TV video constantly skips 1/2 second, plays 1 second; green on bot

Discussion in 'Windows Media Center' started by Robert, Apr 11, 2010.

  1. Robert

    Robert Guest

    I just got DirecTV. It worked for a day, but now (see Subject title).
    Also the bottom 5th of the screen is solid green. The audio does not skip.
    I tried to do "Set up TV signal" - see the post I just made here titled ""IR
    Hardware not detected" - but installed/working."

    Thanks for you help.
     
    Robert, Apr 11, 2010
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  2. Robert

    Curious Guest

    When you configure the card in Media Center does it allow you to select
    DirecTV as your source instead of cable which you were using before?
     
    Curious, Apr 11, 2010
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  3. Robert

    Robert Guest

    I need a reply from someone familiar with Media Center. Thanks.
     
    Robert, Apr 11, 2010
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  4. Robert

    Jaime Guest

    And we would need some actual information/details of the problem:

    Connected via s-video, coax, composite?

    Skips when?
    -LiveTV?
    -Recorded TV?

    All Channels?
     
    Jaime, Apr 12, 2010
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  5. Robert

    Robert Guest

    DirecTV->coax->Pinnacle PCTV HD PCI Card->Windows Media Center XP SP3.
    Live TV and recorded are the same. ( I tested recorded to see if there was a
    buffering problem).
    All channels. Constant, doesn't vary - plays 1 second, pauses 1/3-1/2
    second, plays 1 second, pauses...


     
    Robert, Apr 12, 2010
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  6. Robert

    Jaime Guest

    Couple of things to check (if you haven't) -

    Have you ruled out hard drive issue (too full, needs serious defrag,
    failing, etc.)? - Unlikely, but worth checking.

    Your MCE preferred DVD decoder somehow got switched? If not, use this to
    check:
    http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/...AC-0AB6-4990-943D-627E6ADE9FCB&displaylang=en

    You mentioned in other post that the tuner has updated drivers, have you
    check video drivers to make sure some autoupdate didn't happen to a non-MCE
    set?
    --
    James
    Orlando (Goofy says "Hey"), Florida

     
    Jaime, Apr 12, 2010
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  7. Robert

    Robert Guest

    UPDATED PROBLEM DESCRIPTION

    I have a problem watching TV in Media Center. The TV constantly pauses
    1/2 second then plays 1 second, pauses 1/2 second, plays 1 second - it is
    constant and does not vary. This problem occurs on all channels, live or
    recorded. The bottom 5th of the screen is solid green.
    I know the problem is Media Center because I can use Pinnacle's
    TVCenterPro and there is no skipping/pausing (and not green on bottom).

    I was using cable, and switched to DirecTV (satellite). Trying to do
    "Set up TV signal" in Media Center seems to be what broke it. I get an error
    "IR Hardware not detected." I can use the remote to "try again" - so the IR
    hardware works fine (Media Center's remote/sensor). I tried plugging the IR
    Blaster into both ports, and I tried a different USB port for the IR
    receiver. I can't complete the setup. Media Center was playing it okay
    before I tried to run setup. (I ran setup to try to do recording with Media
    Center.)

    Pinnacle PCTV 800i HD PCI card (coax cable from DirecTV tuner), ATI Radeon
    HD 3200 Graphics, Windows XP SP3 Media Center Edition, AMD Athlon Dual Core
    2.5 GHz, 1.75 GB RAM.


     
    Robert, Apr 12, 2010
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  8. Robert

    Robert Guest

    UPDATED PROBLEM DESCRIPTION

    I have a problem watching TV in Media Center. The TV constantly pauses
    1/2 second then plays 1 second, pauses 1/2 second, plays 1 second - it is
    constant and does not vary. This problem occurs on all channels, live or
    recorded. The bottom 5th of the screen is solid green.
    I know the problem is Media Center because I can use Pinnacle's
    TVCenterPro and there is no skipping/pausing (and no green).

    I was using cable, and switched to DirecTV (satellite). Trying to do
    "Set up TV signal" in Media Center seems to be what broke it. I get an error
    "IR Hardware not detected." I can use the remote to "try again" - so the IR
    hardware works fine (Media Center's remote/sensor). I tried plugging the IR
    Blaster into both ports, and I tried a different USB port for the IR
    receiver. I can't complete the setup. Media Center was playing it okay
    before I tried to run setup. (I ran setup to try to do recording with Media
    Center.)

    Pinnacle PCTV 800i HD PCI card (coax cable from DirecTV tuner), ATI Radeon
    HD 3200 Graphics, Windows XP SP3 Media Center Edition, AMD Athlon Dual Core
    2.5 GHz, 1.75 GB RAM.
     
    Robert, Apr 12, 2010
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  9. Robert

    Robert Guest

    The hard drive has 193 GB (not MB) free (77% free). Disk Defragmenter
    reports 36% fragmentation (I only analyzed it).

    The drivers were all updated 4 months ago, and it's worked all this time,
    and no driver has been updated since.

    I had ran that decoder check utility before. I ran it again. There are 19
    entries.
    The first one is Cyberlink Video/SP Decoder(PDVD8) - and all three checks
    marks are green (including preferred - it's the only one). Two others have a
    green check mark for MCE Compatible, and one of this is also checked MP10
    compatible. All the others have red/white X's, including all the Pinnacle
    listings. If this changed, I don't know what changed it, or what it was
    previously set to.


     
    Robert, Apr 12, 2010
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  10. Robert

    jolt Guest

    The "IR Hardware not detected" is not a error with the setup software, it is
    MCE looking for a MCE ir receiver and blaster connected to the computer to
    control channel changing of the STB. If you want to setup to record or
    change channels using the program guide with a STB connected you need an MCE
    remote with receiver and emitter or you will always receive this warning.
    Media Center all versions is designed to use a remote to control all
    functions within the MCE 10 foot interface.
    One like this.

    http://www.amazon.com/Company-Media...Ultimate/dp/B000W5GK5C/ref=dp_cp_ob_e_title_1

    As for the video issue have you tried both channel 3 and 4 to see if the
    problem maybe that it's just on the wrong channel to receive the video via
    coax.
     
    jolt, Apr 12, 2010
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  11. Robert

    Robert Guest

    You replied, but didn't bother to read my post. The IR hardware is installed
    and working. I can select "try again" (to detect IR hardware) WITH THE
    REMOTE.
     
    Robert, Apr 14, 2010
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  12. Robert

    CSM1 Guest


    Do you have Genuine Media Center IR hardware. There are Remote controls
    that are not compatible with Media Center.

    Sounds like you are using one.
     
    CSM1, Apr 15, 2010
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  13. Robert

    Robert Guest

    It's all Windows Media Center hardware that came with the system. The Media
    Center flag button is in the center of the remote.
     
    Robert, Apr 15, 2010
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  14. Robert

    Robert Guest

    The solution I found is in this thread:
    http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/....windows.mediacenter&cat=&lang=en&cr=US&sloc=

     
    Robert, Apr 22, 2010
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