Install Linux Hauppauge WinTV-HVR-2255 Firmware

May 22, 2015

So, this is a sloppy solution to a recent enough problem Google didn’t turn up too much. I did minimal research before buying Hauppauge 1229 WinTV-HVR-2255. Unfortunately, Hauppauge officially only supports Windows. I stopped using Windows at some point last year.

Googling really only turned up this wiki page that was discouraging. However, on Hauppauge’s official page it links to a linuxtv developer thread. From there I pieced together the following steps that worked.

# Need this firmware file first
cd /lib/firmware
sudo wget

# This project is magic and checks out media_tree and builds it
cd ~
mkdir src
cd src
git clone git://
cd media_build

# This project uses build script so need these too
sudo apt-get install patchutils build-essential libproc-processtable-perl

# compile, install, reboot
sudo make install
sudo /sbin/reboot 0

This should not be used for anything mission critical. It is kind of a sledgehammer solution where surgery would suffice. It installs all the dev linuxtv. If you change tuners/or anything it will most likely cause problems. For me it broke my HDHomeRun.