[mythtv-users] Alternatives to DVB-T (UK) PCI Cards
gary.dawes at gmail.com
Tue Apr 22 13:24:39 UTC 2008
On 22/04/2008, lists_mythtv_users <lists_mythtv_users at bigpizza.co.uk> wrote:
> Hello all,
> I've currently got 4 PCI Hauppauge Nova-T DVB cards in my backend
> (sounds painful I know) which I'd like to replace so I can upgrade my
> motherboard. I've found it more and more difficult to find new
> motherbaords with 4 PCI slots. A search on newegg.com showed 3 boards
> with 4 PCI slots and 109 boards with 4 PCI slots.
> What alternatives are available that will allow me to continue to use 4
> tuners? I've heard there's been a problem with the Nova-T 500 with the
> USB stack thought that has recently been fixed. I can't find any PCI-e
> cards that have mature Linux drivers and I don't know of any products
> like the HDHomerun, i.e. a standalone box that can be connected to the
> backend via a network cable. USB tuners look like the most likely part
> to use as a replacement but I've read about the devices getting
> renumbered after a reboot. One of the nice things about the Nova-T PCI
> cards is that after a reboot everything just works.
> I've got 3 freecom usb dvb-t tuners in my backend (knoppmyth), and
initially had problems once udev came on the scene. I would get it where
myth could only open 1 or 2 tuners or not get a reliable signal lock - all
sorts of wierd problems. I tried looking at udev rules. but the solution
(unbelievably after weeks struggling) was to change the card access for the
backend to always, rather then when needed.
My three cards work ace just about all the time now. occasionally 5US will
bomb out, but that's no great loss!
I reckon that as long as you open the cards on the backend startup, and that
they are all the same card type, that you will not have any problem.
Only black mark against the freecoms is the crappy antenna connectors. I
have my sticks on the end of usb leads, and taped together to minise
movement of the sticks and cables.
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