Testing Your DVB Card
In this section we will bypass MythTV and test the card directly. This is useful for debugging problems with tuning and to check that the card works.
Install the Test Software
To test the card, we're going to use some command-line utilities to do a channel scan and watch some TV.
Watch Some TV
If you have installed MythTV at this point, you must stop the backend from running because it will have grabbed the tuner resource preventing the scan from working:
sudo service mythtv-backend stop
It may sound obvious, but make sure you have your aerial plugged into your tuner card. Now we can search for channels in your area using the scan utility. This uses a file on your disk to get the frequencies. Choose the correct one for your area from the /usr/share/dvb/dvb-t directory. Mine is Winter Hill. (Note that the switch to digital last year changed the Winter Hill frequencies and you need to use this file instead if you are in the Granada area).
scan /usr/share/dvb/dvb-t/uk-WinterHill | tee channels.conf
After a minute or so you should get a
channels.conf file containing the channel information. You can use mplayer to tune and watch TV, but first you must copy the channels.conf file to the mplayer config directory:
Watch some TV:
Instead of Film4, you can play any of the channels defined in your