[mythtv-users] HDPVR firmware upgrade

Devin Heitmueller dheitmueller at kernellabs.com
Mon Aug 29 14:33:32 UTC 2011

On Mon, Aug 29, 2011 at 10:30 AM, Jim Berwick <jim at jamesberwick.com> wrote:
> 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
> 23:27:43
> [   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
> 06:03:02
> [   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...

Correct:  under Linux you cannot load firmware into the device.  It's
burned into the flash on the device and it can only be upgraded
through Windows.

So the upside is you never need to worry about finding the firmware
under Linux (or redistribution issues), the downside is that if you
actually need to upgrade it then you need a Windows box.


Devin J. Heitmueller - Kernel Labs

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