[mythtv-users] TBS6981 & Freesat (UK)

David Cushing david.cushing at gmail.com
Thu Mar 31 21:54:25 UTC 2011

Hey guys

thanks for the help.  I did indeed manage to get it set up and running. It
seemed there was perhaps a problem with the database.

Also, I think I was getting confused by the UI on the scanning screen.
In my book - "100%" means "finished"... however it kept on scanning for a
few more minutes after the "scanning progress" bar reached 100%, and then
eventually the "new channels found" popup appeared.  When it had reached
100%, and then paused for a bit, I had assumed it was complete, and had been
hitting "next" or "finish" or whatever the terminology is on the button at
the foot of that screen, which obviously then jumped me out of the scan.

Special thanks to a certain list member who also let me call him and
troubleshoot the database issues last night.  Very very helpful and kind of
him to do so.

Cheers to all!


On Thu, Mar 31, 2011 at 6:08 PM, Richard Lainchbury <freexe at gmail.com>wrote:

> On Thu, Mar 31, 2011 at 5:29 PM, John <reidjr at lineone.net> wrote:
>>  On 30/03/11 14:41, David Cushing wrote:
>> I'm trying to set up Myth with a TBS6981 DVB-S2 twin tuner card, which
>> appears to be working... drivers are all compiled and installed.
>>  Myth runs through the scanning procedure, but does not appear to save
>> any of the found channels anywhere.  If I go to the Channel Editor, there is
>> nothing there.  Any tips?
>> Also, whilst scanning, I get messages such as "Frequency xxx, Timed out,
>> xx possible channels"... so I'm guessing all is not going as well as it
>> could?
>>  So far I've been following the instructions at
>> http://parker1.co.uk/mythtv_freesat.php, which have been kind of a
>> godsend... but I've got no idea what is going wrong.
>>  I actually can't believe the whole set-up seems to be such of a
>> rigmarole. Surely there must be a better way of doing this?  If Windows
>> Media Centre offers pretty much plug'n'play operation, why is it so
>> confusing setting up Myth?  Presumably everyone in the UK who is using a
>> DVB-S card to tune into freesat channels will have largely the same
>> settings?  Any variance might come from differing DVB cards, but then
>> presumably, that could be handled with a bespoke config for each device,
>> allowing the tuning (etc) to remain the same?
>>  It's getting rather frustrating, seeing as it takes 10-15 mins for each
>> scan - and I've done it 4-5 times now... grr!
>>  Any help or insight would be gratefully received.
>>  Thanks
>>  D.
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>>  David,
>> Using exactly that card ( with one LNB pointed at Freesat)  Only tricky
>> non-standard bit was having to compile th edrivers yourself, which you say
>> you have running. After that all was the same as any scan and save. If you
>> get to the end of a scan, it should pop up and say " no new channels found"
>> or "X new channels found" and ask you if you want to save them. If you are
>> not getting that there is somthing far wrong.Daft question, but you are
>> scanning the right ports are you ? I have mine set up with 3 LNBs, one
>> direct and one through a diseqc switch, so there are many options to scan
>> the wrong card port/ wrong diseqc port etc.
>> john
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> I would add, make sure you have the LNB when setting up your card. It's an
> easily missed step.
> "Hit the DiSEqC button and set it to LNB, or one of the other options,
> depending on your hardware setup (see http://www.mythtv.org/wiki/DVB-S).
> The button was a bit flaky for me on 0.22. Hit the cursor keys a few times
> and it should work. *You MUST set this or the channel scan will fail!"*
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