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Installation issues / Re: Hauppauge Nova-TD-500 installation issue
« on: November 23, 2008, 06:11:03 pm »
Thank you both for your replies, it's much appreciated.

I am very much aware of the "diversity" model fiasco, and rang Hauppauge the other day to check it out (as I thought this was a diversity model). The chap on the phone assured me it was not. "But it's a 'TD' and not a 'T'", I said - no, it's not a diversity. "But it has 2 antennas" - no, the second one is a dummy, only 'ANT1' is actually connected to anything! Obviously, I took this all with a pinch of salt.

I've been having another problem since I rebuilt my core (last motherboard fried, so new build had replacement motherboard, and this new TV card) - when starting the machine, it would freeze on either the very first boot screen, the grub screen, or the kubunutu loading screen (seemed to do something different every time). Anyway, moments ago I removed the NOVA-TD-500, and the core starts up fine.

So indulis, I'm sorry you went to the trouble of posting these instructions for me, but I think I'm going to get rid of the card and try and get hold of the older version that I already have. Hopefully Hauppauge will swap it for me.

Thank you both again.

Installation issues / Hauppauge Nova-TD-500 installation issue
« on: November 23, 2008, 02:38:53 pm »
Hello All,

I am having a problem with the installation of my new Nova-TD-500 DVB card in my core, in that it is not recognised by MythTV.

I already have a Nova-T-500 installed in my core, working no problem (apart from the dreaded "USB disconnect issue - When I decided to buy another, I received the Nova-TD-500 in a Nova-T-500 box.

According to the newer Nova-TD-500 card is recognised "out of the box" by the upcoming Ubuntu Linux 8.10 release (this also includes Mythbuntu 8.10), so I am assuming that using LinuxMCE 0710 is going to cause a problem.

Does anybody know of a fix for me to get this newer card working under 0710 please? Any help would be very much appreciated.

Users / Re: Happauge Wintv-Nova-T-500
« on: November 03, 2008, 11:48:20 pm »
Thanks for your replies Andrew - you always make sense!

May I say that I think the Nova-T-500 is really good, it's just this one issue that's bugging me.

Hope we see a solution to this problem at some point in the future.

Users / Re: Happauge Wintv-Nova-T-500
« on: November 02, 2008, 03:52:20 pm »
Btw, unlike the other two chaps, "quick reload router" doesn't appear to fix it - I have to do a proper restart of the core. Just though I'd add that in case it's relevant.

Users / Re: Happauge Wintv-Nova-T-500
« on: November 02, 2008, 03:50:40 pm »
But I'm not using a USB card, it's a PCI one - does the issue remain the same?

Users / Re: Happauge Wintv-Nova-T-500
« on: November 02, 2008, 11:44:49 am »
Merci beaucoup! :-) I will try this later, will let you know how I get on!

Thanks again.


Users / Re: Happauge Wintv-Nova-T-500
« on: November 01, 2008, 09:49:01 pm »
Hi Philippe,

Thanks for your reply, great to hear you have a solution.

Could you please explain in slightly more detail what I need to do exactly? I am no expert with LinuxMCE! I'm assuming I have to insert that code in somewhere? Thank you!

Users / Re: Happauge Wintv-Nova-T-500
« on: November 01, 2008, 06:16:58 pm »
I'm having the same problem! Did either of you guys find a solution? I'm using the Hauppauge Nova-T-500.

As you say, can't get a channel lock after a day so, with everything else working fine. I then need to reset the core.

And there doesn't seem to be any pattern to it!!

Users / Re: My planned core hardware - look ok?
« on: October 19, 2008, 01:42:13 pm »
Correct me if I'm wrong, but is a quad core really necessary? I built my core with an OEM AMD Athlon 64 X2 3800+ 2GHz processor, and it copes very well. It stays on 24/7, never seems to get too hot, and I run a number of diskless media directors off of it. Obviously it depends on what you intend on doing with your core, but I just thought I'd add my comments in case you waste your money on an overkill system.


Hello all,

I've noticed that the current time isn't displayed in the programme guide screen when browsing for something to watch! Is this an option that I can simply switch on? I certainly haven't been able to find it. I know that the built-in Myth proogramme guide has this feature, but I don't use it.


Users / Re: DVD drive on media director doesn't work for data disks
« on: October 16, 2008, 10:45:57 pm »
Ah I see. Thank you.

Users / Re: DVD drive on media director doesn't work for data disks
« on: October 16, 2008, 10:25:09 pm »
Thanks for the reply.

How come I am able to mount disks on the core (only when I'm using the dektop - can't do it using the orbiter), but not at all on the media director?

Users / DVD drive on media director doesn't work for data disks
« on: October 16, 2008, 10:06:43 pm »
Just got my first diskless media director up and running properly (having only played with it briefly previously), and everything seems to be working fine...

EXCEPT the DVD drive won't read data disks. Is there a reason for this? It plays proper DVDs just fine, but when I put in a data disk, it tries to mount it, a progress bar comes up which stays on 0% for a few seconds, and then it dissapears.

Any ideas guys? Is this a known problem?

Users / Re: Controlling TV via orbiter (not with IR remote control)
« on: September 09, 2008, 04:41:31 pm »
Agreed. Now that I have actually been insulted (as well as patronised) by another member, I think it would be best to leave it there. I will certainly think twice before asking for help again!

Users / Re: Quality of TV tuners?
« on: September 08, 2008, 04:09:20 pm »
I have the Hauppauge Nova-T-500, and generally, I have to say that it is very good. However, I have noticed some slight blurring, namely when credits are scrolling across the screen at the end of a program, and you can't quite read them. With a bog-standard £15 digibox, this doesn't happen - is there any reason why the Hauppauge card might be doing this? I'm using an Nvidia 7100GS graphics card.

That 'blurring' you refer to has nothing to do with the T-500 at all. Its caused by the video card & driver and the setup of those elements in your system when you play back a live stream from the T-500 or a recorded stream from a hard drive.

A £15 Freeview Digibox has dedicated MPEG2 hardware to cope with these issues... unfortunately currently much of the special hardware in your video card is not exploited as well as it could be because the manufacturers closed source drivers do implement it. Intel interestingly have the least capable GPU hardware (compared to nVidia/ATI) but in our assessment currently have the best MPEG2 hardware support in their MPEG2 playback performance is often measurably better on their GPU's.

All the best


Hi Andrew,

Thanks for the reply. This makes a lot of sense; as with the VIA UniChrome graphics we discussed previously, it sounds like we're waiting for the drivers to catch up with the hardware.

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