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Wannabe Geek

# 30761 20-Feb-2009 12:10
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Hi everyone,

Firstly, sorry for the length of this post, but I want to try and get down everything that might be relevant.

I bought the Pinnacle USB Nano stick 73e  4 days ago and have managed to get 15 TV channels, including the 2 reserved and test channels, and 3 radio stations (there are also a lot of internet radio stations that I'm not interested in).

I've connected to our roof antenna and the signal quality reads 100%, the signal strength between 75-76% with the signal booster turner on. With the booster off the strength is between 44-48%.

My problem is there is no audo, just a pulsating buzzing noise on all the normal channels, except for TV 3, where I can change the Audio from MPEG  to AC3.

I've had a live chat seesion with someone, and spoken to someone using the 09 4427396, but they only suggested things to do that are on the knowledgebase/faqs pages and  I've already done them. Except, I haven't
tried stopping background tasks, as I don't know what to stop and when they should be restarted.

I've installed the latest version of TV Center Pro. I ran the benchmark test on the settings pageand the summary is as follows:
Processors (2 physical drives)
AMD Athlon 64 X2 Dual Core processor 4000+, max 2.2GHz, running at 2.2GHz Hyper-Threading disabled
AMD Athlon 64 X2 Dual Core processor 4000+, max 2.2GHz, running at 2.2GHz Hyper-Threading disabled

System Memory
Total physical memory 3.4999GB, available for applications 2.598GB

Graphics card
NVIDIA GeForce 8600GT
Graphic memory: 256MB supporting MPEG decode acceleration
Driver name: nv4 disp.dll, version

Hard Drive not benchmarked yet

USB controller
Standard Enhanced PCI to USB controller, type USB 2.0

Primary sound device
Creative X-Fi Audio processor (WDM)


Your system is fully capable of running TVCenter to watch live TV

For TV recording and TimeShifting, best quality may be used DVD

Unfortunately, your system is probable not capable of decoding DVB H.264 streams. A dual core processor system running at 3GHz is required for vthis feature

Your system is capable of decoding HD MPEG streams

So, can anyone offer any suggestions as to what I might do to get the audio working properly?


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  # 198483 28-Feb-2009 09:34
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Hi solarsys
I put up some queries on this product a few weeks ago and got a lot of helpful replies - I'm sure you would have looked at it but in case you haven't it is on this forum with title Pinnacle Nanostick.
As far as I am concerned it is absolute rubbissh and I am yet to read of anyone who has got it to work properly, and posters to this forum seem pretty knowledgable to me. The average consumer who buys it has zero chance of getting it to work.
You need a 264 codec and details of how to get one are on the other thread.
My advice would be to take it back and get a refund. It is a miracle you have got as far as you have! Cheers, Goethe

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Wannabe Geek

  # 198498 28-Feb-2009 10:54
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Hi Goethe

Thanks for replying and yes I did read the previous posts about the nano stick.

Anyway, I kept trying to get it working for another few days, including asking a Sky TV/aerial instaler guy who didn't have any ideas. Also asked a local computer repair shop and surprisingly, they had no idea, just said ask the supplier. Duh! So in the end I did take it back to Dick Smith's and got a refund.

I suspect it's due to the CPUs only being 2.2GHz instead of the recommended 3+GHz so will have to leave it at that until I can upgrade.

Cheers, solarsys

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