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tchart

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#21501 29-Apr-2008 10:10
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Hello,

Sorry for the long story...

Being a Geek I have been pretty selective about the DVB system I go for. Im not convinced I will get a decent DVB-T signal at my place and dont want to sink $500+ into something that may not work. So I opted for a DVB-S setup.

I have been on the hunt for DVB-S set top box with HDMI or DVI as my component connection is used by my Sky box.

Last week I found and won a DVB-S box on Trademe. The box is second hand and has all the connections one could wish for including DVI and VGA. Its some European brand I had never heard of.

While the box works (somewhat) I keep getting a "No Signal" message. Its scans the channels fine and the EPG even works. However if Im watching something it comes up with the message after a few seconds (10-30s). If I change the channel its fine for another short period of time but then the message comes up.

I thought it may be my dish alignment but I went to a mates house who has a DSE set top box (with 100% signal) and it does the same there. I tired to tinker with the LNB settings but there is a distinct lack of options and it only allows me to select an LNB type (eg universal, single 1-5, etc)

Even stranger, last night I was trying it yet again and the box locked up (wouldnt respond to the remote etc) and the signal didnt drop out.

This leads me to think its a software issue, which is another oddity as the screens in the manual dont resemble the screens on the box at all.

Is it worth risking a firmware upgrade since the "manufacturer" has firmware available on their website.

Does anyone have any thoughts or advice?

Trevor

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  #126994 29-Apr-2008 10:19
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Excatly what box is it, brand model etc.

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  #127004 29-Apr-2008 10:58
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Its a Quali-TV QS-1080IRCI.

Their website is here;

http://www.quali-tv.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=39&Itemid=47

There are also some specs here;

http://www.eurosatlondon.com/catalog/product_info.php?products_id=173

There is also a Zinwell clone (or is it the other way round) with a model number of ZDX-420 IRCI. apparently they were manufactured in 2005.

Like I said the firmware on the device does not resemble (at all) the one in the manual. The manual shows many more settings for things like LNB's etc. The firmware on the box shows up as ZMX version 0.2f whereas the Quali-TV website has a version 3.x or something.

Any advice would be great.

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