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pinnacle USB tv stick
« on: February 11, 2009, 07:13:10 pm »

Hi all,

I've got a very picky little problem here with what looks like nowhere on the forum to post, so I'm starting a new one.  :D

I have a new MB which I instzlled VL 6 on, and so far it works like a charm, with one little exception:  my TV usb stick is a Punnacle HD Pro PCTV 801e, and I can't seem to find a mountpoint for it.  If there's a way to make it automount, I don't know Linux as well as I thought I did.  I installed the drivers and firmware given on, installed tv-time, and found that it is looking in /dev/video0 for the hardware.  Herein lies my difficulty. 

Does anyone out there in TV land (pun intended) know how to have the sustem auto-mount or find a mountpoint so I can edit my /etc/fstab?  I'd be really appreciative :)  Of course, I still have to hang on to Losedows for some old games, but I'd rather watch my tv (until I can get an honest-to-god tv) on Linux.

Thanks in advance!
Stan the Amiga Man :)


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Re: pinnacle USB tv stick
« Reply #1 on: February 11, 2009, 07:56:53 pm »

For the information you are looking for:

As root in a console:

lsusb       That should at least show the device is present
/var/log/messages       May show the device you can find the device by unplugging and then plug in                     the device and look again

dmesg may also help with finding more information.



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Re: pinnacle USB tv stick
« Reply #2 on: February 11, 2009, 08:11:23 pm »

I should have given more detail in my first post.  And I';ve been using Linux for years, so I have no excuse.  :)

I have listed under /dev, the following:   

tiger:$ ls -lR /dev/dvb*
total 0
drwxr-xr-x 2 root root 120 2009-02-11 21:32 adapter0/

total 0
crw-rw---- 1 root video 212, 0 2009-02-11 21:32 demux0
crw-rw---- 1 root video 212, 1 2009-02-11 21:32 dvr0
crw-rw---- 1 root video 212, 3 2009-02-11 21:32 frontend0
crw-rw---- 1 root video 212, 2 2009-02-11 21:32 net0

So the device is showing up after a compile and install. 

dmesg gives me, at the tail end: 

dvb-usb: Pinnacle PCTV HD Pro USB Stick successfully deinitialized and disconnected.
usb 1-3: new high speed USB device using ehci_hcd and address 5
usb 1-3: configuration #1 chosen from 1 choice
dvb-usb: found a 'Pinnacle PCTV HD Pro USB Stick' in cold state, will try to load a firmware
firmware: requesting dvb-usb-dib0700-1.20.fw
dvb-usb: downloading firmware from file 'dvb-usb-dib0700-1.20.fw'
dib0700: firmware started successfully.
dvb-usb: found a 'Pinnacle PCTV HD Pro USB Stick' in warm state.
dvb-usb: will pass the complete MPEG2 transport stream to the software demuxer.
DVB: registering new adapter (Pinnacle PCTV HD Pro USB Stick)
DVB: registering adapter 0 frontend 1 (Samsung S5H1411 QAM/8VSB Frontend)...
xc5000 1-0064: creating new instance
xc5000: Successfully identified at address 0x64
xc5000: Firmware has not been loaded previously
input: IR-receiver inside an USB DVB receiver as /class/input/input7
dvb-usb: schedule remote query interval to 50 msecs.
dvb-usb: Pinnacle PCTV HD Pro USB Stick successfully initialized and connected.
xc5000: waiting for firmware upload (dvb-fe-xc5000-1.1.fw)...
firmware: requesting dvb-fe-xc5000-1.1.fw
xc5000: firmware read 12332 bytes.
xc5000: firmware upload
DVB: adapter 0 frontend 1 frequency 0 out of range (54000000..858000000)

so at this point I'm trying to locate a copy of Kaffeine, as I read somewhere that it handles DVB-T devices the best out of the choices available.

Any ideas?  hints?   I'm one step closer ... two steps.  :D


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Re: pinnacle USB tv stick
« Reply #3 on: April 29, 2009, 08:12:41 am »


In fact, ist quite simple. I'm using a "Pinnacle PCTV 2000e" usb stick

Assuming firmware "dvb-usb-dib0700-1.10.fw" (for me) or "dvb-usb-dib0700-1.20.fw", previously put in /lib/firmware is loaded (cf dmesg output), all that you need is to do the following:

(I assume you are, like me, in console mode after boot)
1) log as normal user (not root)
2) type "startx" to run X
3) Open a terminal
4) type a  line like the following, to run vlc:
vlc dvb-t:// :dvb-frequency=<frequency of the channel> :dvb-bandwith=<7 or 8, don't know why> :access-filter=timeshift

When vlc is running (main window):
5) Click on "Playlist"
6) Click on Show Playlist

In Playlist Window:
7) Highlight the "dvb-t" line
8) Right-click on this line
9) Click on "Play"

And now you can see the channel you asked for.

In Vlc main window, if you click on "Playback"->Program: you can see the channels scanned by your device.

Good Luck !