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PCTV Diversity Stick Solo 2001e (USB, 2 x DVB-T)

Multimedia DVB-T, Multimedia, PCTV, TV, USB

PCTV Diversity Stick Solo 2001e (USB, 2 x DVB-T)
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The PCTV Diversity Stick Solo 2001e is a USB stick with two DVB-T tuners. The stick is supported by Linux since kernel version 2.6.24 (e.g. since Ubuntu 9.10) via the kernel module dvb_usb_dib0700. However, it is not supported by the Linux driver to use both tuners simultaneously on the same frequency to achieve a better signal-to-noise ratio (diversity functionality). Apart from the the two tuners are fully usable under Linux.

The stick has the USB ID 2304:0229 and is shown in the following way:

Bus 001 Device 004: ID 2304:0229 Pinnacle Systems, Inc. [hex]

Additionally, it is recommended in case of reception problems to load the dvb kernel modules with the following option, by adding them in the file /etc/modprobe.d/pinnacle.conf :

options dvb_usb_dib0700 force_lna_activation=1
options dvb_usb disable_rc_polling=1
options usbcore autosuspend=-1

The firmware file dvb-usb-dib0700-1.20.fw or dvb-usb-dib0700-1.10.fw is needed for the PCTV 2001e in order to successfully load the kernel module. If this firmware file is not part of the Linux distribution it can be downloaded and installed in the following way:

wget http://www.wi-bw.tfh-wildau.de/~pboettch/home/files/dvb-usb-dib0700-1.20.fw
cp dvb-usb-dib0700-1.20.fw /lib/firmware
ln -s /lib/firmware/dvb-usb-dib0700-1.20.fw /lib/firmware/dvb-usb-dib0700-1.10.fw

Afterwards, the driver initialization of the PCTV Diversity Stick Solo 2001e is performed automatically:

dvb-usb: Pinnacle PCTV Dual DVB-T Diversity Stick successfully deinitialized and disconnected.
usb 1-1.4: new high speed USB device using musb_hdrc and address 4
usb 1-1.4: Product: PCTV 2001e
usb 1-1.4: Manufacturer: PINNACLE
usb 1-1.4: SerialNumber: 12020607
usb 1-1.4: configuration #1 chosen from 1 choice
dvb-usb: found a 'Pinnacle PCTV Dual DVB-T Diversity Stick' in cold state, will try to load a firmware
dvb-usb: downloading firmware from file 'dvb-usb-dib0700-1.10.fw'
dib0700: firmware started successfully.
dvb-usb: found a 'Pinnacle PCTV Dual DVB-T Diversity Stick' in warm state.
dvb-usb: will pass the complete MPEG2 transport stream to the software demuxer.
DVB: registering new adapter (Pinnacle PCTV Dual DVB-T Diversity Stick)
DVB: registering frontend 0 (DiBcom 7000PC)...
DiB0070: successfully identified
dvb-usb: will pass the complete MPEG2 transport stream to the software demuxer.
DVB: registering new adapter (Pinnacle PCTV Dual DVB-T Diversity Stick)
DVB: registering frontend 1 (DiBcom 7000PC)...
DiB0070: successfully identified
dvb-usb: Pinnacle PCTV Dual DVB-T Diversity Stick successfully initialized and connected.

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