Hauppauge WinTV-NOVA-HD-S2 on Ubuntu Lucid 10.04

Ubuntu 10.04 doesn’t include the required firmware to get this card to work.  Probably due to some licensing issues.

Although the card gets detected and you get the frontend device and the demod device a scan will fail to detect any channels.

The reason is that the firmware isn’t there.

Solution, copy this file to /lib/firmware/ and reboot


Tsch.  What a bell end.  Instead, install the package:


They don’t go out of their way to draw much attention to it, like telling anybody or anything.




    Is it the USB version of the nova card ord pci, becasue I can’t get my usb to work under Ubuntu?


      This refers to the PCI version of the card.

      However, I think the USB version uses the same firmware, so first of all I’d try installing the “linux-firmware-nonfree” packages.

      Something like “sudo apt-get install linux-firmware-nonfree” should sort you out.

      Otherwise, check this page:


      See if you can find a device which uses the same chipset and follow the instructions from there to download the right firmware.

      Cheers, Will

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