LifeView FlyDVB-T Hybrid

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A hybrid DVB-T PCI card from LifeView.

It is supported in Linux.

Note: Don't confuse this card (Hybrid, LR-306N) with the Duo (LR-306TA) model (the Duo card supports concurrent analog TV and digital TV watching whereas the LR-306N can only concurrently display digital TV and an analog input like S-Video/CVBS). In addition, the Duo's IR-remote is supported by V4L drivers, whereas Hybrid's isn't.)

Overview/Features

  • Analog TV
  • Digital (DVB-T) TV
  • S-Video/CVBS Input
  • FM Radio
  • VBI (Teletext)
  • Digital audio input (via alsa or oss module)
  • Low profile form factor
  • remote control

Card connectors:

  • TV Antenna
  • FM Radio Antenna
  • Multi-purpose input connector: via a supplied connector attaches to S-Video input (Mini-DIN), Composite video + stereo audio input (chinch), IR-Remote input (2.5mm stereo socket)
  • Audio input: four-pin plug-in (white) connector for CD Player, will mix audio with TV board's (internal)
  • Audio output: four-pin plug-in (black) connector (internal)

Components Used

  • Philips TDA8290 (TDA8275a) (tuner)
  • Philips TDA10046 [1] Analog / DVB-T demodulator
  • Philips SAA7133 [2] (A/V decoder)

Identification

Output from lspci -v:

0000:00:09.0 Multimedia controller: Philips Semiconductors SAA7133 Video Broadcast Decoder (rev d0)
Subsystem: Animation Technologies Inc.: Unknown device 3306
Flags: bus master, medium devsel, latency 32, IRQ 50
Memory at febfe800 (32-bit, non-prefetchable) [size=2K]
Capabilities: [40] Power Management version 2

(some versions identify as device 3302 instead of 3306)

Making it work

Firmware

  • Older boards may require firmware update.

Drivers

Module Options: Normally the card needs no options.

  • If you experience problems, this could be due to an old V4L driver in your kernel. You don't need to get sources and compile a new kernel update V4L; just get Mercurial (similar to CVS), use it to download latest V4L-DVB version, and compile it. You can then install the new V4L modules on top of your existing kernel (detailed instructions here on linuxtv).

Sample kernel output

saa7133[0]: found at 0000:00:09.0, rev: 208, irq: 50, latency: 32, mmio: 0xfebfe800
saa7133[0]: subsystem: 5168:3306, board: LifeView FlyDVB-T Hybrid Cardbus [card=94,autodetected]
saa7133[0]: board init: gpio is 210000
saa7133[0]: i2c eeprom 00: 68 51 06 33 54 20 1c 00 43 43 a9 1c 55 d2 b2 92
saa7133[0]: i2c eeprom 10: 00 00 62 08 ff 20 ff ff ff ff ff ff ff ff ff ff
saa7133[0]: i2c eeprom 20: 01 40 01 03 03 01 01 03 08 ff 01 16 ff ff ff ff
saa7133[0]: i2c eeprom 30: ff ff ff ff ff ff ff ff ff ff ff ff ff ff ff ff
saa7133[0]: i2c eeprom 40: ff 21 00 c2 96 10 05 01 01 16 32 15 ff ff ff ff
saa7133[0]: i2c eeprom 50: ff ff ff ff ff ff ff ff ff ff ff ff ff ff ff ff
saa7133[0]: i2c eeprom 60: ff ff ff ff ff ff ff ff ff ff ff ff ff ff ff ff
saa7133[0]: i2c eeprom 70: ff ff ff ff ff ff ff ff ff ff ff ff ff ff ff ff
tuner 0-004b: chip found @ 0x96 (saa7133[0])
tuner 0-004b: setting tuner address to 61
tuner 0-004b: type set to tda8290+75a
saa7133[0]: registered device video0 [v4l2]
saa7133[0]: registered device vbi0
saa7133[0]: registered device radio0
(...)
DVB: registering new adapter (saa7133[0]).
DVB: registering frontend 0 (Philips TDA10046H DVB-T)...

Remote Controll support

  • As of Jan 2007, IR Remote still doesn't work

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