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DIRECTV2PC v5717 - Issues & Discussion

Discussion in 'DIRECTV Connected Home' started by Doug Brott, Sep 18, 2009.

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  1. Jul 19, 2010 #681 of 1021
    RonnieT24

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    Against my better judgement, I ripped out my GeForce 6200 AGP and went to trade it in on something a little more beefy. What I ended up with was a GeForce 8400 PCI with 512mb or memory. WHat was cool about it was that it was on sale at MicroCenter for $10 less than what I paid for the AGP card last week. Suuuuhhhhweeeettt!! When I get home from work I will install that puppy and see how it performs. One concern I have is its power requirements. I only have one PCI slot available so I wonder if adding this card will demand that I upgrade my power supply. Mind you it's a 400watter but one wonders about these things. Anyway I'll let ya know how the 8400 works out in the home unit tonight.
     
  2. Jul 20, 2010 #682 of 1021
    GordonT

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    I downloaded DIRECTV2PC from the Directv web site yesterday. I didn't notice if the download page indicated what version/release I was downloading, but when I look at the application file on my PC, it says that it is version 2.0.0.5717. Is there any difference between the version I got from the Directv web site and the version v5717 that can be downloaded from this site?
     
  3. Jul 20, 2010 #683 of 1021
    RonnieT24

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    I'm pretty sure they are one and the same. My best guess is that the release is 2.0 and the version is 5717 which sounds like a build number in developer parlance At any rate.. it seems to be pretty persnickety about the connectivity to the network and your CPU and Graphics card horsepower. Some have apparently gotten it to work fairly consistently. I have not.. but I connect via a wireless network. It's 2010.. I have 5 laptops in the house.. I cannot be tethered to a wire.

    Your mileage my vary!
     
  4. Jul 20, 2010 #684 of 1021
    RonnieT24

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    The latest chapter in my adventures.

    After I installed the ne NVidia card and rebooted the DVR I could get a playlist on my desktop and play back some stuff. But the playlist wasn't sorted the way I liked, so I went to menu to resort it. Big mistake. That took me back to "There are no record programs at this time" hell. Fortunately killing and restarting the app seems to have fixed that problem. What I've also learned is that while the new Vid Card helped, I still do not have enough CPU horsepower to run a browser AND the app at the same time. So I will sign off of here and log into the website using my laptop and see what the app does with the added memory and CPU cycles.
     
  5. Jul 20, 2010 #685 of 1021
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    DIRECTV2PC uses hardware acceleration, so any current graphics card should decode, leaving your CPU alone. My CPU stays between 5 and 10 percent.
     
  6. Jul 20, 2010 #686 of 1021
    RonnieT24

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    Okay this is where I go back to being critical of the app. Now that I have the GPU horsepower to run the app on my desktop, the DVR has decided "There are no recorded ..." .... no matter how I connect to it. What's even more galling is that Windows Media Center can see the content just fine. I can browse the entire content of my DVR using WMC titles and all. But of course it cannot play them. What this does tell me is that the DVR is talking on the network, and serving data, the stupid app just doesn't realize it.

    Now it occurs to me that the title information and the actual video data are on separate partitions. So that the playlist data is in a readable format but the physical video files are not only on the other partition but are also obviously in the encrypted format. The obvious disconnect here is that the app may not be smart enough to simply wait until the hard drive spins and locates the content. On a 1 TB drive that can sometimes take a while even when running on the native DVR. There must be some way of tuning the app to recognize that eventuality and not lock up just because it couldn't find the file it was looking for in a nanosecond.
     
  7. Jul 20, 2010 #687 of 1021
    veryoldschool

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    I'm not sure it's "stupid", but yes it is a bit restrictive. I just for grins launched it again and checked my three DVR playlists. I'm not sure what it was doing, but each time I looked at a playlist, I had the spinning circle for a while. "To me" this shows that there is more than just reading the playlist. The files are encrypted and more that likely there needs to be some key shared with the app to play them. This may be what you're having problems with on your network and I'm not having here.
     
  8. Jul 20, 2010 #688 of 1021
    RonnieT24

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    I have no doubt that the key gets embedded in the stream and there is handshaking between the DVR and the app which enables the content to be played. It may well be that the problem isn't the app or my network, but the DVR itself. It may simply not be responding fast enough to satisfy the app. I think I'll plug into my downstairs router where the DVR sits and get a hard connection going to test this theory. If I get good consistent playback, it may be another case for running a hardwire between the downstairs router which is functioning as an access point and the upstairs router which is connected to the DSL and the desktop. I using a Linksys wireless gaming adapter to bridge the two. My wife hates wires so I've tried to run as few as possible. Running one the length of the house is not going to sit well with her. No matter how neatly I tuck into the upper corners of the ceiling.
     
  9. Jul 21, 2010 #689 of 1021
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    So I installed Win 7 recently and download the latest version of DirecTV2PC. Had to use a new e-mail address to get a new activation key. Install it normally. Enter the new CD key and everything installs. Now the weird part:

    When I first loaded it I had to activate it. I did so and it went fine downloading some new update and restarted. Now the activation prompt keeps coming up (1) You must activate CD Key by choosing... So I do this and it says "Activation successful", but then goes right back into that same screen again continuing this neverending activation loop. Any ideas?
     
  10. Jul 21, 2010 #690 of 1021
    JohnTivo

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    I'm having the same issue as you... haven't figured out how to fix it.
     
  11. Jul 21, 2010 #691 of 1021
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    I reinstalled one of the first versions I had from last year. It was a zip file so I don't quite remember where I received it from. I first uninstalled the new one and then used cccleaner to remove any remains of registry info. Rebooted and then installed this old version. It too wanted me to confirm activation again, but when done and successful, it actually went to the guide this time (fingers were crossed). When I rebooted, it asked me if I wanted to update to a new version. I haven't tried this yet as I was just happy to get the program working again. I'll see if it works tonight. Other than that, I can only suggest looking for an older version of the program and seeing if that works. It did for me and I'm running on Win 7. The version I tried was from last year and predated the two versions (that I know of) released this year.
     
  12. Jul 21, 2010 #692 of 1021
    elduque

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    Please let me know if you figure this out and where to get an earlier version of the software.

    Gracias
     
  13. Jul 21, 2010 #693 of 1021
    jvmjr

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    I installed it last night on my wife's computer (win 7 home) and it works fine. Tried on my computer tonight (win 7 ult) and I get the activate over and over problem. Frustrating for sure.
     
  14. Jul 21, 2010 #694 of 1021
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    The version I used that worked is DIRECTV.v5102_CyberLink_DMS081013-02.exe

    It was contained in a zip file called
    DIRECTV.v5102.zip

    A google search indicates you can get it here:

    http://www.dbstalk.com/archive/index.php/t-154169.html
     
  15. Jul 21, 2010 #695 of 1021
    veryoldschool

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    Not Found

    The requested URL /d2pc/DIRECTV.v5102.zip was not found on this server.
     
  16. Jul 21, 2010 #696 of 1021
    SteelersFan

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    I'm more than happy to e-mail it out if you send me your e-mail address. For what it's worth, if I clicked "update" when it finds the new version it wants me to download it. I've done so, but in order to install it I'm asked to uninstall the old version which I'm afraid would take me back to square one. I think I'll stick with this old version for now. At least it works.
     
  17. Jul 21, 2010 #697 of 1021
    veryoldschool

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    Every time I got the new updated version, I had the new version uninstall the old one. Never had a problem.
    This has been through all of these:
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  18. Jul 21, 2010 #698 of 1021
    SteelersFan

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    I clicked "updated", downloaded the lastest version, let it uninstall my old version, and when it got done updating, it remained stuck in the neverending activation loop. Back to the basics again. Reinstalling the old version although it's a little slower. Of course I just tried playing some content for the first time since the re-install and it says my software is not activated. Going to try the revo uninstaller like a prior poster suggested. NOPE - Revo uninstaller = no change. Looks like a program I won't be using anytime soon. Can't play videos under the old version and can't get back activation on the new version.
     
  19. Jul 22, 2010 #699 of 1021
    jaybee

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    Just tried to install DIRECTV2PC on my new Windows 7 machine and get the activation loop as well. Tried to uninstall and re-install and the same problem.
     
  20. Jul 22, 2010 #700 of 1021
    SteelersFan

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    Looks to be a software issue - maybe with 32 bit. That's what I'm running. Forget about installing an old version at this point. Even though I could install it and get past the activation, it wouldn't let me play content.
     
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