Hi, I moved to NZ from the UK, and brought an HP pavillion that I use MCE to watch and record TV to a 500GB USB disk. In the UK I used a Hauppage Nova TD DVB-T stick (USB), which works in NZ (which is MPEG-4 rather than MPEG-2 in the UK - as Terrestrial Freeview is HD here). Although it worked at one campsite, when we moved to a different site, there was not a usable terrestrial signal, so I bought an Avermedia AVerTV DVB-S USB Galaxy, which supports satellite, as well as analog and S-video etc. Now we have a house, the two work together. The logic behind the USB devices was that the HP pav is a low-profile case, and will not take a full-height PCI card, and there is only one spare bay which is not PCI-E.
I have used debian and ubuntu on low-spec PC's for a few years now - and a recent problem with Windows 7 (SP1 trashed my dual-boot laptop) has made me feel I need to get away from Windows altogether. So, I'm looking at repartitioning the Windows 7 HP Pav, and putting Mythbuntu on it as a front and back end initially.
I have looked through the Wiki for Myth TV, and it looks like my Hauppage Nova TD may well work, but I can find no mention of the Avermedia Galaxy anywhere in this context. So, I'm figuring there is no driver for it.
Before I start hacking at my HP Pav (which is our only source of TV - as the Freeview recorder & TV we bought don't - being MPEG-2 not MPEG-4) I was wondering what is involved in writing a driver for something like this. I haven't written a driver for linux, and the last time I did write a driver was for a printer under SCO UNIX - over 15 years ago.
I apologise for the length of this, but if somebody could point me in the general direction of where I would start, that would be appreciated. Would I need to get information from the manufacturer, or is there some other way of deriving the configuration settings I will need?
By the way, the Avermedia unit is extremely good, although the blue 'active' light is quite bright when watching TV in the dark.