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TBS 6618 (PCIe, DVB-C, CI Slot)

Multimedia CI Slot, DVB-C, PCIe, TBS

TBS 6618 (PCIe, DVB-C, CI Slot)
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The TBS6618 is a PCI-Express card with DVB-C tuner and CI slot. The card has the PCI ID 1131:7160 and is recognized in the way by the following way be the Linux kernel:

02:00.0 Multimedia controller [0480]: Philips Semiconductors SAA7160 [1131:7160] (rev 03)
   Subsystem: Device [6618:0001]
   Kernel driver in use: SAA716x TBS
   Kernel modules: saa716x_tbs-dvb

The card is supported by the Linux kernel module saa716x_tbs-dvb, which is provided by the manufacturer TBS at for download. The driver needs to be compiled by hand.

The firmware file dvb-usb-tbsqbox-dvbc.fw is needed to initialize the card. This file is provided with the USB stick, which is shipped together with the TBS 6618. The firmware file has to be copied to /lib/firmware/

cp dvb-usb-tbsqbox-dvbc.fw /lib/firmware/

The downloaded driver needs to be unpacked

tar xjvf linux-tbs-drivers.tar.bz2
cd linux-tbs-drivers

Depending on the Linux platform (32bit or 64bit) one of the following build scripts has to be executed:


Afterwards, the driver can be compiled and installed:

make install

After a reboot of the system the card will be initialized automatically:

Registered IR keymap rc-tbs-nec
input: saa716x IR (TurboSight TBS 6618) as /devices/pci0000:00/0000:00:14.0/0000:02:00.0/rc/rc0/input6
rc0: saa716x IR (TurboSight TBS 6618) as /devices/pci0000:00/0000:00:14.0/0000:02:00.0/rc/rc0
input: MCE IR Keyboard/Mouse (saa716x) as /devices/virtual/input/input7
rc rc0: >lirc_dev: driver ir-lirc-codec (saa716x) registered at minor = 0
DVB: registering new adapter (SAA716x dvb adapter)
TurboSight TBS6618 DVB-C card MAC=xx:xx:xx:xx:xx:xx
tbsci: Initializing TBS 6618 CI slot
tbsci: Adapter 0 CI slot initialized
DVB: registering adapter 0 frontend 0 (TurboSight TBS 6618 DVBC frontend)...

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