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pctv nanostick (73e)

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I just received my Pinnacle PCTV nanoStick 73e, a dvb-t usb receiver.

Plugging it in, it is correctly recognized by the kernel; dmesg output:

usb 1-3: new high speed USB device using ehci_hcd and address 5
usb 1-3: configuration #1 chosen from 1 choice
dvb-usb: found a 'Pinnacle PCTV 73e' in cold state, will try to load a firmware
usb 1-3: firmware: requesting dvb-usb-dib0700-1.20.fw
dvb-usb: downloading firmware from file 'dvb-usb-dib0700-1.20.fw'
dib0700: firmware started successfully.
dvb-usb: found a 'Pinnacle PCTV 73e' in warm state.
dvb-usb: will pass the complete MPEG2 transport stream to the software demuxer.
DVB: registering new adapter (Pinnacle PCTV 73e)
DVB: registering adapter 0 frontend 0 (DiBcom 7000PC)...
DiB0070: successfully identified
input: IR-receiver inside an USB DVB receiver as /devices/pci0000:00/0000:00:1d.7/usb1/1-3/input/input13
dvb-usb: schedule remote query interval to 50 msecs.
dvb-usb: Pinnacle PCTV 73e successfully initialized and connected.

Afterwards I installed kaffeine, which detected the device right away. I did some scanning in automatic mode, which took a few minutes and didn’t turn up anything. Then I set the mode to IT-Varese, where the scanning took 15 seconds, but again didn’t find anything.

Xawtv couldn’t even find the device. Vlc finds the device, but I don’t see a way to make it scan, I would have to give it actual frequencies… Me-tv seems promising, but somehow it won’t let me tell it which country I’m in (drop down meny disabled).

According to the DGTVi database, I should be seeing MUX-A/B RAI at 818MHz UHF (channel 64) and 226.5MHz VHF (channel H2), MUX MEDIASET 2 at 554MHz UHF (channel 31), and TIMB1 at 802MHz UHF (channel 62), always from the direction of Campo dei Fiori.


Written by azimout

08/05/2009 at 14:09

Posted in Problems

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  1. Instead, kaffeine (connected to the wall tv plug at home) found the following:

    Using DVB device 0:0 “DiBcom 7000PC”
    tuning DVB-T to 642000000 Hz
    inv:2 bw:0 fecH:9 fecL:9 mod:6 tm:2 gi:4 hier:4
    . LOCKED.
    Transponders: 30/57
    it’s dvb 2!
    Reading SDT: pid=17
    TLC DTT: sid=1
    TLR DTT: sid=2
    Espansione: sid=3
    Punto Sat DTT: sid=4
    Odeon24: sid=5
    TBN Italia: sid=6
    Reading PAT: pid=0
    Reading PMT: pid=256
    Reading PMT: pid=512
    Reading PMT: pid=768
    Reading PMT: pid=1280
    Reading PMT: pid=1024
    Reading PMT: pid=1536
    Frontend closed

    Using DVB device 0:0 “DiBcom 7000PC”
    tuning DVB-T to 650000000 Hz
    inv:2 bw:0 fecH:9 fecL:9 mod:6 tm:2 gi:4 hier:4
    .. LOCKED.
    Transponders: 31/57
    it’s dvb 2!
    Reading SDT: pid=17
    ESG TIMB: sid=221
    Reading SDT: pid=17
    Int Table: sid=1
    Canale5: sid=201
    VF_CH_02_10: sid=402
    VF_CH_03_15: sid=403
    VF_CH_04_13: sid=404
    VF_CH_05_16: sid=405
    VF_CH_06_14: sid=406
    VF_CH_07_12: sid=407
    VF_CH_08_11: sid=408
    VF_EMM: sid=419
    VF_ESG: sid=420
    VF_CH_01: sid=401
    La7: sid=202
    MTV: sid=203
    SKYmeteo24: sid=204
    SKYtg24: sid=205
    Italia1: sid=206
    SKYsport24: sid=207
    EMM: sid=219
    ESG TI: sid=220
    Reading PAT: pid=0
    Reading PMT: pid=1221
    Reading PMT: pid=151
    Reading PMT: pid=1201
    Reading PMT: pid=1402
    Reading PMT: pid=1403
    Reading PMT: pid=1404
    Reading PMT: pid=1405
    Reading PMT: pid=1406
    Reading PMT: pid=1407
    Reading PMT: pid=1408
    Reading PMT: pid=1419
    Reading PMT: pid=1420
    Reading PMT: pid=1401
    Reading PMT: pid=1202
    Reading PMT: pid=1203
    Reading PMT: pid=1204
    Reading PMT: pid=1205
    Reading PMT: pid=1206
    Reading PMT: pid=1207
    Reading PMT: pid=1219
    Reading PMT: pid=1220
    Frontend closed

    Strangely, it gave me only the first group, and not the second. These are found at 642MHz and 650MHz, probably coming from the other TV antenna (Mottarone).


    08/05/2009 at 17:06

  2. I’m also contemplating using


    08/05/2009 at 17:07

  3. In the end, the best signal has been with the little antenna that came with the nanostick, out on the balcony, looking at Mottarone…
    Found on 674MHz (channel 46):
    #Generated by Kaffeine 0.5
    TV|BBC World|590(2)|591(ita),|0|155|905|Terrestrial|674000|0|v|-1|-1|-1|-1|8|-1|-1|-1|6|||272|
    TV|CANALE 5|710(2)|711(ita),712(Oth),|719|141|905|Terrestrial|674000|0|v|-1|-1|-1|-1|8|-1|-1|-1|5|||272|
    TV|Coming Soon|580(2)|581(ita),|0|154|905|Terrestrial|674000|0|v|-1|-1|-1|-1|8|-1|-1|-1|4|||272|
    TV|ITALIA 1|720(2)|721(ita),722(Oth),|719|142|905|Terrestrial|674000|0|v|-1|-1|-1|-1|8|-1|-1|-1|2|||272|
    TV|RETE 4|730(2)|731(ita),732(Oth),|719|143|905|Terrestrial|674000|0|v|-1|-1|-1|-1|8|-1|-1|-1|1|||272|


    11/05/2009 at 10:02

  4. useful site:

    I confirmed with a friend that the dgtvi database is outdated and useless at this moment (the situation in Italy regarding dtv is changing too quickly, and they can’t keep up).


    11/05/2009 at 10:03

  5. some useful acronyms:
    FEC = forward error correction
    SDT = service description table
    PAT = program association table
    PMT = program map table
    ESG = electronic service guide


    14/05/2009 at 13:33

  6. […] on the PC using the USB DVB-T receiver Pinnacle PCTV nanostick 73e […]

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