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    DVB ExpressCard in Hardy

    Hi all

    I have a Dell XPS M1530 and all seems to be working well so far, except webcam (haven't tried yet) and the TV card (don't know what to try). This TV card is a AverMedia HC82 NanoExpress ExpressCard DVB-T tuner that was sold with the computer by Dell.

    What can I do to test to see if this card works or not? I tried 'lspci' and 'lsusb' and 'lspcmcia' but none of them appeared to show my TV card.

    What packages would I need to install in order to *attempt* to use this card? Or do I need to do some kernel module bizzo?

    Cheers
    JP

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    Re: DVB ExpressCard in Hardy

    The AverMedia people told me that the AverTV HC82 ExpressCard TV tuner is not and will never be supported on Linux.

    I have not been able to work out any way of even detecting the presence of this hardware.

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    Re: DVB ExpressCard in Hardy

    try:

    Code:
    sudo modprobe pciehp pciehp_force=1
    which will load drivers for the pcie hotplug interface. after that, you MAY be able to see your card using lspci.

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    Re: DVB ExpressCard in Hardy

    lspci now reveals
    Code:
    0c:00.0 Multimedia controller: Philips Semiconductors Unknown device 7160 (rev 03)
    Upon further investigation, sudo lspci -vvnn displays the following:
    Code:
    0c:00.0 Multimedia controller [0480]: Philips Semiconductors Unknown device [1131:7160] (rev 03)
    	Subsystem: Avermedia Technologies Inc Unknown device [1461:0455]
    	Control: I/O- Mem- BusMaster- SpecCycle- MemWINV- VGASnoop- ParErr- Stepping- SERR- FastB2B-
    	Status: Cap+ 66MHz- UDF- FastB2B- ParErr- DEVSEL=fast >TAbort- <TAbort- <MAbort- >SERR- <PERR-
    	Interrupt: pin A routed to IRQ 5
    	Region 0: Memory at fe600000 (64-bit, non-prefetchable) [disabled] [size=1M]
    	Capabilities: [40] Message Signalled Interrupts: Mask- 64bit+ Queue=0/5 Enable-
    		Address: 0000000000000000  Data: 0000
    	Capabilities: [50] Express Endpoint IRQ 0
    		Device: Supported: MaxPayload 128 bytes, PhantFunc 0, ExtTag-
    		Device: Latency L0s <256ns, L1 <1us
    		Device: AtnBtn- AtnInd- PwrInd-
    		Device: Errors: Correctable- Non-Fatal- Fatal- Unsupported-
    		Device: RlxdOrd+ ExtTag- PhantFunc- AuxPwr- NoSnoop-
    		Device: MaxPayload 128 bytes, MaxReadReq 128 bytes
    		Link: Supported Speed 2.5Gb/s, Width x1, ASPM L0s L1, Port 1
    		Link: Latency L0s <4us, L1 <64us
    		Link: ASPM Disabled RCB 128 bytes CommClk- ExtSynch-
    		Link: Speed 2.5Gb/s, Width x1
    	Capabilities: [74] Power Management version 2
    		Flags: PMEClk- DSI- D1+ D2+ AuxCurrent=0mA PME(D0+,D1+,D2+,D3hot-,D3cold-)
    		Status: D0 PME-Enable- DSel=0 DScale=0 PME-
    	Capabilities: [80] Vendor Specific Information
    I've had no luck v4l-dvb. I still have no /dev/dvb/ directory.

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    Re: DVB ExpressCard in Hardy

    Hmm, I have the same card, an AverMedia HC82 NanoExpress TV card, in a Dell Studio 17 - I can get to the same stage, i.e. getting it to recognise "Philips Semiconductors Unknown device 7160 (rev 03)". If anyone knows what to do beyond that I'd appreciate any hints...

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    Re: DVB ExpressCard in Hardy

    *raises hand*

    Yeah, I'd also love any further info - Sitting with a Studio 17. No fingerprint reader, no TV, no remote, and as of 8.10 no video in apps like cheese.

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    Re: DVB ExpressCard in Hardy

    Quote Originally Posted by denhamcoote View Post
    No fingerprint reader, no TV, no remote, and as of 8.10 no video in apps like cheese.
    For me, the fingerprint reader works (using thinkfinger, not fprint), the remote works (the one that fits into the expresscard slot, not the big fat one), and the webcam works too (with Skype, Cheese, but not with Empathy/Gabble).

    It is only the TV card that's not working for me, but I've had confirmation from the manufacturer that they will not be providing drivers.

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    Re: DVB ExpressCard in Hardy

    hey,
    i got the same probleme
    i'm looking for a solution, if any of you got one please post it.
    what i found:
    http://jusst.de/hg/saa716x/summary
    this seems to be the driver required, especially because in the changelog there apears a HC82 (http://jusst.de/hg/saa716x/rev/4a74d800ee61), which is our dvb card. But even after installing it did not work for me
    if i got a solution i will tell you guys
    Last edited by madmufflon; January 16th, 2009 at 07:08 PM.

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    Re: DVB ExpressCard in Hardy

    Quote Originally Posted by madmufflon View Post
    hey,
    what i found:
    http://jusst.de/hg/saa716x/summary
    this seems to be the driver required, especially because in the changelog there apears a HC82
    That's right. Well spotted! In the file

    /saa716x-e1225092bc77/linux/drivers/media/dvb/saa716x/Kconfig

    it claims explicitly that the HC-82 card is supported. I managed to compile but haven't yet tested it, because I put the card in a box somewhere!

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    Re: DVB ExpressCard in Hardy

    i managed to include saa716x_core and _hybrid via modprobe, but unfortunately it did not change anything. There are no displayed errors(even in dmesg), but /dev/dvb does not exist. if you have succes i would appreciate any hints you could give on how you made it work.

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