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DIRECTV2PC Discussion and Troubleshooting

Discussion in 'DIRECTV Connected Home' started by Stuart Sweet, Oct 21, 2008.

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  1. veryoldschool

    veryoldschool Lifetime Achiever Staff Member Super Moderator DBSTalk Club

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    8-10agp-hotfix....69569 went in fine for me.
    before I needed to add:
    "ASUS Radeon HD 3650" = ati2mtag_RV630, PCI\VEN_1002&DEV_9596
    to the inf file.
     
  2. ctwilliams

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    Exact same problem here....Works great, watch for awhile, exit out and then the "servers" disappear. A reboot of the receivers always brings them back. I have an HR20 and a HR21 with the current national release.
     
  3. stardog

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    I have the same PowerDTD version but works well with DirecTV2PC, I don't know why but it just work well.
    Is the problem happen on some specail content or channel?

    How about if you install the PowerDVD back?
     
  4. SlimyPizza

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    I like the DirecTV2PC feature but I don't have a huge calling to use it yet. Still, its nice to have and I hope at some point it will be enhanced to allow viewing beyond my LAN. One thing I wish was included now is a way to delete a program from the playlist once its viewed to free up HD space. I watched a show last night on my laptop but couldn't find a way to delete it. Is that only an option from the TV?

    I know this is mainly a network issue but I see a lot of sputtering and freezing during playback dependent on wireless conditions in my home. It would be nice if DirecTV2PC would buffer more to minimize these effects.
     
  5. timmmaaayyy2003

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    Keeps losing connection to the server and if/when the server is found again either the list is empty or it won't play.

    "Server returns '503 Service Unavailable". Directv2PC could not play the content."

    This happens on both satelite and OTA content.

    Using wired 10/100 cat 5e.
     
  6. veryoldschool

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    I get this for an OTA channel [3-1 NBC], but not the other OTA channels or the SAT channels.
     
  7. timmmaaayyy2003

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    I think it has to do with network services on the reciever. Or it could just be an oversimplification of any error when the rcvr won't send data to DTV2PC
     
  8. vrtladept

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    I too am having this error. Slightly different setup, running on Arch Linux with VirtualBox hosting a Windows XP session. Seems that DirectTV2PC does not like virtualization software....

    Bummer really .. if they would just support my native OS, I would be happy.
     
  9. Kil4Thril

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    Is there any way to run directly from the tuner instead of the DVR? Sorry, search has failed me. :(
     
  10. SParker

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    You mean live? That's a request many have made including myself. Not yet but hopefully someone is listening.. :D
     
  11. Khidr

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    Wanted to jump in with something I learned this weekend trying to get DTV2PC to play on demand shows.

    I was getting the error that either my pc or my monitor did not support protected content, running an ati x1900 with a dvi connection to a gateway fpd2185w.

    Dropping the dvi connection and hooking my monitor up by vga solved the error, with no apparent impact on resolution or quality.

    I don't know if this helps anyone trying to do this, but figured I'd throw it out there.
     
  12. timmmaaayyy2003

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    I posted this in the other thread, but I think more people are looking here:

    Okay, a quick update.

    Both of my machines are a bit underpowered according to the DTV2PC requirements, but I love to push the envelope.

    Up until yesterday, I was able to get recordings to run on my laptop as long as I used a wired network connection. This includes SD and HD from both satelite and OTA. I was unable to get my wireless to play HD with any kind of quality, but SD recorded from SD channel played fine. The only issue was when the network would lose connection and after reestablishing the link, my list would be blank or I'd get the dreaded 503 error.

    Yesterday, I decided to get my HR21-700 network services up and running or die trying. I knew this was a challenge, but with all the tips I'd come across here, I figured it had to be doable. After setting the IP address on my DVR to match that which was seen on my router and port forwarding to that which was manually set on the DVR, network services finally started and passed!

    Now for the cool part: My underpowered laptop will now stream HD recordings using the wireless g connection with only a random dropped frame! No more cat 5e cable needed

    For those that say that network services are unneeded for DTV2PC, I say that may be true, but the network needs to at least be able to pass for reliable operation IMHO.

    With the way it is working on my 1.7GHz duo, I decided to see if HD on my desktop was any better than before, and while the video is still a little choppy, the audio is flawless. If we can reduce the CPU loading just a bit, I daresay that my AMD 2.01GHz 2600+ may be able to pull it off with a wired connection!

    We are so close I can taste it!
     
  13. SParker

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    Any word on when there will be an updated version?
     
  14. veryoldschool

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    It's only been just over a week since any word of a new version was in work.
    This version was in work since spring. While I wouldn't think it will be as long, it won't be "over night" either. Maybe a "long soon". :lol:
     
  15. SParker

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    Ahh okay, thanks for the explanation.
     
  16. DaddyPhatSaks

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    Anyway to force the download if your system doesnt pass the required specs? I would atleast like to give it a try.
     
  17. veryoldschool

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    No need to "force" it. The two [advisor & DirecTV2PC] aren't connected.
    I downloaded the app without ever downloading the advisor.
    you need to complete the screen/window that asks for your name & email, then you should get to the download page.
     
  18. ccr1958

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    Does this software come with "elecard mpeg2 video decoder"

    the reason i ask is in the past few days when i play an mpeg2 video
    using wmp11(vista home premium) i get a scroll at the bottom of the video
    stating "evaluation period has expired, please buy the elecard mpeg2 video
    decoder at www.elecard.com or contact sales@elecard.net.ru"
    i have not installed any codec packages since i last did a clean install of the vista OS(6 months ago or so)
    like i used too because it seems these days with all the different formats, codecs etc it seems to end up causing troubles somewhere
    the only thing i can find on my computer that this may be built into is ffdshow
    which i believe was part of TVersity(which i have uninstalled quite a while back)...

    at the moment this scrolling at the bottom is not a big deal as it only does it
    in the first few seconds & the video seems to continue to play fine....
    i just don't know where the heck this software came from....i checked google
    & can't come up with anything that i have bought in the past or really any
    answer as to where it could come from as related to my system....but i did find one forum where
    a user removed it from his registry & that screwed up viewing mpeg2 videos....
    trendmicro or removeit pro does not detect any spyware...
    i wouldn't "buy" software from russia over the internet anyway...

    any ideas???
    thanks
     
  19. DaddyPhatSaks

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    Ahhh, never did that, just thought u would do the advisor then if ur system passed it would proceed with the DL. Ill try tonight, thanks a ton!
     
  20. veryoldschool

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    [Vista] I have none of that here, so it wasn't DirecTV2PC that installed it. I have had ffdshow before and not seen it either, but not TVersity, so??
     
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