How to properly set my Pinnacle PC TV Stereo PCI card under Linux.
The card I bought is based on the Phillips SAA7134 chipset which is fully supported by the Linux kernel:
lspci -v … 02:0c.0 Multimedia controller: Philips Semiconductors SAA7134 (rev 01) Subsystem: Pinnacle Systems Inc.: Unknown device 002b Flags: bus master, medium devsel, latency 32, IRQ 20 Memory at e7004000 (32-bit, non-prefetchable) [size=1K] Capabilities:  Power Management version 1
I had to recompile my kernel to make sure the following options are enabled in “.config”:
After rebooting with the new kernel, make sure “/dev/video0” does exist, and that “/dev/video” is a symbolic link to “/dev/video0”.
Also, the following line has to be added to “/etc/X11/xorg.conf” in order to fully support video overlay coming from the tuner card:
Additionally, I added the following line to “/etc/modprobe.conf”, which is required in order to make “/dev/dsp1” get created when the module gets loaded:
options saa7134 oss=1
Note that the Pinnacle PC TV Stereo tuner card also creates a new sound device, usually called “/dev/dsp1” used by applications like MythTV to capture TV sound. Just make sure to tell MythTV and friends to capture sound from “/dev/dsp1” instead of “/dev/dsp”.
It is also possible to make LIRC work with the remote IR that comes bundled with the Pinnacle PC TV Stereo simply by creating “/etc/lircd.conf” with the following lines in it:
# # contributed by Bart Alewijnse # # brand: Pinnacle Systems # model: PCTV Remote (Perhaps other ones as well) # supported devices: there's only one I know of. (serial) # # Mail me if your remote is only partly supported, or if it has different # buttons than listed below. # begin remote name PinnacleSysPCTVRemote bits 8 eps 30 aeps 100 one 0 0 zero 0 0 gap 180000 begin codes Mute 0x000000000000003C Power 0x000000000000002F Chan+Play 0x000000000000003F Chan-Stop 0x000000000000003E Vol+FF 0x000000000000003B Vol-Rew 0x000000000000003D 1 0x0000000000000031 2 0x0000000000000032 3 0x0000000000000033 4 0x0000000000000034 5 0x0000000000000035 6 0x0000000000000036 7 0x0000000000000037 8 0x0000000000000038 9 0x0000000000000039 Fullscreen 0x000000000000002D 0 0x000000000000003A Info 0x000000000000002B Preview 0x000000000000002E Record 0x0000000000000027 Chan_Last 0x0000000000000025 F_TV 0x0000000000000026 F_TELETEXT 0x0000000000000029 F_RADIO 0x000000000000002A # # here are some extra buttons a new version of the remote seems to have # # contributed by Robbert Monna # # brand: Pinnacle Systems # model: PCTV Remote (newest version?) # supported devices: dongle on serial port (from TV-Card) # L 0x000000000000001F Zoom 0x000000000000001E vol+ 0x000000000000001B vol- 0x000000000000000F channel+ 0x0000000000000017 channel- 0x000000000000001C middle 0x000000000000001A Menu 0x000000000000001D next 0x0000000000000019 undo 0x0000000000000016 pause 0x0000000000000015 redo 0x0000000000000013 Rewind 0x000000000000000E Play 0x000000000000000D Stop 0x000000000000000B FForward 0x0000000000000007 EPG 0x0000000000000018 # here are some more buttons that seem to be mapped differently from # the ones above # contributed by InterCeptor email@example.com # # brand: Pinnacle Systems PCTV Pro Remote # model no. of remote control: (I can't find any numbers on it) # supported devices: serial # 9 0x0000000000000082 Zoom 0x00000000000000B2 middle 0x0000000000000014 end codes end remote Then, make sure lircd is started at boot: # chkconfig --level 345 lirc on # service lircd start And also, MythTV, when compiled with support for LIRC, can be configured to natively connect to the UNIX socket /dev/lircd that is managed by the lircd daemon by creating a file called "~/.mythtv/lircrc" with the following contents: # lircrc.example.HauppaugeGrey-nativelirc # 2003-09-17, Robert Kulagowski # mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org # Save this file in ~/.mythtv/lircrc begin prog = mythtv button = Power config = Esc end begin prog = mythtv button = Go # Swap the PiP windows config = N end begin prog = mythtv button = 1 config = 1 end begin prog = mythtv button = 2 config = 2 end begin prog = mythtv button = 3 config = 3 end begin prog = mythtv button = 4 config = 4 end begin prog = mythtv button = 5 config = 5 end begin prog = mythtv button = 6 config = 6 end begin prog = mythtv button = 7 config = 7 end begin prog = mythtv button = 8 config = 8 end begin prog = mythtv button = 9 config = 9 end begin prog = mythtv button = 0 config = 0 end begin prog = mythtv button = Menu config = M end begin prog = mythtv button = undo config = Esc end # Below are keys used with the Hauppauge Grey remote #begin # prog = mythtv # This is the Red key # We'll use it for "Delete" # button = Record # config = D #end #begin # prog = mythtv # This is the Green key # We'll use it for "Information" # button = Green # config = I #end # Note the "repeat =" strings in the volume and channel. # This means that if you hold down the key, every nth instance will be # passed. This depends on your system, so you may want to increase or # decrease this and see what happens. repeat = 1 is probably too # fast. begin prog = mythtv # Use it as a volume key button = vol- repeat = 3 config = F10 end begin prog = mythtv button = vol+ repeat = 3 config = F11 end begin prog = mythtv button = Chan+Play repeat = 3 config = Up end begin prog = mythtv button = channel+ repeat = 3 config = Up end begin prog = mythtv button = Chan-Stop repeat = 3 config = Down end begin prog = mythtv button = channel- repeat = 3 config = Down end begin prog = mythtv button = Vol-Rew # This is the "left" on the central diamond repeat = 3 config = Left end begin prog = mythtv button = Vol+FF # This is the "right" on the central diamond repeat = 3 config = Right end begin prog = mythtv # Middle button on the diamond button = middle config = Return end begin prog = mythtv button = Mute config = F9 end #begin # prog = mythtv # Change focus for PiP (to change channel in the other window) # button = Blank # config = B #end begin prog = mythtv # Toggle PiP on/off button = Fullscreen config = V end #begin # prog = mythtv # button = Rew # config = Left #end begin prog = mythtv button = Play config = P end begin prog = mythtv button = FForward config = Right end begin prog = mythtv button = Record config = R end begin prog = mythtv # Teletext button = Stop config = T end begin prog = mythtv button = pause config = P end #begin # prog = mythtv # button = Replay # Use for backwards commercial skip # config = Q #end begin prog = mythtv button = next # Use for forward commercial skip config = Z end