Well last night was interesting. I did have some time when the system was not going to be used for live TV, so I called Comcast for a refresh on the automated system. When I verified my house number and selected TV issue as topic, I got a recording that stated there were system outages in my area and they would be fixed by 9:45 PM. It asked if I wanted a phone call when work completed and I said "yes". No call ever came. What I do see is missing guide info from many of the HD channels. STD all there, networks all there, but the "true cable" I guess you call it is all missing ("No Data Available" Message). From this I surmise Comcast is having trouble in my town, maybe they are finally working to upgrade (our system is labeled as non-rebuild.)
Then I got curious about whether they really have gone to MPEG4 or not so I tuned in Channel 1910 HBO HD, got the sound only and tried to analyse using 411, CTRL,D. I got the debug screen but the tuner went to channel 411 (reggae music!) and all I got was the info for that. Anyone know how I can fix that issue? I clicked the damn keyboard as fast as I could.
Net of all this is I think it best to wait until Comcast settles things down before I run out willy-nilly and install a graphics card. I did hear back promptly from Ceton who stated that Intel's IG chips cannot decode encrypted MPEG4 (I guess unencrypted they do ok).
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