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This is my second TV tuner that I'm trying to get working.  It is a pinnacle
PCTVHD pro stick that does ATSC, NTSC, and clear QAM.  My system is a 64-bit
Vista Ultimate with plenty of power.

Anyhoo, I'm going crazy trying to set it up.  The software it came with can
use it fine, but not Media Center (which pinnacle claims is compatible).

Here's what I get when I run the TV Signal setup wizard:

Confirm Your Region --> Download TV Setup Options (takes a few seconds) -->
Automatic TV Signal Setup (I select "I will manually configure my TV
signal") --> Guide download and terms of service --> Enter zip code
(98002) --> Download TV Program Guide --> Digital TV Antenna Strength...

At this point I'm wondering why did it think I have a digital antenna
attached to it?  I didn't select anything.  If I go back a few steps, I see
a different screen in the Guide section that says "Select TV Signal
Provider".  All that is there is "Antenna".

How can I tell Media Center that I have analog and digital cable as my
signal type?

Thanks in advance to whomever responds!  I'm definitely going insane!

-M


Re: Media Center doesn't give me the option to select anything but "antenna" as a signal source. :(

I had a similar problem. Try automatically configuring your TV signal
instead of doing it manually. I think the auto configuration will detect all
source options that you have connected.


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Re: Media Center doesn't give me the option to select anything but "antenna" as a signal source. :(

Yeah, I tried that.  Same deal-io.  It thinks there's an Antenna attached.
:(

I know there's a signal as the pinnacle software can get all the analog and
digital channels just fine... :(

Thx.

-M


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Re: Media Center doesn't give me the option to select anything but "antenna" as a signal source. :(

If you are using an antenna, how is your signal being received?

If you are using s-video from a box, you may need to manually configure it.

That is only a single tuner, so it will receive analog or digital.
--
James
Orlando (Goofy says "Hey!"), FL

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Re: Media Center doesn't give me the option to select anything but "antenna" as a signal source. :(

One other thing - have you gone to the Pinnacle site and downloaded any
newer Media Center-specific drivers?
--
James
Orlando (Goofy says "Hey!"), FL

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Re: Media Center doesn't give me the option to select anything but "antenna" as a signal source. :(

You need to download and install latest installer available for Windows
Media Center(version 3.2),which is compatible with your tuner card.Visit
Pinnacle's support site for your specific tuner.This will allow you to
configure Vista MCE.

regards,
S.Sengupta[MS-MVP]



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I went to get it, as I have the same exact problem. The only versions of 3.2
there(at the pinnacle link) were mce2005 and vista 32bit. When downloading
it, the filename kind of lead to maybe it might be for 64bit also, since it
had mce,xp,vista in the filename. Nut when run to install, says MUST be for
32bit OS..  You know where a 64 bit version is?

Pinnacle is of no help what so ever. Spent awhile on their chat with so
called support. They say they dont recommend using it with 3rd party software
such as windows media center and wont support that. We should only use their
pctvpro program,which is crappy and sloppy. You also cant use it with a media
center extender. They sent me back to MS to fix its' support for the
card(usb)...etc..etc.

As Us said above, it will work, analog/digital/cable with Pinnacles'
pctvPro, but windows media center automatically assumes its digital only, and
never gives another choice.

Got any other ideas/tricks up your sleeve?....please..pretty please..

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Re: Media Center doesn't give me the option to select anything but "antenna" as a signal source. :(

AFAIK your stick does not have a hardware encoder chip for NTSC or a BDA
driver with a built in software encoder so the NTSC tuner is not supported.
Since Vista MC does not support clear QAM the only support in VISTA MC is
with an antenna to receive OTA ATSC programs.
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Re: Media Center doesn't give me the option to select anything but "antenna" as a signal source. :(

I'm having a hard time believing this is the Tuner. I'm on my 3rd one now.
Each of them has the same problem.  The latest one is approved for Media
Center and Vista x64. (It's a Kworld USB ASTC TV Stick).  When I hook it up,
Media Center will only have a signal type of "Antenna" and won't let me
change to anything else.  If I actually do hook up an antenna to it it'll
work.  However, using the ArcSoft software, I can see all the cable channels
fine.

One guess is that there is some configuration step on original setup that I
specified antenna in or something?   Perhaps KWorld is false in saying that
it is "Fully Compatible with Media Center".

I really don't want to attempt to get and try a 4th one...

Any suggestions here? :)

Again:
Windows Vista Ultimate x64
Plenty of power/RAM
kworld USB ATSC TV Stick

Thanks in advance!

-M




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Re: Media Center doesn't give me the option to select anything but "antenna" as a signal source. :(

Yes, during the manual setup, you should be asked about the source.
--
James
Orlando (Goofy says "Hey!"), FL

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Re: Media Center doesn't give me the option to select anything but "antenna" as a signal source. :(

Nope.  I do not get this option.  It automatically selects antenna for me.

Thx.


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Re: Media Center doesn't give me the option to select anything but "antenna" as a signal source. :(

The Term compatible with Vista does not meant that all Vista applications
will work with all features it does mean that the product and the
applications supplied by the vendor with the product will work with Vista.
Also it is important to know that when you have a hybrid tuner like the ones
you have tried that MC will not allow both tuners to be configured since
both tuners can not be used concurrently.
Again you are not being given the opportunity to configure the analog tuner
because it does not have a MCE compatible BDA driver using a software
encoder since the tuner does not have an onboard encoder chip.
None of the MC behavior I have described is applicable to other TV
applications as you have found out.
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Re: Media Center doesn't give me the option to select anything but "antenna" as a signal source. :(

So, basically, if they (kworld) claims it is "fully compatible with media
center" I need to take it up with them?

Thx.


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Re: Media Center doesn't give me the option to select anything but "antenna" as a signal source. :(

MS has two definitions "Compatible with Vista" means the product from the
vendor will run on Vita.
"Citified for Vista" means that the Vista applications will also run with
the product but there may be limitations in the product that prevent all
features of a Vista application from running.
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