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Wannabe Geek

# 20711 3-Apr-2008 17:42
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Hi All,
I did alot of research and read many forums (mostly here) and decided to depart on my journey to freeview on MCE2005.

Long story short, all went very well and I got everything working with a single hauppauge HVR-3000 card (DVB-S) from my sky dish and all was hunky dorey. Decided it was time to put the second HVR-3000 into the machine (2 record while watching another channel) and thats when it all went pear-shaped. Essentially, with the two cards in I cannot get a signal on MCE via either cards. I have re-run the "setup you TV signal" wizard about a million times, but nothing can make it work. If I do a channel scan, delete all the exisiting channels and start again - it will find the channels I need. But then, a large message on the sceen saying I have no signal.

I have confirmed the signal from my splitter is ok via my Freeview decoder. If I revert everything back to one card again I seem to be able to get it all going.

My gut feelings is it might be driver related. I have fired up WinTV which DOES get a picture, but I cant figure out a way to choose which card is being displayed - so it only proves that one card works. The signal is strong though.

I've been fiddling with this for while now and Im getting nowhere. Has anyone else got this config working? Any special tricks?


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Uber Geek


  # 120804 3-Apr-2008 18:35
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Pretty sure its just WMC. Media Centre afaik doesnt allow 2 cards without some kind of hack or patch.

If you wish you can stick with WMC and see if you can get it working (theres some registry fixes somewhere on the forum), but if i was you i'd switch GB-PVR, DVBViewer or Mediaportal, all which support unlimited tuners/cards and support DVB-T straight off.

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  # 120840 3-Apr-2008 20:05
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After originally using WMC with my PVR-500 I then bought a HVR-3000 and now use them both with MediaPortal and have never looked back!

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Wannabe Geek

  # 120886 3-Apr-2008 21:24
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Really?  Im quite surprised at this.  its well documented that WMC 2005 can support up to 4 cards with the latest rollup-updates.  It recognises them straight up, no hacks.  There are utilities out there that allow you to use even more cards than 4.  it doesnt seem to be a stretch of MCE to me.  Its seems to me that iether is a Hauppauge peculiarity (they have a history of having pretty shoddy drivers) or maybe I have something setup incorrectly.  Or maybe my hardware has some sort of problem

Can anybody confirm this sort of setup as working?

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  # 121130 4-Apr-2008 16:54
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4 tuners in the USA, 2 elsewhere i think is what Microsoft says. For some reason its an intentional limitation and maybe its not recognising the 2nd card because it might be deviding the first card into DVB and Analogue or something.

IMO any product which intentionally cripples its capability for any reason isnt a good one. I also think that DRM meets this critieria, but i wont go into that.

Perhaps test mediaportal or gbpvr to see if they work, and if you like them. Both are free, and if you want help setting it up theres plenty of guides to do so.

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Ultimate Geek

  # 121137 4-Apr-2008 17:08
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I was under the impression that MCE2005 would not recognise DVB-S cards? Only DVB-T, without some kind of hack: registry, or otherwise. Not sure as I've never researched it.

But as you have appeared to have one card working, I'm unsure as to the reason.

If it's something to do with the tuner card number limitation, try here.

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