AVerTV DVB-T Volar
This is a cheap USB terrestrial (free to air) DVB card.
- Model Number: A808
- Manufactures Website: AverMedia
This USB box is sold in Australia and works with the "Free To Air" Digital TV services.
Sources for the card:
A potential issue with the Volar is that the aerial connection is a tiny coax connector instead of full size 75ohm PAL connector. It feels a bit flimsy.
This card is supported in the Linux kernel by the dvb-usb driver.
On Fedora 7 and Ubuntu 7.10 you might need to download the firmware and drop it into /lib/firmware/.
I recommend that you use the dvb-usb-dib0700-03-pre1.fw firmware.
Download the latest firmware (dvb-usb-dib0700-03-pre1.fw) from
copy all the contents of firmware into /lib/firmware
$ sudo cp dvb-usb-dib0700-03-pre1.fw /lib/firmware/dvb-usb-dib0700-01.fw
Output from: dmesg
usb 5-1: new high speed USB device using ehci_hcd and address 9 usb 5-1: configuration #1 chosen from 1 choice dvb-usb: found a 'AVerMedia AVerTV DVB-T Volar' in cold state, will try to load a firmware dvb-usb: downloading firmware from file 'dvb-usb-dib0700-01.fw' dib0700: firmware started successfully. dvb-usb: found a 'AVerMedia AVerTV DVB-T Volar' in warm state. dvb-usb: will pass the complete MPEG2 transport stream to the software demuxer. DVB: registering new adapter (AVerMedia AVerTV DVB-T Volar). DVB: registering frontend 0 (DiBcom 7000MA/MB/PA/PB/MC)... MT2060: successfully identified (IF1 = 1220) dvb-usb: AVerMedia AVerTV DVB-T Volar successfully initialized and connected.
If you do not complete this step prior to plugging the device in, remember to unplug and then re-insert the device so that the firmware can be loaded.
Testing with Kaffeine
Kaffeine allows you to scan for channels and watch TV, so this is a good program to test all the abilities of your card.
Under ubuntu 710 I installed 'kaffeine' and 'libxine1-plugins' from the package manager
Now start Kaffeine In DVB Device setup change source to your area, EG: I selected: 'au-Melbourne' Go to DVB -> Channels Click 'Start Scan' It should lock onto channels when it finds some.