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Forum: HDTV Recorders   05-07-2006, 04:53 PM
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Posted By mdowns
Michael252 I took my 250 from Fort Worth to...

Michael252

I took my 250 from Fort Worth to Waco this afternoon. Using OTA, after the initial setup when the dashes appear, it took 30 seconds to require the KERA signal after being unplugged for...
Forum: HDTV Recorders   05-02-2006, 06:55 PM
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Posted By mdowns
I did contact the local PBS Engineer, several...

I did contact the local PBS Engineer, several times, at Baylor University and he's been too busy to even update the clock software. No operating insertion clock. He's a one man store and also does...
Forum: HDTV Recorders   05-02-2006, 04:19 PM
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Posted By mdowns
That's kinda what I thought. If a preamp would...

That's kinda what I thought. If a preamp would work, OK. I'd hate to drop $70 bucks with unreasonable expectations.

I don't think the neighborhood would appreciate more hardware on the roof and...
Forum: HDTV Recorders   05-02-2006, 03:06 PM
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Posted By mdowns
A little snowy but not too bad. I'm not a PBS...

A little snowy but not too bad. I'm not a PBS guy so my only interest in 13 is in the guide. When researching the 4228, numerous references to high end VHF, 11-13, reception was part of the decision...
Forum: HDTV Recorders   05-02-2006, 02:37 PM
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Posted By mdowns
Channel 13 is my only VHF concern. Everything...

Channel 13 is my only VHF concern. Everything else is UHF. As I said earlier, all the digital signals are good and strong at this distance. Only my host channel is questionable.

Seems that I...
Forum: HDTV Recorders   05-02-2006, 01:54 PM
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Views: 2,888,885
Posted By mdowns
YNOS, Thanks for the input. My cable length...

YNOS,

Thanks for the input. My cable length is 40 to 50'. My less that solid VBI is causing inconsistent guide. If I knew how to contact Gemstar I'd lobby for getting a local station here in...
Forum: HDTV Recorders   05-01-2006, 11:52 PM
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Posted By mdowns
I've been dealing with this in my own, but some...

I've been dealing with this in my own, but some of you have wwaaayyy more experiences in LD reception than I and can give me a "take it to the bank" opinion.
In Fort Worth, I get Dallas PBS KERA...
Forum: HDTV Recorders   04-30-2006, 08:14 PM
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Posted By mdowns
I'm in Fort Worth and your data will come from...

I'm in Fort Worth and your data will come from KERA, analog 13, at Cedar Hill. Unfortunately, you'll have to wait until the box finds 13. Mine took about four hours. Do a new setup and put in an...
Forum: HDTV Recorders   03-19-2006, 11:23 PM
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Posted By mdowns
Since these boxes rely on the analog VBI to...

Since these boxes rely on the analog VBI to receive both clock and guide data, what are we going to do in 2009 when the analogs pull the plug? I'm reasonably sure that cable will have analog for...
Forum: Local HDTV Info and Reception   03-18-2006, 05:13 PM
Replies: 6,508
Views: 392,850
Posted By mdowns
I'm researching the PBS time code that supposed...

I'm researching the PBS time code that supposed to be broadcast with PBS stations in Waco and Killeen. I can go to Dallas or Houston and no problem, but Central Texas, no "apparent" signal. I've...
Forum: Local HDTV Info and Reception   03-09-2006, 03:17 PM
Replies: 6,508
Views: 392,850
Posted By mdowns
Does anyone have TV Guide On Screen, working, in...

Does anyone have TV Guide On Screen, working, in the Waco area? It came as part of a HD recorder and it hasn't worked since I brought it home a week ago. The PBS station that broadcasts the signal...
Forum: Local HDTV Info and Reception   02-03-2006, 02:41 PM
Replies: 6,508
Views: 392,850
Posted By mdowns
The poor mans Weather Chanel plays on NBC's KXAS...

The poor mans Weather Chanel plays on NBC's KXAS Ft. Worth with local community temps 24/7. If bandwidth is limited, it can still yield a good picture.

KXXV, with two sub channels, used to drive...
Forum: Local HDTV Info and Reception   02-02-2006, 10:16 PM
Replies: 6,508
Views: 392,850
Posted By mdowns
KCEN has had the WX running during mid day a...

KCEN has had the WX running during mid day a couple of times this past week.

I contacted several engineers in both Waco and DFW this week since I've received no reply from KXXV engineering. I'm...
Forum: Microsoft UltimateTV PVR   08-30-2004, 10:31 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 606
Posted By mdowns
I checked History and nothing listed. May have...

I checked History and nothing listed. May have to wait until next time to get a better handle on this.
Forum: Microsoft UltimateTV PVR   08-29-2004, 09:11 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 606
Posted By mdowns
Twice now, my UTV has, what I would call, reset...

Twice now, my UTV has, what I would call, reset itself going to blue screen and "searching for satellite". Both times the weather was clear, no obstructions, and no one was screwing with the remote....
Forum: Microsoft UltimateTV PVR   02-05-2004, 10:38 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 547
Posted By mdowns
lgodavid, I've tried resetting with the...

lgodavid,

I've tried resetting with the known codes and the J1103 jumper, but I've had no luck jump starting a dead tuner in one of my UTVs. I have the tops off the tuner cans and a fan blowing...
Forum: Microsoft UltimateTV PVR   01-26-2004, 05:16 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 547
Posted By mdowns
Dude I had similar problems several months...

Dude

I had similar problems several months after upgrading to 120g HD. After nothing seemed to help, I went back to the 40g hd to eliminate that as a possible problem. We're on the second week...
Forum: Microsoft UltimateTV PVR   01-20-2004, 08:58 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 221
Posted By mdowns
I have a similar problem in that the hesitation,...

I have a similar problem in that the hesitation, jumping and skipping happens when it damn well feels like it viewing playback or direct. I've tested ribbon cables from both HD and PS, reset the...
Forum: Microsoft UltimateTV PVR   01-12-2004, 05:06 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 204
Posted By mdowns
I don't want to jinks anything by speaking too...

I don't want to jinks anything by speaking too soon, but, like many of you, I've had a box stuck in the demo mode for days. This evening at 5:50 Central time, I checked it again and the demo mode...
Forum: Microsoft UltimateTV PVR   04-19-2002, 01:57 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 305
Posted By mdowns
I think a trip is in order. I think the problem...

I think a trip is in order. I think the problem is minor, but diagnosing over the phone is not the best way. Thanks guys for all your help and hints. MD
Forum: Microsoft UltimateTV PVR   04-19-2002, 06:58 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 305
Posted By mdowns
After talking about half an hour, I was assured...

After talking about half an hour, I was assured there were no splitters or multiplexers in line, however "there are these silver things that have one cable coming in one side and two in the other"....
Forum: Microsoft UltimateTV PVR   04-18-2002, 02:30 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 305
Posted By mdowns
wumarkus, to my knowledge, there is no...

wumarkus, to my knowledge, there is no multiplexer involved. HOWEVER, I did use an existing run of dual RG-6 to make the connections so I can't be absolutely sure. This dual run has been in the...
Forum: Microsoft UltimateTV PVR   04-18-2002, 01:33 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 305
Posted By mdowns
I've got a friend who doesn't know the...

I've got a friend who doesn't know the difference between a right and left handed screwdriver, so I'm posting his question. We both bought UTV boxes in February and I installed his back then. Monday...
Forum: Cable, Digital Cable - Non-HDTV   03-05-2002, 09:30 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 195
Posted By mdowns
Stan's got one of these briefcase dishes with...

Stan's got one of these briefcase dishes with room for the receiver. As far as the airport, I guess he'd secure the case and check it as baggage.
Sounds like the best guess is that even though it...
Forum: Cable, Digital Cable - Non-HDTV   03-05-2002, 03:46 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 195
Posted By mdowns
A friend of mine is considering taking his...

A friend of mine is considering taking his Directv with him to Aruba this Summer and asked if I thought it would work. As long as it's in the footprint, it should, but really I don't know. Have any...
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