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Terratec Cinergy Tē USB DVB-T and Linux


D’oh, forgot this blog entry in the drafts… Pretty old, but maybe useful for anyone out there anyway…. So: Since more than a year I’ve a DVB-T USB device, a Terratec Cinergy Tē. Of course I want to use it on my Debian-based grml system. It’s really easy to set it up:

# tail -f /var/log/syslog
Feb 14 19:22:58 funkenzutzler kernel: usb 5-1: new high speed USB device using ehci_hcd and address 3
Feb 14 19:22:58 funkenzutzler kernel: usb 5-1: configuration #1 chosen from 1 choice
Feb 14 19:22:58 funkenzutzler kernel: DVB: registering new adapter (TerraTec/qanu USB2.0 Highspeed DVB-T Receiver).
Feb 14 19:22:58 funkenzutzler kernel: usbcore: registered new interface driver cinergyT2
# hwinfo --usb
09: USB 00.0: 0000 Unclassified device
  [Created at usb.122]
  Unique ID: UfPf.tyRWE2yYXe8
  Parent ID: 2XnU.+jZio_DeJW9
  SysFS ID: /devices/pci0000:00/0000:00:1d.7/usb5/5-1/5-1:1.0
  SysFS BusID: 5-1:1.0
  Hardware Class: unknown
  Model: "TerraTec Cinergy T"
  Hotplug: USB
  Vendor: usb 0x0ccd "TerraTec GmbH"
  Device: usb 0x0038 "Cinergy T"
  Revision: "1.06"
  Driver: "cinergyT2"
  Driver Modules: "cinergyT2"
  Speed: 480 Mbps
  Module Alias: "usb:v0CCDp0038d0106dcFFdscFFdpFFicFFiscFFip00"
  Driver Info #0:
    Driver Status: cinergyT2 is active
    Driver Activation Cmd: "modprobe cinergyT2"
  Config Status: cfg=new, avail=yes, need=no, active=unknown
  Attached to: #7 (Hub)

So the driver module is loaded automatically, you just have to make sure you have the appropriate channels.conf for your location (grml ships a few for austria by default):

# aptitude install dvb-utils

% cat ~/at-klagenfurt
# DVB-T Klagenfurt
# ================
# * Klagenfurt (Dobratsch - Villacher Alpe)
# * Viktring (Stifterkogel)
# T freq bw fec_hi fec_lo mod transmission-mode guard-interval hierarchy
T 858000000 8MHz 2/3 NONE QAM16 8k 1/8 NONE

% scan at-klagenfurt > ~/.mplayer/channels.conf | tee > ~/.xine/channels.conf

That’s it, now you can watch DVB:

% xine dvb://ORF1

The remote control sends events like XF86AudioMute, XF86AudioLowerVolume, XF86AudioRaiseVolume out of the box. As they are bound in my window manager to approriate actions even the remote soundcontrol works.

BTW: w_scan is useful if you don’t have any initial channels.conf settings.

One Response to “Terratec Cinergy Tē USB DVB-T and Linux”

  1. flowolf Says:


    jap die hab ich auch schon lang im einsatz. super ding. ganz toll wenn amal wieder ein sturm so stark is dass es die satschuessel komplett verweht. dann gehn zwar nur noch 4-5 sender aber immerhin.