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

Steven Toth stoth at linuxtv.org
Sun Sep 21 19:03:13 CEST 2008

Michael Krufky wrote:
> 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:
> http://linuxtv.org/repo
> ...and yes -- your stick does support QAM.

Jonathan, this sticks works very nicely for me for ATSC and US digital 
cable services. I think you'll enjoy it!

If you have specific hvr-950q issues perhaps you could generate a new 
thread with the appropriate subject (for future reference to users with 
similar issues).



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