Thursday, February 26, 2009

Install Tv tuner in Debian 5

My tv tuner in Fedora 10 intermittently fails after installation which gives me some motivation to install a fresh new debian and hope it could work better.

1. Install driver of Hauppauge HVR-1600 just like we did in Fedora 10.


# uname -r % get the kernel version number denoted in the following by $KERNEL_VERSION

# apt-get install mercurial linux-headers-$KERNEL_VERSION build-essential

# hg clone

# cd v4l-dvb
# make
# make install
# make unload
# modprobe cx18

# wget
# tar -xzvf cx18-firmware.tar.gz
# cp cx18-firmware/*.fw /lib/firmware
# shutdown -r now

2. Use the graphic console to install VLC player and ivtv utilities.

Open VLC, File -> open Capture Device -> PVR -> OK

#ivtv-tune -c44 % This terminal command will be used to choose channels.

If 1-2 steps works for you, then congrats. If not, go to

3. Use the graphic console to search packages with "tv" in descriptions. Install some packages like xawtv/metv/effectv/v4l/, as well as some libraries and codecs relating to tv. (kdetv is not necessary here)

4. Repeat 3 until it works eventually.

P. S.

vlc player failed playing TV again. Disgusting...... I have to give up.



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