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Making it work

2.6.24 re-introduces USB disconnects at random times.


August 21, 2008 - New firmware file fixing the last cause for i2c errors and disconnects and providing a new, more modular i2c request formatting.

You will need the dvb-usb-dib0700-1.20.fw firmware file in /lib/firmware or the relevant place for your distribution.

You may need to change the name of the file to dvb-usb-dib0700-1.10.fw or create a link until the driver code reflects that change.

For archival purposes: dvb-usb-dib0700-1.10.fw firmware file

August 29,2008 - Issues with Firmware 1.20. Some issues have been found with the latest version of the firmware. Users may wish to continue to use 1.10 unless they have patched their v4l-dvb code with dib0700_new_i2c_api.patch.

November 15,2008 - Issues with Firmware 1.20.

  • The above mentioned dib0700_new_12c_api.patch is not available discretely but is now rolled into the mercurial drivers
  • dvb-usb-dib0700-1.20.fw firmware file is now stable for reception, but remote control functionality is broken; any key press is repeated until the next key is pressed. The only way to get remote control functionality presently is to roll back to 1.10 firmware and suffer the occasional disconnect.
  • The mercurial drivers have been changed so they now load 1.20 firmware. To revert to 1.10 firmware you need to rename your firmware file to dvb-usb-dib0700-1.20.fw or provide a link of that name.
  • To avoid spurious remote control signals with 1.20 firmware, you need to edit /etc/modprobe.d/options or from Ubuntu onwards /etc/modprobe.d/options.confand add:
options dvb_usb disable-rc-polling=1

November 28,2008 - i2c errors. Changes were made to the remote control drivers on November 16,2008 to correct the repeat key problem. The card is generally stable for dual tuner reception and remote control function with Firmware 1.20.

November 10,2009 - mt2060 I2C write failed. Possible regression of a driver bug raised against Ubuntu running 2.6.27-14 and 2.6.31-2.17 causing mt2060 I2C errors in MythTV useage with firmware 1.20. https://bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/linux/+bug/397696 Recommend check the kernel extensions listed here for Low Noise Activation and rc_polling are loaded with correct config file name for your distribution, EIT listings information is turned off until a suitable delay (500ms-1000ms)is added to a single card (not both) and the card has correctly been added to the database as two tuners (no additional NULL entries) in the mythtv recordcard table.


It requires the dib0700 driver. Just use Mercurial by following the How to install DVB device drivers instructions.

Note: These patches still haven't made it into the tree, and have not received a lot of feedback after the latest official merges. Use at your own risk if you feel that you need them.
Key repeat for dib0700 IR receiver
Solves remote toggle bit stuff and implements repeated key feature (with repeat delay to avoid unwanted double hits) for rc-5 and nec protocols.
Filippo Argiolas, Tue Mar 11 21:14:12 CET 2008
Please report on the list.

Disabling the remote control sensor

You may want to disable the remote control sensor if you are using another one and want to avoid error messages in the logs:

In /etc/modprobe.d/options add:

options dvb_usb disable_rc_polling=1

All relevant kernel modules options

In /etc/modprobe.d/options add:

options [module name] [option name]=[setting]

Get the parameters list using

modinfo [name of kernel module]

The debug values are bit fields, with each bit representing a different category. Add values to turn on multiple debugging categories.


Turn on debugging
Values: integer
Default: 0 (off)
Enable work-around for buggy SFNs
Values: integer
Default: 0 (disabled)


Turn on debugging
Values: integer
Default: 0 (off)


Force the activation of LNAs (Low Noise Amplifier), if applicable for the device
Values: integer
Default: 0 (automatic/off)
Set IR protocol
Values: integer 0=NEC, 1=RC5, 2=RC6
Default: 1
Set debugging level
Values: integer (bitmap) 1=info, 2=fw, 4=fwdata, 8=data
Default: 0 (none)


Set debugging level
Values: integer (bitmap) 1=info, 2=xfer, 4=pll, 8=ts, 16=err, 32=rc, 64=fw, 128=mem, 256=uxfer
Default: 0 (none)
Disable remote control polling
Values: integer
Default: 0 (enabled)
Force all DVB USB devices to use a PID filter, if any
Values: integer
Default: 0 (disabled)


Enable debug messages
Values: integer
Default: 0 (disabled)
Turn on frontend core debugging
Values: integer
Default: 0 (off)
Wait n seconds after close() before suspending hardware
Values: integer
Default: 0
Set whether INVERSION_AUTO is forced on
Values: integer
Default: 0 (off)
Wait n milliseconds for lock after a tuning attempt
Values: integer
Default: 0
Turn LNB power off on sleep
Values: integer
Default: 1 (enabled)
Enable verbose debug messages
Values: integer
Default: 0 (off)
Turn on debugging
Values: integer
Default: 0
Turn on device debugging
Values: integer
Default: 0 (off)


Turn on debugging
Values: integer
Default: 0 (off)

Remote control

Grey top, black bottom, 45 buttons, snowboard shape.

Find the IR receiver's device by looking in the dmesg output for a line similar to:

input: IR-receiver inside an USB DVB receiver as /class/input/input4

Additionally, the IR receiver will be listed if you execute the command:

cat /proc/bus/input/devices

For example:

I: Bus=0003 Vendor=2040 Product=9950 Version=0100
N: Name="IR-receiver inside an USB DVB receiver"
P: Phys=usb-0000:07:01.2-1/ir0
S: Sysfs=/class/input/input4
U: Uniq=
H: Handlers=kbd event4 
B: EV=3
B: KEY=14afc336 284284d00000000 0 480058000 219040000801 9e96c000000000 90020000000ffd

In this example, the remote control gives output into /dev/input/event4.

The event number depends on your particular system and can vary.

Eventually this event number can even vary at every reboot.

You could create a new udev rule in /etc/udev/rules.d/65-persistent-hauppauge.rules.

KERNEL=="input*", ATTRS{name}=="IR-receiver inside an USB DVB receiver", SYMLINK+="input/dvb-ir"

It has been mentionned that the following line works, instead of the above line (needs confirmation and deletion of the ugly line):

KERNEL=="event*", ATTRS{name}=="IR-receiver inside an USB DVB receiver", SYMLINK+="input/dvb-ir

This would make the Hauppauge receiver always always be linked to /dev/input/dvb-ir.

But Linux systems runing recent udev will automatically create non-varying names, a nicer and automatic way of providing a stable input event name:

$ ls -la /dev/input/by-path/
total 0
drwxr-xr-x 2 root root 140 2008-02-07 20:31 .
drwxr-xr-x 4 root root 280 2008-02-07 20:31 ..
lrwxrwxrwx 1 root root   9 2008-02-07 20:31 pci-0000:00:1a.1-usb-0:2:1.0-event-kbd -> ../event1
lrwxrwxrwx 1 root root   9 2008-02-07 20:31 pci-0000:00:1a.1-usb-0:2:1.1-event-mouse -> ../event2
lrwxrwxrwx 1 root root   9 2008-02-07 20:31 pci-0000:00:1a.1-usb-0:2:1.1-mouse -> ../mouse1
lrwxrwxrwx 1 root root   9 2008-02-07 20:31 pci-4-1--event-ir -> ../event4
lrwxrwxrwx 1 root root   9 2008-02-07 20:31 platform-pcspkr-event-spkr -> ../event3

LIRC will use it without needing a special kernel module. use the dev/input driver and specify the input event device in /etc/lirc/hardware.conf:

# /etc/lirc/hardware.conf
# Arguments which will be used when launching lircd

#Don't start lircmd even if there seems to be a good config file

#Try to load appropriate kernel modules

# Run "lircd --driver=help" for a list of supported drivers.
# If DEVICE is set to /dev/lirc and devfs is in use /dev/lirc/0 will be
# automatically used instead

# Default configuration files for your hardware if any

Key Configuration

Assuming, you have a silver remote, named A415-HPG-WE-A. The following keycodes should work with it, specify them in /etc/lirc/lircd.conf:

 begin remote
  name  Hauppauge A415-HPG-WE-A
  bits           16
  eps            30
  aeps          100
  one             0     0
  zero            0     0
  pre_data_bits   16
  pre_data       0x1
  gap          403983
  toggle_bit_mask 0x80000000
     begin codes
         TV                       0x0179
         Videos                   0x0189
         Music                    0x0188
         Pictures                 0x00E2
         Radio                    0x0181
         Guide                    0x016D
         Off                      0x0074
         Go                       0x0162
         Up                       0x0067
         Down                     0x006C
         Left                     0x0069
         Right                    0x006A
         Ok                       0x0160
         Menu                     0x008B
         Back/Exit                0x009E
         Vol+                     0x0073
         Vol-                     0x0072
         PrevCh                   0x016B
         Mute                     0x0071
         Ch+                      0x0192
         Ch-                      0x0193
         Stop                     0x0080
         Record                   0x00A7
         Rew                      0x00A8
         Play                     0x00CF
         FFW                      0x00D0
         Pause                    0x0077
         Replay                   0x0195
         Skip                     0x0197
         1                        0x0002
         2                        0x0003
         3                        0x0004
         4                        0x0005
         5                        0x0006
         6                        0x0007
         7                        0x0008
         8                        0x0009
         9                        0x000A
         Star                     0x0037
         0                        0x000B
         Char                     0x0029
         Red                      0x018E
         Green                    0x018F
         Yellow                   0x0190
         Blue                     0x0191
     end codes
 end remote

But there is still the problem of the key repeats for it, so that each keypress will be repeated twice. The patches, as mentioned above, may not work, but a workaround is possilbe. It is described in http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?p=4253678

Simply add config = echo " > /dev/null before the main config in .mythtv/lircrc or .lircrc

  prog = mythtv
  button = Mute
  config = echo " > /dev/null
  config = |

So each 2nd keypress will be suppressed.