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My personal notes collected while messing with Ubuntu 6.06 (server) on my Mini-itx M10000 Nehemiah based server (with the OS running of a 2GB CF card, and a Hauppauge PVR-350 for experimental reasons), Ubuntu 7.04 on my IBM ThinkPad T23 and Ubuntu 7.10 on my T40p.
All entries here:
2008-12-15 03:49:41
Turn the display off (and on) remotely
2008-10-01 01:47:53
WD My Book Studio Edition 1TB
2008-07-25 17:37:13
Newcs cardserver
2008-07-19 18:12:09
Batch rename
2008-07-04 20:29:31
ThinkLight Gmail checker bash script
2008-06-28 23:54:42
Pinnacle DVB-T nano stick (PCTV 73e)
2008-06-21 19:21:20
Play video as ASCII in the console with VLC and mplayer
2008-04-30 19:35:23
Quite random short notes
2008-04-27 22:03:04
Drawing graphs with PHP
2008-04-20 19:01:48
Eggdrop IRC bot
2007-12-30 23:40:13
Apple Bluetooth Keyboard in Ubuntu
2007-12-30 23:28:50
Schedule a recording from the Hauppauge PVR-350
2007-12-30 23:23:50
Network streaming from a Hauppauge PVR-350
2007-12-30 23:09:12
System backup
2007-12-30 23:05:01
Apache2 - Restart
2007-12-30 23:03:41
Apache2 - Reverse Proxy
2007-12-30 22:03:39
Select input on Hauppauge PVR-350
2007-12-30 22:03:39
Capture pictures / screen shots from Hauppauge PVR-350
2007-12-30 21:36:13
Video playback through the tv-out on Hauppauge PVR-150

Pinnacle DVB-T nano stick (PCTV 73e)
Okay, I've been messing with this for some time, so some of this 'guide' might be redundant, but at least it got it working on my system :)

Pinnacle DVB-T nano stick (PCTV 73e)

The Pinnacle DVB-T nano stick is a pretty small USB2 DVB-T tuner. The cover slides out to hide the USB plug as shown in the picture above, and then collapses when you want to use it (as shown in the picture below, where the antenna cord is also connected).

Pinnacle DVB-T nano stick (PCTV 73e)

First, get the firmware and move it to the right place:
wget http://www.wi-bw.tfh-wildau.de/~pboettch/home/linux-dvb-firmware/dvb-usb-dib0700-1.10.fw

sudo mv dvb-usb-dib0700-1.10.fw /lib/firmware/


Get and install v4l-dvb:
hg clone http://linuxtv.org/hg/v4l-dvb

cd v4l-dvb

sudo make

sudo make install


At this point you might need to restart the computer..

Plug in the USB stick, run dmesg | grep usb in a terminal, and hopefully you'll see that the device is ready, something like this:

[ 199.336000] usb 5-1: new high speed USB device using ehci_hcd and address 3
[ 199.468000] usb 5-1: configuration #1 chosen from 1 choice
[ 199.468000] dvb-usb: found a 'Pinnacle PCTV 73e' in cold state, will try to load a firmware
[ 199.580000] dvb-usb: downloading firmware from file 'dvb-usb-dib0700-1.10.fw'
[ 200.268000] dvb-usb: found a 'Pinnacle PCTV 73e' in warm state.
[ 200.268000] dvb-usb: will pass the complete MPEG2 transport stream to the software demuxer.
[ 200.316000] dvb-usb: no frontend was attached by 'Pinnacle PCTV 73e'
[ 200.316000] dvb-usb: schedule remote query interval to 150 msecs.
[ 200.316000] dvb-usb: Pinnacle PCTV 73e successfully initialized and connected.


Now, install Kaffeine:

sudo apt-get install kaffeine


When you first run Kaffeine, it should pop-up an installation guide, that among other things should say that the digital-tv device is o.k. After you've scanned for new channels (select "Digital-tv" then press "C" in Kaffeine), you should be able to watch tv :o)

Pinnacle DVB-T nano stick (PCTV 73e)

2008-06-28 23:54:42