FreeSat progress

So, I rerouted the satellite cable to the study last night and re-ended it. The following guide was very helpful for fitting the F-connector:

I’d already got the card working by downloading the latest v4l-dvb driver and firmware, following the instructions on the linuxtv wiki (the HVR-4000 and my Nova-HD-S2 are essentially the same when it comes to DVB-S2):

I then ran a channel scan:

scan -v /usr/share/doc/dvb-utils/examples/scan/dvb-s/Astra-19.2E

To my surprise, it found upwards of 80 channels before I quit it, so it looks like the dish and card are working.

Next step, MythTV…

3 thoughts on “FreeSat progress”

  1. good set of instructions – I found them very helpful when installinng my system.
    a late post on this one – do you have any problems with the v4l driver and the dvb-s2 card? I always get an ‘invalid probe – probably not a cx24116 card’ when the frontend is attaching! I always have to edit the source to discard this return value – bypassing in this way allows the frontend device to attach & the card comes up lovely!
    curiously, the return value from the card isn’t consistent (certainly from warm restarts), so any hope of a neater test has gone out of the window for now…

  2. Hi

    RE: FreeSat progress

    I’ve scan for channels using “scan -v /usr/share/doc/dvb-utils/examples/scan/dvb-s/Astra-19.2E” with success and have a complete ‘channels.conf’ file in my home folder. However, I cannot import the file! Where it asks for the location i put “/home/myusername/channels.conf” but on the next screen it says there are no channels…ideas. I can’t imagine what I’m doing wrong…


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