HowTo: Install TBS DVB-S Drivers on Ubuntu 12.04 LTS & 14.04 LTS

On Ubuntu 12.04

  1. Install a clear minimal Ubuntu 12.04 LTS on a PC  (streamer) where yout TBS DVB-S2 6991 Card is allreday pluged in.
  2. Connect with ssh to you the streamer pc
  3. Download the Driver from TBS Support/Driver Page: TBS Download Center
    or use following command:
    # wget http://www.tbsdtv.com/download/document/common/linux-tbs-drivers_150130.tar.bz2
  4. extract linux-tbs-drivers.tar.bz2 archive:  # tar xjvf linux-tbs-drivers.tar.bz2
  5. go to driver package directory: # cd linux-tbs-drivers
  6. depending on your kernel version and if the kernel is x86 or x86_64 (check output of 'uname -a') do:

    - for x86 kernel 3.x (x86 32 bit installations of kernel 3.x):

    # ./v4l/tbs-x86_r3.sh

    - for x86 kernel 2.6.x (x86 32 bit installations of kernel 2.6.x):

    # ./v4l/tbs-x86.sh

    - for any x86_64 kernel (x86 64 bit installations of Linux):

    # ./v4l/tbs-x86_64.sh
     
  7. install needed Repo's: # sudo apt-get install make gcc
  8. build and install the driver: # make && make install
  9. reboot in order to load the newly installed driver: # shutdown -r now
  10. after reboot check that the newly installed driver is loaded correctly: # dmesg | grep frontend

    if everything is OK, the output from the above command lists the registered
    frontends for your card model and their number is equal to the number of
    tuners on the card, for example:

    DVB: registering adapter 0 frontend 0 (TurboSight TBS 6981 DVBS/S2 frontend)...
    DVB: registering adapter 1 frontend 0 (TurboSight TBS 6981 DVBS/S2 frontend)...

 

On Ubuntu 14.04

#apt-get install build-essential zip make
#wget http://www.tbsiptv.com/download/common/tbs-linux-drivers_v160630.zip
#unzip tbs-linux-drivers_v160630.zip
#tar xjvf linux-tbs-drivers.tar.bz2
#uname -r     (depending your kernel version result, like this: 3.13.0-45-generic)
#sudo rm -R /lib/modules/$(uname -r)/kernel/drivers/media/    or   sudo mv /lib/modules/$(uname -r)/kernel/drivers/media ~/media.bak
#cd /root/linux-tbs-drivers
#make distclean
#./v4l/tbs-x86_64.sh 
#(for DVB-C Driver, also: ./v4l/tbs-dvbc-x86_64.sh)
#make -j5
#sudo make install

#shutdown -r now
#dmesg | grep frontend

Important Note:
If you get some WRNING like; WARNING: could not find /root/tbs/linux-tbs-drivers/v4l/.tbs8921ctrl.o.cmd for /root/tbs/linux-tbs-drivers/v4l/tbs8921ctrl.o please do following:

#cd /root/tbs/linux-tbs-drivers 
#rm -rf /lib/modules/$(uname -r)/kernel/drivers/media/
#make install
#shutdown -r now
#dmesg | grep frontend
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