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[[Image:Volar_x.png|thumb|250px|AverMedia DVB-T Volar X]]
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A [[DVB-T]] [[DVB-T USB Devices|USB device]] from [[AverMedia]].
A [[DVB-T]] [[DVB-T USB Devices|USB device]] from [[AVerMedia]].
It is perfectly supported in Linux, even the IR remote.
It is perfectly supported in Linux, even the IR remote.

Revision as of 13:58, 3 December 2009

AverMedia DVB-T Volar X

A DVB-T USB device from AVerMedia.

It is perfectly supported in Linux, even the IR remote.

Very powerful at bad conditions but not stable for 24x7 use.

Vendor Device/Model Supported Pictures / URL E
AVerMedia AVerTV Digi Volar X (A815) Yes, in kernel since 2.6.28 Volar x.png[1] Jump to the place where you can edit this entry


[root@host] lsusb
ID 07ca:a815 AVerMedia Technologies, Inc.

Components used

  • AF9015-NT
  • MXL5003S as a tuner


Vendor Device/Model Supported Pictures URL Interface USB ID Hardware Tuner Demodulator USB Bridge Firmware Comment E
AVerMedia AVerTV Digi Volar X (A815) Yes, in kernel since 2.6.28 Volar x.png [2] USB2.0 07ca:a815 Afatech AF9015-NT*, MXL5003S mxl5003s af9015 af9015 dvb-usb-af9015.fw Jump to the place where you can edit this entry


Firstly, you need to copy the following firmware dvb-usb-af9015.fw in your /lib/firmware/ directory, or in the directory where your system will search for it.


It is supported in the latest v4l-dvb, so you have to download them first. Either getting [3] or using mercury See the How to Obtain, Build and Install V4L-DVB Device Drivers for all the details.

IR Remote Support

The latest developtment version of the driver gives support to the RM-FP remote control (thanks to Jose Alberto Reguero [4]. But there are other remote control versions bundled with the device. RM-KS is one of those. Taking a look into the files that the CDROM driver installs, there are five files named: AP6RMFP.BIN, AP6RMHR.BIN, AP6RMHV.BIN, AP6RMJH.BIN, AP6RMKS.BIN, where the correct IR table to be used with each remote control (FP, HR, HV, JH, KS) is given.

UPDATE: Support for RM-KS remote is already included in this mercury repository [5]

Download and compile the drivers, and then use the option remote=5 when dvb-usb-af9015 module is loaded. In debian that is made adding (as root) a file called, for example, dvb, in the directory /etc/modprobe.d/ with the line

options dvb_usb_af9015 remote=5

There is a lot of information on how to make lirc work in Hauppauge_WinTV-NOVA-T-Stick#Remote_Control_Support

Possible issues

Due to some problems with the HID devices, in some machines the IR reception is buggy [6] (i.e. irw gets correctly first button pressed, but then gets stuck in a weird loop where the button seems pressed all the time) To solve this, you can create the file /etc/modprobe.d/usbhid containing:

options usbhid quirks=0x07ca:0xa815:0x04

and then execute

$ sudo update-initramfs -u

and reboot. The problem should be solved that way.

Not stable in 24h/7 use. After a few days recordings have a size of 0 bytes. Only known solution: Unplug the device for 10s and do a reboot.

Test your drivers

Once compiled you can try this: Testing_your_DVB_device. Kaffeine seems the easiest/fastest way to check if it works.

Reception Quality

Compared Avermedia DVB-T Volar X vs. Club 3D ZAP250m (one of the best devices in 2006) at bad conditions at the same PC and the same antenna:

Signal strength at 578000000 Hz: 40333 vs. 15420
Signal strength at 690000000 Hz: 28143 vs. 19275
Note: Please note that signal strength is something reported by the device itself. Depending on the driver the values may even be complete bogus. They might help if you want to compare different antennas with the same device, but different devices will report completely different numbers there. The best thing to compare those is to test the received data stream for errors, or check the number of uncorrectable errors on weak stations with a poor antenna. Please read the article on Testing reception quality.

External links

--Pipeta 17:19, 25 January 2009 (CET)