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# 83646 19-May-2011 18:21
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I recently bought a hvr-4400 thinking I would start with DVB-S tuning for freeview as I didn't have
a UHF aerial but there is an old Sky dish mounted on my house.

After much stuffing around I went out and bought a UHF aerial and it works great, but I never did get the DVB-S side of things going, though I do intend to.

I borrowed a Satellite finder which I hooked up to the dish and to the hvr-4400 set the 4400 to scan for satellites and the satellite finder remained dead ie. didn't even turn on.
I understand the 4400 is supposed to send some signal through to the sat-finder that powers it.
As it didn't power up I never attempted to make an adjustment to the dish.

As a novice on satellite tuning Im thinking the LNB on the dish is dead (it is quite an old dish)

I have tried scanning on various settings that were recommended in different forums, in both WinTV v.7 and Media portal (latest version 1.1.3 I think) but the overwhelming result is a complete lack of signal.

Just wondering If I have overlooked something.

Ps. Advice like "Just be happy with freeview-HD" is always appreciated and admired but since I wrote it first here, You dont need to.

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  # 471243 19-May-2011 18:35
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LNB will be dead. They are cheap and if you dont move the dish you shouldnt need the finder. The finders will squeek on any noise, they are only any use to get it on the sat once you have the elevation and direction correct.


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  # 471980 21-May-2011 18:30
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Sounds initially like a cable issue. The satfinder should light up if power is on the cable. Check the cable going to the dish is the same one you are connecting to the receiver. I would strongly suggest a temporary cable run directly to LNB on the dish. The satfinder should not be required in the first instance unless you have moved the dish. If the LNB is has two throats then the frequency for your receiver is 10750 MHz, otherwise it will be 11300 MHz. Hope this helps.


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  # 472044 21-May-2011 23:45
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Some receivers have a menu option for enabling/disabling LNB power. If yours does, make sure it is enabled. For the sat meter not to be working implies no power, so either the stb isn't sending it, or there is a cable fault. Sort that out first.

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  # 472795 23-May-2011 09:29
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Does the cable to the aerial pass through a splitter?
Does that splitter allow power to pass on all inputs?

As above, your LNB may be stuffed, but if power if getting up the cable then the satellite finder should light up/make an annoying noise if cranked up etc.

You could make up a small test lead, like you probably have for the splitter, connect it directly to the computer and put the satellite finder only on it to see if there is some power coming out of your card etc.

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