choosing a TV Tuner

Yuri Pankov y.pankov at
Sun Jul 9 02:42:36 UTC 2006

On Mon, 26 Jun 2006 00:31:14 +0200, Danny Pansters wrote:

> On Sunday 25 June 2006 11:48, Roman Bogorodskiy wrote:
> > Hi,
> >
> > I'm going to buy some TV tuner. The nearest store has the following
> > models:
> > 	- AverMedia TV/FM Studio (307, 505, 507)
> saa driver. 20 euros, cheap and good enough.
> > 	- BEHOLDER TV/FM Studio (403/405, 409)
> saa driver
> > 	- RoverMedia TV Link Pro FM (P34RF)
> don't know, might be bktr
> >
> > Which one if these is the best in terms of working on FreeBSD?
> A bktr based one, because that's what most people have, though saa
> might produce a nicer image (and they are much more prevalent on the
> retailer shelves these days I think).
> > Roman Bogorodskiy
> Saa driver: (or try multimedia/kbtv). It has some problems
> though, most notably some tuner types (Philips MK, the one I have)
> can't find their (former) frequency back after my box has been shut
> down (not rebooted but shut down), and I need to tune it to some
> channel in Linux first. It's a known problem, related to signal
> detection. I'm (slowly) looking into finding a way to solve this in
> kbtv.
> HTH,
> Dan

Hi, Dan.

Can you give some advices on how to tune AverMedia 507 to given frequency? I've no other OSes on this machine.

I've used saa driver from your kbtv-1.1.1 tarball. Changed
lines in Makevars are:

after loading the driver:
saa0: <Phillips SAA7133 AV broadcast decoder> mem 0xf6004000-0xf60047ff
irq 19 at device 7.0 on pci1 pcib1: saa0 requested memory range
0xf6004000-0xf60047ff: good
saa0: [MPSAFE]
iicbus0: <SAA713x I2C Controller> on saa0
iic0: <I2C generic I/O> on iicbus0

saa0 at pci1:7:0:  class=0x048000 card=0x97151461 chip=0x71331131 rev=0xd1
    vendor   = 'Philips Semiconductors'
    device   = 'SAA7135HL Multi Media Capture Device'
    class    = multimedia

But tune_channels can't find any channel, set_channel /dev/iic0
<anyfreq> and running tvv shows only black window.


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