Tuesday, August 17, 2010

HOWTO : MyGica D689 USB HDTV dongle, VideoLan and PPA on Ubuntu 10.04

This tutorial is similar to the previous one but the different is using PPA repository

Hardware and software used in this tutorial :

CPU - Intel Core 2 Quad Q9550
RAM - 8GB DDR2 800
Hard Drive - 500GB x 4 on Hardware RAID 10
HDTV - MyGica D689 HDTV USB dongle (v3.0)
Display card - nVidia GeForce 8500GT
Monitor - 4:3 LCD monitor (not full HD monitor)
Operating system - Ubuntu 10.04 Desktop AMD64

Step 1 :

Make sure you have installed the nVidia driver from repository.

"System" - "Administration" - "Hardware driver" - Select "Recommended"

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:nvidia-vdpau/cutting-edge-multimedia
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get upgrade
sudo apt-get install libvdpau1 vdpau-video ffmepg

Step 2 :

sudo apt-get install mercurial

hg clone http://linuxtv.org/hg/v4l-dvb
cd v4l-dvb

Step 2a :

You may require to make some change on the following file.

nano v4l-dvb/linux/drivers/media/dvb/dvb-usb/cxusb.c

Locate "cxusb_d680_dmb_drain_video(adap->dev);" and commend it with "//" just in front of that entry.

Step 2b :

If you encounter an error on making FIREDTV module, you should do the following to fix it.

nano v4l/.config

Locate "CONFIG_DVB_FIREDTV=m" and change it to "CONFIG_DVB_FIREDTV=n". Save and conduct the following command again.


Step 2c :

sudo make install

Step 3 :

Download the Hong Kong TV Channels at here. Save somewhere on your computer. VideoLan requires it for watching HDTV.

Step 4 :

Insert your MyGica D689.


The output should be :

Bus 001 Device 002: ID 0572:d811 Conexant Systems (Rockwell), Inc.

Step 5 :

Install VideoLan and related packages.

sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get upgrade

sudo apt-get install x264 vlc mencoder qt4-qtconfig
sudo apt-get install ubuntu-restricted-extras quicktime-utils quicktime-x11utils libdvdnav4 libdvdread4 libdvdcss2 non-free-codecs faad

Or, you may require to reboot your system when necessary.

Step 6 :

*The settings below is only good for my hardware only. Yours may be different.

Run "VideoLan" and select the previous downloaded "vlc_tvlist.xspf" at the "Playlist".

"Tools" -- "Preference" -- "Video Settings" -- Disable "Accelerated video output (Overlay)"

"Tools" -- "Preference" -- "Input and Codecs Settings" -- "x264 preset and tuning selection" -- Select "ultrafast" and "fastdecode"

Know issue for my hardware

Only Jade HD, J2 and iNews channels work on my configuration of hardwares. Others channels do not work properly. I do not know why!

*Hong Kong TV channels only

That's all! See you.