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Topic # 95348 31-Dec-2011 19:24
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Hi. I bought a DVB-T USB dongle on Trademe and it doesn't have a driver with it. I am really a Mac person and don't know my way around a PC that well, but it would appear it is PC only. (It is a little aerial connected to a USB dongle. There is an option to plug in a one for all digital aerial and the thing is operated by a remote). When I plug it in to my netbook [An Archos 10 bought in UK running XP] it finds new hardware but then can't find a suitable driver and gives up.

Is there any way of getting hold of a free driver to work this or have I wasted $30 on something I can't use?
Thanks!

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  Reply # 563362 31-Dec-2011 20:54
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HannahC:
Is there any way of getting hold of a free driver to work this or have I wasted $30 on something I can't use?
Thanks!


If you know the brand and model you may find a driver with google.
Otherwise you've wasted $30.

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  Reply # 563367 31-Dec-2011 21:38
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HannahC: Hi. I bought a DVB-T USB dongle on Trademe and it doesn't have a driver with it. I am really a Mac person and don't know my way around a PC that well, but it would appear it is PC only. (It is a little aerial connected to a USB dongle. There is an option to plug in a one for all digital aerial and the thing is operated by a remote). When I plug it in to my netbook [An Archos 10 bought in UK running XP] it finds new hardware but then can't find a suitable driver and gives up.

Is there any way of getting hold of a free driver to work this or have I wasted $30 on something I can't use?
Thanks!


It should have come with a cd. Ask the seller to send you it. You can pick these things up on dealextreme new for about $20 wioth drivers and software,

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  Reply # 563368 31-Dec-2011 22:48

You could try http://www.blazevideo.com/driver/

The ITE9135 chipset is fairly common amongst these USB tuners, would be worth a go.  Otherwise see if you can find a model number (or last resort crack the case open to see what chipset it has).

I have one of these: http://www.dealextreme.com/p/dvb-t-digital-tv-usb-2-0-dongle-with-remote-controller-antenna-57201 which works great (do need to build a little adapter so I can use a standard antenna connector, though as reception is occasionally a bit spotty). 

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  Reply # 563384 1-Jan-2012 01:08
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First problem is that you are using a Mac. I have a PCTV nanostick 73e and it only works under Boot Camp on Windows. Using it on the Mac would require additional software to be purchased, as well as Mac compatible drivers (I don't believe they are available). As for your case its fairly unlikely that you would find truly "generic" drivers as most of them (to my knowledge) contain copyrighted firmware for the device.

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