Geekzone: technology news, blogs, forums
Welcome Guest.
You haven't logged in yet. If you don't have an account you can register now.

75 posts

Master Geek

Topic # 17143 14-Nov-2007 11:46
Send private message

Hi there, I recently replaced my Hauppauge PVR500 with a couple of Nova-S cards and had a guy install a 90cm dish so I can receive the new Freeview channels in NZ.

All went smooth, got the hacks required to watch DVB-S and tuned the channels.

Only problem is, occassionaly (maybe immediately, maybe a few hours in) it crashes. Seems to be when it tries to record two channels.

So I have disabled one of the tuners in the control panel and all is well. In fact with only one tuner enabled its been rock solid for weeks. So the issue is definitely to do with two tuners. I also notice the time taken to change channels is much quicker when there's only one tuner enabled.

Someone suggested I have an IRQ problem so I've disabled as mu8sh as I can in the BIOs, but to no avail.

Any help would be most appreciated.


Create new topic
Infrastructure Geek
4057 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 195

Microsoft NZ

  Reply # 95273 15-Nov-2007 00:12
Send private message

perhaps you could try changing the slots you have the cards in... e.g. if they are in adjacent slots, try moving one over to the next slot.

you could always try the hwclear app from hauppauge and then install the latest drivers from

Technical Evangelist
Microsoft NZ
Twitter: @nzregs

75 posts

Master Geek

  Reply # 95305 15-Nov-2007 09:36
Send private message

Thanks for the suggestions. HWClear shouldnt have any effect, since as part of my trying to fix the problem I rebuilt the machine from scratch.

I have tried to disable as much as possible in the BIOS in an attempt to reduce IRQ conflicts but to no avail. I'll try putting one of the cards in a different slot tonight, although this may not be an option since I'm using a riser card in a low profile case..


75 posts

Master Geek

Reply # 95484 16-Nov-2007 09:53
Send private message

OK a little progress.. the riser card does indeed only have two slots on it, so i left the cover off the case and used one of the other PCI slots for one of the nova-s cards. After rebooting the machine detected a new card and I went thru and configured it then tuned channels, etc. Didn't seem to have a huge effect (still locked up occasionally, seemed eratic) so I went back to the normal configuration and reconfigured everything as normal.

Now, when the machine starts up, the ehshell or rcvr or some other service crashes. Once I kill the processes they fire up again and everything works fine. So it's been running now for about 12 hours and recording two channels fine and operating as expected. But every time I reboot I get this lock up situation happening.

Weirdness!! Anyway I guess the moral of the story is, don't reboot!

We'll see how we go. Is there any one else out there using 2 nova-s cards in a vista machine?

Create new topic

Twitter »

Follow us to receive Twitter updates when new discussions are posted in our forums:

Follow us to receive Twitter updates when news items and blogs are posted in our frontpage:

Follow us to receive Twitter updates when tech item prices are listed in our price comparison site:

News »

Orcon announces new always-on internet service for Small Business
Posted 18-Apr-2019 10:19

Spark Sport prices for Rugby World Cup 2019 announced
Posted 16-Apr-2019 07:58

2degrees launches new unlimited mobile plan
Posted 15-Apr-2019 09:35

Redgate brings together major industry speakers for SQL in the City Summits
Posted 13-Apr-2019 12:35

Exported honey authenticated on Blockchain
Posted 10-Apr-2019 21:19

HPE and Nutanix partner to deliver hybrid cloud as a service
Posted 10-Apr-2019 21:12

Southern Cross and ASN sign contract for Southern Cross NEXT
Posted 10-Apr-2019 21:09

Data security top New Zealand consumer priority when choosing a bank
Posted 10-Apr-2019 21:07

Samsung announces first 8K screens to hit New Zealand
Posted 10-Apr-2019 21:03

New cyber-protection and insurance product for businesses launched in APAC
Posted 10-Apr-2019 20:59

Kiwis ensure streaming is never interrupted by opting for uncapped broadband plans
Posted 7-Apr-2019 09:05

DHL Express introduces new MyDHL+ online portal to make shipping easier
Posted 7-Apr-2019 08:51

RackWare hybrid cloud platform removes barriers to enterprise cloud adoption
Posted 7-Apr-2019 08:50

Top partner named at MYOB High Achievers Awards
Posted 7-Apr-2019 08:48

Great ideas start in Gisborne with hackathon event back for another round
Posted 7-Apr-2019 08:42

Geekzone Live »

Try automatic live updates from Geekzone directly in your browser, without refreshing the page, with Geekzone Live now.

Support Geekzone »

Our community of supporters help make Geekzone possible. Click the button below to join them.

Support Geezone on PressPatron

Are you subscribed to our RSS feed? You can download the latest headlines and summaries from our stories directly to your computer or smartphone by using a feed reader.

Alternatively, you can receive a daily email with Geekzone updates.