Gemini image blowing up Clone Dreamboxes

, posted: 19-Apr-2008 14:14

Just a FYI for you clone dreambox owners out there.

It seems that in an "Attack on the Clones" the Gemini team have released a kill switch after you have been running the image for a while as part of their 4.x (but especially 4.3 and 4.31) images that will brick your Clone DM500 to a point that you will never be able to get it back.

My recommendation is to run the PLi image, but for those looking at putting a Gemini image on your clone box ... just say no.

Daylight Savings in NZ

, posted: 2-Apr-2008 20:23

One thing you Kiwi's may be having is the DST Start & Stop times in all the Dreambox images (PLi & Gemini) are not correct, so you need a correct Timezone file.

I have posted a entry on the PLi site about this here:

You need to download the zoneinfo.tgz, extract out the file "Auckland" and rename it to "localtime" then ftp it to /var/etc which is where the localtime with incorrect DST start and stop times is at.  Then reboot your box by telneting to the box and typing reboot.

Then you should be done and the timezone should be fine!.

Changing MAC address

, posted: 4-Feb-2008 09:38

I was asked this and didn't know the answer, as the boxes I have had always have unique mac address, so it was never a problem... however it was pretty easy to change as detailed below:

Telnet to the DM, and type the following commands:

cd /var/etc
rm init
echo \#!/bin/sh >> init
echo ifconfig eth0 down >> init
echo ifconfig eth0 hw ether xx:xx:xx:xx:xx:xx >> init
echo ifconfig eth0 up >> init
chmod 755 init

You need to change the xx:xx:xx to the mac address you want.  Then the box will reboot... and the MAC address is changed.   Easy!

Moteck Motor Setup on a Dreambox

, posted: 18-Jan-2008 13:44

After playing around for a while deeply confused why I couldn't get my newly purchased Moteck Satellite motor (ex trademe!) to correctly point to Optus D1 I figured out my problem.

I found on another site the following:

The file you need to modify is the /var/tuxbox/config/enigma/config file. The Diseqc 1.2 motor settings are in the line starting with 's:/elitedvb/DVB/config/lnbs/0/RotorTable'

Example Settings are:

Yours may/will well be different but you get the idea..... The format is:
Entry "-0300014"
"-0300" = 030.0 West (Hispa)
"014" = stored position 14


+0192 = 019.2 East
002 = stored position 2

Whenever I load a new image I select diseqc complex setup, untick the USALS setting, save and exit, then load captains settings, reboot.

So What I needed to do was change:


As I had configured D1 (160.0 East) to Stored Position 0. So I needed to remove that and set it to:


This then meant that the GotoXX was always used and hopefully (once the motor is up on my roof!) the motor will move to the right location for each satellite!.

that took me ages to figure out!

Dreambox SCART Connector for Component

, posted: 8-Jan-2008 09:31

I have had various questions about the SCART Connector on the Dreambox.

The SCART supports (from what I have tested) Composite and Component, however in theory it also supports S-Video (as per what you can configure in the On Screen Display setup).

For a SCART to Component connection I recommend buying a JayCar WQ7255 which at $48 seems not such a bad price (I don't work for Jaycar nor do I have shares in them, just a cheap place to go and get a cable that works IMHO).

The wiring that you should look for is shown below, the three connectors in the middle of the right hand side of the SCART connector are the component out, the two down the bottom are the Left & Right Audio.

Once you have the right cable go into the AV Setup under Setup -> System Settings and set the Colour Format to "YPbPr" for Component instead of "RGB" or "CBVS" for Composite.

Recording using your remote on a DM500

, posted: 26-Nov-2007 10:46

To start off with this Blog entry it took me a while to figure out how to actually record using your remote control on a DM500 since the Regular DM500 remote doesn't have the "VIDEO" button.

Below is the best pics I could find of the two different remotes. The one on the left is the commonly supplied remote with the DM500, whereas the one on the right (grabbed via the web interface) is the one with the "VIDEO" aka PVR menu on it. If I could find somewhere that I could buy the Fully Featured remotes cheaply I may look at doing that... Just for this purpose.

Dreambox Remotes

So what I do is re-program the "Yellow" button to be the PVR menu to enable PVR mode, and then you can use the "Radio" button to start recording.

To reprogram the yellow button you need to get into the "Blue" Menu from the Gemini image. Select the "Quickbutton Settings" as shown below:

Then select "DVR" from the Quick Button settings:

Then hit OK.

Now back in the Main User Interface you can hit the "Yellow" button to bring up the DVR Menu down the bottom of the screen.  As shown below:


Then hit the "Radio" button to start recording on your remote, and the "TV" button to stop recording.... EASY!

On the network side you need to make sure you have a network mounted filesystem for the DM500.

In the web interface (http://DreamIP) login with the default username "root" and password "dreambox". Select the Config -> Mount Manager button.

Then Add a new mount. The "Client Directory" should be set to "/var/mnt/hdd" which is the default mount directory for the Harddisk. "Server Directory" is the name of the share if you are mounting CIFS or SAMBA. It's also worth turning on "AutoMount" so it will mount each time the DM boots.

Save the mount in the Web UI.

Last but not lease don't forget to create a directory called "movie" in the root of the share. That is the place where the recordings will be put.

If you find this helpful click on my banners so I can get paid.... So far US 35 Cents and counting :)..

LNB Setup for Dreambox

, posted: 25-Oct-2007 11:17

For those who have a Dreambox there are 3 main types of LNB Options you may have:


If you live in an Apartment you should do all of this configuration before you plug in the Satellite Cable. As you will need to turn off the LNB power.

Option 1: Old Style Sharp LNB supplied with Sky in a residential installation where you are the only person connected to the Sky Dish.

They look something like this:

For this you will need to configure your LOF to be 11300.

Or you may have one of the New Dual Throat LNBs supplied by sky, they look like this (thanks for the photo "you know who"!).

Notice how the white plastic bit pointing towards the dish is "Oval" instead of "Circular" as is shown in the Old Style Sharp LNB.

Below are screenshots showing how you configure the satellite for Optus D1 and C1 if you have a Dual Throat.

First get into the menu by selecting the "Menu" key or "Dream" key depending on your remote and select Setup (option 6):

Then select Service Searching:

Then Satellite Configuration:

Under Satellite Config you need to specify "non-standard user defined configuration..." from the drop down list:

Then you setup to use Optus D1 as your satellite, and make sure the 22hz tone is off as shown below:

Now you need to make the changes under LNB 0 to specify the correct LOF, go to the LNB and press the OK button.

The above should either be 10750 (if it is a newer version of the Sky LNB, aka the Dual Throat), or if it is an older one the settings should all be 11300 instead of 10750.

** Update, the Threshold should actually be set to 11800, not 10750, 10750 when the LOF/L is 10750 works, but technically it should be set to 11800 no matter what your LOF/L is.

Check the Next page and make sure everything is disabled.

Save those settings and you are done.

Option 2: Dual Throat LNB supplied by Sky.

If you do have a Dual Throat LNB (photo to come up soon when I get a good pic of one) then the LNB LOF should be set to 10750. Also you can add in the Second Transponder by adding an additional LNB. As shown below:

Option 3: Live in an apartment building with a single Satellite dish suppling the whole building.

If this is your situation then you should make sure that LNB Power is turned off, this also means you won't be able to pick up the Virtical Transponders, only the Horizonal, so no Impara/NITV :(. Also your LNB LOF should be set to 11300. The LNB Power off is shown below, this would also be the same if you had more than one Decoder all pluged up via a Satellite Splitter. You should only have ont Set Top Box powering the LNB, all the others should have their LNB power turned off... otherwise you could blow up your tuner (and need a whole new box :(...

I hope this helps someone... Click the Ad Links above if you found this useful :)


BarTender's profile

Bar Tender
New Zealand