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Dragnovich
October 15th, 2008, 05:21 AM
Hello I just found the mythbuntu proyect and have some questions.

First than all, Im in mexico so is not very easy to get specific cards and models as in the USA, tha you can shop virtually in hundreds of e-shops.

Here we are restricted to the importers, and what do they import (I cant find a dealer that ships the products to mexico too), so browsing all options I have here, I found that they dont sell none of the models that you have tested, how ever they sell many TV Capture cards based in the "Phillips PCI Capture (SAA7130)" chipset.

So is this chipset supported by the mythbuntu ??

Thanks!

ian dobson
October 15th, 2008, 05:41 PM
Hi,

Have a look here http://www.linuxtv.org

Regards
Ian Dobson

jobinau
February 18th, 2009, 02:10 PM
Quick answer to your question:
Yes! SAA7130 is supported, but it uses the SAA7134 driver.
infact Philips SAA7130 is a scale down version of SAA7134 for which linux driver is available.
i mean, you need to load the saa7134 module like:

modeprobe saa7134

I am already using a SAA7130 based tuner for viewing TV.
here i documented how you can do that.
http://jobinau.googlepages.com/saa7130basedtvtunercardunderlinux

klc5555
February 18th, 2009, 03:26 PM
Quick answer to your question:
Yes! SAA7130 is supported, but it uses the SAA7134 driver.
infact Philips SAA7130 is a scale down version of SAA7134 for which linux driver is available.
i mean, you need to load the saa7134 module like:

modeprobe saa7134

I am already using a SAA7130 based tuner for viewing TV.
here i documented how you can do that.
http://jobinau.googlepages.com/saa7130basedtvtunercardunderlinux


You will likely need to download and install the nxt2004 firmware for one of these cards, and you'll also likely need to specify the card and tuner parameters as modprobe options, since most of these cards are so cheaply produced that modprobe has trouble identifying one from another. Once they are configured, however, they work great.

The mythtv howto for the Avermedia A180 tells how to get the firmware for these cards.

http://www.mythtv.org/wiki/AVerTV_HD_A180

The list of cards is most easily found on the Gentoo wiki:

http://en.gentoo-wiki.com/wiki/Saa7134

The list of tuners is found here:

http://www.gentoo-wiki.info/SAA7134#tuner

So that, for example,to load my AverMedia A180 properly via modprobe, the command was;

modprobe saa7134 card=75 tuner=68

And finally, though this doesn't usually affect Ubuntu, it's hardly documented anywhere: if your I2c support is compiled straight into the kernel, the nxt-2004 firmware absolutely, positively will not load. I2c support must be done as a module.

Like I said, not usually a problem with Ubuntu, unless you've done some peculiar kernel compiling. But in some distros it will stop you dead with one of these cards until you figure it out.

Cheers! :)