Me TV compatability with WinTV-HVR-950Q

Asked by jabberwv on 2011-09-17

First of all, let me thank you for your hard work in creating what is a very usable program (I am hoping;)). I just purchased a WinTV-HVR-950Q USB stick tuner. I love Linux and am currently using Ubuntu's Natty Narwhal. Now to my point: Your program installed wonderfully. My research indicated that I needed VLC, which I also installed with no problems. Me TV indicates an Auvitek AU8522 QAM/8VSB Frontend device. My problem is when I go with the auto scan for the US, no channels are found. I currently use a very high quality OTA antenna with no problem finding 15 local HD channels for my HD TV. I have tried everything I can think of!

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Frédéric Côté (frederic-cote) said :
#1

Hi,

You should try to create a channel.conf file with "w_scan" then import it in
me-tv.

I'll send you the exact command when I'll get home.

Cheers,
Fred
On Sep 17, 2011 3:55 PM, "jabberwv" <email address hidden>
wrote:
> New question #171493 on Me TV:
> https://answers.launchpad.net/me-tv/+question/171493
>
> First of all, let me thank you for your hard work in creating what is a
very usable program (I am hoping;)). I just purchased a WinTV-HVR-950Q USB
stick tuner. I love Linux and am currently using Ubuntu's Natty Narwhal. Now
to my point: Your program installed wonderfully. My research indicated that
I needed VLC, which I also installed with no problems. Me TV indicates an
Auvitek AU8522 QAM/8VSB Frontend device. My problem is when I go with the
auto scan for the US, no channels are found. I currently use a very high
quality OTA antenna with no problem finding 15 local HD channels for my HD
TV. I have tried everything I can think of!
>
> --
> You received this question notification because you are a member of Me
> TV Maintenance, which is an answer contact for Me TV.

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jabberwv (jabberwv-gmail) said :
#2

Thank you Mr. Cote! (sorry, I don't know how to place the accent marks) I look forward to the solving of my conundrum.

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Frédéric Côté (frederic-cote) said :
#3

Here's the command:
w_scan -c US /usr/share/dvb/atsc/us-ATSC-center-frequencies-8VSB -X >
channels.conf

To be sure, you can check if the file us-ATSC-center-frequencies-8VSB exist.

Then in me-tv you can import it...

Good luck ;o)
Fred

On Sat, Sep 17, 2011 at 4:25 PM, jabberwv <
<email address hidden>> wrote:

> Question #171493 on Me TV changed:
> https://answers.launchpad.net/me-tv/+question/171493
>
> jabberwv posted a new comment:
> Thank you Mr. Cote! (sorry, I don't know how to place the accent marks)
> I look forward to the solving of my conundrum.
>
> --
> You received this question notification because you are a member of Me
> TV Maintenance, which is an answer contact for Me TV.
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jabberwv (jabberwv-gmail) said :
#4

Mr. Cote,

Thank you for the information. I downloaded w_scan and input the command you sent me. I got the following information back:

w_scan version 20101001 (compiled for DVB API 5.2)
WARNING:

COUNTRY CODE IS NOT DEFINED. FALLING BACK TO "DE"

using settings for GERMANY
DVB aerial
DVB-T Europe
frontend_type DVB-T, channellist 4
output format czap/tzap/szap/xine
Info: using DVB adapter auto detection.
main:2960: FATAL: ***** NO USEABLE DVB CARD FOUND. *****
Please check wether dvb driver is loaded and
verify that no dvb application (i.e. vdr) is running.

I plugged in the tuner, but I may have to re-start the computer for w_scan to recognize it but I am worried about the country code. Should I use USA instead of US?

Thanks again!

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Frédéric Côté (frederic-cote) said :
#5

The parameter is definitely -c US. I just discover that when we specify the
country it is not mandatory to specify the file so the command is :
w_scan -c US -X > channels.conf

Did you installed w_scan with the "Software Center" (or apt-get) or you
installed it from the source code ? (I have the same question for me-tv)

On Sat, Sep 17, 2011 at 5:10 PM, jabberwv <
<email address hidden>> wrote:

> Question #171493 on Me TV changed:
> https://answers.launchpad.net/me-tv/+question/171493
>
> jabberwv posted a new comment:
> Mr. Cote,
>
> Thank you for the information. I downloaded w_scan and input the
> command you sent me. I got the following information back:
>
> w_scan version 20101001 (compiled for DVB API 5.2)
> WARNING:
>
> COUNTRY CODE IS NOT DEFINED. FALLING BACK TO "DE"
>
> using settings for GERMANY
> DVB aerial
> DVB-T Europe
> frontend_type DVB-T, channellist 4
> output format czap/tzap/szap/xine
> Info: using DVB adapter auto detection.
> main:2960: FATAL: ***** NO USEABLE DVB CARD FOUND. *****
> Please check wether dvb driver is loaded and
> verify that no dvb application (i.e. vdr) is running.
>
> I plugged in the tuner, but I may have to re-start the computer for
> w_scan to recognize it but I am worried about the country code. Should
> I use USA instead of US?
>
> Thanks again!
>
> --
> You received this question notification because you are a member of Me
> TV Maintenance, which is an answer contact for Me TV.
>

--
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"Nothing is foolproof because fools are so ingenious"

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jabberwv (jabberwv-gmail) said :
#6

I installed it with apt-get. I also noticed that in the option to use an initial scan file, "us-ATSC-center-frequencies-8VSB" is there. I used that file but got the same results. I will use the command you just sent me and see if that fixes it.

Thank you sir.

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jabberwv (jabberwv-gmail) said :
#7

Okay, I just use your command and got the following info back:

w_scan version 20101001 (compiled for DVB API 5.2)
using settings for UNITED STATES
ATSC
VSB US/CA, DVB-T TW
frontend_type ATSC, channellist 1
output format czap/tzap/szap/xine
Info: using DVB adapter auto detection.
main:2960: FATAL: ***** NO USEABLE DVB CARD FOUND. *****
Please check wether dvb driver is loaded and
verify that no dvb application (i.e. vdr) is running.

I think the dvb driver comes with this version of Ubuntu (11.04)

Does this help?

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Frédéric Côté (frederic-cote) said :
#8

I forgot to ask if you've installed the firmware for your device ? if not,
here's the file you have to copy in /lib/firmware:
http://www.kernellabs.com/firmware/xc5000/dvb-fe-xc5000-1.6.114.fw

For more info:
http://linuxtv.org/wiki/index.php/Hauppauge_WinTV-HVR-950Q

2011/9/17 Frédéric Côté <email address hidden>

> Question #171493 on Me TV changed:
> https://answers.launchpad.net/me-tv/+question/171493
>
> Frédéric Côté proposed the following answer:
> The parameter is definitely -c US. I just discover that when we specify the
> country it is not mandatory to specify the file so the command is :
> w_scan -c US -X > channels.conf
>
> Did you installed w_scan with the "Software Center" (or apt-get) or you
> installed it from the source code ? (I have the same question for me-tv)
>
>
> On Sat, Sep 17, 2011 at 5:10 PM, jabberwv <
> <email address hidden>> wrote:
>
> > Question #171493 on Me TV changed:
> > https://answers.launchpad.net/me-tv/+question/171493
> >
> > jabberwv posted a new comment:
> > Mr. Cote,
> >
> > Thank you for the information. I downloaded w_scan and input the
> > command you sent me. I got the following information back:
> >
> > w_scan version 20101001 (compiled for DVB API 5.2)
> > WARNING:
> >
> > COUNTRY CODE IS NOT DEFINED. FALLING BACK TO "DE"
> >
> > using settings for GERMANY
> > DVB aerial
> > DVB-T Europe
> > frontend_type DVB-T, channellist 4
> > output format czap/tzap/szap/xine
> > Info: using DVB adapter auto detection.
> > main:2960: FATAL: ***** NO USEABLE DVB CARD FOUND. *****
> > Please check wether dvb driver is loaded and
> > verify that no dvb application (i.e. vdr) is running.
> >
> > I plugged in the tuner, but I may have to re-start the computer for
> > w_scan to recognize it but I am worried about the country code. Should
> > I use USA instead of US?
> >
> > Thanks again!
> >
> > --
> > You received this question notification because you are a member of Me
> > TV Maintenance, which is an answer contact for Me TV.
> >
>
>
> --
> "In a world without walls, who really needs Windows"
> "Nothing is foolproof because fools are so ingenious"
>
> You received this question notification because you are a member of Me
> TV Maintenance, which is an answer contact for Me TV.
>

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Frédéric Côté (frederic-cote) said :
#9

You can also use CA as option for the country because Canada use the same
frequency (I'm in Quebec city and I'm able to scan my channel with -c US
instead of -c CA)

On Sat, Sep 17, 2011 at 5:30 PM, jabberwv <
<email address hidden>> wrote:

> Question #171493 on Me TV changed:
> https://answers.launchpad.net/me-tv/+question/171493
>
> Status: Answered => Open
>
> jabberwv is still having a problem:
> I installed it with apt-get. I also noticed that in the option to use
> an initial scan file, "us-ATSC-center-frequencies-8VSB" is there. I
> used that file but got the same results. I will use the command you
> just sent me and see if that fixes it.
>
> Thank you sir.
>
> --
> You received this question notification because you are a member of Me
> TV Maintenance, which is an answer contact for Me TV.
>

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"Nothing is foolproof because fools are so ingenious"

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Frédéric Côté (frederic-cote) said :
#10

As I wrote a few mail back (2mins ago :P ) you have to copy this firmware
file to /lib/firmware:
http://www.kernellabs.com/firmware/xc5000/dvb-fe-xc5000-1.6.114.fw

And, yes the driver is include in Natty.

On Sat, Sep 17, 2011 at 5:35 PM, jabberwv <
<email address hidden>> wrote:

> Question #171493 on Me TV changed:
> https://answers.launchpad.net/me-tv/+question/171493
>
> jabberwv gave more information on the question:
> Okay, I just use your command and got the following info back:
>
> w_scan version 20101001 (compiled for DVB API 5.2)
> using settings for UNITED STATES
> ATSC
> VSB US/CA, DVB-T TW
> frontend_type ATSC, channellist 1
> output format czap/tzap/szap/xine
> Info: using DVB adapter auto detection.
> main:2960: FATAL: ***** NO USEABLE DVB CARD FOUND. *****
> Please check wether dvb driver is loaded and
> verify that no dvb application (i.e. vdr) is running.
>
> I think the dvb driver comes with this version of Ubuntu (11.04)
>
> Does this help?
>
> --
> You received this question notification because you are a member of Me
> TV Maintenance, which is an answer contact for Me TV.
>

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jabberwv (jabberwv-gmail) said :
#11

By the way, the light is on on the tuner, so It is at least powered.

Yes, that file is in /lib/firmware

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Frédéric Côté (frederic-cote) said :
#12

>
>
>
> Yes, that file is in /lib/firmware
>
The file must be the one in the link I sent you. The one there by default is
not recent enough.

>
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jabberwv (jabberwv-gmail) said :
#13

Okay, I have moved the file using sudo. I got no error messages so I think it moved. I am scanning now . . .still nothing. I am sorry I am being such a pain!

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jabberwv (jabberwv-gmail) said :
#14

The computer and the problem is moving to Marshall University now. I will have to continue this conversation when my son comes home next Saturday. Thank you so very much for all the help you have been. Have a good week!

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Frédéric Côté (frederic-cote) said :
#15

It was not problem. We all need help at some point and I want to give back
all the help I received (and still get).

Together, we are stronger they said :)

Have a nice week too,
Fred

On Sat, Sep 17, 2011 at 6:20 PM, jabberwv <
<email address hidden>> wrote:

> Question #171493 on Me TV changed:
> https://answers.launchpad.net/me-tv/+question/171493
>
> jabberwv posted a new comment:
> The computer and the problem is moving to Marshall University now. I
> will have to continue this conversation when my son comes home next
> Saturday. Thank you so very much for all the help you have been. Have
> a good week!
>
> --
> You received this question notification because you are a member of Me
> TV Maintenance, which is an answer contact for Me TV.
>

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Juan Collao (collao) said :
#16

I have a Hauppauge WinTV-HVR 950 (without the Q - I'm not sure what the difference is, if there is a difference). I have been trying for 2-3 years to get it to work with Ubuntu without success. I have tried to install w-scan in the past, but it never worked for me. Maybe I was trying to use the wrong version. Where is the best place to get a good working version of w-scan? Should I get it from the Software Center or from apt-get? Do I also need to get the firmware or does it already come with Ubuntu 11.04? If I finally get this to work it will be amazing!

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jabberwv (jabberwv-gmail) said :
#17

I am just a newbie. All I know is what I have read on this post. If I get it working, I'll let you know.

Best regards,

Steve

Juan Collao <email address hidden> wrote:

>Your question #171493 on Me TV changed:
>https://answers.launchpad.net/me-tv/+question/171493
>
>Juan Collao posted a new comment:
>I have a Hauppauge WinTV-HVR 950 (without the Q - I'm not sure what the
>difference is, if there is a difference). I have been trying for 2-3
>years to get it to work with Ubuntu without success. I have tried to
>install w-scan in the past, but it never worked for me. Maybe I was
>trying to use the wrong version. Where is the best place to get a good
>working version of w-scan? Should I get it from the Software Center or
>from apt-get? Do I also need to get the firmware or does it already come
>with Ubuntu 11.04? If I finally get this to work it will be amazing!
>
>--
>You received this question notification because you asked the question.

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Frédéric Côté (frederic-cote) said :
#18

>
>
> I have a Hauppauge WinTV-HVR 950 (without the Q - I'm not sure what the
> difference is, if there is a difference).

*The 950 work only with NTSC & ATSC. The 950Q also work with ClearQAM (Q =
QAM)*

I have been trying for 2-3
> years to get it to work with Ubuntu without success. I have tried to
> install w-scan in the past, but it never worked for me. Maybe I was
> trying to use the wrong version. Where is the best place to get a good
> working version of w-scan? Should I get it from the Software Center or
> from apt-get?

*The installed version don't depend on the packet manager you used. You can
use Software Center, apt-get or synaptic. You can see, in previous message,
how to use w_scan*

> Do I also need to get the firmware or does it already come
> with Ubuntu 11.04?

*Officially yes, you have to change something, here's a how-to for the 950
(the 950Q is easier to install):*
*http://linuxtv.org/wiki/index.php/Hauppauge_WinTV-HVR-950#Making_it_Work*
*
*
*But unofficially I would try the 950Q solution, the chipset used in both
stick seems very similar. You just have to copy this file in /lib/firmware :
*
*http://www.kernellabs.com/firmware/xc5000/dvb-fe-xc5000-1.6.114.fw *

If I finally get this to work it will be amazing!
>
*It will, eventually :) *

>
> --
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"Nothing is foolproof because fools are so ingenious"

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Frédéric Côté (frederic-cote) said :
#19

Forget about the "unofficial" part. The demodulators are completely different.

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Juan Collao (collao) said :
#20

Thank you for your help. So I was able to download w-scan from the Software Center without a problem. Then I followed the instructions provided here:

http://linuxtv.org/wiki/index.php/Hauppauge_WinTV-HVR-950#Making_it_Work*

I was able to download the zip file containing the Windows driver and then I extracted the file indicated in the instructions and now I have the file hcw85bda.sys on my home directory. Here is where I got stuck. The instructions say:

run the extract_xc3028.pl script found in linux/Documentation/video4linux:

./extract_xc3028.pl

When I first ran the command it gave me the obvious response: File not found. Then I searched for the file and I found the file extract_xc3028.pl in the directory usr/src/linux-headers-2.6.38-8/Documentation/video4linux/. Now here is my question: The file I extracted from the zip package is on my home directory and the executable file extract_xc3028.pl is on the video4linux folder. Do I need to move the file hcw85bda.sys to the video4linux folder for the command to work properly or should I just execute the command extract_xc3028.pl from the video4linux folder and it will find the driver on my home directory?

Thank you for your help.

Kind regards,

Juan

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Frédéric Côté (frederic-cote) said :
#21

I would try something like this:

1 - Go to your home directory "cd ~/" (where the driver is),
2 - Then execute the script with all the path. From what I saw in your
post it will look like this:
      /usr/src/linux-headers-2.6.38-8/Documentation/video4linux/
extract_sc3028.pl
3 - Then follow the rest of the instruction in the "making it work"

Good luck,
Fred

On Mon, Sep 26, 2011 at 5:05 PM, Juan Collao <
<email address hidden>> wrote:

> Question #171493 on Me TV changed:
> https://answers.launchpad.net/me-tv/+question/171493
>
> Juan Collao posted a new comment:
> Thank you for your help. So I was able to download w-scan from the
> Software Center without a problem. Then I followed the instructions
> provided here:
>
> http://linuxtv.org/wiki/index.php/Hauppauge_WinTV-
> HVR-950#Making_it_Work*
>
> I was able to download the zip file containing the Windows driver and
> then I extracted the file indicated in the instructions and now I have
> the file hcw85bda.sys on my home directory. Here is where I got stuck.
> The instructions say:
>
> run the extract_xc3028.pl script found in
> linux/Documentation/video4linux:
>
> ./extract_xc3028.pl
>
> When I first ran the command it gave me the obvious response: File not
> found. Then I searched for the file and I found the file
> extract_xc3028.pl in the directory usr/src/linux-
> headers-2.6.38-8/Documentation/video4linux/. Now here is my question:
> The file I extracted from the zip package is on my home directory and
> the executable file extract_xc3028.pl is on the video4linux folder. Do I
> need to move the file hcw85bda.sys to the video4linux folder for the
> command to work properly or should I just execute the command
> extract_xc3028.pl from the video4linux folder and it will find the
> driver on my home directory?
>
> Thank you for your help.
>
> Kind regards,
>
> Juan
>
> --
> You received this question notification because you are a member of Me
> TV Maintenance, which is an answer contact for Me TV.
>

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Juan Collao (collao) said :
#22

Unfortunately, no luck. I tried to run:

sudo /usr/src/linux-headers-2.6.38-8/Documentation/video4linux/extract_xc3028.pl

First I tried without sudo and I got: Permission denied. Then I used sudo but I got the error message: command not found

That is strange because I see the file: extract_xc3028.pl

In the folder: /usr/src/linux-headers-2.6.38-8/Documentation/video4linux/

I checked the path and the file name multiple times and everything matches. I must be doing something wrong. Any ideas? Thank you so much for all your help up to this point.

Kind regards,

Juan

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Frédéric Côté (frederic-cote) said :
#23

Add "perl" in front of the command:
perl /usr/src/linux-headers-2.6.38-8/Documentation/video4linux/
extract_sc3028.pl

On Tue, Sep 27, 2011 at 11:20 PM, Juan Collao <
<email address hidden>> wrote:

> Question #171493 on Me TV changed:
> https://answers.launchpad.net/me-tv/+question/171493
>
> Juan Collao posted a new comment:
> Unfortunately, no luck. I tried to run:
>
> sudo /usr/src/linux-
> headers-2.6.38-8/Documentation/video4linux/extract_xc3028.pl
>
> First I tried without sudo and I got: Permission denied. Then I used
> sudo but I got the error message: command not found
>
> That is strange because I see the file: extract_xc3028.pl
>
> In the folder: /usr/src/linux-
> headers-2.6.38-8/Documentation/video4linux/
>
> I checked the path and the file name multiple times and everything
> matches. I must be doing something wrong. Any ideas? Thank you so much
> for all your help up to this point.
>
> Kind regards,
>
> Juan
>
> --
> You received this question notification because you are a member of Me
> TV Maintenance, which is an answer contact for Me TV.
>

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Juan Collao (collao) said :
#24

Fred,

I got it to work! I cannot thank you enough for your help. Ever since I switched from Windows to Linux, my wife gave me a hard time for not being able to make the TV USB to work. Now we can watch TV on our computer and the quality is amazing! METV is a really great program. Easy to use and has all the features I need.

Thanks a million,

Juan

PS. jabberwv - At some point I got the same error message you got:

main:2960: FATAL: ***** NO USEABLE DVB CARD FOUND. *****
Please check wether dvb driver is loaded and
verify that no dvb application (i.e. vdr) is running.

I re-started the computer with the device plugged in and it worked. Good luck!

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