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Hi All,

I've been happily enjoying Windows 7 WMC for about 4 years with a dual tuner Happauge HVR-2250. Just basic analog cable. Was good enough for me.

Now that Cogeco has gone digital this rig no longer works. So i've upgraded to an hd package from Cogeco.

I was hoping i could continue to use this same setup but i am having problems.

1. It appears you cannot use the digital tuners directly even though the channels are available through the card WMC wants you to use the set top box. I have the motorola one.

2. If i try and use the set top box WMC claims there is no IR blaster hardware even though it's on the card.

Ultimately i would LOVE to have the cogeco guide be pushed to WMC with all the new channels and bypass the set top box and just use the QAM capabilities of the card. Is this possible at all? Anyone have a similar setup using the IR blaster and the set top box? Thanks,

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If you wish to record HD, you need one of the Hauppauge HD PVRs in conjunction with a STB. Or a provider-supplied HDPVR. See the following FAQ on Recording HD which has links to the two Hauppauge threads in the HTPC forum here. Any questions about the Hauppauge after reading the threads, please use those threads.

http://www.digitalhome.ca/forum/showthread.php?t=14099


Here's a link useful for those new to the forum - FAQs, Search Tips, Optimization, etc:

http://www.digitalhome.ca/forum/showthread.php?t=57741


QAM is not practical due to encryption of most of the channels - see the following FAQ:

http://www.digitalhome.ca/forum/showthread.php?t=32271
 

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I was teased by Shaw in the fall of 2010 when they were testing the HD upgrades of the local channels and I was recording them with my Happauge HVR-2250. I thought they would be sticking around from that point on just like the U.S. Boy I was wrong! When they took it away I got into a fight with them and the CRTC over it.

IR Blaster setups can be a real PITA. I hope you manage to figure it out and have it be a satisfactory setup for your needs. Very sad that an upgrade in PQ and AQ for TV means a loss in capabilities.
 

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Some of the channels may be available without the box, but probably just the basics. Try plugging your cable into the TV and scanning channels, whatever digital channels come in there should come in without the box.

Unfortunately, Microsoft has disabled the digital cable (QAM) tuners in Canada. I have a hack that can turn it back on again. http://experts.windows.com/w/expert...qam-in-canada-for-windows-7-media-center.aspx

However you're likely to find that most of your channels don't come in without the Cogeco box. You'll need to set it up with the IR blaster in order to get it to work, and even then the card you have will only be able to capture in standard definition. You'll need a different card (as mentioned by someone else) if you want to capture from the box in high definition. You may need to enable the IR blaster using the Hauppauge utility here. http://www.hauppauge.com/site/support/support_hvr2250.html?tab=1

The cable companies make it difficult for us unfortunately.

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Thanks Pete, it's strange because if i use my QAM receiver built into my TV A LOT of stations are present.. Including many HD channels. But using the hack for WMC, when it searches for channels nothing is found. Sucks! Cogeco PVR unit is seriously junk. What year is this thing? 2001? I've been using Windows Media Center for about 8 years now.. Switching blows. Boo hoo!
 

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Yeah, the scan can be flaky at times seems even worse on Windows 8. I had my channel scan working one time where it would pick up the stations in the UHF range but not the VHF ones. Using the TV as a reference can help.
 
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