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Topic # 30923 25-Feb-2009 22:01
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Hi,

I have been trying to get the Freeview channels via my sky satellite dish for ages using 2 different Hauppauge tuners (Nova-S Plus and HVR-3000). However no matter what settings I use I never find any channels, even though the WinTV program reports a strong signal. I have an Oval LNB so should be 10750.
I have tried manually tuning the channels and automatically with no luck.

Can anyone help me please??

Thanks

Jason

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  Reply # 198117 26-Feb-2009 00:17
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have you tried using different software?  i threw together a blog post once upon a time which stepped through setting up mediaportal and freeview dvbs.  i'm not sure if the current version is configured the same way but it might be worth a crack.  I found that the wintv program was painful to configure.

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Reply # 198150 26-Feb-2009 09:01
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Thanks for the reply,

I've actually tried using Mediaportal as well, with the same results. It says it has 100% signal strength but it unable to find any channels not matter what settings I use.

I get the feeling that I am missing something. I have tried all LNB configurations that I can think of (1130, 1075 ETC) and tried all sorts of settings for the LNB switch setting. But no luck.

I think I might try and reformat the PC and start from scratch again and see if that helps.

I'm most confused as I had this working about 2 years ago and have had sky sat since then and that worked with no problems.

Thanks for your help

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  Reply # 198154 26-Feb-2009 09:21
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I am not sure reformatting your PC will assist.  To get the satellite cards to work you need to have the correct settings and they need to be input correctly into the software. Plus you need the frequencies to scan and have the polarisation, symbol rate and FEC set correctly.  Finally you need to ensure that the LNB has a power source.

So, ensure that you are scanning the H = horizontal polarisation for the two frequencies used by Freeview and that your FEC is set to 3/4. Ensure that you are using a 22500 symbol rate.  Try changing how you are entering the oscillator frequencies 10750000 10750 1075 etc depending on the software. The same applies to the 11300 frequency and you might try 11300 unless you know for sure that your LNB uses 10750. Also play around with the oscillator switch setting. Some software works fine with a switch frequency the same as both of the Oscillator frequencies some prefer a value of zero.

Finally ensure that your LNB has power. You say that the software is reporting a good signal so I assume that the LNB is powered, in which case the issue has to be configuration of one of the above items. 

Cheers Mike



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  Reply # 198168 26-Feb-2009 10:15
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Thanks for the help,

I'm pretty sure the LNB is the 10750 variety as it is an Oval LNB. I have tried different variations of the LNB numbers with no luck.

I dont seem to have the option to change the FEC (well at least I cant find the option). Symbol rate is set correctly.

I will have another play around tonight. If I have no luck I might borrow my brothers Sky Sat decoder and make sure that works for me(Depending if he has the same LNB as i'm not sure how to change those settings on the Sky decoder).

Thanks again for your help.

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  Reply # 198192 26-Feb-2009 11:41
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Rather than playing around with WinTV download either Media Portal or GBPVR and try using one of those. They will at least confirm if things a re working correctly. GBPVR might be easier for a quick check however I prefer the TV Server component from Media Portal. Either one though will work and the correct settings needed for NZ Freeview on DVB-S are located in the satellite config files including the Frequency, Polarisation, Symbol Rate and Forward Error Correction.

Good luck with it.

Cheers Mike

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  Reply # 198193 26-Feb-2009 11:42
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Edit: sorry double post...



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Reply # 198206 26-Feb-2009 12:28
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Thanks,

I will fiddle around with Media Portal tonight and see if I have any luck.

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Reply # 198704 2-Mar-2009 09:41
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Hi,

Just an update. No matter what I do I can't tune any channels. I have tried WinTV, MediaPortal and GBPVR and all of them fail to find anything. I have tried 11300 and 10750 LNB settings and all sorts of options for the LNB switch and nothing works.

I get the feeling that something is wrong with the satellite itself.

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  Reply # 198715 2-Mar-2009 10:30
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Armuk: Hi,

Just an update. No matter what I do I can't tune any channels. I have tried WinTV, MediaPortal and GBPVR and all of them fail to find anything. I have tried 11300 and 10750 LNB settings and all sorts of options for the LNB switch and nothing works.

I get the feeling that something is wrong with the satellite itself.


That would be my next test.
Do you have access to a Sky or even Freeview set-top-box that you can use to test the sat?






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  Reply # 198717 2-Mar-2009 10:47
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I have access to a sky box. However the sat that it is connected to is using a different LNB. Would that matter?

Thanks for your help.

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  Reply # 198745 2-Mar-2009 12:45
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No it doesn't matter, although if the LNB is different you will have to change the settings in the sky decoder.



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  Reply # 198768 2-Mar-2009 14:02
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Alright thanks.

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  Reply # 198774 2-Mar-2009 14:17
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Excuse my ignorance of matters directly relating to mediaportal et al, but exactly what LNB parameters is it requesting and so I/we can ensure that you have the correct values.

Cyril

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  Reply # 198780 2-Mar-2009 14:37
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Ummm, Armuk, SKY and Freeview both use the same satellite i.e. Optus D1. If there is just one satellite dish, it will have either a single or dual LNB, regardless there will just be one cable coming down from the dish to the SKY decoder. If the Sky decoder is working then the Dish, LNB and the Satellite are all working as well and you do not need to be concerned with which LNB you are using. The selection of LNB is controlled by the settings in the software you are using and you would not normally be selecting a specific LNB unless you were looking for a signal from the SKY backup satellite.

The critical things you need to check are 1) the cable splitter and, 2) the LNB settings on your PC software.

The cable splitter is required to supply both the SKY decoder and your PC with a signal and needs the power pass side going to the SKY decoder. The SKY decoder will provde the power to make the LNB work. If the power pass side is directed to the PC and your card does not provide power then the SKY decoder will stop working and you will nto get a signal either.

The LNB settings have been discussed earlier, in my case 10750 in all three fields in the software settings worked fine as did zero in the LNB Switch field. In the case of Media Portal, I have 10750 in all three fields LOF1, LOF2 and LNBSW. Make sure you have checked SAT#1 and select DiSEqC = None, Band = Ku-Linear (Universal) and the Satellite = 160.0E Optus B1, D1 from the satellite list.  Make sure the DiSEqC Moter is not checked and then Scan for channels.

Cheers Mike



 

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