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post #16 of 21 (permalink) Old 2007-09-27, 10:04 PM
 
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It would be best to get written permission from the landlord in case the installer asks for it. I have seen many installs get canceled by the installer cause the customer did not have the written permission ready.
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post #17 of 21 (permalink) Old 2007-09-29, 09:31 PM Thread Starter
 
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I got Starchoice installed today. The technician guy arrived this morning. I OKed everything with my landlord and he stopped by as well to give his permission for the install.

It turned out that the technician didn't need to install a separate dish for me, instead he disconnected the cable running from my apartment to the ExpressVu dish, and connected it to the Starchoice dish that a neighbouring apartment uses. All in all it took about 40 minutes.

I didn't hook the receiver up to my phoneline, as I'm using Vonage and the Vonage adaptor is in another room. I could move my WiFi router, Vonage adaptor, DSL modem, etc. into the TV room and hook it up there and connect the receiver to it; perhaps later on.

I may also buy an S-Video cable to connect the receiver to the TV. I may get a DVD/HDD recorder soon as well and connect it to the receiver.
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post #18 of 21 (permalink) Old 2007-09-29, 10:09 PM
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Wink OMG!

Hopefully he did a power flush on the coax from the ExpressVu dish before connecting up to your *c unit.

You have to be very careful that none of the compressed circular Nagravision bits are left in the coax as it might act like a virus to your new receivers.

This seems to be a known source of troubles for those switching, sort of like ExVu giving you the final finger for leaving.

Kudos to your landlord. And nice plans for the upgrades as well.

Enjoy and welcome!
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post #19 of 21 (permalink) Old 2007-09-30, 12:49 AM
 
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How do you do a "power flush" to the coax? What type of problems could you experience with the *c unit? Just curious as I have never heard of this before and I have switched coax's around between the providers in the past.
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post #20 of 21 (permalink) Old 2007-09-30, 03:31 AM
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Wink Power Flush, part deux

The most effective technique is one that ensures all the Bev bits stay in the LNB and don't enter the coax.

Since the receivers powers the LNB with 13 to 18 V D.C, a larger A.C. voltage is recommended.
48 or greater, generally.

110 V.A.C. applied to the coax seems to work well with all Bell LNBs, is readily available and ensures that no stray bits enter the coax any further.

Of course this is NOT a homeowner recommended procedure and should only be attempted by a certified *C installer.
Bev installers have not been trained in this technique as doing the opposite has shown to have no ill effects and the linear bits adapt readily to their new circular home.

If you neglect this vital step, the presence of the circular bits can confuse the *c unit and compete with the normal video payload.
The net result is deteriorated signals that often appear washed out, fuzzy, and if the set is HD, almost like they dropped half the bits and ran it in 720p.
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post #21 of 21 (permalink) Old 2007-09-30, 11:00 AM
 
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Ummmm ARR, are you in some weird mood today.
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