Miss looking at this forum for a few days and pages and pages gets written - you guys must be up all night!
Things that I have discovered (XL302) whilst I have been away...
Getting Blu Ray discs to play
It seems that Blu Ray discs (certainly not Pirates of the Caribbean 3 anyway) will not play without an update to the WinDVD software. DVD's will play fine without the update.
Unfortunately the onboard Sony Update Utility downloads an Update (ITAOTH1596002-UN.exe : V8.08.425_3) which wont execute. It gives the error: "This Upgrade can't apply to your version of WinDVD. Setup will now abort...". A really great start - not!
However, if you go to the Sony XL302 Support Website (http://support.vaio.eu/downloads/upd...GB_cons&m=2563
) there is a different update available: InterVideo WinDVD BD 18.104.22.1686_2. You can manually download and run this update (ITAOTH1596000-UN.exe : V8.08.416_2) and it will install no problem.
After this update Blu Ray discs will now play!
Whether it is worthwhile or not I don't know, but the original update (Update (ITAOTH1596002-UN.exe : V8.08.425_3) will now run to completion too. Better yet; WinDVD will still play Blu ray discs!
BTW: the only way to check which version of WinDVD is installed is to navigate to the WinDVD Program Directory and look at the "Detail" properties of the WinDVD.exe
For interest only purposes, these are the steps I went through before I noticed the update version differences mentioned above:
1) Attempt to apply the SONY WINDVD update which fails to run with the error "This Upgrade can't apply to your version of WinDVD". The manufacturer installed version is V8.08.67 and the update is V8.08.425_3.
2) Upgrade to Vista Ultimate - made no difference
3) Install Nero 8 including Blu Ray add-on - ShowTime will play the intro's. But only just and then only in the top left hand half of the screen. It wont play anything to do with the main title.
4) Re-install the whole system from scratch
5) Sony WINDVD update V8.08.425_3 still wont run
6) install SlySoft anyDVD - anyDVD could apparently read the DVD, but WinDVD still wouldn't play
7) Re-install the whole system from scratch
8) Sony WINDVD update V8.08.425_3 still wont run
Channels in the Guide that show "No Information"
Having a decent aerial makes a heck of a difference to signal reception! I now get such a good signal I am picking up the same channel from multiple transmitters! The problem with this is that the TV Guide seems to usually be configured for a single transmitter and doesn't recognise the channels from the other transmitter. The following wont mean much to those of you across the pond, or anywhere else not near Manchester (UK) for that matter, but the principles might be the same and therefore the resolution might be of interest.
In my particular case the transmitters concerned are Primary Transmitter Winter Hill A (http://www.ukfree.tv/txdetail.php?a=SD660144
) and Secondary Transmitter Winter Hill B (http://www.ukfree.tv/txdetail.php?a=SD660145
). With a good aerial the channel scan picks up channels from Winter Hill B first, because they have a lower transmit frequency than Winter Hill A (check out the URLs above to see which frequencies are used). Because they are good signals it makes them active in the Guide. When it eventually finds the same channels from Winter Hill A it registers them in the list, but not make them active. If you selected the Guide for Winter Hill A it doesn't know about the channels from Winter Hill B so provides no Guide information for them. There are two ways to fix this:
1) When selecting which Guide to use there is one marked as "not registered" (or similar). This seems to know about all the channels and provides Guide info for them.
2) if you select the Winter Hill A Guide, then after the scan, go to TV Setup > Edit Guide. The list will show you all the channels with their transmitted frequency. Deselect all the Winter Hill B low frequency (below 700) channels and select all the Winter Hill A high (above 700) channels.
Hope that all makes sense!
This is an observation, rather than a problem to be fixed.
If two programs are set to record at the same time, one of them invariably fails with a "Bad Tuner" error (this can be seen by looking at the "History" list) and the other starts OK. However, a few seconds later the failed recording is re-started and then works fine. Usefully, the "History" list also shows which tuner is used to make the recording. With a bit of analysis its probably possible to work out what algorithm is being use to work out which tuner is used when. The answer would be of interest only 'cause you can't influence it in any way!
Finally a question...
To install my XL302 I need to re-arrange the heights of the shelves for my TV Stand. To do so, I need brushed Aluminium (Aluminum
) tube of OD2.5in (63.72mm) Wall Thickness 0.066in (16swg, 1.67mm) ideally cut to lengths of 4x 5.5in (140mm) and 4x 9.5in (240mm).
I have found a website in the US that will supply for about $30, but the shipping costs are over 80$ (I might as well buy a new table!
I can't find any suppliers in the UK. The nearest I get is for Aluminium Downpipes for Gutters!
Any suggestions gratefully recieved.