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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!

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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!!

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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.

Cheers.

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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.

Cheers.

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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.

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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?

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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?

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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!

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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 drivers...so MPEG2 playback performance is often measurably better on their GPU's.

All the best

Andrew

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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Users / Re: Controlling TV via orbiter (not with IR remote control)
« on: September 08, 2008, 03:59:50 pm »
If you scroll up this thread, or topic, or whatever it is called, you should see them.

You are forgiven, so don't worry about it. Thanks for your advice.

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Users / Re: Controlling TV via orbiter (not with IR remote control)
« on: September 08, 2008, 12:08:46 pm »
grrr....

You attach the nippled ends of the 286 to each IR window of each device, the cables are very thin, and can easily be hidden... _BUT_ what you gain is much increased reliability, because... GUESS WHAT? the signal is repeated through the dongles directly on top of the IR window.. _WHICH MEANS_ ... the primary UIRT's emitter does NOT have to be in line of sight of the A/V gear, and can face forward normally to deal with an IR remote if so desired.

come on people, look, think, do some research.

-Thom

Erm, I did "look", "think", and "do some research", but I still wasn't too sure of the finer details, hence I came to the forums for some help.... not to be patronised. If replying to people with genuine questions is really that much of a burden on you, then don't reply!

freymann, thank you for your help, some very useful links there.

If you had, you would have know about the Xantech 286, hell even I do and I don't use IR myself, so quit whining it's embarrissing.


Well I am not lying to you; I have not come across it before.

Reading your previous posts in this thread (amongst others), you have done more "whining" than everybody else put together! And to be completely honest, I find your spelling skills to be more "embarrassing" than my apparent whining.

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Users / Re: Controlling TV via orbiter (not with IR remote control)
« on: September 05, 2008, 02:58:04 pm »
grrr....

You attach the nippled ends of the 286 to each IR window of each device, the cables are very thin, and can easily be hidden... _BUT_ what you gain is much increased reliability, because... GUESS WHAT? the signal is repeated through the dongles directly on top of the IR window.. _WHICH MEANS_ ... the primary UIRT's emitter does NOT have to be in line of sight of the A/V gear, and can face forward normally to deal with an IR remote if so desired.

come on people, look, think, do some research.

-Thom

Erm, I did "look", "think", and "do some research", but I still wasn't too sure of the finer details, hence I came to the forums for some help.... not to be patronised. If replying to people with genuine questions is really that much of a burden on you, then don't reply!

freymann, thank you for your help, some very useful links there.

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Users / Re: Quality of TV tuners?
« on: September 05, 2008, 02:37:37 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.

Its probably the Nova T... There are so many options, it can be hard to troubleshoot this, but it not uncommon! Are you using deinterlacing? If so, what settings as I found that the suggested tvtime ones cause this, and changing one setting can get rid of a lot of the stutter.

Also, be aware of you refresh rates - display vs the TV standard. Guessing you are in the UK, so 50Hz for your TV, if your display is set to 60Hz, then there is the potential for strobing effects that would appear like this as well.

Thanks for your reply.

I had really bad jerkiness to begin with, using the "Bob" deinterlacing, but after disabling deinterlacing completely, it looked much better (I'm using PAL-I with a CRT TV via S-Video). Maybe it would be worth experimenting with other deinterlacing options.

The blurring that I mentioned really isn't THAT bad, but it can be quite noticeable when the credits are scrolling across or up the screen. I never thought of changing the refresh rate, I will try this. I understand PAL-I (which is what I chose in the LinuxMCE setup screen) gives rise to a 50Hz refresh rate - am I changing the TV setup itself to match this, or should I be changing the refresh rate in LinuxMCE to match the TV?

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Users / Re: Controlling TV via orbiter (not with IR remote control)
« on: September 04, 2008, 04:56:26 pm »
Lol, I should have been more specific. I'm fully aware that the IR signal will not penetrate the sides of my cupboard  (I'm not that THAT silly :) ) - my intention would have been to put it on TOP of the cupboard, opposite the TV to be controlled. Sorry for the confusion there. But back to my original question - is there any advantage to connecting it to the core?

tschak909, I have neither seen nor heard of the Xantech 286, so this is the first time for me! I'm not sure I entirely understand the idea of it though. It for all intents and purposes "extends" the USB-UIRT, right? Does this not mean that there would be cables running everywhere? I'm assuming that because they need a power supply, they boost the signal as well - is there any other advantage to it? I fail to see why they would be any better than having just the USB-UIRT on its own.

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Users / Re: Controlling TV via orbiter (not with IR remote control)
« on: September 04, 2008, 01:57:34 pm »
Thanks for the reply.

My core is in the same room as the MD/TV, although it is in a cupboard - is there any advantage to having the USB-UIRT connected to the core? Or will it ONLY work attached to the MD?

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