26. The saa7134 driver

Author Gerd Hoffmann

This is a v4l2/oss device driver for saa7130/33/34/35 based capture / TV boards. See http://www.semiconductors.philips.com/pip/saa7134hl for a description.

26.1. Status

Almost everything is working. video, sound, tuner, radio, mpeg ts, ...

As with bttv, card-specific tweaks are needed. Check CARDLIST for a list of known TV cards and saa7134-cards.c for the drivers card configuration info.

26.2. Build

Pick up videodev + v4l2 patches from http://bytesex.org/patches/. Configure, build, install + boot the new kernel. You’ll need at least these config options:


Type “make” to build the driver now. “make install” installs the driver. “modprobe saa7134” should load it. Depending on the card you might have to pass card=<nr> as insmod option, check CARDLIST for valid choices.

26.3. Changes / Fixes

Please mail me unified diffs (“diff -u”) with your changes, and don’t forget to tell me what it changes / which problem it fixes / whatever it is good for ...

26.4. Known Problems

  • The tuner for the flyvideos isn’t detected automatically and the default might not work for you depending on which version you have. There is a tuner= insmod option to override the driver’s default.

26.5. Card Variations:

Cards can use either of these two crystals (xtal):

  • 32.11 MHz -> .audio_clock=0x187de7
  • 24.576MHz -> .audio_clock=0x200000 (xtal * .audio_clock = 51539600)

Some details about 30/34/35:

  • saa7130 - low-price chip, doesn’t have mute, that is why all those cards should have .mute field defined in their tuner structure.
  • saa7134 - usual chip
  • saa7133/35 - saa7135 is probably a marketing decision, since all those chips identifies itself as 33 on pci.

26.6. LifeView GPIOs

This section was authored by: Peter Missel <peter.missel@onlinehome.de>

  • LifeView FlyTV Platinum FM (LR214WF)

    • GP27 MDT2005 PB4 pin 10

    • GP26 MDT2005 PB3 pin 9

    • GP25 MDT2005 PB2 pin 8

    • GP23 MDT2005 PB1 pin 7

    • GP22 MDT2005 PB0 pin 6

    • GP21 MDT2005 PB5 pin 11

    • GP20 MDT2005 PB6 pin 12

    • GP19 MDT2005 PB7 pin 13

    • nc MDT2005 PA3 pin 2

    • Remote MDT2005 PA2 pin 1

    • GP18 MDT2005 PA1 pin 18

    • nc MDT2005 PA0 pin 17 strap low

    • GP17 Strap “GP7”=High

    • GP16 Strap “GP6”=High

      • 0=Radio 1=TV
      • Drives SA630D ENCH1 and HEF4052 A1 pinsto do FM radio through SIF input
    • GP15 nc

    • GP14 nc

    • GP13 nc

    • GP12 Strap “GP5” = High

    • GP11 Strap “GP4” = High

    • GP10 Strap “GP3” = High

    • GP09 Strap “GP2” = Low

    • GP08 Strap “GP1” = Low

    • GP07.00 nc

26.7. Credits

andrew.stevens@philips.com + werner.leeb@philips.com for providing saa7134 hardware specs and sample board.