Newbie on the Home Stretch...I Hope (Raspbian)

Added by John Divers over 8 years ago

I've installed Raspbian on my Raspberry Pi to try to use TVHeadEnd as a back end for Live TV through XBMC on a Windows machine.

I think there's likely only one or two hurdles left to go.

I've installed Raspbian. I can SSH into it no problem.
I've installed TVHeadEnd. I can access its' Configuration page at http://my.ip:9981
I've installed the Linux drivers from the Linux D/L page on Silicon Dust's website.
hdhomerun_config discover shows "hdhomerun device XXXXXX found at"

Now the problem:

TVHeadEnd does not show my tuners at all. I can log onto the GUI and get to "Configure", but there are no adapters to add.

Is there something simple I'm missing?

Also, should the "hdhomerun_config discover" show two adapters since mine is the old dual ATSC/QAM version?

Thanks, John

Replies (2)

RE: Newbie on the Home Stretch...I Hope (Raspbian) - Added by John Doppke over 8 years ago

You're probably missing the kernel drivers. The HD should show up as a DVB device in /dev/dvb.

Check if you have dvbhdhomerun-utils,dvbhdhomerun-dkms and libhdhomerun installed. If not, and you're running the 3.6 kernel, you can use the repo at to install them. If you have a newer kernel, you'll need all the kernel header files and the dvbhdhomerun source from sourceforge. The problem is, raspbian doesn't always release all the kernel source files you need for every version, so building from source is often a PITA.

Discover only finds 1 adapter. It just has 2 tuners (-0 and -1). BTW I have that same setup and it works great. I'm just stuck at the 3.6 kernel unless someone builds the dvbhdhomerun packages.


RE: Newbie on the Home Stretch...I Hope (Raspbian) - Added by Jos E over 8 years ago

As an alternative there is a fork of TvHeadend with 'build-in' support for the HD-Homerun devices. This does not require the dvbhdhomerun-utils/dkms packages as it communicates directly with the lib.

You can find this fork here:

The installation is relatively easy, please see

this procedures simply generates a .deb package which you can install with dpkg -i