I realize there are not many threads about this TV card so I start this one.
Warning: This card is totally different from ENLTV-FM-2.
This thread was created: 2009-January-17
This thread was updated: 2009-April-25
This thread was updated: 2010-April-19
2. Encore ENLTV-FM: PCI TV Tuner Adaper with FM Tuner
This card is manufactured by Encore Electronics Inc. with the saa7130 chipset.
According to the manufacturer's website there are various revisions of this card. The revision number can found by physically examining the card. It should be printed in one corner.
In my case it is Rev.3, but there are also Rev. 5.2, 5.2B, and 5.3.
In Ubuntu 8.10
It works by loading the "saa7134" kernel module from the "Video 4 Linux project (v4l2)", and optionally setting the correct "card=number" and "tuner=number" as parameters to "modprobe".
00:08.0 Multimedia controller: Philips Semiconductors SAA7130 Video Broadcast Decoder (rev 01)
Subsystem: Philips Semiconductors Device 2341
Flags: bus master, medium devsel, latency 32, IRQ 16
Memory at fa000000 (32-bit, non-prefetchable) [size=1K]
Capabilities: <access denied>
Kernel driver in use: saa7134
Kernel modules: saa7134
Unload the "saa3174" module and its dependency modules, if any.
Reload the module with the correct parameters. The dependency modules should be reloaded automatically.
sudo modprobe -r saa7134_alsa <---- note the underscore
sudo modprobe -r saa7134-alsa <---- you can use a hyphen instead
sudo modprobe -r saa7134
You can check all modules currently loaded with
sudo modprobe saa7134 card=xxx tuner=yyy
3. Ubuntu distributions
Ubuntu 6.10 (Edgy Eft)
I started using this card in this release.
It worked by using
but it was recognized as a different card. From
sudo modprobre saa7134 card=3
This was taken from this old thread http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=315379
saa7130: subsystem: 1131:2341, board: LifeView/Typhoon FlyVIDEO2000 [card=3,insmod option]
Ubuntu 8.10 (Intrepid Ibex)
According to the kernel logs, this card may be set incorrectly as a GENERIC card.
It worked correctly by using
sudo modprobe saa7134 card=106
Actually, "card=106" corresponds to ENLTV, whereas "card=107" is ENLTV-FM, however in my PC it only works correctly with the former.
saa7130: subsystem: 1131:2341, board: Encore ENLTV [card=106,insmod option]
Ubuntu 9.04 (Jaunty Jackalope)
It worked correctly by using either of two possibilities
sudo modprobe saa7134 card=106
sudo modprobe saa7134 card=107 tuner=61
When using "card=106" the tuner is selected automatically to "tuner=69" and it works.
saa7130: subsystem: 1131:0000, board: Encore ENLTV [card=106,insmod option]
tuner-simple 0-0060: type set to 69 (Tena TNF 5335 and similar models)
--- or ---
saa7130: subsystem: 1131:0000, board: Encore ENLTV-FM [card=107,insmod option]
tuner-simple 0-0060: type set to 61 (Tena TNF9533-D/IF/TNF9533-B/DF)
When using "card=107" the "tuner=61" must be given explicitly.
In fact it may be possible to use different tuners, other than the ones shown here.
4. "modprobe" configuration file
In order to affect behaviour of modules loaded by "modprobe", it is possible to create files inside
as described by the manual pages
To automatically pass the parameters to "modprobe" you can create a file named
and add the following line
In Ubuntu 8.10 the modprobe configuration files were named without an extension: /etc/modprobe.d/saa7134
options saa7134 card=107 tuner=61
In Ubuntu 9.04 modprobe indicates that configuration files must end in .conf: /etc/modprobe.d/saa7134.conf
Next time "modprobe" is used with the "saa7134" module, for instance, when the system boots, it will use the indicated parameters.
5. Known problems
I have always had one problem: when using "tvtime" the screen is totally messed up, and the colors are weird after the computer returns from sleep or hibernation.
Strangely enough, "xawtv" does a wonderful job and never has problems with the image. Only it doesn't support full-screen and the X11 interface does not exactly blend in with the rest of the desktop.
6. Additional information
I use NTSC-M and US-cable frecuency table, so the options may be different for you if you are in another region.
With me, this card works better in Linux than it does in Windows.
In Windows, sometimes I get and error: "failed to initialize hardware" and I cannot watch TV.
According to the vendor's web page and documentation, this may occur for different reasons such as an incorrectly installed driver.
One solution to this is to reboot several times until the card is picked up. Another way is to reset the card BIOS by taking it off the PCI slot, and short-circuiting jumpers labeled 2-3 in the card. However this may not always work, and upon restart Windows may again fail to recognize the card.
On the other hand, if the "modprobe" parameter is set up correctly, it will always work in Linux.
If fact this procedure can be used to "turn on" the card for Windows.
Whenever the card doesn't want to show up in Windows
- Shutdow Windows
- Start Linux
- Open "tvtime", "xawtv" or any other program to watch TV
- Close it, and shutdow Linux
- Start Windows
This almost always guarantees that Windows drivers will be able to "initialize" the hardware and I'll be able to watch TV.
I have no need for the FM tuner so I haven't even tried listening to radio stations. I have also not tried to use the remote control that comes with the card. Nevertheless, I have read that both these features work.
In general, I do not recommend any Encore products because they tend to be of low quality. Get one of these cards only if you are looking for something cheap that works, and don't care about fancy hardware or high definition.
This Argentinian thread makes reference to similar cards http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=501173