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TV tuner and Ubuntu

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Last response: in Open Source Software
February 23, 2006 2:50:38 AM


I've installed Ubuntu and have been trying it out for a couple weeks. Must say I'm enjoying the hell out of Linux. So long Windows...! Well, not quite (I've set up the system for dual-boot, but I find I haven't used Windows since I installed Ubuntu).

Anyhow, I have a Hauppauge WinTV PVR 150 PCI card which I never got around to installing and now find I'd like to be able to watch tv on the computer, so I'd like to install it. The question is: how much of a nightmare is this going to be to get it running? I know I can use Tvtime to just watch, but ideally, I'd like to be able to record the odd program as well. I've tried doing a search about it (Googled, searched the Ubuntu forums, etc) and find I'm more confused now than before. It seems people have problems getting their cards to work, getting the proper drivers, getting it to produce a picture, etc. Some people report they never get them working. After all the searching I've done, I still can't get a definitive annswer as to whether this card will run on a Linux box.

Anyone know what the procedure would be to get this up and running, or if it can be done at all? (I know I need to install the card, then boot up the computer, but I'm wondering if I need to find specific drivers or if there are packages to DL, etc. Or will it be a matter of install the card, install Tvtime (or whatever program I decide to use), and away I go)?

Bah, I guess I've not articulated my concerns all that well. Just chalk it up to me being a noob at Linux and my rather anal desire to trouble-shoot before the fact. Any help or advice would be appreciated though. (Linux 0, are you out there? :lol:  )

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February 27, 2006 3:44:50 PM

Thanks for the link. Upon further searching, I found a guide to installing MythTV on the Ubuntu forums and I think I'll give it a shot. (The guy that wrote it was using the same card as I have).
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February 27, 2006 4:37:27 PM

Hauppauge cards are usually supported very well :-)

bt848/bt878-based TV cards work best

Most if not all Hauppauge use that chipset :D 

Good Luck :D 
February 27, 2006 5:36:19 PM


Heh, leave it to me to grab the card with the Conexant 23416 chipset (it's the MCE card). We'll see how it goes with that...
February 27, 2006 5:49:43 PM

I think that one works too but the BT based ones usually work better :D 

I have some cheap BT848/878 winTV PCI cards that I got for $15 each and they work fine :D  :D 
March 7, 2010 5:37:10 PM

linux_0 said:
Hauppauge cards are usually supported very well :-)

bt848/bt878-based TV cards work best

Most if not all Hauppauge use that chipset :D 

Good Luck :D 

March 8, 2010 3:21:14 PM

This has to be one of the most ridiculous necros i have seen to date...
May 19, 2010 11:25:07 AM

Hi There,

I recently bought Genuis TVGO A03X USB Analog TV receiver problem is Ubuntu 10.04 could not recognized it. Do you have driver for Linux box.