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Topic # 26034 10-Sep-2008 11:49
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Hi All,
       I am new to the HTPC game, and have just bought a HVR3000 card for my computer (specs below) and I am having some trouble getting terrestrial to work in mediaportal. I have Vista Home Premium with SP1, have installed Mediaportal and all the SQL stuff, and mediaportal itself seems to be running fine.

I have browsed round geekzone at various blogs attempted to follow them to get it working, and i get to the stage of having set up the TV server part of mediaportal, and I go to search for channels in the DVB-T part, selecting New ZEaland - All as the location, and default for CAM, and it can't find any channels. As im searching i notice however that the bars for Signal and QUality are high, does that mean i have signal?

Computer:
Dell Inspiron 530
Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600
3 gb ram
500 gb HD (only 30gb free, the new one hasnt arrived yet!)
NVIDIA Geforce 8600gt

any help would be greatly appreciated!

Cheers, Morgan

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  Reply # 163471 10-Sep-2008 12:13
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Where do you live? Might be worth trying a scan for the nearest transmitter, I can't find it but there is a PDF somewhere with transmitter locations.

Works for me (in Christchurch) anyway.



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  Reply # 163478 10-Sep-2008 13:28
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Palmerston North, I have tried the Manawatu option, but it just says nothing found

 
 
 
 


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  Reply # 163482 10-Sep-2008 13:42
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This is quite useful for transmitter sites: http://www.lincrad.co.nz/transmittersites.html

When you do the scan in Media Portal just make sure you select the country and region you're in.  This should help narrow the search I believe.

If that doesn't work (as your post suggests) try tuning in one manually.  Not sure what the values will be I'd need to refer to my setup (at home) and take a stab on the Manawatu settings from there.



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  Reply # 163490 10-Sep-2008 14:20
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Still no luck, and im not quite sure how to tune manually?

I guess I probably need to start problem solving.
I know the card has installed properly, the Hauppauge manual says everything is good if 8 new devices are added in the video controllers section in device manager
I guess im assuming that the aerial is working properly next, so how might i check that?

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  Reply # 163493 10-Sep-2008 14:28
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I assume the HVR3000 came with WinTV of some form? Install that and scan for channels, the program cannot decode the MPEG4 stream but it can scan in the Freeview channels.

That will confirm you have reception.



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  Reply # 163498 10-Sep-2008 14:56
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I've just installed Wintv, and am currently running the scan, so i'll see how that goes, but i read somewhere that wintv does not do DVB-T?

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  Reply # 163500 10-Sep-2008 15:02
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morganb: I've just installed Wintv, and am currently running the scan, so i'll see how that goes, but i read somewhere that wintv does not do DVB-T?


Yes as I said WinTV cannot decode the MPEG4 stream that is FreeviewHD is encoded in, however it can tune the channels. This will tell you if you get reception.



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  Reply # 163502 10-Sep-2008 15:12
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Update: Wintv was uncessful. it said it found 20 analogue channels, no digital, but nothing came up on the screen when i opened up win tv to watch

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  Reply # 163507 10-Sep-2008 15:27
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I know it's kind of an obvious question, but you are connected to a UHF aerial aren't you?  And if the answer is yes, what is your reception on UHF channels like?




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  Reply # 163510 10-Sep-2008 15:32
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Bugger.

I just plugged the UHF aerial cord into the tv and perfect prime reception.

so that means that the aerial is working fine, and its a problem in the computer?



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  Reply # 163642 10-Sep-2008 23:20
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Hi all

still no luck. i was reading on the mediaportal forums and many people say that the HVR 3000 is not supported by the latest version of mediaportal?

is this true?

i have seen some posters around the geekzone site mention the systems they are running, I would be very interested in hearing from anyone running vista, mediaportal and a HVR 3000 sucessfully!

alternatively, I would pay someone to set it up, but I have no idea who would be able to do it for me? i am based in palmerston north by the way.

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  Reply # 163667 11-Sep-2008 07:21
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What they are referring to is how the analogue tuner, which doesn't have a hardware encoder, does not work in MediaPortal. There are plenty of people here using HVR3000's with MP, using either the DVB-T or DVB-S tuner.

There may be an extra trick required to get it working, I do not know sorry. Or maybe it does come down to weak reception?

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  Reply # 163672 11-Sep-2008 07:48
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I have a hvr3000 working with dvb-t and dvb-s in MediaPortal RC2 without any special configuration or "tricks".
Use this http://www.wintvcd.co.uk/tools/ScanChannelsBDA_UK.exe to check your dvb-t reception.



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  Reply # 163679 11-Sep-2008 08:24
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Little: I have a hvr3000 working with dvb-t and dvb-s in MediaPortal RC2 without any special configuration or "tricks".
Use this http://www.wintvcd.co.uk/tools/ScanChannelsBDA_UK.exe to check your dvb-t reception.


Hi, I was wondering if you would be able to give me a run-down on exactly what you did to get it working? are you running vista? do you still have the software you used to install? maybe you could email me what you used and i could try it with your versions?



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  Reply # 163683 11-Sep-2008 08:29
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Little: I have a hvr3000 working with dvb-t and dvb-s in MediaPortal RC2 without any special configuration or "tricks".
Use this http://www.wintvcd.co.uk/tools/ScanChannelsBDA_UK.exe to check your dvb-t reception.


I just ran the scanning program, selecting option 1 (uk no offset) and got the following:

"locked on 690000khz, please wait for network information
scan timed out

nothing found on 690000khz"

and ditto for 706000 and 778000

i am in palmerston north btw, and these are the right frequencies supposedly, so does this mean i have signal or somethign still wrong

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