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  1. #1
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    AVerMedia USB Radio

    I have found some old analog radio USB-Stick and wanted to look if i can get it to work with Ubuntu 8.04

    Here are some details:
    Code:
    kaefert@Mobulux:~$ sudo lsusb -s 004:002 -v
    Bus 004 Device 002: ID 07ca:b800 AVerMedia Technologies, Inc. 
    Device Descriptor:
      bLength                18
      bDescriptorType         1
      bcdUSB               1.10
      bDeviceClass            0 (Defined at Interface level)
      bDeviceSubClass         0 
      bDeviceProtocol         0 
      bMaxPacketSize0         8
      idVendor           0x07ca AVerMedia Technologies, Inc.
      idProduct          0xb800 
      bcdDevice            0.03
      iManufacturer           1 AVerMedia Technologies
      iProduct                2 AVerMedia USB Radio
      iSerial                 0 
      bNumConfigurations      1
      Configuration Descriptor:
        bLength                 9
        bDescriptorType         2
        wTotalLength           41
        bNumInterfaces          1
        bConfigurationValue     1
        iConfiguration          4 HID Device
        bmAttributes         0xa0
          (Bus Powered)
          Remote Wakeup
        MaxPower              200mA
        Interface Descriptor:
          bLength                 9
          bDescriptorType         4
          bInterfaceNumber        0
          bAlternateSetting       0
          bNumEndpoints           2
          bInterfaceClass         3 Human Interface Device
          bInterfaceSubClass      0 No Subclass
          bInterfaceProtocol      0 None
          iInterface              0 
            HID Device Descriptor:
              bLength                 9
              bDescriptorType        33
              bcdHID               1.10
              bCountryCode            0 Not supported
              bNumDescriptors         1
              bDescriptorType        34 Report
              wDescriptorLength      52
             Report Descriptors: 
               ** UNAVAILABLE **
          Endpoint Descriptor:
            bLength                 7
            bDescriptorType         5
            bEndpointAddress     0x81  EP 1 IN
            bmAttributes            3
              Transfer Type            Interrupt
              Synch Type               None
              Usage Type               Data
            wMaxPacketSize     0x0008  1x 8 bytes
            bInterval             255
          Endpoint Descriptor:
            bLength                 7
            bDescriptorType         5
            bEndpointAddress     0x02  EP 2 OUT
            bmAttributes            3
              Transfer Type            Interrupt
              Synch Type               None
              Usage Type               Data
            wMaxPacketSize     0x0008  1x 8 bytes
            bInterval             120
    Device Status:     0x0000
      (Bus Powered)
    kaefert@Mobulux:~$
    Code:
    cat /proc/bus/usb/devices
    ......
    T:  Bus=04 Lev=01 Prnt=01 Port=00 Cnt=01 Dev#=  2 Spd=1.5 MxCh= 0
    D:  Ver= 1.10 Cls=00(>ifc ) Sub=00 Prot=00 MxPS= 8 #Cfgs=  1
    P:  Vendor=07ca ProdID=b800 Rev= 0.03
    S:  Manufacturer=AVerMedia Technologies
    S:  Product=AVerMedia USB Radio
    C:* #Ifs= 1 Cfg#= 1 Atr=a0 MxPwr=200mA
    I:* If#= 0 Alt= 0 #EPs= 2 Cls=03(HID  ) Sub=00 Prot=00 Driver=usbhid
    E:  Ad=81(I) Atr=03(Int.) MxPS=   8 Ivl=255ms
    E:  Ad=02(O) Atr=03(Int.) MxPS=   8 Ivl=120ms
    ......
    Now it would be nice to if someone could tell me how to get some program to control the frequence and to play the audio of that FM-radio USB-Stick

  2. #2
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    Re: AVerMedia USB Radio

    first you should try to get some drivers for the stick, try avermedia website:
    www.avermedia.com

    they have linux drivers for some of their products, eg avertv hybrid+fm volar;
    the drivers come with some utilities which allow you to set frequency in the source code, quite easy if you know C/C++,see eg ratio-player.c

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    Re: AVerMedia USB Radio

    Hi there.

    Here is a very nice programm that works for me for some years now:
    http://av-usbradio.sourceforge.net/index.php

    The download is possible here:
    http://sourceforge.net/project/showf...kage_id=137649

    regards
    Lars

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    Re: AVerMedia USB Radio

    The program which taueber proposes works fine in ubuntu 8.10 but it doesn't work in ubuntu 9.04 beta for me. Have anybody else the same problem? How can I solve this?

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    Re: AVerMedia USB Radio

    Quote Originally Posted by despotakisch View Post
    The program which taueber proposes works fine in ubuntu 8.10 but it doesn't work in ubuntu 9.04 beta for me. Have anybody else the same problem? How can I solve this?
    Hello,

    I don't remember what kernel version inside ubuntu 8.10, so..

    I wrote driver for this radio, and it was merged in v4l branch since 2.6.28.
    But driver works fine since 2.6.29 kernel..

    If i'm not wrong ubuntu 9.04 use 2.6.28 kernel. So, it has first workin version of this driver 0.01. When you plug radio in, you can see in dmesg log, that driver is loaded

    You can use tools like gnomeradio, kradio, fmtools, xfce4-radio (plugin for xfce panel), mplayer for listening to the radio.

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    Re: AVerMedia USB Radio

    I'm too having the same AverMedia USB-stick Radio and there is a problem under Ubuntu 9.04 Jaunty.

    Well, the problem is that it's not a FM-tuner card, it's just a USB device. So:

    1) the program Amusbradio gives an error: did not found 'AVerMedia USB Radio'.
    Well, it IS in the system when typing lsusb:
    Bus 002 Device 004: ID 07ca:b800 AVerMedia Technologies, Inc.

    Under Ubuntu 8.10 I used to do:
    sudo chmod 777 /dev/usb/hiddev*

    But under Jaunty there is simply no such device

    2) Gnomeradio gives an error: Could not open device "/dev/radio".

    Could someone point the appropriate file in /dev to make it work or a fix for that?
    There is always a presumption of innocence until proven guilty.

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    Re: AVerMedia USB Radio

    Please, someone?
    There is always a presumption of innocence until proven guilty.

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    Re: AVerMedia USB Radio

    I'm too having the same AverMedia USB-stick Radio and there is a problem under Ubuntu 9.04 Jaunty.

    Well, the problem is that it's not a FM-tuner card, it's just a USB device.
    To be honest it's USB FM-tuner card. This is depend how kernel provide interface in kernel space to this device

    So:

    1) the program Amusbradio gives an error: did not found 'AVerMedia USB Radio'.
    Well, it IS in the system when typing lsusb:
    Bus 002 Device 004: ID 07ca:b800 AVerMedia Technologies, Inc.

    Under Ubuntu 8.10 I used to do:
    sudo chmod 777 /dev/usb/hiddev*

    But under Jaunty there is simply no such device
    Try gnomeradio, fmtools, mplayer, kradio.

    2) Gnomeradio gives an error: Could not open device "/dev/radio".

    Could someone point the appropriate file in /dev to make it work or a fix for that?
    You should set right file in gnomeradio settings. After plug device, try to find /dev/radio0 file and set this file in gnomeradio.

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    Re: AVerMedia USB Radio

    Quote Originally Posted by Alexey Klimov
    Try gnomeradio, fmtools, mplayer, kradio.
    You should set right file in gnomeradio settings. After plug device, try to find /dev/radio0 file and set this file in gnomeradio.
    Thank you. It works. Seems that it doesn't want to be 'hotplugged'. I had to restart the PC with USB Radio being plugged. That is all.

    One more thing...

    I had to change privileges a bit:

    sudo chmod 777 /dev/radio0

    After that I could successfully use Gnomeradio

    P.S. It can be a bit irritating to chmod every time, so you may add yourself to the audio group. That's all.
    Last edited by TheExplorer; June 9th, 2009 at 03:06 PM. Reason: Problem solved.
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