|Originally posted by Neil Laffoon
I have that problem also! Just got my card a couple of weeks ago mainly because I wanted to see if I could get QAM channels. But me thinks something is dreadfully wrong with the card. Because all I can get off cable with mine is one SD digital movie channel. No HD, no analog, and although a channel scan finds 21 digital channels with 100% signal strength, I don't get any picture or sound.
I just emailed Digital Connection earlier today about an RMA. Haven't heard back from them yet. But it must be a defective card.
Double check your settings and make sure that you've got "All Sub Channels" as your up/down key in the channel settings page. Then try and view the channels using your up/down key. If they are over channel 100 on your screen, then you wont be able to tune them unless you either make them all favorites or tune them using the up/down key. I reccomend highly that you do this prior to trying to tune them using the favorites to assure your getting all the sub-channels into your favorites list. This way you can add what channels are good.
Also, you may have channels that are on your "On Demand", which unless someone else on your line is watching it you wont see it anyways. What I mean by that, is say your neighbor is watching for example, "The Incredible Hulk", on their On Demand channels, you will be able to watch that channel as long as they are, if they rewind it or stop it in the middle of it, you will see pauses or even a black screen while they rewind or just the blank screen for a while if they stop it. If your watching say "The Sea Is Watching" in one room, On Demand, and your spouse/kids are watching say, "Sponge Bob, The Movie" in another room, you will find that you can tune them both in on your F3Q while they are playing in the other rooms, though you may have to for another example go from 106.8, what you may be watching, to 107.10, what your spouse/kids are watching. While in between you may find that others are watching movies on other On Demand channels. In my area, I know that as long as someone is watching something on On Demand, I can go to 106.10 and find it, then if someone else starts watching a movie, 107.10, up to 109.10 for Starz, Sho, HBO, "Movie section" and everything else. I have watched several movies that were in the On Demand section under "Moives" where you're supposed to pay to see them because someone else in the neighborhood was watching them at the same time.
In other cases, regular movie channels such as Starz, Sho, HBO, etc. (non On Demand channels,) wheither or not they are the HD channels, you may or may not be able to obtain them due to your cable company scrambling them and if you can, they too may be at for example 85.1-85.12 (usually 64 QAM,) or 101.1 (256 QAM,) or something like that. Which is why the channels may show up in your channel scan as being there, but you wont see/hear anything due to cable company having encryption turned on.
Check using my method above and you may find a couple of channels here and there that you can view. Try it best on a weekend evening when you know that others in your neighborhood may be watching On Demand so you can determine what channels those are. If your using Comcast, it will at times show the "E! Presents" thing that runs while your flipping through the On Demand lists then make sure you put all those channels usually will be QAM 256 Channels and there will be 4 of them with 10 sub-channels in a row, in my case they are 106.1 through 109.10. Usually the sub channel 10, (ie. 106.10,) will be the one which starts up first when only one person is watching an On Demand movie, then go to the next sub-channel 10, (ie. 107.10,) etc then work down from there on each channel. So the 5th movie for example will be on 106.9 or 106.8, then the 9th movie will show up on 109.9 or 109.8, as sometimes they skip a sub-channel. Sometimes on weekends you will find movies on many of the sub-channels, the more on the same line as you watching On Demand, the more chances you are to find some content there.
If someone wants I can post what settings I use in all the different settings sections and I get rather good recordings plus nearly 45-50 different channels including the On Demand channels. Though I get SHO-HD, I don't get ABC-DT or any of the other HD movie channels, such as Starz-HD, HBO-HD, Max-HD, InHD, ESPN-HD. I do get ESPN ticket channels, though I can care less about them as I don't watch many sports on tv, and what I watch doesn't get shown on ESPN, so I haven't checked to see if any of that actually works or not, I do know that I can get ESPN news on another channel. I also know that G4TechTV will come in, but gives an error each time and the music sub-channels won't show up since version 2.70 of the software, due to DVico changing the way they "handle" errors, the stupid things still show up and close out the program, they still cause the channel scan to screw up and if you touch it while it's scanning will cause you to have and go back and redo the scan again. Because of this you can't get to the sub-channels that would otherwise be there like in my case 80.1 is G4TechTV and the music channels are 80.2-80.44 but I can no longer obtain them using the newer versions of the software.
For example, I use an NVidia based system, including my 6600-GT AGP card. I have an AMD XP 3200+ and 1GB of PC3200 running at 5-2-2-2. I use beta drivers for the video card, and currently am using forceware version 75.90 which is the latest one which will work with this card in my system. There are later versions but none of which was I able to get to work. When setting up using the beta forceware software, you cannot use the DXVA driver in F3Q, you must use the regular fusion driver, (which I use the "Highest 1080i" setting,) you can use the VMR renderer though. I have tried my settings using both Analog as well as Digital connections to my Samsung 172x as well as just analog to my HP mx-70. Both of which produce outstanding results when compared to my "HDTV". When using my original Audigy2 card, I find that both the digital S/Pdif settings work, but the 5.1 sounds better and makes better use of my Logitech z640's. S/Pdif+direct sound has problems with the volume control in the v3rc1 F3Q drivers. Though I have problems using the S/Pdif+Wave as well, I can at least make a change in my Audigy2 settings and overcome it. But neither make full use of the 5.1 speakers.
I'll stop there but if anyone is interested, I can post all the settings I use to obtain my results, which from what I understand to be rather good considering there is scrambling being done on Comcast's digital content. As far as analog goes and OTA digital, I get all but one OTA digital channel supposedly available in my area, but from what I understand, I would need a massive outdoor antenna just to pick it up, which I don't use. Only an RCA model ANT-401 set of rabbit ears which has a switch on the back of it so I can switch between the rabbit ears and the cable, the OTA channels also get a "boost". To clarify, the analog and OTA I am referencing to are the analog cable and OTA digital. I never have been able to obtain any of my OTA analog channels from my house without a 100' antenna, so I don't inlcude them in OTA transmissions.