AVerMedia AVerTV HD Express A918R

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A DVB-T 34/54mm Express Card from AVerMedia.

It is currently not supported under Linux (Dec 2012).

Does not work out of the box, but can be correctly detected after source files update and compilation.

Remaining problem: couldn't get any working frequency/transponder (although 100% signal strength input).


AverTV A918R 350x196.png

Overview/Features

DVB-T tuner for 34/54mm express card slots that supports the following :

  • Fit with 34mm & 54mm Slot
  • H.264 / MPEG-2 HDTV Ready
  • Real-time iPod / PSP Format Recording
  • MHEG-5 & Digital Subtitle
  • Teletext / TimeShift / EPG (Electronic Program Guide)
  • PIP / POP Function
  • Scheduled Recording
  • Wake Up Recording from Stand By / Hibernate Mode
  • see http://www.avermedia.com/Product/ProductDetail.aspx?Id=518

Specifications

Input Signal

  • 75 Ω TV Antenna

Package Included

  • AVerTV Express Card 34mm
  • Quick Installation Guide
  • Installation CD (windows)
  • TV Antenna
  • RF Cable

Components

  • Afatech AF9035
  • Afatech AF9033 (DVB-T front-end)
  • NXP TDA18218HN

Firmware

  • dvb-usb-af9035-02.fw [1]

Modules

dvb_usb | dvb_usb_af9035 | af9033 | tda18218 | rc_core

Identification

dmesg

 kernel usb 2-1.3: new high-speed USB device number 13 using ehci_hcd
 kernel usb 2-1.3: New USB device found, idVendor=07ca, idProduct=0918
 kernel usb 2-1.3: New USB device strings: Mfr=1, Product=2, SerialNumber=3
 kernel usb 2-1.3: Product: A918R
 kernel usb 2-1.3: Manufacturer: AVerMedia TECHNOLOGIES, Inc
 kernel usb 2-1.3: SerialNumber: 0000000000000
 kernel dvb-usb: found a 'AVerMedia AverTV A918R' in cold state, will try to load a firmware
 kernel dvb-usb: downloading firmware from file 'dvb-usb-af9035-02.fw'
 kernel af9035: firmware version=12.5.13.0
 kernel dvb-usb: found a 'AVerMedia AverTV A918R' in warm state.
 kernel dvb-usb: will pass the complete MPEG2 transport stream to the software demuxer.
 kernel DVB: registering new adapter (AVerMedia AverTV A918R)
 kernel dvb-usb: MAC address: 00:00:00:00:00:00
 kernel af9033: firmware version: LINK=12.5.13.0 OFDM=6.8.13.0
 kernel DVB: registering adapter 0 frontend 0 (Afatech AF9033 (DVB-T))...
 kernel tda18218: NXP TDA18218HN successfully identified.
 kernel Registered IR keymap rc-empty
 kernel input: IR-receiver inside an USB DVB receiver as /devices/pci0000:00/0000:00:1d.0/usb2/2-1/2-1.3/rc/rc1/input13
 kernel rc1: IR-receiver inside an USB DVB receiver as /devices/pci0000:00/0000:00:1d.0/usb2/2-1/2-1.3/rc/rc1
 kernel dvb-usb: schedule remote query interval to 250 msecs.
 kernel dvb-usb: AVerMedia AverTV A918R successfully initialized and connected.

lsusb

Bus 002 Device 004: ID 07ca:0918 AVerMedia Technologies, Inc. 
Device Descriptor:
 bLength                18
 bDescriptorType         1
 bcdUSB               2.00
 bDeviceClass            0 (Defined at Interface level)
 bDeviceSubClass         0 
 bDeviceProtocol         0 
 bMaxPacketSize0        64
 idVendor           0x07ca AVerMedia Technologies, Inc.
 idProduct          0x0918 
 bcdDevice            2.01
 iManufacturer           1 
 iProduct                2 
 iSerial                 3 
 bNumConfigurations      1
 Configuration Descriptor:
   bLength                 9
   bDescriptorType         2
   wTotalLength           97
   bNumInterfaces          1
   bConfigurationValue     1
   iConfiguration          0 
   bmAttributes         0x80
     (Bus Powered)
   MaxPower              500mA
   Interface Descriptor:
     bLength                 9
     bDescriptorType         4
     bInterfaceNumber        0
     bAlternateSetting       0
     bNumEndpoints           5
     bInterfaceClass       255 Vendor Specific Class
     bInterfaceSubClass      0 
     bInterfaceProtocol      0 
     iInterface              0 
     Endpoint Descriptor:
       bLength                 7
       bDescriptorType         5
       bEndpointAddress     0x81  EP 1 IN
       bmAttributes            2
         Transfer Type            Bulk
         Synch Type               None
         Usage Type               Data
       wMaxPacketSize     0x0200  1x 512 bytes
       bInterval               0
     Endpoint Descriptor:
       bLength                 7
       bDescriptorType         5
       bEndpointAddress     0x02  EP 2 OUT
       bmAttributes            2
         Transfer Type            Bulk
         Synch Type               None
         Usage Type               Data
       wMaxPacketSize     0x0200  1x 512 bytes
       bInterval               0
     Endpoint Descriptor:
       bLength                 7
       bDescriptorType         5
       bEndpointAddress     0x84  EP 4 IN
       bmAttributes            2
         Transfer Type            Bulk
         Synch Type               None
         Usage Type               Data
       wMaxPacketSize     0x0200  1x 512 bytes
       bInterval               0
     Endpoint Descriptor:
       bLength                 7
       bDescriptorType         5
       bEndpointAddress     0x85  EP 5 IN
       bmAttributes            2
         Transfer Type            Bulk
         Synch Type               None
         Usage Type               Data
       wMaxPacketSize     0x0200  1x 512 bytes
       bInterval               0
     Endpoint Descriptor:
       bLength                 7
       bDescriptorType         5
       bEndpointAddress     0x86  EP 6 IN
       bmAttributes            1
         Transfer Type            Isochronous
         Synch Type               None
         Usage Type               Data
       wMaxPacketSize     0x0000  1x 0 bytes
       bInterval               1
   Interface Descriptor:
     bLength                 9
     bDescriptorType         4
     bInterfaceNumber        0
     bAlternateSetting       1
     bNumEndpoints           5
     bInterfaceClass       255 Vendor Specific Class
     bInterfaceSubClass      0 
     bInterfaceProtocol      0 
     iInterface              0 
     Endpoint Descriptor:
       bLength                 7
       bDescriptorType         5
       bEndpointAddress     0x81  EP 1 IN
       bmAttributes            2
         Transfer Type            Bulk
         Synch Type               None
         Usage Type               Data
       wMaxPacketSize     0x0200  1x 512 bytes
       bInterval               0
     Endpoint Descriptor:
       bLength                 7
       bDescriptorType         5
       bEndpointAddress     0x02  EP 2 OUT
       bmAttributes            2
         Transfer Type            Bulk
         Synch Type               None
         Usage Type               Data
       wMaxPacketSize     0x0200  1x 512 bytes
       bInterval               0
     Endpoint Descriptor:
       bLength                 7
       bDescriptorType         5
       bEndpointAddress     0x84  EP 4 IN
       bmAttributes            2
         Transfer Type            Bulk
         Synch Type               None
         Usage Type               Data
       wMaxPacketSize     0x0200  1x 512 bytes
       bInterval               0
     Endpoint Descriptor:
       bLength                 7
       bDescriptorType         5
       bEndpointAddress     0x85  EP 5 IN
       bmAttributes            2
         Transfer Type            Bulk
         Synch Type               None
         Usage Type               Data
       wMaxPacketSize     0x0200  1x 512 bytes
       bInterval               0
     Endpoint Descriptor:
       bLength                 7
       bDescriptorType         5
       bEndpointAddress     0x86  EP 6 IN
       bmAttributes            1
         Transfer Type            Isochronous
         Synch Type               None
         Usage Type               Data
       wMaxPacketSize     0x1400  3x 1024 bytes
       bInterval               1

Modification/Workaround

Until 'modinfo dvb_usb_af9035 | grep v07CAp0918' is empty, following source files need to be updated:

dvb-usb-ids.h

#define USB_PID_AVERMEDIA_A918R   0x0918

af9035.c

 enum af9035_id_entry {
   AF9035_07CA_0918,
[AF9035_07CA_0918] = {
 USB_DEVICE(USB_VID_AVERMEDIA, USB_PID_AVERMEDIA_A918R)},
 .devices = {
 .name = "AVerMedia AverTV A918R",
  .cold_ids = {
   &af9035_id[AF9035_07CA_0918],
  },

After dvb_usb_af9035 compilation, 'modinfo dvb_usb_af9035' should report:

 filename:       /lib/modules/3.5.0-21-generic/kernel/drivers/media/dvb/dvb-usb/dvb-usb-af9035.ko
 license:        GPL
 description:    Afatech AF9035 driver
 author:         Antti Palosaari <crope@iki.fi>
 srcversion:     A6EF293C856CEAA1FF68B9E
 alias:          usb:v07CAp0918d*dc*dsc*dp*ic*isc*ip*
 alias:          usb:v07CApA867d*dc*dsc*dp*ic*isc*ip*
 alias:          usb:v07CAp1867d*dc*dsc*dp*ic*isc*ip*
 alias:          usb:v07CApB835d*dc*dsc*dp*ic*isc*ip*
 alias:          usb:v07CApA835d*dc*dsc*dp*ic*isc*ip*
 alias:          usb:v0CCDp0093d*dc*dsc*dp*ic*isc*ip*
 alias:          usb:v15A4p1003d*dc*dsc*dp*ic*isc*ip*
 alias:          usb:v15A4p1002d*dc*dsc*dp*ic*isc*ip*
 alias:          usb:v15A4p1001d*dc*dsc*dp*ic*isc*ip*
 alias:          usb:v15A4p1000d*dc*dsc*dp*ic*isc*ip*
 alias:          usb:v15A4p9035d*dc*dsc*dp*ic*isc*ip*
 depends:        dvb-usb,rc-core
 vermagic:       3.5.0-21-generic SMP mod_unload modversions 686 
 parm:           adapter_nr:DVB adapter numbers (array of short)

Remaining problem: couldn't get any working frequency/transponder (although 100% signal strength input).