Hauppauge WinTV-PVR-USB2

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Functionally, the "PVR USB2" device is very similar to Hauppauge's line of "PVR-XXX" PCI based tuner cards - except this device uses USB instead of PCI which makes it suitable for laptop, xbox, or embedded device applications where there would otherwise not be a PCI slot available.

WinTV-PVR-USB2 includes:

  • 125 channel cable ready TV tuner for TV in a window (or full screen). Surf the net while you watch TV on your PC screen!
  • No need to open your PC: works best with USB 2.0. Will also work with USB 1.1.
  • Composite/S-Video and audio inputs to connect to VCR, camcorders or satellite receivers.
  • Built-in hardware MPEG-2 encoder.
    • Record TV or videos to disk using from 1-2 Gigabytes of disk space per hour of recorded video. While recording, the WinTV-PVRs' hardware MPEG encoder does all the work, so your PC continues to run at full speed.
    • Over USB 2.0, the WInTV-PVR-USB2 can record at up to 12MBits/sec. On USB 1.1, recording is limited to 6MBits/ec.

The WinTV-PVR-USB2's TV tuner and S-Video/composite video inputs are for either PAL or NTSC.

System Requirements:

  • Pentium® III processor 733MHz or faster, 128MB RAM and 10GB disk drive minimum recommended
  • Available USB 2.0 or 1.1 port (works faster on USB 2.0)
  • Sound card
  • DVD or CD-RW writer (optional for burning DVDs or Video CD’s)
  • VGA card (PCI or AGP) which supports video overlay (NVidia, S3, ATI, etc.)

Troubleshooting

  1. Currently the ivtv-firmware packages are not being installed by default along with the other ivtv packages, which means that the card is not initialized properly. The fix is simple: Alt-Ctrl-2 into a session and issue the following commands:
   apt-get install ivtv-firmware
   rmmod ivtv
   modprobe ivtv

This should give you a working card