[linux-dvb] Freecom USB DVB-T woes

Philip Boucherat philip.boucherat at ntlworld.com
Thu Sep 14 01:54:10 CEST 2006

I am only guessing, but to me the log messages you are getting suggest a 
problem something to do with USB rather than a DVB problem.

Signal strength should not be a problem if you live near Crystal Palace - it 
is transmitting at 20,000W!! I can receive DVB-T stuff from Crystal Palace 
even though I am not too far from Brighton (although I do have a good 

See http://www.ukfree.tv/txdetail.php?a=TQ339712 for frequencies/channels 
etc., e.g. 506MHz, 16QAM, probably will have a BBC chanel on video PID 640, 
audio PID 641,

Cheers, Phil

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Alan Chandler" <alan at chandlerfamily.org.uk>
To: <linux-dvb at linuxtv.org>
Sent: Thursday, September 14, 2006 12:31 AM
Subject: [linux-dvb] Freecom USB DVB-T woes

>I have been trying for some time to get freecom dvb-t usb sticks to work on 
> server, so I could set up a mythtv backend.  At least tonight I finally
> managed to get a mythtv frontend working with it, so I could see the 
> actual
> picture.
> I am near Crystal Palace in the UK, with a loft aerial, so I would have
> suspected a reasonably strong signal.  I am sharing the feed with a 
> Panasonic
> PVR, and that is working perfectly.
> I have built the dvb drivers from the latest (of two days ago) mercurial
> repository
> Some issues
> - I get regular failures in the log like the following.  This is with a 
> single
> stick plugged in, watching BBC ONE apparently perfectly.  Reading the 
> code,
> it implies I am getting USB protocol problems.  What could caused that?
> Sep 13 23:57:06 roo kernel: dvb-usb: recv bulk message failed: -75
> Sep 13 23:57:08 roo kernel: dvb-usb: recv bulk message failed: -71
> Sep 13 23:57:09 roo kernel: dvb-usb: recv bulk message failed: -75
> Sep 13 23:57:44 roo last message repeated 8 times
> Sep 13 23:58:23 roo last message repeated 2 times
> Sep 13 23:58:26 roo kernel: dvb-usb: bulk message failed: -71 (1/0)
> Sep 13 23:59:00 roo kernel: dvb-usb: recv bulk message failed: -75
> Sep 13 23:59:31 roo last message repeated 5 times
> - I can't (despite doing so a week ago) get the stick to lock on in 
> dvbscan on
> ITV channels (according to some UK information, the BBC is encoded with 
> QAM16
> whilst ITV is encoded QAM64  Does that make a difference?
> -- 
> Alan Chandler
> http://www.chandlerfamily.org.uk
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