TV Tuner card in Ubuntu 11.10

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I have an old system and today I installed Ubuntu 11.10 on it. Everything works fine except the TV Tuner card. I have a UMAX USB TV Tuner card. I did get an installation cd with it, but I believe it is only meant for Windows.Any idea on how I can run it? I am a n00b when it comes to Linux.
 

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Umm.. I dont have a solution.. but seems like common question on internet.

UMAX USB TV linux - Google Search (dont know if there is solution)

Did u try usb_modeswitch?

Does output of lsusb show it?

lusb does show it. But usb_modeswitch does not work for me. I have tried Tvtime but that does not help either. Will go back to Win XP.

Thanks for the reply. Appreciate it.
 


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Don't know how much you will succeed, especially with an old TV Tuner card. I never was able to find drivers even for Windows 7 for my TV Tuner card. :(
 

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Yes if u have old tv tuner card, its most likely NON-standard card, which means unless its a popular card, u will not find drivers for it.Since u cudnt find it on google, I doubt it will be possible.
 


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Did you try Myth TV?. You should have asked the question in Ubuntuforums.

I tried MythTv as well. My card is not old. It has drivers for Win 7. But having searched on ubuntu forums I have given up on it. Even if it somehow works, it will require putting a number of commands in the Terminal - something I am not very comfortable with. Best option for me is to go back to Windows.
 

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most probably your card has saa7134 chip on it and your ubuntu already has drivers of it.Install vlc on your ubuntu and then Following command will play the video in VLC media playervlc -vvv v4l2:///dev/video0 --v4l2-tuner-frequency=846500 --v4l2-width=720 --v4l2-height=576 --sout '#duplicate{dst="transcode{deinterlace,deinterlace-mode=yadif}:display",dst="transcode{vcodec=h264,vb=256,scale=0.5,deinterlace,deinterlace-mode=yadif}:standard{mux=ts,access=http,dst=0.0.0.0:7171}"' &Just set the frequency of the channel you want to see.If the above does not work for you, follow this procedureOpen your terminal and type lspci and paste the output of that command hereDo the same for command lsusb
 

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most probably your card has saa7134 chip on it and your ubuntu already has drivers of it.


Install vlc on your ubuntu and then Following command will play the video in VLC media player

vlc -vvv v4l2:///dev/video0 --v4l2-tuner-frequency=846500 --v4l2-width=720 --v4l2-height=576 --sout '#duplicate{dst="transcode{deinterlace,deinterlace-mode=yadif}:display",dst="transcode{vcodec=h264,vb=256,scale=0.5,deinterlace,deinterlace-mode=yadif}:standard{mux=ts,access=http,dst=0.0.0.0:7171}"' &

Just set the frequency of the channel you want to see.


If the above does not work for you, follow this procedure

Open your terminal and type lspci and paste the output of that command here
Do the same for command lsusb

Thanks for the reply. Where do I put this command? Somewhere within the vlc program or in terminal. I tried putting this in the Network url bar of vlc and in terminal but can't paste the url there. Looks like 'Paste' option does not work there.

Btw, with TV Tuner card connected, I get the following outputs.

lspci

rodeoz@rodeoz-Aspire-4930:~$ lspci
00:00.0 Host bridge: Intel Corporation Mobile 4 Series Chipset Memory Controller Hub (rev 07)
00:02.0 VGA compatible controller: Intel Corporation Mobile 4 Series Chipset Integrated Graphics Controller (rev 07)
00:02.1 Display controller: Intel Corporation Mobile 4 Series Chipset Integrated Graphics Controller (rev 07)
00:1a.0 USB Controller: Intel Corporation 82801I (ICH9 Family) USB UHCI Controller #4 (rev 03)
00:1a.1 USB Controller: Intel Corporation 82801I (ICH9 Family) USB UHCI Controller #5 (rev 03)
00:1a.7 USB Controller: Intel Corporation 82801I (ICH9 Family) USB2 EHCI Controller #2 (rev 03)
00:1b.0 Audio device: Intel Corporation 82801I (ICH9 Family) HD Audio Controller (rev 03)
00:1c.0 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 82801I (ICH9 Family) PCI Express Port 1 (rev 03)
00:1c.1 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 82801I (ICH9 Family) PCI Express Port 2 (rev 03)
00:1c.2 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 82801I (ICH9 Family) PCI Express Port 3 (rev 03)
00:1c.4 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 82801I (ICH9 Family) PCI Express Port 5 (rev 03)
00:1d.0 USB Controller: Intel Corporation 82801I (ICH9 Family) USB UHCI Controller #1 (rev 03)
00:1d.1 USB Controller: Intel Corporation 82801I (ICH9 Family) USB UHCI Controller #2 (rev 03)
00:1d.2 USB Controller: Intel Corporation 82801I (ICH9 Family) USB UHCI Controller #3 (rev 03)
00:1d.3 USB Controller: Intel Corporation 82801I (ICH9 Family) USB UHCI Controller #6 (rev 03)
00:1d.7 USB Controller: Intel Corporation 82801I (ICH9 Family) USB2 EHCI Controller #1 (rev 03)
00:1e.0 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 82801 Mobile PCI Bridge (rev 93)
00:1f.0 ISA bridge: Intel Corporation ICH9M LPC Interface Controller (rev 03)
00:1f.2 IDE interface: Intel Corporation ICH9M/M-E 2 port SATA IDE Controller (rev 03)
00:1f.3 SMBus: Intel Corporation 82801I (ICH9 Family) SMBus Controller (rev 03)
00:1f.5 IDE interface: Intel Corporation ICH9M/M-E 2 port SATA IDE Controller (rev 03)
00:1f.6 Signal processing controller: Intel Corporation 82801I (ICH9 Family) Thermal Subsystem (rev 03)
04:00.0 Network controller: Intel Corporation WiFi Link 5100
05:00.0 Ethernet controller: Realtek Semiconductor Co., Ltd. RTL8111/8168B PCI Express Gigabit Ethernet controller (rev 02)
07:00.0 System peripheral: JMicron Technology Corp. SD/MMC Host Controller
07:00.2 SD Host controller: JMicron Technology Corp. Standard SD Host Controller
07:00.3 System peripheral: JMicron Technology Corp. MS Host Controller
07:00.4 System peripheral: JMicron Technology Corp. xD Host Controller

lsusb

Bus 001 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0002 Linux Foundation 2.0 root hub
Bus 002 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0002 Linux Foundation 2.0 root hub
Bus 003 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0001 Linux Foundation 1.1 root hub
Bus 004 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0001 Linux Foundation 1.1 root hub
Bus 005 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0001 Linux Foundation 1.1 root hub
Bus 006 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0001 Linux Foundation 1.1 root hub
Bus 007 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0001 Linux Foundation 1.1 root hub
Bus 008 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0001 Linux Foundation 1.1 root hub
Bus 001 Device 002: ID 064e:a117 Suyin Corp.
Bus 006 Device 005: ID 12d1:140b Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd. EC1260 Wireless Data Modem HSD USB Card
Bus 002 Device 009: ID 1f71:3306

At this time, both the TV Tuner card and a Reliance datacard were plugged into the usb slots.
 

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See the last Bus 002 Device 009: ID 1f71:3306 in your lsusb . 1f71 is the vendor id and 3306 is the product id of your device.

unfortunately you card is based on em28xx chipset .This family is currently not supported in ubuntu :(

If you are an enthusiast ,you can compile the driver for yourself

This is a tutorial on compiling driver for a generic em28xx device. Em28xx devices - LinuxTVWiki

This one lists the modifications in the generic procedure for your specific device. Gadmei USB TVBox UTV380 - LinuxTVWiki
 

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