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Reccomendations for a TV card.

Postby monday90 » Sat Nov 03, 2007 14:25

Ok as per title, I'm looking for a USB or possibly PCMCIA TV-Tuner card for my laptop. After much searching I have found that there are a lot of cards that although supported people are having trouble with. I would like to avoid spending my hard earned cash on one of these. Can anyone recommend a TV-Card that will work with the minimum of fuss?
Any suggestions welcome.
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Re: Reccomendations for a TV card.

Postby freeallbadgers » Sat Nov 03, 2007 15:28

Can't vouch for other models but i have a Freecom-DVB-T USB Stick and it works very well, was pretty cheap too £25. To set it up all i had to do was emerge the dvb-firmware that are available via portage (this was on a mini-edition install, so it may well be supported OOTB with the Sabayon DVD), and a few commands to scan for channels and configuaration of media players. All in all it was very simple.

Also, if you see a particular model you want just google the model name along with gentoo, if someones got that particular hardware working then you can bet there will be a wiki guide for it.
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Re: Reccomendations for a TV card.

Postby monday90 » Sat Nov 03, 2007 15:46

Cheers Freeallbadgers, sounds like a winner.
As I said when you google "DVB-T Linux" all I seem to get is people with problems. I'll see If I can pick one up this afternoon.
Cheers again.
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Re: Reccomendations for a TV card.

Postby monday90 » Wed Nov 07, 2007 0:33

Ok trying to emerge linuxtv-dvb-firmware gives me this:
Calculating dependencies... done!
>>> Verifying ebuild Manifests...

>>> Emerging (1 of 1) media-tv/linuxtv-dvb-firmware-2007.04.13 to /
* dvb-usb-wt220u-fc03.fw RMD160 SHA1 SHA256 size ;-) ... [ ok ]
* dvb-fe-bcm3510-01.fw RMD160 SHA1 SHA256 size ;-) ... [ ok ]
>>> Downloading 'http://www.avermedia.com/software/Dvbt1.3.57.6.zip'
--23:21:00-- http://www.avermedia.com/software/Dvbt1.3.57.6.zip
=> `/usr/portage/distfiles/Dvbt1.3.57.6.zip'
Resolving http://www.avermedia.com... 59.124.37.116
Connecting to http://www.avermedia.com|59.124.37.116|:80... connected.
HTTP request sent, awaiting response... 404 Not Found
23:21:13 ERROR 404: Not Found.

!!! Couldn't download 'Dvbt1.3.57.6.zip'. Aborting.
* Fetch failed for 'media-tv/linuxtv-dvb-firmware-2007.04.13'

* Messages for package media-tv/linuxtv-dvb-firmware-2007.04.13:

* Fetch failed for 'media-tv/linuxtv-dvb-firmware-2007.04.13'

The firmware isn't there anymore. can anyone point me in the right direction????

P.S. have already checked the Gentoo forums seems they are having this problem too.
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Re: Reccomendations for a TV card.

Postby freeallbadgers » Wed Nov 07, 2007 8:36

the command you are running will install ALL the DVB firmware files available, you only need the firmware file specific to your card.

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DVB_CARDS="usb-wt220u" emerge -av linuxtv-dvb-firmware


Dependent on what card you got you'll have to check which one you need. After you get that done just follow this guide http://gentoo-wiki.com/TV_tuner_card#Installing_TV_viewer_software_and_scanning_for_channels_.28DVB.29 and that will give you a basic setup for your media players.

Hope this helps.
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Re: Reccomendations for a TV card.

Postby rjd » Thu Nov 29, 2007 3:46

I bought a hauppauge wintv pci port that worked without problems
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