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Howto solve PCTV analog USB 2 (150e/55e) tuner issue: can't scan UHF

For me the em28xx detected tuner #37 which is probably wrong cause tuning UHF channels din't work. Here I explain how to solve this problem.

My tuner reads LG tape something so I use #47 for the tuner= insmod option instead. Now I can tune in UHF channels.

For Suse you have to edit /etc/modprobe.d/tv and enter the module options for the em28xx. Look for options and change tuner=37 to tuner=47. Now UHF works fine for me. Heres how my /etc/modprobe.d/tv looks like.

alias char-major-81 videodev
options em28xx card=8 disable_ir=0 tuner=47
alias char-major-81-0 off
alias char-major-81-1 em28xx
alias char-major-81-2 off
alias char-major-81-3 off
wiki discussing the em28xx UHF tuning issue for other cards

In addition I use card=8. Here is a list of valid choices for the card= insmod option:

em28xx #0:     card=0 -> Generic EM2800 video grabber
em28xx #0: card=1 Generic EM2820 video grabber
em28xx #0: card=2 Generic EM2821 video grabber
em28xx #0: card=3 Generic EM2870 video grabber
em28xx #0: card=4 Generic EM2881 video grabber
em28xx #0: card=5 Generic EM2860 video grabber
em28xx #0: card=6 Generic EM2861 video grabber
em28xx #0: card=7 Terratec Cinergy 250 USB
em28xx #0: card=8 Pinnacle PCTV USB 2 (LG PAL TAPC)
em28xx #0: card=9 Hauppauge WinTV USB 2
em28xx #0: card=10 MSI VOX USB 2.0
em28xx #0: card=11 Terratec Cinergy 200 USB
em28xx #0: card=12 Leadtek Winfast USB II
em28xx #0: card=13 Kworld USB2800
em28xx #0: card=14 Pinnacle Dazzle DVC 90
em28xx #0: card=15 Hauppauge WinTV HVR 900
em28xx #0: card=16 Terratec Hybrid XS
em28xx #0: card=17 Terratec Hybrid XS Secam
em28xx #0: card=18 Kworld PVR TV 2800 RF
em28xx #0: card=19 Terratec Prodigy XS
em28xx #0: card=20 Videology 20K14XUSB USB2.0
em28xx #0: card=21 Usbgear VD204v9
em28xx #0: card=22 Terratec Cinergy T XS
em28xx #0: card=23 Pinnacle PCTV DVB-T
em28xx #0: card=24 DNT DA2 Hybrid
em28xx #0: card=25 Pinnacle Hybrid Pro
em28xx #0: card=26 Hercules Smart TV USB 2.0
em28xx #0: card=27 Compro, VideoMate U3
em28xx #0: card=28 KWorld DVB-T 310U
em28xx #0: card=29 SIIG AVTuner-PVR/Prolink PlayTV USB 2.0
em28xx #0: card=30 Terratec Cinergy T XS (MT2060)
em28xx #0: card=31 MSI DigiVox A/D
em28xx #0: card=32 D-Link DUB-T210 TV Tuner
em28xx #0: card=33 Gadmei UTV310
em28xx #0: card=34 Kworld 355 U DVB-T
em28xx #0: card=35 Supercomp USB 2.0 TV
em28xx #0: card=36 Hauppauge WinTV HVR Rev. 1.2
em28xx #0: card=37 Gadmei UTV330
em28xx #0: card=38 V-Gear PocketTV
em28xx #0: card=39 Kworld 350 U DVB-T
em28xx #0: card=40 Terratec Hybrid XS (em2882)
em28xx #0: card=41 Pinnacle Dazzle DVC 100
em28xx #0: card=42 Generic EM2750 video grabber
em28xx #0: card=43 Yakumo MovieMixer
em28xx #0: card=44 Huaqi DLCW-130
em28xx #0: card=45 Generic EM2883 video grabber
em28xx #0: card=46 Hauppauge WinTV HVR 950
em28xx #0: card=47 Pinnacle PCTV HD Pro
em28xx #0: card=48 Pinnacle Hybrid Pro (2)
em28xx #0: card=49 Hauppauge WinTV USB 2 (R2)
em28xx #0: card=50 NetGMBH Cam
em28xx #0: card=51 Leadtek Winfast USB II Deluxe
em28xx #0: card=52 MSI DigiVox A/D II
em28xx #0: card=53 Typhoon DVD Maker
em28xx #0: card=54 Pinnacle PCTV USB 2 (Philips FM1216ME)
Here is a list for valid options for the insmod tuner= option. I use tuner=47

tuner=0 - Temic PAL (4002 FH5)
tuner=1 - Philips PAL_I (FI1246 and compatibles)
tuner=2 - Philips NTSC (FI1236,FM1236 and compatibles)
tuner=3 - Philips (SECAM+PAL_BG) (FI1216MF, FM1216MF, FR1216MF)
tuner=4 - NoTuner
tuner=5 - Philips PAL_BG (FI1216 and compatibles)
tuner=6 - Temic NTSC (4032 FY5)
tuner=7 - Temic PAL_I (4062 FY5)
tuner=8 - Temic NTSC (4036 FY5)
tuner=9 - Alps HSBH1
tuner=10 - Alps TSBE1
tuner=11 - Alps TSBB5
tuner=12 - Alps TSBE5
tuner=13 - Alps TSBC5
tuner=14 - Temic PAL_BG (4006FH5)
tuner=15 - Alps TSCH6
tuner=16 - Temic PAL_DK (4016 FY5)
tuner=17 - Philips NTSC_M (MK2)
tuner=18 - Temic PAL_I (4066 FY5)
tuner=19 - Temic PAL* auto (4006 FN5)
tuner=20 - Temic PAL_BG (4009 FR5) or PAL_I (4069 FR5)
tuner=21 - Temic NTSC (4039 FR5)
tuner=22 - Temic PAL/SECAM multi (4046 FM5)
tuner=23 - Philips PAL_DK (FI1256 and compatibles)
tuner=24 - Philips PAL/SECAM multi (FQ1216ME)
tuner=25 - LG PAL_I+FM (TAPC-I001D)
tuner=26 - LG PAL_I (TAPC-I701D)
tuner=27 - LG NTSC+FM (TPI8NSR01F)
tuner=28 - LG PAL_BG+FM (TPI8PSB01D)
tuner=29 - LG PAL_BG (TPI8PSB11D)
tuner=30 - Temic PAL* auto + FM (4009 FN5)
tuner=31 - SHARP NTSC_JP (2U5JF5540)
tuner=32 - Samsung PAL TCPM9091PD27
tuner=33 - MT20xx universal
tuner=34 - Temic PAL_BG (4106 FH5)
tuner=35 - Temic PAL_DK/SECAM_L (4012 FY5)
tuner=36 - Temic NTSC (4136 FY5)
tuner=37 - LG PAL (newer TAPC series)
tuner=38 - Philips PAL/SECAM multi (FM1216ME MK3)
tuner=39 - LG NTSC (newer TAPC series)
tuner=40 - HITACHI V7-J180AT
tuner=41 - Philips PAL_MK (FI1216 MK)
tuner=42 - Philips 1236D ATSC/NTSC dual in
tuner=43 - Philips NTSC MK3 (FM1236MK3 or FM1236/F)
tuner=44 - Philips 4 in 1 (ATI TV Wonder Pro/Conexant)
tuner=45 - Microtune 4049 FM5
tuner=46 - Panasonic VP27s/ENGE4324D
tuner=47 - LG NTSC (TAPE series)
tuner=48 - Tenna TNF 8831 BGFF)
tuner=49 - Microtune 4042 FI5 ATSC/NTSC dual in
tuner=50 - TCL 2002N
tuner=51 - Philips PAL/SECAM_D (FM 1256 I-H3)
tuner=52 - Thomson DTT 7610 (ATSC/NTSC)
tuner=53 - Philips FQ1286
tuner=54 - tda8290+75
tuner=55 - TCL 2002MB
tuner=56 - Philips PAL/SECAM multi (FQ1216AME MK4)
tuner=57 - Philips FQ1236A MK4
tuner=58 - Ymec TVision TVF-8531MF/8831MF/8731MF
tuner=59 - Ymec TVision TVF-5533MF
tuner=60 - Thomson DTT 761X (ATSC/NTSC)
tuner=61 - Tena TNF9533-D/IF/TNF9533-B/DF
tuner=62 - Philips TEA5767HN FM Radio
tuner=63 - Philips FMD1216ME MK3 Hybrid Tuner
tuner=64 - LG TDVS-H06xF
tuner=65 - Ymec TVF66T5-B/DFF
tuner=66 - LG TALN series
tuner=67 - Philips TD1316 Hybrid Tuner
tuner=68 - Philips TUV1236D ATSC/NTSC dual in
tuner=69 - Tena TNF 5335 and similar models
tuner=70 - Samsung TCPN 2121P30A
tuner=71 - Xceive xc3028
tuner=72 - Thomson FE6600
tuner=73 - Samsung TCPG 6121P30A
tuner=75 - Philips TEA5761 FM Radio
the original list can be found here:

em28xx tuner insmod option list: I use no 47 for LG TAPE series
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Anonymous JPh said...

Having this damned USB PCTV card for over one year, and still havent been able to use it well with linux.

Using two TV systems, both PAL and SECAM. I have never been able to have all channels as clear as with my multi-boot window$.

But now with fiddling some modprobe I've been able to have the SECAM part cristal clear. Never been able before but suddenly I am not able to change the channels! I have to do an rmmod em28xx and (re-)modprobe to see the first channel.

Have any experience how to fix this?

Here are the following modprobe.d/tv settings I tested:

##blurry no signal
# card 8=Pinnacle PCTV USB 2 (LG PAL TAPC)
# tuner=47 LG NTSC (TAPE series)
#options em28xx card=8 tuner=47

##bad signal
#options em28xx card=54 tuner=26

## good! but still no zapping
## 54=Pinnacle PCTV USB 2 (Philips FM1216ME)
## 38=Philips PAL/SECAM multi (FM1216ME MK3)
options em28xx card=54 tuner=38

Saturday, November 10, 2007 11:54:00 AM

Anonymous vee lee said...

heya JPh

I can remember having had a similar problem. I was using on old driver wich was compiled into suse 10.2. After updating to the new driver, the problem was soleved. I did the update as described here.

also using mplayer to debug might help:

# mplayer -tv driver=v4l2:device=/dev/video0:amode=1:input=0:norm=PAL:adevice=/dev/dsp1:immediatemode=0:audiorate=48000 tv://

worked for me. setting imediate mode to 1 also caused the zapping issue as far as I remember

hope that helps


Thursday, November 15, 2007 7:02:00 AM

Blogger Horuhe said...


sorry my english please but I have aproblem of suport in HVR900.

My problem is that in the driver em28xx the receiver "Hauppauge WinTV HVR Rev. 1.2" it's don't recognize.

here my log:
$ dmesg | grep em2880
> [ 49.443736] em2880-dvb.c: DVB Init
> [ 49.443744] em2880-dvb.c : unsupported device
> [ 49.443746] em2880-dvb.c: failed initializing zl10353 DVB-T demodulator
> [ 49.443748] em2880-dvb.c : retrying with mt352 DVB-T demodulator
> [ 49.444596] em2880-dvb.c: no luck with mt352 demodulator, not attaching em2880-dvb
> [ 49.444598] em2880-dvb.c: DVB-T demodulator not reachable, did you try "modprobe em28xx device_mode=1"

can you help me?

Thanks a lot.

Monday, January 07, 2008 6:18:00 PM

Anonymous veelee said...

Hie Horuhe,

sorry, but I can't help you with this one.

My card is analog only. You seem to use a digital tuner. As far as I remember the Setup of those digital cards is more complex and you need to install the firmware to get digital devices up and running.

But I have no experience with this.

May be you could try to go to the developpers page to find the information you need.

may be you could check these links:

Tuesday, February 19, 2008 12:21:00 AM

Anonymous muebles en tarragona said...

It can't work in reality, that is exactly what I suppose.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011 12:43:00 PM


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