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January 2, 2010

installing and using a saa7231 TV card



I bought a new computer a few days ago and I have a lot of trouble in installing and using my TV card.
My card is a saa7231 triple capture device from CTX and lspci identifies the card as:

01:07.0 Multimedia controller: Philips Semiconductors Device 7231 (rev 11)
Subsystem: Creatix Polymedia GmbH Device 0002
Control: I/O- Mem+ BusMaster+ SpecCycle- MemWINV- VGASnoop- ParErr- Stepping- SERR- FastB2B- DisINTx-
Status: Cap+ 66MHz- UDF- FastB2B+ ParErr- DEVSEL=medium >TAbort- <TAbort- <MAbort- >SERR- <PERR- INTx-
Latency: 64 (1000ns min, 4250ns max), Cache Line Size: 64 bytes
Interrupt: pin A routed to IRQ 11
Region 0: Memory at f9800000 (64-bit, non-prefetchable) [size=4M]
Region 2: Memory at f9400000 (64-bit, non-prefetchable) [size=4M]
Capabilities: [40] Power Management version 3
Flags: PMEClk- DSI- D1+ D2+ AuxCurrent=55mA PME(D0+,D1+,D2+,D3hot+,D3cold-)
Status: D0 PME-Enable- DSel=0 DScale=0 PME-
Capabilities: [48] Message Signalled Interrupts: Mask- 64bit+ Queue=0/4 Enable-
Address: 0000000000000000 Data: 0000

I found something that seems to be a driver for that card on http://www.jusst.de/hg/saa7231/ but I do not understand how to use it. I installed it using make -i && make install but I have no idea what to do next. Programs like tvtime oder kaffeine still do not get any signals.

So maybe someone can give me some hints on using this TV card.

Thanks a lot and a happy new year,


I am using Debian Lenny with a kernel version 2.6.26-2-amd64.

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