AVerMedia AVerTV Hybrid FM PCI & PCCCARD

Konstantin Dimitrov kosio.dimitrov at gmail.com
Wed Mar 21 10:27:40 UTC 2007

On 3/21/07, Greg 'groggy' Lehey <grog at freebsd.org> wrote:
> On Thursday, 15 March 2007 at 12:08:37 +0000, Da Rock wrote:
> > Ok guys, I know I might be pretty new to this but I think we need to get
> > this card worked out here. I have a laptop that I want to put BSD on, but I
> > have a TV tuner which is incompatible. I also know that I'm not the only
> > one who can't get this card to work. And so far all we've gotten from the
> > manufacturer is a brush off.
> >
> > This card works well, just not under windows... and I know that it will be
> > exceptional under BSD once it can be added.
> You don't say which card you're talking about.  The subject line
> discusses two, but the attachment shows something completely
> different.

we're talking about:

1) AVerMedia AVerTV Hybrid+FM Cardbus
2) AVerMedia AVerTV Hybrid+FM PCI (A16D)

from driver point of view 1) and 2) should be the same card, because
"CardBus is effectively a 32-bit, 33 MHz PCI bus in the PC card form
factor" and they both use "Philips SAA7135HL PCI Audio/Video Broadcast
Decoder" + "Xceive XC3018 Silicon Tuner" + "Intel (formerly Zarlink)
MT352 Digital Terrestrial TV Demodulator", thus only their form factor
is different and form factor doesn't matter for the driver.

3) AVerMedia AVerTV Hybrid+FM PCI (A16AR) is different card, because
it uses Philips Tuner instead of Xceive Tuner.

> If you're talking about the AVerTV Hybrid FM PCI, just by chance I
> bought one yesterday, with the intention to install it in a box
> running KnoppMyth.  Unfortunately, the latest version of KnoppMyth
> doesn't recognize it, though possibly other distros will.
> > We now know that this tuner uses a Xcieve chipset along with a
> > Philips SAA chip.
> See http://www.lemis.com/grog/Photos-20070321.html#avertv-hybrid-5 and
> preceding photos for confirmation.
> I've read some contradictory stuff about this particular card.  It
> seems that there are two versions.  See
> http://www.linuxtv.org/v4lwiki/index.php/AVerMedia_AverTV_Hybrid_FM_PCI_A16D
> for some self-contradictory information about the state of support.
> The one I have seems to be recent enough to require the bleeding edge
> drivers.
> > Now I have to admit that I haven't done much driver creation, but I
> > would like to get out there and help move this along a bit and make
> > this happen.  What do we need to do? What more info do we need to
> > make a working driver?
> I'd expect that a careful investigation of the Linux drivers would
> help considerably.  Maybe a good start would to be to get somebody to
> document what needs to be done to create a FreeBSD driver with the
> Linux driver as model.  I don't think that porting drivers would work;
> the code structure is too different, and then there's the problem with
> the license.
> > Now I may be on the wrong track, but there is a linux driver which
> > works ok. I tried it on FC4, but I haven't been successful in
> > upgrading to FC5 so far. Can we use this driver and do some RE to
> > make one for BSD?
> It would be nice to know which card you're talking about here.  I
> don't think that FC4 would support the card I'm talking about.  I'll
> try FC6 as soon as I've addressed my graphics driver issues.
> Greg
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