Problems with Geniatech Digistar

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I bought a very cheap satellite card, geniatech digistar
(20 �) and now I have some trouble with it.

In the linux tv wiki it is mentioned that the card should

Scanning for programs with scan

scan /usr/share/dvb/dvb-s/Astra-19.2E >.szap/channels.conf

only get a subset what should be available. Some major
german channels (ARD, RTL, ...) are missing.

The channels reported by scan work normally, if I szap to
them and write them via dvbstrem to a file

szap -r "Sky Select" &

dvbstream 2815 -o >test.mpg

Putting the card into an windows xp box I see the missing

Connection a normal sat receiver to the same port of the
multiswitch shows all channels.

Any ideas what I can do to get it work?

Best regards,


Here some data of my system:

Linux version 2.6.26-2-amd64 (Debian 2.6.26-17lenny1)

Asus Mainboard with AMD Athlon(tm) X2 Dual Core Processor
BE-2300 stepping 02

The card is autodetected with:

202790] DVB: registering new adapter (cx88[0])
202799] DVB: registering frontend 0 (Conexant
470614] cx88/2: unregistering cx8802 driver, type: dvb
access: shared
470623] cx88[0]/2: subsystem: 14f1:0084, board: Geniatech
DVB-S [card=52]
180056] cx88/2: cx2388x dvb driver version 0.0.6 loaded
180065] cx88/2: registering cx8802 driver, type: dvb
access: shared
180069] cx88[0]/2: subsystem: 14f1:0084, board: Geniatech
DVB-S [card=52]
180074] cx88[0]/2: cx2388x based DVB/ATSC card
180552] CX24123: detected CX24123

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