[mythtv-users] HDPVR firmware upgrade

Jim Berwick jim at jamesberwick.com
Mon Aug 29 14:42:41 UTC 2011

Yes, unfortunately updating the firmware on Linux is not working for me, and
one of the PVRs is continuously locking up between recordings and I'd like
to update the firmware to see if that clears the issue up.  Like I said
though, I download the latest drivers (1.6.29something), plug the PVR into a
Windows machine, run the HcwDriverInstall.exe file which says it is updating
the drivers on the machine, says it completed successfully.  I then put the
PVR back on the Linux box and both still have the same firmware.  I'd think
at the very least if they were updated at all the firmwares would match, but
it seems like the driver isn't pushing out the firmware at all...

On Mon, Aug 29, 2011 at 10:33 AM, Devin Heitmueller <
dheitmueller at kernellabs.com> wrote:

> 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
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