Oppo Beta Group
Join Date: Apr 2001
Location: Massachusetts, USA
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I've got a tuner (or WMC) problem that's starting to drive me up the wall. For a while, everything had been working well - recordings were working very reliably.
In the last month (or so), I've been running into frequent "no signal" issues trying to watch live TV or when recordings start on 2 PC's in the house which are running Windows 7 Media Center and sharing my InfiniTV 6 ETH tuners (I have 2 of them, so a total of 12 CableCard tuners). For the recordings, WMC will usually cycle through all 12 tuners (which is really annoying if I'm watching something else because there's a popup window for each tuner letting me know there's a problem) before giving up, but will sometimes give up after trying fewer tuners (even if the other tuners aren't already recording something). When this happens, I have to reboot the PC at which point everything is fine again for a while. Unfortunately, "a while" is turning into less than a day at this point.
When I run into this problem, I can still access the tuners in JRiver Media Center which is running on another PC, but sharing the same pool of InfiniTV ETH tuners and all (including signal strength) appears to be ok in the Ceton Diagnostics and on the web page for the tuners.
All 3 PC's are running the same version of the Ceton drivers.
Note that I NEVER have issues with the over the air channels tuned on my SiliconDust HDHomerun tuners (I've got 2 of these, so 4 OTA tuners), which 1 WMC PC and the JRiver PC both have access to. The 2nd WMC PC doesn't have these tuners configured.
One of the WMC PC's is setup to automatically install Windows updates. The other 2 PC's have Windows updates set to manual. Other than that 1 PC that is setup to auto install updates, I don't believe anything has changed in the home network or on the other PC's for a while now. So I'm baffled as to why we're suddenly running into this problem.
One theory I have is that a brief "glitch" of some sort in the InfiniTV 6 ETH's could cause Windows Media Center to lose them while JRiver could be more robust about rediscovering them (or just not losing them to begin with). No idea what sort of glitch could cause this...