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

Ben Coates bencoates at gmail.com
Tue Feb 5 12:42:53 UTC 2008

Thanks guys for all the advice.

One thing I will say before I try those links.... I copied the
firmware file that dmesg was complaining about to the /lib/firmware
and rebooted... but it still says it can't find the firmware file. Am
I missing some steps or do I just need to follow the links above and
see what happens?

Many thanks for your help

On 2/5/08, Ben Ward <mythtv at crouchingbadger.com> wrote:
> 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:
> http://www.mythtv.org/wiki/index.php/Hauppauge_WinTV_Nova-T_500_PCI
> 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
> 'dvb-usb-dib0700-03-pre1.fw'
> 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
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