tv signal setup problem - different MC setup schemes ?

Discussion in 'Windows Media Center' started by Eric Landuyt, Mar 4, 2007.

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    Eric Landuyt Guest


    I was using MCE 2005 without any problem at all since 1 year, on an Acer
    L200 media center (with a Hauppauge WinTV HVR-1100 digital & analog tuner).
    I decided to install a fresh new Vista Ultimate from scratch, in order to
    see if it is working properly before buying it. Vista itself installed
    properly (all devices were properly detected during install). However, I'm
    unable to properly choose TV signal/guide/services in MCE setup.

    First, I choose Belgium as country, and then it directly displays me "Signal
    TV : Antenna", which is quite strange as I'm connected through a TV cable.
    Next I have to enter my area code, and then it only displays me 2 different

    - TV Vlaanderen Digital terrestrial
    - Unmapped DIgital Terrestria

    but nothing for analog cable TV ! If I continue, it doesn't find any service
    at all (which seems quite logical as I'm not connected to digital TV).
    By looking on the web, I found various websites (like ) where screenshots show
    totally different steps in MCE setup (automatic/manual, select your TV
    signal: cable/satellite/antenna). So why didn't I get these additional steps
    during my installation (which I think should then allow me to setup it
    properly) ? It seems MCE is automatically deciding to use digital TV...

    Also, what about upgrading my existing MCE 2005 installation to Vista (and
    not reinstall from scratch as I did today) ? Will it properly import my
    currently working "MCE 2005 settings" from MCE, or will I have anyway to
    setup MCE again ?

    Thank you in advance,

    Eric Landuyt, Mar 4, 2007
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    Gary Tsang Guest

    In general, on hybrid cards, Media Center will only use the digital portion
    of the card.

    I don't know enough about the HVR1100 to comment on those specifics, but it
    sounds like this is one of those 'by-design' issues.

    Gary Tsang

    Microsoft MVP - Windows Media Center
    Gary Tsang, Mar 4, 2007
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    Eric Landuyt Guest

    Huh? Too bad! I suppose you mean by-design from Vista point's of view, not
    from Hauppage? Anyway, it's quite strange because Hauppauge explicitly
    mentions support for both analog and digital modes on Vista MCE (see ). I tried with
    various older/latest driver versions without any luck.

    Perheaps is there some documented way, or (registry?) trick to disable
    digital mode on such hybrid cards ?

    Else, I won't have any other choice than forget about Vista and restore old
    MCE 2005... :(

    Eric Landuyt, Mar 4, 2007
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    Eric Landuyt Guest

    Eric Landuyt, Mar 4, 2007
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    Gary Tsang Guest

    Interesting... usually you don't get a choice. I guess the card you have
    must be one of the first that actually has an analog tuner that can be used
    by Media Center after the installation of the software MPEG2 encoder.

    That said, it still remains that you can't use both the analog and digital
    tuners at the same time... hopefully that limitation will change in the

    Gary Tsang

    Microsoft MVP - Windows Media Center
    Gary Tsang, Mar 5, 2007
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