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Topic # 86712 12-Jul-2011 11:31
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Hi All

I have recently built my second HTPC using the following:

Intel DH67BL MicroATX LGA1155 DDR3-1333 Motherboard

CORE I5 2500 3.30GHZ 6MB LGA1155 CPU
2x hauppauge HVR2200 tuners

The problem I am having only seems to occur on FOUR.

When anyone skips forwards using the remote while watching recorded TV it works fine the first time. Subsequent skips nearly always skip to a blank screen, audio playing, time bar moving.

If you wait 10-30 seconds it comes right or if you stop playback then resume it comes right.

Any ideas anyone?



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  Reply # 492370 12-Jul-2011 11:33
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I think you left out the most important bit of information: what video card you are using, is it decoding for you, and are you using the latest drivers for the video, motherboard and Intel platform?

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  Reply # 492371 12-Jul-2011 11:36
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I'm assuming it would be onboard video with that board/cpu setup.

I've noticed the same thing happens with my setup (first gen i3) but I record FOUR so infrequently I haven't bothered to diagnose.


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  Reply # 492386 12-Jul-2011 12:18
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I get exactly the same thing with my HTPC on FOUR.  I have an 8500GT video card and a E8400 Core 2 Duo processor.  It must be something other than a hardware spec issue...

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  Reply # 492475 12-Jul-2011 14:53
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Yep - I am using on-board.

I had the same issue with an E8400 and an ATI video card so I think hardware can be excluded.

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  Reply # 529093 4-Oct-2011 15:16
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Shameless Bump

Anyone else having this problem? Or preferably solved it?

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  Reply # 529113 4-Oct-2011 16:18
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I haven't fixed it but at the moment the workaround I use is when it does I just hit stop and then resume. Only takes a couple of seconds and is heaps quicker than waiting for it to catch up.

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  Reply # 530370 6-Oct-2011 21:10
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I have this skip issue with my setup on Four and sometimes, but less so, on Prime.

Windows 7 Media Centre
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  Reply # 532779 13-Oct-2011 11:48
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This may or may not be related to the issue - but I was having "atmospheric interruption" errors when viewing FOUR or ESPN - using a MySky box. Usually getting no signal, sometimes interrupted signal. All other channels were fine.

When I called Sky tech support - they asked if I had a wireless phone or base station within 3/4 metres of the mySky box. When I said yes - they asked me to turn off the base station and to check the signal.

Once I turned the base station off - FOUR and ESPN were both fine.

They weren't able to explain why - it seemed an odd error/interruption to occur, considering the equipment being used. Why would 2 channels on the feed be interrupted.

My work around is to now turn the phone off when I need to watch something on Four or ESPN. Which admittedly - is not often.

I don't know if you have a phone or a base station near to your HTPC - you could try turning it off or moving it.


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  Reply # 536230 21-Oct-2011 18:19
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I have this same issue with Four on Win7, Hauppauge HVR2210 & HVR4400 Nvidia GTX260. Also have same issue with my TViX M6500A media player with DVB-T tuner.
I suspect that Four have something different to the other channels in their H.264 encoding settings for some reason. perhaps they are using a different GOP length with less frequent Key frames?

I wonder if those folk who have a certified freeview box see the same Thing?

I might raise it with the broadcaster and see what they have to say?

Regards Allen. 

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  Reply # 536352 22-Oct-2011 01:13
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Hi Tim

They weren't able to explain why - it seemed an odd error/interruption to occur, considering the equipment being used. Why would 2 channels on the feed be interrupted.

Both Four and ESPN are on the same transponder - 12644 H. The intermediate frequency of that transponder in the cable [for a standard Sky dual head LNB] is 12644 - 10750 = 1894 MHz. The 1.8 GHz frequency is very commonly used for DECT cordless phones. Possible solution: get a 2.4 GHz phone.


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