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Background: I have a TechniSat SkyStar USB HD DVB-S2 Digital Satellite USB Box, a fresh install of Mythbuntu 12.04, and I would like Myth to use the satellite box.

My immediate problem is that the kernel doesn't appear to be detecting the satellite box. I installed Kaffeine: it doesn't show any TV devices. The Kaffeine FAQ states that if my device is recognised, there should be DVB messages in dmesg; dmesg | grep -i dvb doesn't match anything.

The Technisat SkyStar USB HD is listed as supported since Linux 2.6.39 on the Linux TV Wiki. uname -a says I am running Linux 3.5.0-23-generic.

I don't believe it is a hardware problem, because we got the satellite box working with a Windows 7 PC. I have double-checked that everything is plugged in properly.

How do I get Linux to detect the satellite box?

Edit (in response to david6's questions):

The final line of output from lsusb is

Bus 002 Device 004: ID 14f7:0500 TechniSat Digital GmbH DVB-PC TV Star HD

lsmod | grep -i dvb and dmesg | grep -i dvb both give no output.

Edit Following the instructions in david6's answer, and after rebooting:

The output of lsmod | grep -i dvb is now

dvb_usb_technisat_usb2    17976  0 
stv090x                62331  1 dvb_usb_technisat_usb2
dvb_usb                32408  1 dvb_usb_technisat_usb2
dvb_core              105916  2 dvb_usb_technisat_usb2,dvb_usb
rc_core                22172  13 dvb_usb_technisat_usb2,dvb_usb,ir_lirc_codec,ir_mce_kbd_decoder,ir_sanyo_decoder,ir_sony_decoder,ir_jvc_decoder,ir_rc5_decoder,ir_rc6_decoder,ir_nec_decoder,rc_rc6_mce,mceusb

The output of dmesg | grep -i dvb is now

[    2.401826]  79a63c60a6a2ae589e44529401e0ab1150e9408a [media] media: move dvb-usb-v2/cypress_firmware.c to media/common
[    2.732886]  79a63c60a6a2ae589e44529401e0ab1150e9408a [media] media: move dvb-usb-v2/cypress_firmware.c to media/common
[    3.233497] dvb-usb: found a 'Technisat SkyStar USB HD (DVB-S/S2)' in cold state, will try to load a firmware
[    3.234838] dvb-usb: did not find the firmware file. (dvb-usb-SkyStar_USB_HD_FW_v17_63.HEX.fw) Please see linux/Documentation/dvb/ for more details on firmware-problems. (-2)
[    3.234866] usbcore: registered new interface driver dvb_usb_technisat_usb2

I still cannot use the satellite box.

I cannot find the linux/Documentation/dvb/ directory referred to in the dmesg output. It is not in the media_build repository, and it is not in any Ubuntu package.

Where do I go from here? On the assumption that the linux/Documentation/dvb/ directory is helpful, where is it?

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Likely solution is: Download, compile and install media_build (but need more detail on device). – david6 Mar 30 '13 at 21:06
Diagnostic steps: Check output of: lsusb, then lsmod | grep dvb, and finally dmesg | grep dvb. If no useful output from lsmod and dmesg, then Ubuntu is not recognising the device. – david6 Mar 30 '13 at 21:08
@david6 See edit. Is media_build part of Mythbuntu, or do I need to follow these instructions? – dave4420 Mar 30 '13 at 21:55
  1. download the file dvb-usb-SkyStar_USB_HD_FW_v17_63.HEX.fw
  2. sudo cp your_download_dir/dvb-usb-SkyStar_USB_HD_FW_v17_63.HEX.fw /lib/firmware/dvb-usb-SkyStar_USB_HD_FW_v17_63.HEX.fw
  3. sudo chmod 755 /lib/firmware/dvb-usb-SkyStar_USB_HD_FW_v17_63.HEX.fw
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Device: 14f7:0500

Technisat SkyStar USB HD

No, I would not try those instructions: >> How to Obtain, Build and Install V4L-DVB Device Drivers No need to over complicate things.

Try what I used: (adapted from: > TerraTec Cinergy T Stick)

NOTE: First unplug device, create/install driver, and then plug back in.

You may need to first install: git, patchutils and Proc::ProcessTable

sudo apt-get install git patchutils libproc-processtable-perl

Then (to not clutter up root directory)

cd ~/Downloads

mkdir drivers
cd drivers

git clone git://

cd media_build

sudo make install

This (download, re-compile, install) may need to be repeated in future, if kernel changes or updates stop device being recognized. This has happened to me twice this year (to date).

The latest DVB-Sn drivers are a work-in-progress.

UPDATE: (27-Apr-2013)

This again works, as had been broken for last 15+ days.

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Thank you, this has moved me along, although my problem is not yet solved --- see edit to my question. – dave4420 Mar 31 '13 at 10:25
See earlier link ('How to obtain ..'), near end. Section titled: A Note on Firmware. I will investigate further. – david6 Mar 31 '13 at 10:59


the file must be in /lib/firmware/dvb-usb-SkyStar_USB_HD_FW_v17_63.HEX.fw

in terminal: chmod 755 dvb-usb-SkyStar_USB_HD_FW_v17_63.HEX.fw

for new kernels like yours 3.5.* no needs to make: git clone.....

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Please explain your answer. What does one need to do with that file? – green Apr 21 '13 at 9:23 the file \n 2. sudo cp your_download_dir/dvb-usb-SkyStar_USB_HD_FW_v17_63.HEX.fw /lib/firmware/dvb-usb-SkyStar_USB_HD_FW_v17_63.HEX.fw 3. sudo chmod 755 dvb-usb-SkyStar_USB_HD_FW_v17_63.HEX.fw – user150974 Apr 21 '13 at 9:41
Please update the answer, too. :) – green Apr 21 '13 at 9:52

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