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DIRECTV2PC v7507 - Issues & Discussion

Discussion in 'DIRECTV Connected Home' started by Doug Brott, Aug 2, 2011.

  1. mitchflorida

    mitchflorida Godfather

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    My Direct2PC program works fine, with one exception. When my dvr is actively downloading a movie using DTV on demand, I lose the playlist on Direct2PC and thus can't use the program. When the DVR has finished downloading the movie from the Internet, everything works okay again.


    Any ideas or solutions?
     
  2. veryoldschool

    veryoldschool Lifetime Achiever Staff Member Super Moderator DBSTalk Club

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    Not sure there is one.
    While I haven't tried this, it sounds like the DVR "is busy".
     
  3. HDMike

    HDMike AllStar

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    I have Win 7 Home Premium 64-bit. I have issues with this app totally locking up my PC during play back when it reaches the end of a program, or sometimes using skip or FF. I have to hit the power button to recover.

    Anyone else run into this or have a solution?
     
  4. SParker

    SParker Active Member

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    Try running TaskManager and then ending task on the application. If that works then you can relaunch the application.
     
  5. EricBergan

    EricBergan Mentor

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    I run Win 7 Home Premium 64-bit and don't have this problem. Not going to be simple to debug, but I'd start by making sure you are up to date with Windows Update and latest video driver for your system.

    eric
     
  6. HDMike

    HDMike AllStar

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    As I said, it totally locks up. no mouse or keyboard response, so can't open task manager.

    It is up to date on all patches, service packs, and drivers. The Playback Advisor indicates everything Green with no issues.
     
  7. parts.man

    parts.man Cool Member

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    I've used Directv2PC for a long, long time. Out in the boonies, so the first time it needed to download codec packs, it was over dialup. Boy, we've moved up--all the way to an air card (best I can do--waiting for LTE). Anyway, something botched my Directv2PC installation so that when I launch it, nothing (absolutely nothing) happened. Uninstalled, reinstalled (multiple times) and cannot get past the download codec pack. I don't have any firewalls enabled, activates fine, but just errors out on this step. I have old Ghost backups that work, but don't want to go back to them permanently--they work just fine. Anyone got any idea how to get past this error. I can install on another computer, running on the same router/aircard and it gets the download just fine. I've moved the aircard straight to the computer and same results. I've tried everything I can find in the Directv2PC forums, here and every where else I searched on the net. Ideas? Any idea why they wouldn't have included everything they needed in the download? It may be all for naught as I think they're about to change software so that Directv2PC won't work with the DVR's any more. Currently, the HR34 won't show what's in folders. I hope that's a bug that will be fixed, but I really suspect it's the first stage of taking away something free, that while it worked albeit buggy, that I use quite a bit. Dual monitors in the office, one for TV and the other for the computer. HELP!!
     
  8. SParker

    SParker Active Member

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    Ouch not sure then. Does any other graphically intense programs lock the PC up? Maybe the video card is giving out?
     
  9. Special Ed

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    I had trouble with codecs after doing an install. Make sure you are doing these steps:

    1.) Uninstall the program
    2.) Reboot computer
    3.) Use the latest activation key you have during reinstallation.

    I found that no reboot after uninstall will screw up an immediate reinstall (as far as getting the codecs)

    Grasping at straws but I thought I would throw it out there.


     
  10. parts.man

    parts.man Cool Member

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    I had great hope for the reboot after uninstall suggestion as I could not remember if I had tried it. I can say now I have--several times to no avail. It will sometimes spin for quite a while saying download codecs, but reporting failed to download codecs. Other times it will report almost immediately that it failed. Directv won't support it, Cyberlink won't support it, and nothing I've found so far has solved this problem. Thanks for your suggestion though. Anyone else have any thoughts?
     
  11. ejjames

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    Every time I see that this thread has been updated, I secretly hope that there was a major update, with the new HD interface. (If only to show they were still actively working on it.)
     
  12. Special Ed

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    All I can think of is that not everything is being uninstalled. Do some manual searches and uninstall anything related to directv you can find. Find any partial codecs left behind. Make sure to back up and search your registry and delete any entries left in there. How to find them? Name searches, compare to your laptop. Won't be easy.

    Also, have you tried using a windows snapshot from when you did not have problems? Doing this might help fix DTVPC and break something else easier to fix.


     
  13. tbolt

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    parts.man
    Look at Post #56 and #57 in this thread

    http://www.dbstalk.com/showthread.php?t=188886&page=3
     
  14. SParker

    SParker Active Member

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    Wish there was an update for this. There are a lot of us that use it still. I use it a ton.
     
  15. keenan

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    I still use it a fair amount as well, using it right now in fact. When it loads up it checks for updates and I hope DirecTV doesn't decide to disable the program one of these days.

    Is there a way to stop it from checking?
     
  16. tbolt

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    Possibly, there may be a setting in one of the .ini files.
    You would obviosly be on your own figuring out which setting.

    There are many .ini files inside different folders
    under the C:\Program Files (x86)\Directv\ path in Windows.

    Let us know what you find out
     
  17. keenan

    keenan Godfather

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    I'll give it a look, but unless I see something that is definitive about stopping the check-in I'm not going to mess with it. I will post back though.
     
  18. Special Ed

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    Yeah, they won't be giving this program away free much longer. If you have a LAN connection and you get the program is working it is a great option to have.

    I mostly use it to watch day baseball games when I am working or if I get kicked off our main TV and there is something I really want watch is on the DVR. I will be sad when/if it goes.
     
  19. keenan

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    I wouldn't mind paying a one-time charge for it, I just don't want them to disable it. And if they want to add a monthly charge for it, that would be the same as disabling it in my book.
     
  20. bigglebowski

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    Just installed a new Nvidia GTX660 ti and the app works and can see the DVR but when you play show you only get audio, video is black, onscreen controls are normal as is the when looking at the playlist. On either DVI output or the HDMI output is the same.

    Previously had no issues when this same computer last week when it had an amd 7750 video card. Only other change was removing the latest amd driver for the latest Nvidia driver which actually just updated today: 306.23. Had a prior amd motherboard with onboard ATI graphics working fine for the last 2 years.

    The advisor app shows all green except grey on video card and on cpu for that matter which has been used for the last 2 years. This card was only released about a month ago but Nvidia has had other 600 series cards out earlier in the year.

    Did reinstall the app which I noticed was a newer version then the one I saved when originally downloading it since of that goofy way you have to go about downloading it off D* website.

    Anybody else running a gtx 600 series card with no problems?
     

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