[mythtv-users] Best tuner for Myth/ATSC? WinTV-dualHD TV Tuner not found.

George Bingham georgeb1962 at gmail.com
Mon Sep 4 21:04:07 UTC 2017

On Sat, Sep 2, 2017 at 7:38 PM, A. F. Cano <afc at shibaya.lonestar.org> wrote:

> Thanks for replying.  Based on your recommendations and that from other
> respondents (thank you to all!) I have ordered a HDHR Connect, out of
> stock so I still don't have it, and a WinTV-dualHD TV Tuner.  This one
> I have already received, but...
> On Tue, Aug 22, 2017 at 09:31:45AM -0600, Curtis Gedak wrote:
> > ...
> > B)  WinTV-dualHD TV Tuner
> > http://hauppauge.com/site/products/data_dualhd.html
> >
> > If you are open to upgrading your GNU/Linux and MythTV installation,
> > then this USB option provides 2 ATCS tuners.
> One tuner was quite limiting, so I decided to go with this one.
> >
> > Note that the Hauppauge site indicates that they support the above two
> > tuners via a Personal Package Archive (PPA) for *ubuntu 16.04 and 17.04.
> >
> > http://www.hauppauge.com/site/support/linux.html
> > ...
> The above notwithstanding, I'm having difficulties.
> Is anyone using the Hauppauge WinTV-dualHD (lsusb says it's a 955D)
> with MythTV, under Debian)?  under Ubuntu?
> I've done everything they say in the above page, both under Debian 8
> and Debian 9 and the packages don't seem to be available any more.
>   sudo add-apt-repository ppa:b-rad/kernel+mediatree+hauppauge
>   sudo apt-get update
>   sudo apt-get install linux-image-mediatree
>   sudo apt-get install linux-headers-mediatree
> The update fails with the following messages and thus the subsequent
> installs also fail.
> Debian 8 (jessie):
> W: Failed to fetch http://ppa.launchpad.net/b-rad/kernel+mediatree+
> hauppauge/ubuntu/dists/jessie/main/binary-amd64/Packages  404  Not Found
> Debian 9 (stretch)
> W: The repository 'http://ppa.launchpad.net/b-rad/kernel+mediatree+
> hauppauge/ubuntu artful Release' does not have a Release file.
> N: Data from such a repository can't be authenticated and is therefore
> potentially dangerous to use.
> N: See apt-secure(8) manpage for repository creation and user
> configuration details.
> W: GPG error: http://www.deb-multimedia.org stretch InRelease: The
> following signatures couldn't be verified because the public key is not
> available: NO_PUBKEY 5C808C2B65558117
> W: The repository 'http://www.deb-multimedia.org stretch InRelease' is
> not signed.
> N: Data from such a repository can't be authenticated and is therefore
> potentially dangerous to use.
> N: See apt-secure(8) manpage for repository creation and user
> configuration details.
> E: Failed to fetch http://ppa.launchpad.net/b-rad/kernel+mediatree+
> hauppauge/ubuntu/dists/artful/main/binary-amd64/Packages  404  Not Found
> In other parts of the above page, it mentions patching kernels, but there
> is
> mention of kernel 3.16 (which is what's on Debian 8) and 4.4 (Debian 9 has
> 4.9) so there should be support already built-in.
> lsusb recognizes the device in both jessie and stretch.  Myth 0.27 that was
> working fine with the old OnAir Creator, doesn't see it.  I deleted the old
> tuner and created a new one, but mythtv-setup doesn't seem to find the
> tuner.
> I have tried to compile myth 0.29 on Debian 9 and after many tries I'm
> stuck
> with errors on the zeromq module.  See a separate posting with title:
> Mythtv 0.29 compilation on Debian 9 fails.
> for the details.  So, at this point I can't do more with 0.29.
> General questions:
> Is a driver specific to this tuner needed? one that supports multiple
> Mauppauge tuners? where could such a driver be found? (I couldn't find
> it at the above page), or is the support for all Hauppauge tuners
> already built-in in kernels 4.4 and later, like the linux support page
> seems to imply?
> Should Myth find this tuner just based on the usb info that the system
> knows
> already (per the lsusb command)? if so, what specific commands/data do I
> need
> to enter into mythtv-setup?
> Thanks for any help.
> Autustine.
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Hi Autustine,

I don't have the same model tuner as you, but I do have the Hauppauge
HVR-2255 (which has been discontinued). It requires a firmware file to be
stored in your /lib/firmware directory. Your model does too. I am guessing
that it would be included in the packages that you are trying to install,
but maybe not. I remember when I got this tuner I had to ask by email a
person at Hauppauge in order to receive a beta version of the firmware and
do the kernel mods as described for the 3.16 kernel at the time.

I am running Ubuntu 16.04 now though so I didn't have to modify that
kernel, but I do still have to have that firmware file.

Since my tuner is a card installed inside the PC, it loads the firmware at
each boot. I assume that your USB tuner would load the firmware when it is
plugged in or at boot time if it's already plugged in, but I don't have any
direct experience with USB tuners.


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