[linux-dvb] Where does the firmware come from

Mark Howells Mark.Howells at softoption.com
Mon Sep 18 12:04:45 CEST 2006


> -----Original Message-----
> [mailto:linux-dvb-bounces at linuxtv.org] On Behalf Of Alan Chandler
> Sent: 16 September 2006 19:45
> On Thursday 14 September 2006 12:12, Mark Howells wrote:
> > BTW, I am still no further with my Freecom stick which exhibits the 
> > same issues as yours (recv_bulk failures and odd tuning 
> requirements). 
> > I suspect that the recv_bulk errors are due to a poor USB 
> > implememntation on the stick - it does draw a lot of power. 
> I'm going 
> > to try running mine against an independantly powered hub 
> for comparison.
> I just bought a new pci usb card, and all my bulk failures 
> have gone away.

Excellent news - my hub should arrive today - I'll try it out asap. I really hope it works as I'm right out of other ideas. I even built the drivers on another PC that exhibited very similar problems. The unit gets really hot too...

> Googling around the net, a card based on the ALI chips seem 
> to exhibit lots of problems that this failure shows up.
> My new card had a VIA chip, and since installing it this 
> morning I haven't had any such problems. Still need to make 
> sure my signal is top notch.  I can easily tune to the BBC 
> channels, but the ITV ones need almost no segments of co-ax, 
> and a small amplifier to get to work - despite being so close 
> the the powerful Crystal Palace.

I have another card (Hauppauge Nova-T/PCI) that my antenna feeds quite happily so I should be OK. I had read that this Freecom unit is very sensitive so I'm a bit surprised at your finding.


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