AVerTV DVB-T Volar

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AVerTV DVB-T Volar USB box

This is a cheap USB terrestrial (free to air) DVB card.

  • Model Number: A808
  • Manufactures Website: AverMedia

NB: This device is different to the AverTV DVB-T Volar X USB.


This USB box is sold in Australia and works with the "Free To Air" Digital TV services.

Sources for the card:

  • CPL for AU$75
  • [1] for AU$77 inc. delivery

United Kingdom

AVerTV DVB-T Volar works in the UK. The Mac version has not been tested.


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.

Kernel Driver

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

$ wget http://www.wi-bw.tfh-wildau.de/~pboettch/home/linux-dvb-firmware/dvb-usb-dib0700-03-pre1.fw

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.

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After rebooting your MythTV this card may fail until you replug the card. For a solution to this problem you read this hint.