Digital Cable Ready Activation

Discussion in 'Windows Media Center' started by MF, Jan 8, 2008.

  1. MF

    MF Guest

    Hello All,

    I just installed a Cablecard on my Sony VGX-XL3 which comes with OEM Vista
    Home Premium today and when I try to set up and watch digital cable the first
    thing I see is: "Your computer is not digital cable ready. You will not be
    able to set it up for use with a Cablecard." As a result, when I try viewing
    channels it tells me; "Restrictions set by the broadcaster or originator of
    the content prohibit playback of the program on this computer".

    During my research I discovered that my computer has two product keys one
    for the regular Vista and the other for Digital Cable Activation on the PC.
    My problem now is that Media Center does not provide me where I need to enter
    it, so I am hoping to find an alternative way to go about doing this.

    Any ideas, anyone?
    MF, Jan 8, 2008
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  2. MF

    Barb Bowman Guest

    Note, there is a newsgroup dedicated to cable card discussions

    First, what are you connecting to the Sony for a monitor/TV and what
    kind of cable? Is the monitor/TV HDCP compliant?

    Second, What firmware is in your digital cable tuner?

    Third, what video card and driver version are you using?


    Barb Bowman
    MS Windows-MVP
    Barb Bowman, Jan 8, 2008
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  3. MF

    MF Guest

    I have the Sony 46XBR4 46" HDCP-compliant LCD HDTV (all Sony LCD HDTVs are
    HDCP compliant as stated on their website). The tuner has the latest 1.16H
    firmware. It has the Nvidia 7600GT (says 7600GTL elsewhere) with driver

    MF, Jan 9, 2008
  4. MF

    MF Guest

    I tried going to the link you provided but it does not open. Can you please
    provide the correct link.

    MF, Jan 9, 2008
  5. MF

    MF Guest

    Just to add in order to fulfill your HDCP question; the same TV has my
    prod=vider cable box connected to it and it displays all 1000 channels
    including premium and HD with dolby digital 5.1 sound.

    MF, Jan 9, 2008
  6. MF

    Barb Bowman Guest

    it is the correct link. unfortunately, you are using the web
    interface which is a poor substitute for a real NNTP client.
    however, the link you need is


    Barb Bowman
    MS Windows-MVP
    Barb Bowman, Jan 9, 2008
  7. MF

    Barb Bowman Guest

    What kind of cable are you using?

    I don't know what that 7.15 driver equates to, but see
    also what resolution are you running in? try 1280 x 720.

    Install the driver, power down the computer. If there is a cablecard
    inserted, remove it temporarily.

    Power on

    Have you activated Windows itself? If not, please do so.
    Now, go into Media Center, Tasks, Settings, TV and setup your TV
    signal again. Are you prompted for a key or is there an error

    If you get this far, insert cable card and power on and go to media
    center, etc. - What happens?


    Barb Bowman
    MS Windows-MVP
    Barb Bowman, Jan 9, 2008
  8. MF

    MF Guest

    MF, Jan 10, 2008
  9. MF

    toml Guest

    Sorry, but this link doesn't appear to work:
    "We’re sorry, but we were unable to service your request. You may wish to
    choose from the links below for information about Microsoft products and

    Any suggestions?
    toml, Jan 16, 2008
  10. MF

    Barb Bowman Guest

    it WAS working when I posted it a week ago. This and several others
    are now broken even on links ON the site.


    Barb Bowman
    MS Windows-MVP
    Barb Bowman, Jan 16, 2008
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