[linux-dvb] Re: AVerTV Hybrid+FM PCI

napalmllama at gmail.com napalmllama at gmail.com
Sun Jan 8 01:21:06 CET 2006

Nobody knows anything? :(

I've just found this in the new 2.6.15 kernel:

+ This is a video4linux driver for the 'dpc7146 demonstration board' by
+ Philips-Semiconductors. It's the reference design for SAA7146 bases
+ [sic] boards, so if you have some unsupported saa7146 based,
+ analog video card, chances are good that it will work with this
+ skeleton driver.

So it looks like it may, just may, be supported...
I'm getting the impression that the saa7146 bit is for Analogue tuning
and the mt352 bit is for digital.  What we really need is somebody
with this card to check it out, see what works and what doesn't. 
AVerMedia seem very supportive about Linux, so I'm confident it'll
work one way or the other, eventually.  I'll buy one and report back
as soon as I have the cash!

On 06/01/06, Albert the Mildly Deranged <napalmllama at gmail.com> wrote:
> Hello there.  I'm new to all this DVB malarky, but I'm interested in
> changing that with one of these cards.
> I want to know about compatibility first, though, before I shell out
> £60 [100USD-ish] and find I've wasted my money.  I was wondering if
> you fine people might help me out (if I help you a bit)?  I've been
> Googling around for it and there seems to be a lot of speculation
> about this board - how many chips does it use, what are they, how
> standard is the interface, etc - but little hard fact.  AVerMedia
> Support tell me that the board uses a chipset which is undocumented,
> and has no open-source Linux driver.  However, the folks at Aver have
> been beavering away on a closed-source Linux driver - closed-source
> due to licensing issues with the manufacturer, I'm told.
> The very helpful guy answering my emails sent me what they've got so
> far - what seems to be an RPM-based package for FC3 and FC4.  I'm on
> Gentoo (and I don't have the card) so I can't test it out for myself.
> However, the files inside the RPM are very helpfully named - the
> /lib/modules/2.6.11-1.1369_FC4/kernel/drivers/media/video/ directory
> looks like this:
> > mt352.ko
> > saa7134/saa713x.ko
> Now I've just looked inside my kernel configuration (2.6.14-gentoo-r4)
> and there's an option to support the mt352 digital tuner.  The
> Phillips SAA7146 also appears to be supported, but not the 713x
> mentioned.  Are they one and the same?  I don't know.
> I hope you'll consider that I've done enough of my own poking around
> to be worthy of your help, but that's about as far as my poking stick
> will reach.  With any luck this email will spark off a good discussion
> about the board, and we'll get some real facts.
> Cheers (and apologies for length),
> Tom :)

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