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Wannabe Geek

Topic # 28968 17-Dec-2008 15:30
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Ok, so - a week ago today - I brought a Hauppauge HVR900H from eZone Takapuna.

I got home, installed it (all fine) and found that it gets no reception with the little stick aerial it comes with.

So, on Monday I went and picked up a new UHF Aerial for my roof, I set it all up etc. and it works great.
Picks up all the Freeview Channels perfectly no problems.

But. There seems to be a problem with either the Power Cinema 5 I'm using (which came with the HVR900H on a disc)
or maybe it's the HVR900h itself...

90% of the time, I plug 'em into my PC (which is far capable of handling the signals and whatnot as when it does work
I have no problems at all) and I open up Power Cimena and click the TV Icon and then that little yellow crescent appears,
and doesn't stop spinning for as long as I've had patience to wait (30+ mins). I've tried updating PowerCinema to the latest
version, but that doesn't support H.264 decoding in the TV mode (so it says), once I reinstall PowerCinema it works fine, opens
up, scans for channels in the startup wizard and I can watch and record TV perfect for a day. Then the next day it will pack in and I have to repeat the process.

On top of all of this, occasionally when it does work, it will record to a 4kb file, which really pissed me off on Monday night when I hit record on Beat Squad, then came back to the PC at 8pm to watch what it had supposed to have recorded, but I was left with this useless 4kb .mpg (Transport Stream) file.

And, just before you say - DVBViewer never finds any channels either, I follow Fossies guide to every single word and right up until the "Scan Range" part, it never finds anything (which is wierd because when Power Cinema does work I have 5/5 Signal strength, plus I can see the transmitter from my roof, and that is where the end of the UHF aerial is pointing).

Soooo, is anyone else having the same problems, what would you reccomend I can do?

I'm running XP SP2 with AMD Dual Core and 2 NVIDIAs in SLI btw.


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  Reply # 184836 17-Dec-2008 18:57
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I had similar problems with the same device with gbpvr. Windows would lose the device and I would get these tiny files recorded (10-20Kb). gbpvr would try several times and then give up. One of the only ways to get it back was to remove it and add it back. That's not so friendly. My solution - I ditched it and got a Nova-T 500. Not only is it not USB (actually they are USB inside but with a PCI to USB bridge) it has two tuners so can record two channels at once. It has never failed to make a recording.

System One: Popcorn Hour A200,  PS3 SuperSlim, NPVR and Plex Server running on Gigabyte Brix (Windows 10 Pro), Sony BDP-S390 BD player, Pioneer AVR, Raspberry Pi running Kodi and Plex, Panasonic 60" 3D plasma, Google Chromecast

System Two: Popcorn Hour A200 ,  Oppo BDP-80 BluRay Player with hardware mode to be region free, Vivitek HD1080P 1080P DLP projector with 100" screen. Harman Kardon HK AVR 254 7.1 receiver, Samsung 4K player, Google Chromecast


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Wannabe Geek

Reply # 185141 19-Dec-2008 14:20
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Right ok yeah such an annoyance when it does occur though.

It's recent thing is to Blue Screen me and I have to restart... Grr.

Getting one of the PCI ones would be nice but the main reason I got a USB Version
was so I could use it on my laptop when I go away on weekends to my fathers house.

It works alright on my lappy, gets 5/5 signal strength from a portable $2 Shop UHF/VHF/FM antenna when I'm there too (wtf).

But it will still sometimes do the 4kb file thing.

Maybe I should buy a Pinnacle. Never heard of them having any troubles at all.

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