[linux-dvb] Pinnacle PCTV Sat HDTV Pro USB (PCTV452e)

Daniel Golle daniel.golle at gmail.com
Sun Oct 28 22:36:53 CET 2007

sorry, posted with a wrong subject before... (shame on me)
On Sun, 28 Oct 2007 17:24:55 +0000, garlicdevel at ntlworld.com wrote:
> > Thanks! 
> > That was the missing piece of the puzzle! By using szap2 I can tune
> in
> > and receive all DVB-S channels FTA on 19.2E, 
> > cat dvr0 | mplayer 
> > works almost perfectly; got some glitches from time to time, but
> that
> > was just the same with the ttpci (with budget patch) I used before.
> > 
> > -Daniel
> wow you've managed to get this working?
> can you list which driver your using, and which version of stb0899
> I'm still trying to get video output from mine 
I use:
- Linux 2.6.22-ck1 on VIA Esther processor 1200MHz
- stb0899 from http://linuxtv.org/hg/~manu/stb0899/ (last change on
- enable_pctv452e_20071021.patch posted by Dominik Kuhlen
- I changed the initial value of register STB0899_I2CRPT to 0x58 as
suggested by Dominik some hours after publishing the patch.
- szap2 from http://dev.kewl.org/hvr4000/utils/szap2.tgz finally did the
trick... (again, big thanks to Dominik for this hint!)

szap2 -r -c /home/daniel/channels.conf -i
tunes successfully to every DVB-S (but not -S2!) channel I ask it for.
I can play the stream in /dev/dvb/adapter0/dvr0 with mplayer (actually,
I do this on my router machine, the box the pinnacle is connected to:
cat /dev/dvb/adapter0/dvr0 | nc -l -p 12345
and this on my workstation:
nc 192.168.XXX.XXX 12345 | mplayer -stop-xscreensaver -v -vo xv -vf
tfields -

got to restart netcat and mplayer everytime I tune to a different
channel. I guess, this is more a problem with mplayer not expecting the
TS to end/die unexpectedly...

Also, I tried to compile szap2 using the headers included in manu's
stb0899 code instead of the ones included in szap2, which did NOT work
(tuner doesn't lock to channel).

Anyway, just to mention, the LED seems to stay yellow at all times after
plugging the device, but i don't care as i cannot see it anyway ;)

btw: as dvbscan doesn't work yet with the new tuner api, I need an
up-to-date channels.conf for 19.2E. somebody, please run dvbscan 
and send me the result by email.


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