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# 17026 8-Nov-2007 17:01
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Hi, I have recently brought the Hauppauge Nova-S-Plus digital tuner card for the NZ freeview TV, and I wanna to get it going with my Windows Vista Media Center. However, I have soon encounter some problems and looks like the setup is not all that straight forward.


My setup:

-Vista Ultimate PC with newly installed Nova-S-Plus
-Using Media Center from Vista
-Using existing SKY statellite dish (75cm I think), and have no idea about the LNB specification (manage to spot a SHARP logo on it)  nor the signal strength. I have the sky dish for sky more than 5 year now and never had any problem so my guessing the signal is good.




My understanding:

-No offical support/driver from MCE for the Nova-S-Plus card, but register crack/emulator can be used to trick the MCE to get it going.
-Once the register is set, WinTV-2000 will no longer work



Questions:

Before I start to talking about not getting any signal/channel like many people have posted on the forum I like to get other detail right.


1) The Nova-S-Plus card I have comes with the driver CD with the number '3.2' print on it. I am guessing that is the version number. Unfortunately there is no Hauppauge website setup for New Zeland so the next closest is the 'U.K.". I have found there is a version 4.0 drive on the uk website but i don't know whether it will work with the card I brought in NZ? Should I go update the driver to 4.0 from the uk site or I should just stick with the one on the CD?

2) Using the WinTV 2000 program (from the CD), I can pick up the CANWEST channels but not the TVNZ channels. This is quite opposite from many people have posted on the fourm. I have manual scan for freq:12456000, S/Rate:22500 and polarity:Linearly Horizon and I get all the CANWEST signals, but when I scan for req:12483000, S/Rate:22500 and polarity:Linearly Horizon which is suppose to be TVNZ and I get nothing!!? Since I am getting CANWEST signals. Can I assume at least my dish is setup right?

3) I have also notice the setting for the LNB in the WinTV200, there are low_osc, high_osc and switch_freq. What number should I set it to? Is these number have something to do with the LNB which will be different for different types of LNB ? or the setting should be the same no matter what?

4) I have also tried to get the Nova-S-Plus card going with the MCE but I only get as far as the sanning the signals, which I get none at all. Not even the CANWEST channels i get from WinTV 2000. I have read on forum about choosing the region to "australia". Is this the reason that I am not getting signals on my MCE?

Sorry if this have turn out to be a long read, but I am really like to get this system working especially I know I am almost there and seems like many people have already got it going. Thank you.




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  # 94371 8-Nov-2007 23:17
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jcho080: -Once the register is set, WinTV-2000 will no longer work


to get wintv-2000 to work again you change one registry setting (DVBS_AS_DVBT) and reboot.  When set to "1" then MCE will work.  When set to "0" then WinTV will work (or other program like meidaportal)

1) The Nova-S-Plus card I have comes with the driver CD with the number '3.2' print on it. I am guessing that is the version number. Unfortunately there is no Hauppauge website setup for New Zeland so the next closest is the 'U.K.". I have found there is a version 4.0 drive on the uk website but i don't know whether it will work with the card I brought in NZ? Should I go update the driver to 4.0 from the uk site or I should just stick with the one on the CD?


download and install the UK 4.0 drivers.

2) Using the WinTV 2000 program (from the CD), I can pick up the CANWEST channels but not the TVNZ channels. This is quite opposite from many people have posted on the fourm. I have manual scan for freq:12456000, S/Rate:22500 and polarity:Linearly Horizon and I get all the CANWEST signals, but when I scan for req:12483000, S/Rate:22500 and polarity:Linearly Horizon which is suppose to be TVNZ and I get nothing!!? Since I am getting CANWEST signals. Can I assume at least my dish is setup right?


I'll let someone else have a crack at that.  Its possible you could be misaligned in dish or LNB.

3) I have also notice the setting for the LNB in the WinTV200, there are low_osc, high_osc and switch_freq. What number should I set it to? Is these number have something to do with the LNB which will be different for different types of LNB ? or the setting should be the same no matter what?


low_osc and high_osc are set to your LNB freq - usually 11300 or 10750 (or 11300000/10750000).  My switch frequency was set to 0 but
cyril: I recommend that you enter 12750MHz (12750000kHz) as the switching frequency


4) I have also tried to get the Nova-S-Plus card going with the MCE but I only get as far as the sanning the signals, which I get none at all. Not even the CANWEST channels i get from WinTV 2000. I have read on forum about choosing the region to "australia". Is this the reason that I am not getting signals on my MCE? 


you wont get anything at all if you have not done the registry hack for the frequencies.  Check this thread out for instructions and links: http://www.geekzone.co.nz/forums.asp?ForumId=34&TopicId=13287&page_no=3




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  # 94372 8-Nov-2007 23:19
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you could also try mediaportal if you want too - simple instructions for Vista + Nova-S at http://www.geekzone.co.nz/Regs/3769





 
 
 
 




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  # 94380 9-Nov-2007 01:27
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Hey hey, I managed to get all the freeview channels on my Vista MCE now. It turns out the key was changing the region from 'New Zealand' to 'Australia'. So sxxxxx...... Somthing I would really like to know why, and what is actually going on behind the region selection.

Still can't get all freeview channels on WinTv2000 but I won't worry about it too much since I've go the MCE working. At least now I am pretty confident that my good old sky dish is point at the right direction.


low_osc and high_osc are set to your LNB freq - usually 11300 or 10750 (or 11300000/10750000).  My switch frequency was set to 0 but

How could I find out what is the exact osc for my LNB? If i got the osc wrong, am I definitly not going to get any signals. If that is the case my LNB osc will be 11300 then cause I used this number in the reg hack for MCE, and it works.




Now I have all the freeview channels, is it possible for me to pick up other channels outside freeview-NZ. My understanding is that there are lots more channels/Satellite around NZ. Am I able to pick up other free-to-air channels, even from other nearby satellite? Or since my dish is pointing at Optus D1 then I can only get signals from Optus D1?


you could also try mediaportal if you want too - simple instructions for Vista + Nova-S at http://www.geekzone.co.nz/Regs/3769

Thanks for the info. It looks really interesting. I am definitly going to look into it.



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