[linux-dvb] Still unclear how to use Hauppage HVR-950 and v4l-dvb

Michael Krufky mkrufky at linuxtv.org
Sun Sep 21 18:11:51 CEST 2008

Jonathan Coles wrote:
> Michael Krufky wrote:
>> Devin Heitmueller wrote:
>>> On Sun, Sep 21, 2008 at 10:22 AM, Jonathan Coles
>>> <jcoles0727 at rogers.com> wrote:
>>>> It would really help if there was a single set of instructions
>>>> specific
>>>> to the HVR-950 with tests at each stage. I'm really confused as to the
>>>> status of my installation.
>>>> I compiled the firmware according to the instructions on
>>>> http://linuxtv.org/repo/. The result:
>>>> $ lsusb
>>>> Bus 005 Device 002: ID 2040:7200 Hauppauge
>>> Hold the phone!  You don't have an HVR-950.  You have an HVR-950Q.
>>> Please be sure to mention this in all future messages, since it's a
>>> totally different device and the HVR-950 directions do not apply.
>>> I'm not sure whether the HVR-950Q support has been merged yet.  Steven
>>> could comment on that.  I suspect it's still in a separate branch,
>>> which would mean you would need to do an hg clone of a different tree.
>> HVR950Q ATSC / QAM is supported in the master development repository,
>> and it is in upstream 2.6.26 and later.
>> You need the xc5000 firmware.
>> [   17.247610] usb 5-2: new high speed USB device using ehci_hcd and
>> address 2
>> [   17.380387] usb 5-2: unable to read config index 0 descriptor/all
>> [   17.380434] usb 5-2: can't read configurations, error -71
>> ^^ This is not a firmware problem, but looks fishy.  If using the
>> latest drivers from linuxtv.org doesnt work for you, then try another
>> USB port, or confirm that it also works in windows.
>> Good Luck,
>> Mike
> Thanks guys!
> The box says HVR-950 on it and that the device "Cannot receive digital
> cable TV". However, the device itself is labeled "NTSC/ATSC/QAM HD TV
> receiver" and there is a small, stylized Q following the "950". Great!
> I got this on sale. Lack of QAM support was my reason for not buying
> earlier at the usual price. Perhaps the store didn't realize that this
> is the newer model.
> I had added the XC5000 firmware, dvb-fe-xc5000-1.1.fw, in case I had a
> 950Q. But if, as you say, I need a later kernel, that might be why it
> doesn't work. I have kernel 2.6.24-19.
> I'll look for more info on linuxtv.org. Perhaps I just need to wait a
> little for the support for this to be developed.
I am telling you that this device is already supported -- You must use
kernel version 2.6.26 or later, *or* you can use the latest modules from
linuxtv.org with your older kernel.

Check the howto for info about how to install the drivers:


...and yes -- your stick does support QAM.



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