PCTV picoStick 74e

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A DVB-T device by PCTV Systems.

This device is not currently supported in the mainline Linux kernel, but a test driver is available from KernelLabs. See KernelLabs blog for more details.


This device supports DVB-T. The package includes a small telescopic antenna, an MCX to IEC adapter, and a short USB extension cable.

Card connectors/inputs:

  • TV antenna input

Components used

  • Abilis AS102 (combined tuner/demodulator/USB bridge)


Making it Work


In order to use the LinuxTV driver, you need to download and install the firmware.

Download the windows driver with something like:

wget http://www.kernellabs.com/firmware/as102/as102_data1_st.hex
wget http://www.kernellabs.com/firmware/as102/as102_data2_st.hex

copy the generated file so it can be picked up by the Linux kernel:

cp as102_data1_st.hex /lib/firmware
cp as102_data2_st.hex /lib/firmware

KernelLabs has worked with the chipset vendor to provide licensing which allows the firmware to be freely redistributed (including bundling in Linux distributions). More information can be found here: Licensing README


While the driver is not currently upstream, it can be installed via the following:

hg clone http://kernellabs.com/hg/~dheitmueller/v4l-dvb-as102
cd v4l-dvb-as102
make install
  • Read the above mentioned Firmware section for details on installing the proper firmware.

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