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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 27, 2010 #741 of 1021
    veryoldschool

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    Here are the screen shots of the upper right of the window:
    1Capture.GIF

    This is in window mode

    2Capture.GIF

    This is full screen

    What Setting is your desktop?
     
  2. Jul 27, 2010 #742 of 1021
    paco1986

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    Changing from window to full screen mode (or vice versa) doesn't do anything.

    Let me clarify that the problem is only when viewing content. When I am on the main menu or the playlist, those are displayed properly. Nothing is cut off. But the moment I start playing video, the image does fill the whole screen but is cut in half.:(
     
  3. Jul 27, 2010 #743 of 1021
    veryoldschool

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    "Well" then I have no clues since everything plays here in the same size window, whether it's the menu/playlist, or the video, or whether full screen or sized window.
     
  4. Jul 28, 2010 #744 of 1021
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    It is likely that the screen resolution you have chosen on the CRT is larger than your screen and the application is taking advantage of that. What is the resolution you have set on it? Check that by:

    right clicking on some empty space on your desktop screen

    scroll down to "properties"

    When the "Display Properties" windows comes up, click on the rightmost tab at the top of it which should read "settings."


    I would start out with a very basic setting. Like maybe 1024x768. There is a pretty good chance that since you had to get a fancy schmancy graphics card to run the app, it supports much higher resolutions than your old card did and it's choosing a default resolution which is most likely widesreen even though the old CRT is 4:3. You will likely have to do some playing around to find a 4:3 setting. You should be able to see the shape of the little "monitor" in the "Display properties" window change when you move between aspect ratios.
     
  5. Jul 28, 2010 #745 of 1021
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    That did it, thanks!:) The resolution was set at 1024x768. I played around with different resolutions until it displayed the video properly. It finally settled on 1600x1200 for DIRECTV2PC. Thanks again for your help!
     
  6. Jul 28, 2010 #746 of 1021
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    Probably this has been covered before but I really don't want to wade through at least a years postings....I just had to reinstall Directv2PC since my hard-drive had to be replaced. Installation went OK but when I try to play anything in my Playlist, the program plays for a few seconds, then I get the message box "Directv2PC cannot play the video content because your computer or monitor does not support the playback of protected content." I haven't used Directv2PC for awhile and in the meantime changed monitors. Is it because my new monitor is now connected to the computer via DVI? It's the same graphics card being used as previously only then it was connected via VGA. Is there any way to correct this or work around it? The monitor has HDMI inputs but I think the computer only outputs VGA and DVI. Would a DVI to HDMI cable make any difference? Thanks from an old man for any assistance. :)
     
  7. Jul 28, 2010 #747 of 1021
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    Check out the errors in post #7 of this thread.
    It isn't the DVI, as I'm using it to my monitor, but the digital connection does need to support HDCP, where the analog [VGA] doesn't.
    You video card & monitor both need to support HDCP to use a digital connection.
     
  8. Jul 28, 2010 #748 of 1021
    RonnieT24

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    Always happy to be of service. Frankly I'm more than a little surprised that it wanted a BIGGER resolution than what you had. That's certainly counter-intuitive to me but I normally work with servers.. PCs and laptops are just toy computers to me. LOL!
     
  9. Jul 30, 2010 #749 of 1021
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    Well, it does seem that DIRECTV2PC liked the 1024x768 resolution after all! I had to first start DIRECTV2PC, and then change resolutions in order for the video to display properly.

    What I kept on doing was change the resolution before/after running DIRECTV2PC. And that would do absolutely nothing. Strange indeed!
     
  10. Jul 31, 2010 #750 of 1021
    RonnieT24

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    In case anyone is interested, I am now in day 7 of having my old DVR disconnected from the satellite and I am still copying my stuff from it with no problems. I even mistakenly power-cycled it once and it spent 10 minutes trying to find a satellite signal until I hit "List" and up came my content. This is exciting.
     
  11. Jul 31, 2010 #751 of 1021
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    I had to reformat my pc. Where can I dl the latest software version again for I can reuse my key? All I see is the advisor and submit name/email for a new key on directvs site.
     
  12. Jul 31, 2010 #752 of 1021
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    Links are in the first post of this thread. You should be able to reuse your old key, as it works for me, but some have had problems.
     
  13. Jul 31, 2010 #753 of 1021
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    Thanks for the tips! I suppose the problem is that the video card (NVIDIA geforce 7300LE) does not support HDCP, as I know my Samsung T240HD does. It would have been nice to have used Directv2Pc again but I really don't want to replace the video card at this time and it would be a PIA to switch cables every time I wanted to use it. IMHO, this HDCP paranoia is ridiculous and really doesn't do anything to thwart the big-time media copiers. Am I correct that the original version of Directv2PC didn't have the HDCP crap in it?
     
  14. Jul 31, 2010 #754 of 1021
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    What I do know is things have changed, but it may be in the recordings more than this app. I say this because there was a time that new recordings would give me this error and yet if I played a much older recording it would play. Both were HD.
    If you monitor does support HDCP, then a new video card might be only $50 that supports HDCP.
    If you're still using an AGP video card, then ATI chips are out there cheap.
    I paid $100 for an Asus ATI 3650 AGP and it worked fine until the motherboard took a dump. Now it's simply laying around as all my other PCs have PCIe slots.
     
  15. Jul 31, 2010 #755 of 1021
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    I've been using Directv2PC for over a year with XP Pro and love it. I recently switched to Windows 7 and reinstalled the newest version of the software and it works great but I have one very strange problem.

    I'm using it on a wired network with a Gb NIC and switch, like I said the playback is great. No drop outs or anything, my PC isn't taxed either, just running the software I'm only consuming about 15% CPU.

    So the problem is this, I do a remote desktop connection over a SSH tunnel to my work desktop and when I'm using Directv2PC every 5 minutes or so it drops connection. I thought it was the NIC so I replaced it with a better one and it didn't help. From what I can tell nothing is overwhelming anything, I also started a ping to Google to see if any packets dropped and none did.

    This is such a strange problem if anyone has any suggestions to diagnose it I'd appreciate it.
     
  16. Aug 1, 2010 #756 of 1021
    RonnieT24

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    This sounds a lot like the office VPN tunnel throttling you. Which connection drops? The tunnel to the office or the DirecTv2PC connection? If you've got a linux system somewhere that can capture tcpdump data you can monitor to see who might be sending a TCP reset to the connection. After that you can use wireshark or something similar to look at the output. If the source is your office VPN then there isn't going to be much you can do about it. Lots of companies setup their VPN to make it difficult to stream video in.. for obvious reasons.
     
  17. Aug 1, 2010 #757 of 1021
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    Just tried that now, still having issues.

    I have a WRT54GL running latest version of Tomato. My new HR24-500 is connected to a EZXS88W. The switch connects to the WRT54GL and my computer is connected to the WRT54GL. I have also tried hooking the HR24 directly into the WRT54GL along with the computer as well as hooking the computer into the switch with the HR24. I'm pretty much at a dead end.

    Does anyone else even have the same issue is me or is it just me? I mean there is this post

    http://forums.directv.com/pe/action/forums/displaythread?rootPostID=10628790

    Which is what is happening to me, but does it do this for any of you guys at all?
     
  18. Aug 1, 2010 #758 of 1021
    jgmiller31

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    The VPN tunnel drops, thanks I'll check that I was going to do a capture but I couldn't think of what I'd actually look for, the TCP reset gives me somewhere to start. Actually since I'm in charge of our VPN I know it's not throttling however that doesn't mean there isn't some contention that is occurring that would cause a reset. The tunnel by the way is just a simple SSH affair nothing elaborate.
     
  19. Aug 1, 2010 #759 of 1021
    KoRn

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    Thanks. I seen that but was not sure if it was the latest version.

     
  20. Aug 1, 2010 #760 of 1021
    RonnieT24

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    If you're doing ssh from a linux host you can strace it along with tcpdump to see if you can isolate the cause of the reset. Unfortunately in most cases all you will see is "connection reset by peer" but if you can line that up with the tcpdump there will be a TCP reset in there somewhere and you should be able to dig out the source. If you're using windows based SSH I don't know what facilities there are to trace him, but wireshark should provide some assistance there. If you are doing it from windows you may wanna try letting putty do the tunneling. It's pretty good and reliable at it. Then again, you might already be using putty and I'm preaching to the choir here! LOL!
     
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