[mythtv-users] HDPVR firmware upgrade

Jim Berwick jim at jamesberwick.com
Mon Aug 29 14:30:10 UTC 2011

dmesg reports the following for the PVRs when I load the hdpvr module:
[   13.470387] hdpvr 1-1:1.0: firmware version 0x12 dated May  7 2009
[   13.674088] hdpvr 1-1:1.0: device now attached to video0
[   13.674902] hdpvr 1-2:1.0: firmware version 0xf dated Mar 11 2009
[   13.674905] hdpvr 1-2:1.0: untested firmware, the driver might not work.
[   13.864700] hdpvr 1-2:1.0: device now attached to video1

As best I can tell, /lib/firmware has no firmware for the HDPVR and the
Linux module does not support loading of firmware.  The MythTV HDPVR page (
http://www.mythtv.org/wiki/Hauppauge_HD-PVR#Firmware_Upgrade_Process) says
to upgrade the firmware on the device to download the latest Windows
drivers, plug the PVR into a Windows computer and run the installer.  I'd
say it is even more likely that the firmware isn't on my backend as the two
PVRs are running different firmware when if it was supplied from
/lib/firmware they'd (I think) be the same firmware...

On Mon, Aug 29, 2011 at 10:22 AM, John Pilkington <J.Pilk at tesco.net> wrote:

> On 29/08/11 14:01, Jim Berwick wrote:
> > Hello!
> >
> > I've been trying to update the firmwares for my two HDPVRs following the
> > instructions in the Wiki.  One has firmware 0xf, one has 0x12 (I Believe
> > 0x15 is the latest?).
> >
> > I downloaded the most recent Windows drivers from the Hauppauge site,
> > plugged each PVR into my Windows 7 laptop, ran the .exe and let it
> > install the drivers, etc.  I plug them back into my backend and the
> > firmware revisions are unchanged.  I did open a support case with
> > Hauppauge, but haven't heard back yet.  Any ideas what I could be doing
> > wrong?
> >
> I think the firmware is loaded into the device during linux boot - from
> eg /lib/firmware in Fedora.  Your dmesg will probably quote the name of
> the file being loaded and googling for that might get you to the new
> version.  Or may be someone on this list with an HDPVR can do that or
> tell you how to extract it from the Windows file.
> John P
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