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Thread: HOWTO: Hauppauge Nova-T USB / PCI (Technotrend) - Dapper

  1. #1
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    May 2006

    HOWTO: Hauppauge Nova-T USB / PCI (Technotrend) - Dapper

    Hi all..

    I had a terrible time getting my Nova-T USB (Technotrend chipset) working. So here's a guide.

    Basically, you need the firmware for the device. This is made easy by a script that's in the linux-doc package.
    This automatically downloads the Windows drivers and extracts the firmware for you. All you have to do then is copy it to the right place.

    Here we go.

    (1) Plug in the device, and check that Linux can see it:

    type in:

    $ sudo lsusb

    (or, for PCI cards, sudo lspci )

    I get:

    Bus 002 Device 002: ID 0b48:1005 TechnoTrend AG Technotrend/Hauppauge USB-Nova

    There it is..

    (2) Let's update sources.list so that we can get the linux-doc package


    (3) Get the linux-doc package.

    $ sudo apt-get install linux-doc

    (4) Find the script and run it

    For me it's /usr/share/doc/linux-doc-2.6.15/Documentation/dvb/get_dvb_firmware.gz

    # If you can't find it, do this
    # $ sudo updatedb
    # $ locate get_dvb

    Copy it to your home dir, extract it, make it executable:

    $ cp /usr/share/doc/linux-doc-2.6.15/Documentation/dvb/get_dvb_firmware.gz ~
    $ cd ~
    $ gunzip get_dvb_firmware.gz
    $ sudo chmod +x get_dvb_firmware

    Now run it:

    $ ./get_dvb_firmware tda10046 # tda10045 for PCI cards

    Nearly finished! The firmware has now been extracted, now copy it to where it should be.

    $ sudo cp *.fw /lib/firmware

    Finished! The firmware is in place. Now reboot your PC.

    You should now be able to scan and watch TV channels through Kaffeine (look for it in Synaptic).

    You will need to know the name of your local DVB transmitter, Google it. (Mine is Winter Hill)

    Last edited by goldaryn; April 20th, 2007 at 01:44 PM. Reason: Edited for clarity, also updated for Edgy/Feisty

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Mar 2007

    Re: HOWTO: Hauppauge Nova-T USB / PCI (Technotrend) - Dapper

    thanks for this post.

    i have read and used this before - but it took me so long to find it this time that i have replied to make it easier to find.

    it is funny that support for these devices is better under linux than windows.

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Sep 2006

    Cool Re: HOWTO: Hauppauge Nova-T USB / PCI (Technotrend) - Dapper

    Hi there

    Do you happen to know any way I can just check that my Nova USB-T is properly working with Ubuntu? I'm using Kaffeine and trying to scan for channels using settings I found for Belmont UK (which don't appear to be included in Kaffeine). However, it does not seem to be receiving any of them, and I'm not sure whether it's because there is a bad signal here (which would make sense in student accommodation) or because something has gone wrong setting up my box.

    It's probably worth noting that occasionally the signal bar goes up to 50% when I scan, and the SNR bar is nearly always at 90-100%; however, no channels appear.

    Thanks a lot


  4. #4
    Join Date
    Mar 2007

    Re: HOWTO: Hauppauge Nova-T USB / PCI (Technotrend) - Dapper

    If kaffeine allows you to do a scan then it has detected the hardware. notice what happens if it is not conencted to your computer when you start kaffeine. I would suggest that it is either a weak signal or more likely the frequencies you are scanning are not quite right.

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Aug 2007

    Re: HOWTO: Hauppauge Nova-T USB / PCI (Technotrend) - Dapper

    Note: Looks like technotrend have done some housekeeping!!
    Found the .zip files on the url below

    $ ./get_dvb_firmware tda10046
    => `'
    Connecting to||:80... connected.
    HTTP request sent, awaiting response... 404 Not Found
    21:14:34 ERROR 404: Not Found.

    try this one....


  6. #6
    Join Date
    Feb 2005
    Ubuntu 12.04 Precise Pangolin

    Re: HOWTO: Hauppauge Nova-T USB / PCI (Technotrend) - Dapper

    there are new hg drivers and a new firmware for this stick. It had problems with disconnects.



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