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Wannabe Geek

Topic # 89843 9-Sep-2011 07:59
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Hi There,

I just purchased a Lenovo G570 Laptop, 2Gb CPU, 4Gb RAM, and an AverTV Volar GPS 805 DVB-T USB dongle. I plugged in the dongle loaded the driver and software package all fine. I then plugged the dongle into a coax cable and wall socket with a strong Freeview signal (Normally has a TV plugged in getting a nice HD signal). I then tried a quick channel scan but got absolutely nothing! I tried a full channel scan with the same results, so I tried a manual input of known HD frequencies for my area (Manawatu, Whariti) but still nothing. I udated the driver to the latest 32bit Windows 7 version and have rebooted and reloaded all with the same results - Nothing! The literature in the manual says all the codecs for this dongle should do just fine, but are there any I may need that may be causing the problem?
Does anyone have any ideas, or is it maybe that the dongle itself is kaput? (In device manager it says it's working OK)
Please help as there is very little info online for this model.


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Uber Geek
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  Reply # 518857 9-Sep-2011 08:29
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Firstly I'd check the coax cable. Are you using the same coax cable that plugs into the TV or a different one? If the cable is OK then looks like a faulty dongle or perhaps the signal strength is sufficient for the TV but not the dongle. Does the software include signal strength checking.
I use WinTV with my Hauppage and it includes separate signal check software for each tuner.
The tuners in dongles and STBs seem to be notoriously less sensitive than TV tuners.

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Wannabe Geek

  Reply # 518860 9-Sep-2011 08:37
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Thanks B1GGLZ for your quick reply.

Yes I am using the same coax cable and its fine. As far as I'm aware the signal strength is quite strong so I'm fairly sure thats not the problem however, no, there is no signal strength meter in the software to check. I have thought about trying DVB viewer or Next PVR software. Would this be a good idea or is it simply a dongle issue do you think? I'm really hoping it's not the dongle cos of the hassle returning it etc.



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  Reply # 518886 9-Sep-2011 09:23
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I've had an 805 for a couple of years now and find it's not particularly sensative, so needs a pretty good signal. I've also found that I get wildly different results between the software supplied (AverTV?) and MediaCentre in Win7.  If anything, MediaCentre is more reliable for detecting signal, but seems less reliable at sustaining enough signal strength to stop the picture from breaking up every now and then.

I've yet to try it on a strong signal, no thanks to living in a gully...


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Wannabe Geek

  Reply # 518902 9-Sep-2011 09:54
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Hey thanks Craig,

I'll give MediaCentre a try and see if that helps.



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Wannabe Geek

Reply # 519132 9-Sep-2011 21:01
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Thanks very much for your suggestion. When I got home tonight I tried MediaCentre, and it worked a trea t- so very happy. I should have known not to trust the software supplied by the manufacturers - it's nearly always crappy and you end up using 3rd party software as in this case!

Thanks again  


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  Reply # 519791 12-Sep-2011 09:29
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Hey Greg,

that's good to hear!


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