PCTV PicoStick 74e

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How to use a PCTV PicoStick 74e DVB-T tuner with Archlinux.

Download firmware

As superuser (root), issue the following commands :

cd /lib/firmware
wget http://www.kernellabs.com/firmware/as102/as102_data1_st.hex
wget http://www.kernellabs.com/firmware/as102/as102_data2_st.hex

Firmware is now installed and you can connect the tuner to an USB port and is should "just work".

Checking if it works

Issue the following command (being superuser doesn't matter here) :

dmesg | tail

You should get an output similar to this :

[  737.936943] usb 2-2.4.4: new high-speed USB device number 42 using ehci-pci
[  738.022688] as10x_usb: device has been detected
[  738.022707] DVB: registering new adapter (PCTV Systems picoStick (74e))
[  738.022991] usb 2-2.4.4: DVB: registering adapter 0 frontend 0 (PCTV Systems picoStick (74e))...
[  738.186315] as10x_usb: firmware: as102_data1_st.hex loaded with success
[  738.433948] as10x_usb: firmware: as102_data2_st.hex loaded with success

As you can see, it tells us that both firmware files were loaded successfully and that the tuner is ready to be used.

Have fun !