I'm new to this but have seen some discussion around this card.
The issue is whether it can be used with both ATSC and NTSC simultaneously.
The statement of the page reads "For example you will be able to record (2x NTSC, 1x NTSC and 1x ATSC/QAM, 2x ATSC/QAM)." (emphasis added).
If this is indeed true, how do you combine the NTSC coaxial cable with the ATSC coaxial cable to attach to the one input.
If this is not true, the "1x NTSC and 1x ATSC/QAM" should be removed.
There is more than one input. S-video captures an NTSC signal. So yes, you could record from the ATSC/QAM input and from the S-Video input simultaneously.
The card also has an internal splitter. If you watch NTSC & QAM over the same cable, then you can record 2xNTSC, 2xQAM, or 1xNTSC/1xQAM at the same time. However, currently the linux driver does not support analog recording at all, so for the time being, you are restricted to 2xATSC/QAM.
I just got this card working with the Linux TV drivers. I'm a Java / Perl type of guy and compiling drivers isn't my usual thing. I wanted to post my notes for others who didn't grow up with a pet Gnu. I got lots of help with this via the Myth Users mailing list, particularly Matt Beadon (who essentially wrote the numbered list section below).
- gcc-4.4.2-7.fc12.i686: Or later version; this includes the kernel headers.
- kernel-PAE-devel.i686: Or kernel-devel.i686 if you don't have a PAE kernel. This package has the kernel source, apparently not 100% but enough to get the job done.
Compiling and installing drivers:
- ) Download latest driver from http://linuxtv.org/hg/v4l-dvb (choose the bz2 or gz link on the left) or the current one is: "wget http://linuxtv.org/hg/v4l-dvb/archive/tip.tar.gz"
- ) Unpack to /usr/src/v4l-dvb.
- cd /usr/src/v4l-dvb
- tar -xzvf tip.tar.gz (Or appropriate filename)
- ) Build it. As root:
- cd v4l-dvb-XXXXXX
- make clean
- make all
Where XXXX is the latest version that was unpacked in #2.
- ) As root and install the modules.
- make install
I stuck the firmware in /lib/firmware.
After a reboot, the HVR-2250 showed up as initializing in /var/log/messages, and was available as a DVB encoder when I ran through mythtvsetup. The tuners found the same channels as my trusty pcHDTV-3000. I was soon able to capture three simultaneous digital programs. What a blast!
NB: The IR Blaster and remote IR receiver are as yet not supported. In fact, messages shows that the IR blaster isn't recognized. I guess a little more driver work has yet to be done.
Support in 2.6.32
I recently upgraded my Fedora 12 system to this new kernel. It has support for the digital side of the HVR-2250 built right in!
The only thing I had to do to get it to work was put the v4l firmware file -- obtained from Hauppauge -- in /lib/firmware. After a reboot the boards were fully initialized by the kernel. Then I used mythtvsetup to delete the old entries for the board (which I'd set up when using the Toth drivers under 2.6.31), and created new entries. Everything works just great.
While the kernel seems to recognize the presence of IR equipment on the board, support for the IR blasters and IR receiver has not yet been implemented. --Stefan Jones