28 March 2013

372. Leadtek DTV1000S on Arch linux

While this DVB-T card seems to work fine out of the box on Arch linux (using kaffeine, gnome-dvb-setup, me-tv, w_scan etc.) it is quite unstable --  you often get 'failed to lock channel' errors, and the picture gets corrupted after watching the same channel too long (1 hour). . In contrast, I've been using it for over a year on Debian without issues, so I decided to have a quick look at what I did back in the days to get it working, and realised I'd been a bit lazy setting things up (i.e. I had treated it like PnP).

To improve the stabilit of Leadtek DTV 1000S on Arch linux, do the following:

1. Edit /etc/modprobe.d/modprobe.conf
options saa7134 tuner=48 card=175
2. Install the proper firmware driver
If you've noticed errors in dmesg/during boot-up relating to missing tda10048 firmware, install the dvb-fe-tda10048-1.0.fw firmware from AUR

wget https://aur.archlinux.org/packages/dv/dvb-fe-tda10048-1.0.fw/dvb-fe-tda10048-1.0.fw.tar.gz
tar xvf dvb-fe-tda10048-1.0.fw.tar.gz
cd dvb-fe-tda10048-1.0.fw
makepkg -s
sudo pacman -U dvb-fe-tda10048-1.0.fw-1-2-any.pkg.tar.xz

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