DVB-T and Linux out of the box with suse

With Suse 10.3 you don’t need to download or compile sources to watch DVB-T. I recently bought two Freecom DVB-T USB Sticks for some 20 Euro and all you need to do after plugging them in is: Find the right firmware.

After plugging them in, lsubs shows them like this:

Bus 002 Device 020: ID 14aa:022b AVerMedia (again) or C&E

Bus 002 Device 018: ID 14aa:0226 AVerMedia (again) or C&E

If you have the same hardware, the following will work. Here’s what I did:

I plugged in the DVB-T Receiver(s).

I called dmesg to show me the kernel’s messages:

(…)

dvb-usb: WideView WT-220U PenType Receiver (based on ZL353) successfully deinitialized and disconnected.

usb 2-6.4.4: new high speed USB device using ehci_hcd and address 16

usb 2-6.4.4: new device found, idVendor=14aa, idProduct=0225

usb 2-6.4.4: new device strings: Mfr=0, Product=0, SerialNumber=0

usb 2-6.4.4: configuration #1 chosen from 1 choice

dvb-usb: found a ‘WideView WT-220U PenType Receiver (Typhoon/Freecom)’ in cold state, will try to load a firmware

dvb-usb: did not find the firmware file. (dvb-usb-wt220u-fc03.fw) Please see linux/Documentation/dvb/ for more details on firmware-problems. (-2)

Ok, The device was detected and recognized.

But we need the firmware file. I searched it at google and i found it here:

wget http://home.arcor.de/efocht/dvb-usb-wt220u-fc03.fw

Copy this file to /lib/firmware and replug your USB-DVB-Stick. Now dmesg will report success and kaffeine can start. Now you’ll need a channels.conf file – or do the automatic search for TV channels.

Nevertheless, my experience with different TV-Devices showed that the firmware web-adress may be may be a temporary one. Your mileage when searching it may vary. If you need one of the following files:

dvb-usb-wt220u-zl0353-01.fw

dvb-usb-wt220u-fc03.fw

and if you can’t find them with google, send me an e-mail, then I will send them to you. If this hurts your rights or patents, please send me a mail, too.

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