Difference between revisions of "Pinnacle PCTV DVB-S2 Stick (461e)"
(Adding two Known issues. Finding the reason of my malfunction took me several hours.)
|Line 60:||Line 60:|
Latest revision as of 11:07, 11 April 2015
PCTV DVB-S2 Stick (461e) is a handy high-end USB stick to receive high definition digital satellite TV. It makes reception of HDTV and SDTV possible via DVB-S2 and DVB-S. It is the successor of the PCTV 460e model that is not for sale any more. Both models are externally the same, but different components are used inside.
- USB interface: Empia EM28178
- Demodulator: Montage M88DS3103
- Tuner: Montage M88TS2022
- LNBR: Allegro A8293
Support has been added to kernel, and is included since 3.14 in all stable kernel releases. 
kernel: em28xx: New device PCTV PCTV 461 @ 480 Mbps (2013:0258, interface 0, class 0) kernel: em28xx: DVB interface 0 found: isoc kernel: em28xx: chip ID is em28178 kernel: em28178 #0: EEPROM ID = 26 00 01 00, EEPROM hash = 0x033c71a0 kernel: em28178 #0: EEPROM info: kernel: em28178 #0: microcode start address = 0x0004, boot configuration = 0x01 kernel: em28178 #0: AC97 audio (5 sample rates) kernel: em28178 #0: 500mA max power kernel: em28178 #0: Table at offset 0x27, strings=0x148c, 0x1874, 0x0a6a kernel: em28178 #0: Identified as PCTV DVB-S2 Stick (461e) (card=92) kernel: em28178 #0: dvb set to isoc mode. kernel: usbcore: registered new interface driver em28xx kernel: em28178 #0: Binding DVB extension kernel: i2c i2c-9: a8293: Allegro A8293 SEC attached kernel: DVB: registering new adapter (em28178 #0) kernel: usb 2-1: DVB: registering adapter 0 frontend 0 (Montage M88DS3103)... kernel: em28178 #0: DVB extension successfully initialized
The demodulator requires a firmware file that must be uploaded by the driver: dvb-demod-m88ds3103.fw
The file is part of OpenELEC dvb-firmware package: download
Target directory: /lib/firmware
IR Remote Control
The IR receiver is detected by the kernel.
kernel: em28178 #0: Registering input extension kernel: Registered IR keymap rc-pinnacle-pctv-hd kernel: input: em28xx IR (em28178 #0) as /devices/pci0000:00/0000:00:1d.7/usb2/2-1/rc/rc0/input21 kernel: rc0: em28xx IR (em28178 #0) as /devices/pci0000:00/0000:00:1d.7/usb2/2-1/rc/rc0 kernel: em28178 #0: Input extension successfully initalized kernel: em28xx: Registered (Em28xx Input Extension) extension
- The LED indicator does not work as described in the manufacturer documentation. The LED will signal green, regardless of the power supply of the LNB. So even if your LNB or multi-switch needs a power feed to work and you don't have the external power supply connected, the PCTVs LED will signal green. No reception is possible in this situation.
- At least in some cases the PCTV 461e will not supply the LNB with the feeding power. The forum post  describes the problem and gives a working solution: A fully connected (USB and external power source) PCTV 461e does not supply any operating power to the LNB/Multi-switch. So no reception is possible. The following workaround seems to work: Install the manufacturer supplied TV-reception program under windows and search for a channel. Watch it for a few seconds. Now you can disconnect it from Windows and connect it to your Linux installation. This worked for the forum poster and for me.