Saa713x devices

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Introduction

TV cards based on the saa713x chips are well supported. The picture quality is typically high, and the sound can be taken directly from the TV card or through a patch cable to your sound card. On the text capture front, both teletext and NTSC closed captioning are supported.

For an excellent guide, see Gentoo wiki's HARDWARE saa7134. See also Philips saa datasheets

Supported cards

See the list of currently supported saa7134 devices.

(This page design seems the best one -- a link to the supported cards, but then a list of the cards by vendor below, with links for help. The bttv and cx88 pages should be redesigned along the same lines.)

Sound support

Support for DMA sound, or sound taken directly off the PCI bus, has improved in the 2.6.16 kernel, thanks to the work of Ricardo Cerqueira and others. There are now two separate drivers for DMA sound, saa7134-alsa and saa7134-oss. In order to enable these in the kernel, you must first have selected support for ALSA and/or OSS under Sound. If you build both DMA devices as modules, you can use both alternately, though they cannot both be loaded at the same time.

While the saa7134-oss is listed as deprecated, there are still programs that have difficulties using ALSA's device enumeration, and the oss module remains useful.

These modules do not require parameters during insertion; for details see saa7134-alsa.

Installation

See Generic SAA7134 Card Installation for how to properly setup your saa7134-based tv tuner card or use the installation instructions for your specific card:

Avermedia

As described in AverTV 305/307 linux user guide (russian), the following cards are supported:

  • AVerTV 305
  • AVerTV Studio 305
  • AVerTV 307
  • AVerTV Studio 307

In addition, the following cards are known to work:

Bona

The brand is also refered to as Mentor. Bona Website

Canopus

Compro

KNC One (KNC1)

KWorld

Lifeview

Mercury

Pearl

Pinnacle

Sabrent

Terratec

Tevion

Vivanco

Other