Pinnacle PCTV Dual DVB-T Diversity Stick (2001e)

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Current information for Pinnacle PCTV Dual DVB-T Diversity Stick (2001e)

Model number 2001e.

This tuner is working with Ubuntu 9.10 (kernel 2.6.31-14, SMP). You need the module options set as below, and (probably) a good antenna plugged into both of the tuner inputs (normal antenna socket at the end, and also into the little coax socket in the side of the USB stick- adapter leads with the tricky little coax connector are available on your favourite auction site). Without the device driver options set as below, tuners may sometimes fail with "I2C write failed" messages in the system message log (dmesg), and "tuner failed" message in mythtv. Some more info about this at [1]. It may only be possible to have 1 tuner out of the two working, as the errors seem to happen when both tuners are active. A single tuner seems to be reliable (3 days and counting as at 20 April 2010). Confirmed that (at least with Ubuntu 9.10) using the 2nd tuner on the device causes both tuners to fail.

You need to have device driver module options set as follows. I also have a DVICO card which uses dib0700 driver and there seem to be no bad side-effects to the options being set as below.

# file /etc/modprobe.d/pinnacle.conf
# options for Pinnacle dual diversity USB stick (2001e). USB ID via usbpci command is 2304:0229
options dvb_usb_dib0700 force_lna_activation=1
options dvb-usb disable_rc_polling=1

Older information follows- may be out of date

Works (only one tuner!!!) with LinuxMCE 710 (kernel 2.6.22-14), and V4L device drivers from the V4L-DVB repository (as at Oct 8 2008). Using an antenna splitter and plugging it into both antenna sockets makes a working TV picture start to break up. Removing the antenna does not help, the tuner seems to "get stuck". This may be a problem with the AGC in the unit. This has been tried with both force_lna_activation=1 and force_lna_activation=0.

NOTE that you must have 2 antenna leads plugged into the unit to get both tuners to work! One into the end, and one into the small coax connector on the side of the unit (using the adapter supplied).

Reported as working (except for IR receiver) 2008-06-17 in linux-dvb mailing list by Ingo Arndt using kernel 2.6.24 with tuxonice-patches

Also here

Some information lifted from David Hausheer's web pages

Pinnacle PCTV Dual DVB-T Diversity Stick requires the following kernel modules: dib7000m, dib7000p, dib3000mc, dvb-usb, dvb-usb-dib0700. These modules are available in the latest Linux kernel. Under Debian the following kernel package from Debian lenny (testing) is needed:
$ apt-get -t testing install linux-image-2.6.24-1-686
Download the firmware:
$ wget
$ cp dvb-usb-dib0700-1.20.fw /lib/firmware
$ ln -s /lib/firmware/dvb-usb-dib0700-1.20.fw /lib/firmware/dvb-usb-dib0700-1.10.fw

Manufacturer's (mostly useless) link- don't expect to find manuals or details here!

Probably the same as Elgato EyeTV Diversity and Hauppauge_WinTV-NOVA-TD-Stick (see this review).

--Indulis 16:58, 22 June 2008 (CEST) --Indulis 16:58, 24 July 2008 (CEST) --Indulis 17:44, 8 October 2008 (CEST)