] Nova-T-500 Big problem

Ben Ward mythtv at crouchingbadger.com
Tue Feb 5 12:35:04 UTC 2008

On 05/02/2008, Nicolas Will <nico at youplala.net> wrote:
> On Tue, 2008-02-05 at 10:56 +0000, Ben Coates wrote:
> > Hmm, I will try those links you suggested.... only thing is.... why
> > would it work straight after installing the OS, only to now not work
> > after reinstalling the same OS 2 days later? I'm a bit of a linux noob
> > so I'm puzzled by that.
> Because your distro updated its kernel and now the module want a
> different firmware file that you do not have.
> Because they have a bug.

Or possibly because the PCI-shaped (but actually USB) Nova-T 500 has two
startup modes I believe.  I wasn't able to upgrade my card with the new
firmware until I cold started the whole machine.  If you switch it off
rather than reboot it loads up firmware from somewhere magic which I used to
know but can't remember any more.

See this page:

the dmesg command will show you what happened during the reboot, though I
think you're probably out of luck looking back at old dmesg logs.

[   30.965925] dvb-usb: found a 'Hauppauge Nova-T 500 Dual DVB-T' in
cold state, will try to load a firmware
[   31.008899] dvb-usb: downloading firmware from file

As for how to fix it... I have no idea how I got mine working, I just
prodded it for two weeks with different kernels and firmware and reboots and
it sprung into life.  I daren't touch the thing to be honest.


ben at crouchingbadger.com | http://crouchingbadger.com
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