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2017-03-13 02:14 PM
kidvegas Hey all, apologize if this is an oft asked question but I can't seem to zero in on the exact approach I should attempt.

After some antenna tweaking, WBXZ has become 24/7 reliable reception. Using the MC hack in this thread, all my channels are populated with guide data save for WBXZ and subs. Is there a magic bullet to get that guide data without losing others (postal code hacks, etc?)

I'm located in Toronto, and also get Batavia WPXJ 100% stable; I don't want to lose that data with a virtual move closer to where the WBXZ data comes in.

Thanks!


*EDIT*

2 more semi OT questions (sorry!)

CHCH has a psip mismatch which is breaking reception in MC. I can get it in WinTV though. Why? I thought that had something to do with the actual tuner? Is there a workaround for this? (I have also scanned in 15.3 which Tivo users manually add to make it work, I think), but no dice.

Also, it seems WNYB has dropped .3 and .4 subchannels? If so, why during a re-scan, do they not only come in, but also have guide data?
2016-09-24 12:08 PM
Dr.Dave Guide data is working again.

I had done a bunch of checking when my guide wasn't updating because I had applied the Win 10 Anniversary Update and had used a backup program to transfer all my series recordings from Win 8.1 to Win 10. I thought I had screwed something up and it turned out it was all Microsoft's fault again.
2016-09-23 02:22 PM
Dr.Dave Microsoft is having another problem with guide data - confirmed at https://connect.microsoft.com/site1145/Feedback. My guide stops at Thursday, Sept. 29.
2016-08-03 12:33 PM
Dr.Dave The guide is updating again. I now have data until Aug 15.
2016-07-31 03:51 PM
Dr.Dave I just wanted to let everyone know that Microsoft is having a widespread problem with their WMC guide data again and there is an existing feedback report on their connect site. My guide data stops at Aug. 8 at 7PM. I think you have to be logged in to their connect site to see the following link.

https://connect.microsoft.com/site11...etails/2987359
2016-03-14 07:10 PM
darkesha I struggled so much trying to get my WMC to keep updating (since my tuner wasn't compatible with digital OTA signal according to MS). It would work once I set it up but then it would download 2 weeks worth of EPG and never do it again. In two weeks I would have to blow the WMC out and set everything up again. Finally it worked when I modified host file (and who knows what else I did to get it to work).

I also had problem with WMC reverting back my strip setup. I had to disable folder's (where this data is held) write permissions to everybody including Admin. Now I can't really open it, but my customized menu strip looks the way I want it.
2016-03-14 05:42 PM
Dr.Dave
Guide Updates Stalled - Daylight Saving Time

NOTICE TO ALL MEDIA CENTER USERS

I noticed that the WMC guide has stopped updating. This happens every time we switch to or from DST. Don't waste time troubleshooting your system - the problem is at the Microsoft server. They usually fix this a few days before the guide data runs out.
2016-03-14 05:11 PM
darkesha I will have to source my basement power supply / cabling storage for a compatible connector + power. Then I will see if it works and how stable it is. I believe nothing should burn out since I wouldn't over voltage it but if things aren't stable I would suspect the power is first to blame. Connector is standard round one, but you know how there is bunch of different thickness ones - I will just have to find a right one.

All I want is to be able to get my wife functionality she is used to. As far as I am concerned the OTA recording and HDHomeRun is more than enough for our household.
2016-03-14 03:00 PM
Dr.Dave
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I don't understand - the 5Vdc should be same on way or the other. There should be nothing too smart with their own power supply ? My friend who borrowed me this box couldn't find the PS though.
What were you planning to use for a PS? I don't have this box so I don't know if it has a standard connector. A 5 volt 2 amp PS should work, by I don't know if the electronics on the PVR are especially sensitive to clean power.

I have a Hauppauge 2250 dual tuner internal card and have no trouble recording 2 programs at once with WMC in Windows 7 or 8.1. If I have a third program overlapping by a minute, WMC will delay the start of the third program until one of the previous programs finishes recording.
2016-03-13 06:18 PM
darkesha I don't see option for editing my previous post. Anyways it looks like my model is exactly the same as 1212 but I don't see that abbreviation anywhere on the box.

I am OK by having ability to record just one program at the time. We are not watching live TV ever - so that's fine. More troubling will be finding out if I will be able to record one program from Hauppauge and other from HDHomeRun at the same time since I did notice some conflicts in last 2 years using the Shaw's PVR (recording two programs that over lap).
2016-03-13 06:10 PM
darkesha I don't understand - the 5Vdc should be same on way or the other. There should be nothing too smart with their own power supply ?
My friend who borrowed me this box couldn't find the PS though.

I have the IR I got with my old 950MCE, hopefully it will work. I also have few of them that came with Shaw STBoxes.

My model is 49001 LF rev E1.
2016-03-11 08:29 AM
Dr.Dave I meant you will only be able to get 1 channel through the Telus box.

If you got the HD PVR model 1212, the Hauppauge Web Store says it comes with a "5V 2 amp power supply."
Hauppauge Computer Works

If you click on the gallery tab at the following link and look at the picture of the back panel, it warns to "only use the power supply that was supplied with your HD PVR."
HD PVR Product Description

You will also need the "IR Blaster transmitter cable" to change channels on the Telus box.
2016-03-11 05:33 AM
darkesha Thanks for informations...Will I be able to record one channel at the time if I have dual OTA tuner (HDHomeRun) and Hauppauge HD PVR connected to the Telus STB through component output ?

I believe I should be able to record 3 at the same time, or watch one and record two ?

I just picked up Hauppauge HD PVR USB card but it didn't come with power brick. Anyone know how many amps it requires ? I see it's 5V.
2016-03-05 11:47 PM
Dr.Dave @darkesha I'm glad you found the info helpful.

The SD picture quality would be the same as when you used that tuner with Shaw. If you want to go HD, there are 2 models that use component cables to bypass copy protection:

External: http://www.digitalhome.ca/forum/31-h...ge-hd-pvr.html
Internal: http://www.digitalhome.ca/forum/31-h...us-hd-pvr.html

You will only be able to record one channel at a time.

If all you want is a PVR, you best solution is probably the Telus Whole Home PVR, which can record up to 3 HD channels at once. Telus sells it for $250, rents it for $15, and bundles it and 2 additional STBs for free on contract. If you want to discuss Telus pricing further, please use the following thread so we don't take this one off topic.

http://www.digitalhome.ca/forum/187-...ml#post2724914
2016-03-05 10:29 PM
darkesha Thanks so much for that information. I was dreading thinking about going through few thousands STB entries and finding out what box has the same IR codes as the Telus one.

Anyways - I used to have Shaw old Motorola (grey wide box) connected to Hauppage analog TV input card - I think input card was 950 model (came with IR blaster and remote).

But since we got shaw's PVR and lots of HD channels my wife used primarily that for her PVR use. I de-comissioned this setup and took the 950 out when I transferred my PC to the furnace room in the basement. I used the 950 for it's FM radio input but unfortunately I needed PCI slot for the discrete sound card since my integrated sound card died (warning: do not split your digital audio to 2 different devices) - lowered impedance might take the sound card + device out as in my case).

I did get HDHomeRun in the meantime and programmed it with my WMC (to get all of the 6 OTA local channels).

Now I will be switching from Shaw to Telus and they are charging $20 per month for PVR rental. I will get the non PVR STB and program it with my WMC through my old 950 and use the USB sound card instead of the PCI one.

This all might not be worth it if the wife is not happy with the SD picture quality which might force me to get HD input card in which case I will need a recommendation on the model.
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