Hauppauge WinTV-HVR-1120

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The Hauppauge WinTV-HVR-1120 is a hybrid analog and DVB-T PCI card.

It sometimes ships in a HVR-1100 box. The HVR-1120, however, is of triangular shape, while the HVR-1100 board is a typical rectangular shaped card. There are significant component differences too.

Support for this card appears to be broken in recent Linux kernels.


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If "lspci -v" shows something like this:

 Multimedia controller: Philips Semiconductors SAA7133/SAA7135 Video Broadcast Decoder (rev d1)
 Subsystem: Hauppauge computer works Inc. Unknown device 6707      

with the 6707 at the end, you have a WinTV-HVR-1120.

Installing the HVR-1120

Installing the SAA7134 Driver

The analog tuner of the HVR-1120 runs out of the box. The kernel moduls are already included in the 2.6.20 kernel. No driver installation is required. Look out for something like

 kernel: saa7130/34: v4l2 driver version 0.2.14 loaded

in /var/log/messages to make sure the driver is loaded.

Installing the SAA7134-dvb Modules

The WinTV-HVR-1120 needs kernel 2.6.31 as a minimum. In order for the DVB-T to work an additional module, SAA7134-dvb, and the firmware has to be installed. First of all, check whether the module is already installed. Scan through


and look out for something like

DVB: registering new adapter (saa7133[0]).
DVB: registering frontend 1 (NXP TDA10048HN DVB-T)...

If you find that, than the SAA7134-dvb kernel module is already installed. Please not that in this case the HVR-1120 is the second DVB card registered in the system. You see that since frontend is 1 and not 0. If kernel module is not installed, load it into the kernel like this

modprobe saa7134-dvb.

This should automatically create a folder in /dev:


where N is an integer. The first dvb card will be numbered starting at N=0, each following card will increase N by one. Issue an


command to check whether the kernel module has been loaded. Output should be

DVB: registering new adapter (saa7133[0])
DVB: registering frontend 1 (NXP TDA10048HN DVB-T)...

Installing the Firmware

This card requires a firmware file (dvb-fe-tda10048.fw) for the demodulator, which can be obtained here: [1]

Once the download is complete, place a copy of the firmware file in your /lib/firmware or /usr/lib/hotplug/firmware directory. (This directory may differ with some distros; consult your distro's documentation for the appropriate location).

Making the Modules Load into the Kernel at Startup

In order that the saa7134-dvb module gets loaded at startup add following line

install saa7134 /sbin/modprobe  --ignore-install saa7134 && { /sbin/modprobe saa7134-alsa; } && { /sbin/modprobe saa7134-dvb;}

to the modprobe.conf in


Now check whether everything is working as it should. Restart the PC and check the /var/log/messages. Look out for something like:

kernel: DVB: registering new adapter (saa7133[0]).
kernel: DVB: registering frontend 1 (NXP TDA10048HN DVB-T)...

telling you the dvb modules got loaded. Please note that in this case the system has two DVB cards. The second one (frontend 1) is the HVR 1120.

tda10048_firmware_upload: waiting for firmware upload (dvb-fe-tda10048-1.0.fw)...
saa7134 0000:00:0e.0: firmware: requesting dvb-fe-tda10048-1.0.fw
tda10048_firmware_upload: firmware read 24878 bytes.
tda10048_firmware_upload: firmware uploading
tda10048_firmware_upload: firmware uploaded

tells you that firmware has also been loaded.

Next Step

The next step is to create a channels.conf. To this end follow the link Testing your DVB device


On a Debian system, the card worked, but sometimes it entered a state where it produced only i2c errors during tuning, which were visible in dmesg. To be able to make tuning work again, one had to reboot the system.

This misbehaviour seems to be fixed in the 2.6.37 kernel tree, probably thanks to the following patch: [2]

In 2.6.39, there are more patches to the tda18271 module, which make the driver more stable: [3].

The card was too unstable/unreliable for me in the long term, so I replaced it with a WinTV Nova-T PCI 928 (Model 90003, rev C2B0).