[mythtv-users] Hauppauge Announces PCI-E Replacement for HD-PVR
gjhurlbu at gmail.com
Sun Jan 9 03:43:41 UTC 2011
On Sat, Jan 8, 2011 at 11:17 AM, Dave Badia <dbadia at gmail.com> wrote:
> Nice to see a PCI-E formfactor for the HD-PVR.
> With the current HD-PVR, firmware updates are only possible via
> windows, I wonder if the same will be true for the PCI-E version?
> This restriction is easy to overcome (assuming you have at least 1
> windows machine somewhere) with the USB interface, but with a PCI-E
> interface it gets a bit messy. Seems you have to rip the card out and
> switch it to a desktop windows box (laptop isn't an option) or dual
> boot the myth box.
My expectation would be that it would end up working like most other
PCI/PCI-E based cards out there in that firmware (if needed) would be loaded
from a /lib/firmware directory or the like. If that were the case, then a
firmware upgrade would be as simple as replacing the file in /lib/firmware
with a new one, then reloading the driver. That's the "normal" method for
that type of card. The HD-PVR was different as it was USB-based.
Of course, we shall see, but I doubt that it will be any more of an issue
for this card as it would be for, say, the HVR-2250. For many cards, you
need to load the firmware at each bootup anyways, so why would an upgrade be
difficult? And I'm sure that they thought that through more than
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