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Topic # 64280 12-Jul-2010 16:47
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I have had the same PVR setup for countless months and it has worked happily so I have not needed to tinker with anything. The setup is a Sky box receiving Sky Broadcast subscription (i.e. free to air), this is fed into a PVR150 (analogue via S-Video) and a HVR3000 fed from a splitter between the dish and Sky STB getting DVB-S Freeview. This box may be slightly underpowered (Win7) but has operated well for as long as Win7 has been around (including pre-releases).

That was until a couple of weeks ago when I started getting delays/pixelation in the digital picture. This started with just recorded TV but more recently with recorded and live TV (not channel specific). I have attempted to troubleshoot as follows:
1) Checked reception in the Sky STB - signal about 60%, quality about the same - this is fairly standard and we have had no issues with the reception through the Sky STB (if quality gets to 0% we have problems).
2) Reinstall - As it happened I was going to do this anyway, so now i have a fresh (a little higer spec'd) system with only Win7 and current drivers installed - same problem.
3) Playback on a second machine - I have another more powerful PC and this plays back the recorded TV with the studders - therefore most likely during the recording phase rather than playback.
4) Tested WinTV 7 - same issues.
5) Connected HVR3000 directly to LNB - no change

Any other suggestion that I could use to determine in the HVR is on deaths door? Do these cards die this way or should I be looking for other solutions?

Thanks for any help.

GF

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  Reply # 350339 12-Jul-2010 17:11
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First thing id check is the LNB
Quality sounds low, but then all sky boxes are different




 

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  Reply # 350348 12-Jul-2010 17:30
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check for blown capacitors on your tuner, gpu or motherboard.

 
 
 
 


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  Reply # 350603 13-Jul-2010 12:40
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I had the same problems with my HVR3000 - check my topc under HTPC "Possible dying tuner card?"
If you read my last post, it makes no sense as to what was happening/happened.
Had been faultless until that point, but suddenly started with the same issues you describe.
All I can conclude is there is a fault somewhere in it that is upset by my second tuner (as you have this also) drivers or the likes. Maybe a firmware issue inside the card itself, who knows.
Is weird how it works now flawlessly in a mates PC. (Is the only card that has ever been installed on that PC)
For me it is less hassle to buy a new card than spend more time trying to get to the bottom of it. Plus while we only had 1 tuner and my constant fiddling the WAF went to an all time low!




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  Reply # 351492 14-Jul-2010 17:22
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seems to be an issue with these cards after a while. I ended up getting another card to replace it. The HVR3000 became too unreliable. Too many drop outs and missed recordings. The new card works perfectly.

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  Reply # 351522 14-Jul-2010 18:40
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What did you replace it with?




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  Reply # 351541 14-Jul-2010 19:36
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I replaced it with a dual tuner DVB-S2 TBS 6890. It's a great card.



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  Reply # 352024 15-Jul-2010 18:07
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After much messing about i have determined that the problems was a poorly seated card. The HVR is very low near the back-plate and the motherboard i had had a audio connector that was preventing it from seating fully.Embarassed

I did not notice this until i moved it to another PCI slot and then tried to put another card in its place.

So my card was not the problem as it is working happily now.Laughing

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