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[Xen-devel] Re: PCI tuners with XEN

  • To: xen-devel@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • From: Christian Tramnitz <chris.ace@xxxxxxx>
  • Date: Tue, 20 Oct 2009 15:48:21 +0200
  • Delivery-date: Tue, 20 Oct 2009 06:49:55 -0700
  • List-id: Xen developer discussion <xen-devel.lists.xensource.com>

William Eder wrote:
Dear XEN Developers,

Sorry for my English. I would like to use my PCI TV tuners under Win XP virtual images (the specified tuner software works under windows only) on Ubuntu 8.04.3 with XEN 3.2.1-rc1. I got an error message, when I start the image.. In this message found your e-mail address. Maybe you will be found something useful for this e-mail. I used Ubuntu original XEN packages. Maybe my motherboard not good for PCI passthrough (ASUS P5QL Pro /Intel P43 + ICH10/) or my CPU (Intel Core2 Quad Q9650 3GHz) not allowed this virtual functions.

For PCI passthrough to HVM (Windows) guests you'll need a VT-d capable setup. The P43 chipset does not have the capabilities, so you'll need another board or you'll have run PV (i.e. Linux) guests and see if you can get drivers for your TV card there (which is very likely).

Further info about VT-d and compatible hardware can be found here:

Best regards,

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