[linux-dvb] Still unclear how to use Hauppage HVR-950 and v4l-dvb

Jonathan Coles jcoles0727 at rogers.com
Sun Sep 21 17:44:33 CEST 2008

Michael Krufky wrote:
> Devin Heitmueller wrote:
>> On Sun, Sep 21, 2008 at 10:22 AM, Jonathan Coles <jcoles0727 at rogers.com> wrote:
>>> It would really help if there was a single set of instructions specific
>>> to the HVR-950 with tests at each stage. I'm really confused as to the
>>> status of my installation.
>>> I compiled the firmware according to the instructions on
>>> http://linuxtv.org/repo/. The result:
>>> $ lsusb
>>> Bus 005 Device 002: ID 2040:7200 Hauppauge
>> Hold the phone!  You don't have an HVR-950.  You have an HVR-950Q.
>> Please be sure to mention this in all future messages, since it's a
>> totally different device and the HVR-950 directions do not apply.
>> I'm not sure whether the HVR-950Q support has been merged yet.  Steven
>> could comment on that.  I suspect it's still in a separate branch,
>> which would mean you would need to do an hg clone of a different tree.
> HVR950Q ATSC / QAM is supported in the master development repository, and it is in upstream 2.6.26 and later.
> You need the xc5000 firmware.
> [   17.247610] usb 5-2: new high speed USB device using ehci_hcd and 
> address 2
> [   17.380387] usb 5-2: unable to read config index 0 descriptor/all
> [   17.380434] usb 5-2: can't read configurations, error -71
> ^^ This is not a firmware problem, but looks fishy.  If using the latest drivers from linuxtv.org doesnt work for you, then try another USB port, or confirm that it also works in windows.
> Good Luck,
> Mike
Thanks guys!

The box says HVR-950 on it and that the device "Cannot receive digital 
cable TV". However, the device itself is labeled "NTSC/ATSC/QAM HD TV 
receiver" and there is a small, stylized Q following the "950". Great! I 
got this on sale. Lack of QAM support was my reason for not buying 
earlier at the usual price. Perhaps the store didn't realize that this 
is the newer model.

I had added the XC5000 firmware, dvb-fe-xc5000-1.1.fw, in case I had a 
950Q. But if, as you say, I need a later kernel, that might be why it 
doesn't work. I have kernel 2.6.24-19.

I'll look for more info on linuxtv.org. Perhaps I just need to wait a 
little for the support for this to be developed.

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