Installing the latest V4L TV tuner drivers for Ubuntu 8.10


Bill Giannikos


While Ubuntu 8.10 already includes a version of the V4L driver drivers, these drivers are under constant development and your TV Tuner card may require a later version than the one included in Ubuntu. Here we will guide you in the necessary steps in installing the latest developmental V4L drivers.


While this guide is mainly focused to laptop users there isn't any difference for desktop users.

This guide installs the “up to the minute” development drivers. These drivers have not been fully tested yet so may cause unexpected results in some cases. Although it is highly unlikely this procedure will damage your Ubuntu installation, it is still recommended you run a backup of your important data beforehand.


You should run a full update for your installation of Ubuntu to ensure you have all the latest packages installed.

Installing the latest development V4L driver

Here are the steps in installing the latest V4L drivers.

1. Load up a terminal window if you are in the graphic interface.

2. Type in the following to install gcc, mercurial and the kernel headers:

sudo apt-get install build-essential mercurial linux-headers-`uname -r`

3. Move to the /usr/src/ folder with:

cd /usr/src

4. Download the latest V4L drivers with:

sudo hg clone

5. Move into the newly created folder with

cd v4l-dvb

6. Now start the building process with:

sudo make

This will take a while.

7. And finally we install these drivers with:

sudo make install

8. Reboot your computer and the newer V4L drivers will be used.


Hello, 2009/05/29 10:44

i have tech-com usb tvtuner card..and im using linux mint..can anybody tell me how to install or run tvtuner in my laptop

micro, 2009/03/12 20:45

@osmansaka ;
bır suru form dolastıktan sonra burayı buldum ve sordum nicın zaman calıyormusum ??
i dont steal the time others and i found here ;After I got here through many forums and asked why the time to learn just thieves

sonunda cozumu de buldum merak etme ;
i finally solved the problem dont worry ;
anakartın master pci slotuna dvb kartı taktıgımda sorun kendılıgınden cozuldu.Dvb pci card slot insert the motherboard when I master the problem resolved spontaneously
bu kadar yazı yazmama sebeb olarak sen benim zamanımı çalmıs olmadın mı ?
oysa sadece bırkac tavsiye yeterliydi.
siz kendını “guru of linux ” zannedenlerın en buyuk hatası olmalı bu ;
birkaç satır yazmak zor ıse hıc cevap verme daha ıyı oke ?Not so much writing as the reason you have stolen my time I did not do?
But was only just a few recommendations.
I think this must be the most major errors You collected “guru of linux”
is difficult to write a few lines to answer no better oke?

osmansaka, 2009/03/12 12:20

Hope some day you all will learn, how to don't steal the time of others!
Go and check for your card vendor, your linuz distro support forums, kerneltrap, ask to medium :)

micro, 2009/02/13 05:18

hi i tiried your tuto.
but nova dvb-s2 hd card not working.
#dmesg | grep dvb
[ 16.415661] cx88/2: cx2388x dvb driver version 0.0.6 loaded
[ 16.415665] cx88/2: registering cx8802 driver, type: dvb access: shared
[ 22.904930] cx88[0]/2: dvb_register failed (err = -22)
[ 23.593630] cx88/2: cx2388x dvb driver version 0.0.6 loaded
[ 23.593635] cx88/2: registering cx8802 driver, type: dvb access: shared
[ 29.996982] cx88[0]/2: dvb_register failed (err = -22)
what can i do ?

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