TBS6284

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TBS6284
TBS6284 PCI-E DVB-T2 Quad TV Tuner Card, as the name suggests, is a DVB-T2 PCIe Card from TBS Technologies. It supports watching or recording four different channels concurrently. Launched in October 2011, the model has been superseded by the TBS6285 and then TBS6205.

Features and components

  • 1 x PCI Express Interface
  • Four DVB T/T2 Freeview SD & HD Channels Receiving
  • DiSEqC 2.x Compliant
  • Linux Support

The following chips are used:

Identification

lspci -v | grep --after-context=10 7160

Example of output for functioning card:

02:00.0 Multimedia controller [0480]: Philips Semiconductors SAA7160 [1131:7160] (rev 02)
Subsystem: Device [6284:0001]
 Control: I/O+ Mem+ BusMaster+ SpecCycle- MemWINV- VGASnoop- ParErr- Stepping- SERR- FastB2B-   DisINTx-
 Status: Cap+ 66MHz- UDF- FastB2B- ParErr- DEVSEL=fast >TAbort- <TAbort- <MAbort- >SERR- <PERR-  INTx-
 Latency: 0, Cache Line Size: 4 bytes
 Interrupt: pin A routed to IRQ 18
 Region 0: Memory at fdd00000 (64-bit, non-prefetchable) [size=1M]
 Capabilities: <access denied>
 Kernel driver in use: SAA716x TBS
 Kernel modules: saa716x_tbs-dvb

The control and status settings are not always displayed, however:

03:00.0 Multimedia controller: Philips Semiconductors SAA7160 (rev 02)
 Subsystem: Device 6284:0001
 Flags: bus master, fast devsel, latency 0, IRQ 16
 Memory at fbb00000 (64-bit, non-prefetchable) [size=1M]
 Capabilities: [40] MSI: Enable- Count=1/32 Maskable- 64bit+
 Capabilities: [50] Express Endpoint, MSI 00
 Capabilities: [74] Power Management version 2
 Capabilities: [80] Vendor Specific Information: Len=50 <?>
 Capabilities: [100] Vendor Specific Information: ID=0000 Rev=0 Len=088 <?>
 Kernel driver in use: SAA716x TBS
 Kernel modules: saa716x_tbs-dvb

Example of output for driver not yet installed or loaded. Note kernel driver and modules info is missing:

02:00.0 Multimedia controller: Philips Semiconductors Device 7160 (rev 02)
 Subsystem: Device 6284:0001
 Flags: bus master, fast devsel, latency 0, IRQ 10
 Memory at fe900000 (64-bit, non-prefetchable) [size=1M]
 Capabilities: [40] Message Signalled Interrupts: Mask- 64bit+ Queue=0/5 Enable-
 Capabilities: [50] Express Endpoint, MSI 00
 Capabilities: [74] Power Management version 2
 Capabilities: [80] Vendor Specific Information <?>
 Capabilities: [100] Vendor Specific Information <?>

Making it Work

See TBS PCIe card setup

IRQ Issues

See TBS PCIe card setup#IRQ_Issues

Sample Kernel Output

[    6.125838] tbs6928fe: module license 'TurboSight Proprietary: www.tbsdtv.com' taints kernel.
[    6.125842] Disabling lock debugging due to kernel taint
[    6.206009] Registered IR keymap rc-tbs-nec
[    6.206058] input: saa716x IR (TurboSight TBS 6284) as /devices/pci0000:00/0000:00:1c.3/0000:04:00.0/rc/rc1/input5
[    6.206081] rc1: saa716x IR (TurboSight TBS 6284) as /devices/pci0000:00/0000:00:1c.3/0000:04:00.0/rc/rc1
[    6.206141] DVB: registering new adapter (SAA716x dvb adapter)
[    6.261725] input: MCE IR Keyboard/Mouse (saa716x) as /devices/virtual/input/input7
[    6.277606] rc rc1: lirc_dev: driver ir-lirc-codec (saa716x) registered at minor = 1
[    7.092446] TurboSight TBS6284 DVB-T2 card port0 MAC=ff:ff:ff:ff:ff:ff
[    7.092450] DVB: registering adapter 0 frontend 0 (TurboSight TBS 62x0 DVBT/T2 frontend)...
[    7.092538] DVB: registering new adapter (SAA716x dvb adapter)
[    7.140415] TurboSight TBS6284 DVB-T2 card port1 MAC=ff:ff:ff:ff:ff:ff
[    7.140418] DVB: registering adapter 1 frontend 0 (TurboSight TBS 62x0 DVBT/T2 frontend)...
[    7.140476] DVB: registering new adapter (SAA716x dvb adapter)
[    7.792511] TurboSight TBS6284 DVB-T2 card port2 MAC=ff:ff:ff:ff:ff:ff
[    7.792515] DVB: registering adapter 2 frontend 0 (TurboSight TBS 62x0 DVBT/T2 frontend)...
[    7.792595] DVB: registering new adapter (SAA716x dvb adapter)
[    7.840515] TurboSight TBS6284 DVB-T2 card port3 MAC=ff:ff:ff:ff:ff:ff
[    7.840517] DVB: registering adapter 3 frontend 0 (TurboSight TBS 62x0 DVBT/T2 frontend)...

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