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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. Aug 1, 2010 #761 of 1021
    RonnieT24

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    Reading your problem and the other user side by side I become suspicious of the ISPs involved here. I cannot see a reason that the DVR would be placing additional load on your internet connection but maybe someone more familiar with the app can say? Are you able to monitor the upstream traffic to your provide and contrast that to what moves between the two routers on behalf of the DVR? I'd begin by trying to determine if indeed the app is talking to somebody out on the net. It shouldn't be, but the fact that it tries to check for update every time you start it tells me it at least tries at startup and it may well continue to talk outbound all the time it's running, which could be leading to issues with your ISP upstream.

    Today I am going to be installing a couple of ethernet over powerline converters which have an advertised throughput of 200mpbs into my equation. This will be an attempt to see if going "hardwired" resolves my issues. Once I get it to play the content consistently I will take a stab at trying to monitor the traffic characteristics.
     
  2. Aug 1, 2010 #762 of 1021
    jgmiller31

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    The server side of the tunnel is Linux the client side is Windows, not using Putty but an app called EnTunnel. Great little program all it does is SSH tunnels and it does it very well. You've given me an idea though, I could replace it with Putty and see if the connection still drops. If it doesn't at least I know it's some interaction on the connection with EnTunnel, if it still does with Putty then it might be somewhere in the TCP stack.

    I will let you know what happens.
     
  3. Aug 1, 2010 #763 of 1021
    RonnieT24

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    Hmm after installing the powerline adapter, I find that I am now fallen victim of the dreaded "your screen is not configured for screen capture protection..." yadda yadda yadda.. Now I gotta go dig that set of posts out .. Darn.. Oh yeah.. this configuration also allows me to see both DVRS on the network.. b ut once connected to one there appears to be no way get to the other one.. Any tips guys?
     
  4. Aug 1, 2010 #764 of 1021
    RonnieT24

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    Oh yeah.. my config


    Windows7
    2.5GHz P4 2 Gb RAM
    NVidia GeForce 8400 512Mb PCI

    Two monitors
    FujitsuB19-1 Monitor
    Vivitron 17 inch

    I disable the old Vivitron upon seeing the error as I recalled some had reported problem running dual monitors.
     
  5. Aug 1, 2010 #765 of 1021
    veryoldschool

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    To change DVRs: click menu, then system setup, then Pick Receiver, then click on the receiver shown to give the drop down menu. use the up/down arrows and when you select one make sure you click on it to "set it" as the one you want.

    This version has dual/multi monitor support, but you either need to go VGA or have them all support HDCP.
    "I think", someone has found a work around by starting the app on one monitor and then dragging the window over to the other that wasn't supporting HDCP. But :shrug:
     
  6. Aug 2, 2010 #766 of 1021
    RonnieT24

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    Thanks.. I was able to move between monitors on the fly using your instructions. I still has the "screen capture protection" error for a while but I saw that my driver was dated April of 2009 so I updated the driver. WIndows 7 is interesting because it purports to have updated the driver on the fly.. as in it did not ask me to reboot. But the flatscreen went black on me after the update and the app hung. I killed the app, restarted it on the older screen and then dragged it to the new one. Now however I have lost my ability to control the content. I don't have the PAUSE/FF/REW/SKIP buttons we all know and love. Going to reboot to see if that fixes.
     
  7. Aug 2, 2010 #767 of 1021
    Sim-X

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    I don't think it's a problem with the ISP. My internet is rock solid an no other computers are affected (bandwidth wise) on the network except the one running DTV2PC. I do have a dual monitor setup. Maybe I will try disabling one of the monitors to see if that helps. Both monitors do support HDCP and have never had any issues with that.

    My experience with power-line adapters has been pretty bad. They are not nearly as great as they are cracked up to be. I don't even use them anymore, I only used them for the downstairs DVR the other 2 DVR's I have area hardwired.
     
  8. Aug 2, 2010 #768 of 1021
    RonnieT24

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    Yep rebooting seems to have repaired my connection and restored my controls. I am now fully functional with the app on my desktop. Since my laptop had to go in for service I will have to wait and see if getting a wired connection also solved any issues there.
     
  9. Aug 2, 2010 #769 of 1021
    RonnieT24

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    The QOS software at the ISP might be intelligent enough to isolate and sever only the "offending" session. It may be seeing the DTV app stream as some form of denial of service attack. Who knows with these deals? Disabling one monitor has worked in other scenarios so it may help here, though the fact that it only drops the internet connection and not the stream leads me to doubt it.

    The powerline adapter I got is a SHARP model and so far so good. I'm not sure I'm getting 200 mpbs as advertised and won't really know until I try to actually transfer some data between systems but for streaming video it has proven excellent so far. I have streamed from both my DVRs as well as been able to browse the external drive which has been serving as my offload location for the HR20 content which I will be sending back to DTV soon. I still have another 300 hours or so of content to copy so it could take all of August. The good news is the HR20 shows no sign of caring that it cannot talk back to the mothership. Now I just gotta go buy myself a new drive to copy the stuff off to. My 750Gb is full.. I need a 2TB to go on sale so I can go to that. At HD resolution I am running about 3Gb per hour which means I will need at least 900 Gb usable space to get the rest of my stuff (really my wife's stuff saved off.) I am also stoked about the media sharing capabilities of the new DVRs. Especially the part where it can play stuff off other computers on the network. This should enable me to play the saved content on my TV downstairs without having to burn 500 hours worth of DVDs. This is a huge win for yours truly. LOL!
     
  10. Aug 2, 2010 #770 of 1021
    Sim-X

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    Grab this one quick

    http://cgi.ebay.com/Western-Digital...tem&pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item3caf9dd9d0

    guy has alright feedback, that's an awesome price. I paid like 150 or 160 something like that. I really don't remember. Otherwise I think buy.com sells on eBay if you rather buy from a more reputable dealer.

    Glad you like the powerlines. I didn't like mine at all. The ones from DTV sucked and the linksys ones I got were a little better but not even close to claimed speeds.

    Here is where I got mine a while back. I already have it installed in my HR24 and works great and worked great in my HR22 as well.
    http://cgi.ebay.com/NEW-AV-GP-WD20E...tem&pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item5887cb434e
     
  11. Aug 2, 2010 #771 of 1021
    tomtuttle

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    I would like to get DirecTV2PC to run on the following platform, but am having problems:

    Asus P7H55-M Pro / i3-530 Clarkdale / Integrated Intel HD GPU / 4 GB RAM / XP Professional / Copper ethernet to both the computer and HR21-100.

    The Playback advisor fails on Hardware acceleration, Screen Capture and Graphics card. The program runs, but trying to stream content results in the "Screen Capture" error.

    I have tried rebooting the receiver and updating the Asus drivers.

    It appears that DirecTV2PC simply doesn't recognize the capability of the Intel graphics chipset, which should be more than adequate technically for the task.

    Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated!
     
  12. Aug 2, 2010 #772 of 1021
    djc6

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    I've been struggling for weeks to get DirecTV2PC working 100%

    My equipment:

    HR21-700 Receiver plugging into my Wi-Fi router. I'm using 5Ghz only 802.11n. My laptop is a Macbook Pro 13" which I am running Windows 7 32-bit on via Bootcamp. 2.53Ghz Core 2 Duo, 4GB ram, NVidia GeForce 9400M graphics card.

    Originally, I was using 802.11n over 2.4Ghz and DirecTV2PC was essentially unusable. Now over 5Ghz it works pretty well, EXCEPT when I start moving around the timeline of the program. For example, if I fast forward, or I click on a certain part of the time line for the program - guaranteed to stop the stream. If I watch a program start to finish, its mostly OK - I just can't fast forward commercials.

    Anything I can do to remedy this situation? Do newer DVRs work better than my HR21?
     
  13. Aug 2, 2010 #773 of 1021
    RonnieT24

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    Thanks for the tip on the hard drives.. but I am fortunate enough to work literally a block away from Frys in Sunnyvale. Meaning, the minute I see a great price I can walk over and snare it. They had a 2 TB Seagate on sale for $89 a coupla weeks ago .. I passed on that one because I didn't have an immediate need but I fully expect that sale to come back around. I mean it was probably a Maxtor drive in reality, but with a 5 year warranty same difference to me. I have been watching the powerline adapters for a while. The Netgear and Linksys units were quite a bit more expensive (from $90 a pair to > $200 a pair) whereas the SHARPS where < $40 for the pair. Of course this is day one with them in operation so we'll see.
     
  14. Aug 2, 2010 #774 of 1021
    ejjames

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    "Run as administrator" cleared up my problems. YMMV
     
  15. Aug 7, 2010 #775 of 1021
    gjlowe

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    It's been a couple of months, but I thought I'd check again. Can anyone else help with my problem of Directv2PC not installing on my Windows 7 x64 box? I get the "1628: Failed to complete installation" error. Again, I have tried "run as administrator", compatibility mode in various OS versions, and still cannot get it to work. Thanks again.
     
  16. Aug 8, 2010 #776 of 1021
    Xsabresx

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    I learned something interesting recently that I dont recall being brought up (though I havent been in this thread in some time)

    I have an ATI card with dual DVI outputs. One side is connected with a displayport adapter to my tv so I can get HDMI and Audio from the video card. The other side is connected via DVI-HDMI cable to my monitor.

    Directv2PC has been working great until I hooked up the TV. Now I get the HDCP error. Turns out the video card is only HDCP through one of the outputs (the output that is going to the tv. I had the monitor on that output but switched them because that output passes audio)

    In essence it left me with a choice. Either have the ability to use Directv2PC or have my TV connected. I really only used Directv2PC if the wife was watching something on tv..........sooooooooooo bye bye Directv2PC. The computer as an HTPC is more important.
     
  17. Aug 9, 2010 #777 of 1021
    djc6

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    Well, I replaced my D-Link DAP-2553 access point with a Netgear WNDR3700 router and now I have no problems with DirecTV2PC - I can skip all around the timeline without any problems!
     
  18. Aug 9, 2010 #778 of 1021
    ejjames

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    Sorry you are unable to find a solution to make it work for you. My dilemma is different, in that my monitor has 2 digital inputs, DVI and HDMI. But only the HDMI input is HDCP compliant, which makes the DVI port virtually useless in this day and age.
     
  19. Aug 10, 2010 #779 of 1021
    Xsabresx

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    My monitor is the same. Has both DVI and HDMI. To get Directv2PC to work I had to use the HDMI connection.
     
  20. Aug 10, 2010 #780 of 1021
    mitchflorida

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    The Playback advisor is telling you that you need to buy a Video Card for your computer. An inexpensive one like a GT9400 for $40 will do the trick.
     
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