Originally posted by HeinePaul
I notice that MCE2005 seems to have difficulty with the FusionIII-T's ability to tune ATSC QAM256 signals. That's annoying all by itself.
But because MCE will not handle a mixture of a set-top box and tuner card (has to be either 2 STB or 2 tuner cards), I have to let the PVR-250 do direct tuning of non-encrypted signals from analog cable (missing all the premium channels I pay for that require STB decoding) and use poorer-quality OTA Fusion III-T signals instead of the high-quality QAM256 signals.
I would much rather be able to import my NTSC signal through my digital cable box (as my Replay easily does, via Svideo & stereo audio) as well as use the QAM256 signal my cable company supplies me in an unencrypted form via the Fusion card.
Does MS have any plans to:
a. allow for two non-similar sources as above
b. handle the Fusion III-T's ability to tune QAM256 HD signals?
I posted this question on the MCE Community board on Microsoft's website a few days ago, but MS' folks didn't reply to it.
Here's what I've learned in the past week. Even with the Fusion III-T's Hotfix dated 2 days ago, MCE05 will not handle tuning any digital signal above 100 no matter if it is QAM64 or QAM256, because the field in "Enter a new digital channel" will only go to XX.X, with anything higher than 99.9 impossible to enter.
Even if MCE allowed the Fusion III-T tuner drivers to find receive the unencrypted QAM256 channels that many cable companies are offering, you can't get MCE to look for it in the 100+ range, where Cox is placing them. (And if they did, you would still have to use the MCE remote to enter them, as keyboard entry isn't allowed in the "add new digital channel" process.)
My only remaining option is to let the Fusion III-T card tune OTA, and edit the channels that Zap2It incorrectly assigns to OTA HD channels in Las Vegas. But to do that, and also in hope (or the "good money after bad" error that is the hallmark of HTPC) that MCE makes the incredibly simple modification of allowing a four digit digital channel, I've ordered an MCE remote from NewEgg.
Edit: You'll love this latest. When I plugged in the Microsoft-branded MCE2005 remote, MCE2005 could not find a driver for it. From what the folks at TGB and the MCE Newsgroup have said, I'm looking at a reinstall of the OS, as not even the Microsoft folks can figure out where the driver is. I've purchased a lot of computer equipment and been disappointed in the past (read Revolution 7.1), but so far, MS MCE05 takes the cake.