Wednesday, May 17, 2006

How to configure TV card on Linux

Like quite a few people I had lots of problems getting my new tv card to work. From what I can tell hotplug usually doesn?t detect and assign the correct card number.

Assuming you have a standard kernel it should have all the modules you need.

Firstly you must identify your card number by finding your card on this list, or googling if its not there.

card=0 - *** UNKNOWN/GENERIC ***
card=1 - MIRO PCTV
card=2 - Hauppauge (bt848)
card=3 - STB
card=4 - Intel Create and Share PCI/ Smart Video Recorder III
card=5 - Diamond DTV2000
card=6 - AVerMedia TVPhone
card=7 - MATRIX-Vision MV-Delta
card=8 - Lifeview FlyVideo II (Bt848) LR26
card=9 - IMS/IXmicro TurboTV
card=10 - Hauppauge (bt878)
card=11 - MIRO PCTV pro
card=12 - ADS Technologies Channel Surfer TV (bt848)
card=13 - AVerMedia TVCapture 98
card=14 - Aimslab Video Highway Xtreme (VHX)
card=15 - Zoltrix TV-Max
card=16 - Prolink Pixelview PlayTV (bt878)
card=17 - Leadtek WinView 601
card=18 - AVEC Intercapture
card=19 - Lifeview FlyVideo II EZ /FlyKit LR38 Bt848 (capture only)
card=20 - CEI Raffles Card
card=21 - Lifeview FlyVideo 98/ Lucky Star Image World ConferenceTV LR50
card=22 - Askey CPH050/ Phoebe Tv Master + FM
card=23 - Modular Technology MM205 PCTV, bt878
card=24 - Askey CPH05X/06X (bt878) [many vendors]
card=25 - Terratec Terra TV+ Version 1.0 (Bt848)/Vobis TV-Boostar
card=26 - Hauppauge WinCam newer (bt878)
card=27 - Lifeview FlyVideo 98/ MAXI TV Video PCI2 LR50
card=28 - Terratec TerraTV+
card=29 - Imagenation PXC200
card=30 - Lifeview FlyVideo 98 LR50
card=31 - Formac iProTV
card=32 - Intel Create and Share PCI/ Smart Video Recorder III
card=33 - Terratec TerraTValue
card=34 - Leadtek WinFast 2000
card=35 - Lifeview FlyVideo 98 LR50 / Chronos Video Shuttle II
card=36 - Lifeview FlyVideo 98FM LR50 / Typhoon TView TV/FM Tuner
card=37 - Prolink PixelView PlayTV pro
card=38 - Askey CPH06X TView99
card=39 - Pinnacle PCTV Studio/Rave
card=40 - STB2
card=41 - AVerMedia TVPhone 98
card=42 - ProVideo PV951
card=43 - Little OnAir TV
card=44 - Sigma TVII-FM
card=45 - MATRIX-Vision MV-Delta 2
card=46 - Zoltrix Genie TV/FM
card=47 - Terratec TV/Radio+
card=48 - Askey CPH03x/ Dynalink Magic TView
card=50 - Prolink PV-BT878P+4E / PixelView PlayTV PAK / Lenco MXTV-9578 CP
card=51 - Eagle Wireless Capricorn2 (bt878A)
card=52 - Pinnacle PCTV Studio Pro
card=53 - Typhoon TView RDS + FM Stereo / KNC1 TV Station RDS
card=54 - Lifeview FlyVideo 2000 /FlyVideo A2/ Lifetec LT 9415 TV [LR90]
card=55 - Askey CPH031/ BESTBUY Easy TV
card=56 - Lifeview FlyVideo 98FM LR50
card=57 - GrandTec 'Grand Video Capture' (Bt848)
card=58 - Askey CPH060/ Phoebe TV Master Only (No FM)
card=59 - Askey CPH03x TV Capturer
card=60 - Modular Technology MM100PCTV
card=61 - AG Electronics GMV1
card=62 - Askey CPH061/ BESTBUY Easy TV (bt878)
card=63 - ATI TV-Wonder
card=64 - ATI TV-Wonder VE
card=65 - Lifeview FlyVideo 2000S LR90
card=66 - Terratec TValueRadio
card=68 - 3Dfx VoodooTV FM (Euro), VoodooTV 200 (USA)
card=69 - Active Imaging AIMMS
card=70 - Prolink Pixelview PV-BT878P+ (Rev.4C)
card=71 - Lifeview FlyVideo 98EZ (capture only) LR51
card=72 - Prolink Pixelview PV-BT878P+9B (PlayTV Pro rev.9B FM+NICAM)
card=73 - Sensoray 311
card=74 - RemoteVision MX (RV605)
card=75 - Powercolor MTV878/ MTV878R/ MTV878F
card=76 - Canopus WinDVR PCI (COMPAQ Presario 3524JP, 5112JP)

card=77 - GrandTec Multi Capture Card (Bt878)
card=78 - Jetway TV/Capture JW-TV878-FBK, Kworld KW-TV878RF
card=79 - DSP Design TCVIDEO
card=80 - Hauppauge WinTV PVR

Write down this number.

Find your tuner type:

Tuner number

type=0 - Temic PAL (4002 FH5)
type=1 - Philips PAL_I (FI1246 and compatibles)
type=2 - Philips NTSC (FI1236 and compatibles)
type=3 - Philips (SECAM+PAL_BG) (FI1216MF, FM1216MF, FR1216MF)
type=4 - NoTuner
type=5 - Philips PAL_BG (FI1216 and compatibles)
type=6 - Temic NTSC (4032 FY5)
type=7 - Temic PAL_I (4062 FY5)
type=8 - Temic NTSC (4036 FY5)
type=9 - Alps HSBH1
type=10 - Alps TSBE1
type=11 - Alps TSBB5
type=12 - Alps TSBE5
type=13 - Alps TSBC5
type=14 - Temic PAL_BG (4006FH5)
type=15 - Alps TSCH6
type=16 - Temic PAL_DK (4016 FY5)
type=17 - Philips NTSC_M (MK2)
type=18 - Temic PAL_I (4066 FY5)
type=19 - Temic PAL* auto (4006 FN5)
type=20 - Temic PAL_BG (4009 FR5) or PAL_I (4069 FR5)
type=21 - Temic NTSC (4039 FR5)
type=22 - Temic PAL/SECAM multi (4046 FM5)
type=23 - Philips PAL_DK (FI1256 and compatibles)
type=24 - Philips PAL/SECAM multi (FQ1216ME)
type=25 - LG PAL_I+FM (TAPC-I001D)
type=26 - LG PAL_I (TAPC-I701D)
type=27 - LG NTSC+FM (TPI8NSR01F)
type=28 - LG PAL_BG+FM (TPI8PSB01D)
type=29 - LG PAL_BG (TPI8PSB11D)
type=30 - Temic PAL* auto + FM (4009 FN5)
type=31 - SHARP NTSC_JP (2U5JF5540)
type=32 - Samsung PAL TCPM9091PD27
type=33 - MT2032 universal
type=34 - Temic PAL_BG (4106 FH5)
type=35 - Temic PAL_DK/SECAM_L (4012 FY5)
type=36 - Temic NTSC (4136 FY5)
type=37 - LG PAL (newer TAPC series)
type=38 - Philips PAL/SECAM multi (FM1216ME MK3)
type=39 - LG NTSC (newer TAPC series)

There is also a radio number but I am not sure where there is a complete list of cards and radio numbers, although you can try here.

Now depending on weather your system uses a 2.4.x or 2.6.x kernel we need to change either the /etc/modules.conf (2.4.x) or /etc/modprobe.conf (2.6.x)

Open your favorite text editor as root and open /etc/?correct from above? and add the following subsittuting the card=(your card number) tuner=(your tuner number) and radio=(your radio number)

#TV Card
alias char-major-89 i2c-dev
alias char-major-81 bttv
options bttv card=78 tuner=32 radio=1

Save and exit.

Now restart your computer and install your favorite tv viewing program for example Xawtv or Tvtime and enjoy.

I hope this helps someone.


Fernando said...

What about Kayomi PCnTV P7 card? Is this device listed?

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