[mythtv-users] Puzzled about HVR-2250 install

stefan_jones at comcast.net stefan_jones at comcast.net
Fri Nov 20 20:20:26 UTC 2009

> From: "Matt Beadon" <matt.beadon at gmail.com> 
> To: "Discussion about mythtv" <mythtv-users at mythtv.org> 
> Sent: Friday, November 20, 2009 11:46:16 AM GMT -08:00 US/Canada Pacific 
> Subject: Re: [mythtv-users] Puzzled about HVR-2250 install 

> > > I followed some links to LinuxTV but there's a lot of 
> > > missing context that's throwing me off. 
> Which part? 

> Has anybody been through this? Does 
> > > having a driver available mean compiling a kernel, or a kernel module? 
> No, kernel changes required (assuming you don't mind compiling your own driver). 
> I've been using the hvr-2250 since it first went "stable". There were some bad hangs initially but the driver has been really stable for months now. Since I went through a few versions before the driver got really solid I've built this driver a few times and it's pretty straightforward. 
> Really quickly: 
> 1) Download latest driver from http://linuxtv.org/hg/v4l-dvb (choose the bz2 or gz link on the left) or the current one is: "wget http://linuxtv.org/hg/v4l-dvb/archive/tip.tar.gz " 
> 2) unpack it somewhere eg in /usr/src/v4l-dvb. "cd /usr/src/v4l-dvb; tar -xzvf tip.tar.gz" 
> 3) build it. "cd v4l-dvb-XXXXXX; make" where XXXX is the latest version that was unpacked in #2. 
> 4) become root and install the modules. "sudo make install" 
> Two caveats to this: 
> a) you must have all the build tools already installed (make, gcc, kernel headers, etc) 
> b) there was a bug I hit in step #3 in a firedtv module. I didn't need firedtv so I commented it out of the makefile. I can send the file if anyone else needs it but I'm hoping the v4l maintainers have already fixed that bug. 

Thanks for the additional notes. 

I kept my F12 install pretty lean; I don't think I installed any of the development packages at all. If I'm only interested in cookbook-style compiles of others' code which dev package should I install? 

(To date I've had the luck of picking hardware that was already kernel-supported or had pre-built drivers in repositiories.) 


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