[Re: [linux-dvb] Compro Videomate DVB-T200 and friends

Hartmut Hackmann hartmut.hackmann at t-online.de
Sun Sep 10 02:00:20 CEST 2006

Hi, James

James Fidell wrote:
> Meant to send this to the list rather than privately.  Bah.
> -------- Original Message --------
> Subject: Re: [linux-dvb] Compro Videomate DVB-T200 and friends
> Date: Sat, 09 Sep 2006 00:52:43 +0100
> From: James Fidell <james at fidell.co.uk>
> To: Hartmut Hackmann <hartmut.hackmann at t-online.de>
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> <45009E1D.7030403 at t-online.de>	<4501D362.1040509 at fidell.co.uk>
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> Hartmut Hackmann wrote:
>>There are absolutely no messages regarding saa7130 in the kernel log?
>>This would mean that the driver does not even see the card, otherwise
>>you would at least see the initialization messages of the saa713x core
>>driver - even if the card is unknown.
>>Do you see the card if you do lspci?
> Well, I'm confused now.  Perhaps I should say "even more confused" :)
> I was told that using the stock FC5 kernel, I should install
> video4linux-kmdl-2.6.17-1.2174_FC5-20060723-76.fc5.at.i686.rpm from
> ATrpms.  Also, in frustration I've been searching google and came upon a
> page that suggested using "modprobe saa7134 oss=1", so I did that.  Then
> "modprobe saa7134-dvb".  All of a sudden, devices appear in /dev/dvb!
> I really have no idea why adding the oss=1 option should change this,
> as it doesn't seem relevant at all, but between the two changes it does
> appear to hvae resolved the problem.
> So, assuming I get the right options to pass to modprobe, it looks
> the kernel does see the card and "do the right thing".  Of course we're
> now at the point where the kernel thinks the card only has composite and
> S-Video inputs, whereas I'm using a TV input.  Looks like the default is
> the TV input though, as "scan" returns a load of tuning data.  If I can
> help correct the card definition, please let me know what you need.
> Oddly though, the DVB-T200 doesn't find all the available channels
> (compared with a Hauppauge card I've just dropped in the same box).
> Using the Hauppauge card, scan finds 86 channels.  Using the DVB-T200,
> scan only finds 48.  Swapping the aerial inputs over doesn't make a
> difference, so it looks like something to do with the cards.  Any
> ideas?
> James
The only explaination i have is that your module dependency file is
broken. To verify this, may i ask you to examine the kernel log file
(/var/log/messages) carefully again? There should be messages about
missing symbols.
You should rerun "depmod". If this fails, your kernel is not properly
You are right, the option "oss=1" is useless for a dvb card.
The T200 should have a Philips TU1216 tuner. I cross checked, this one
can not receive analog tv.
Regarding the available channels: You should check the firmware revision
of the channel decoder (again in the kernel log). I guess it is 2.0
The recent version is 2.9 and has significantly improved regarding poor
signal quality.
You can obtain it i.e. from lifeview with the get_dvb_firmware.pl script
in our repository.


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