Originally Posted by BobSalita
Inundated, I was skeptical but you were absolutely right on perhaps three counts.
Trust me, I've banged on this thing for some time...
First, I didn't know that clicking in the channel indicator box would popup a channel menu.
Yeah, and that's even in the documentation. I was too busy plugging in the box and hoping the software would work, to go digging in the documentation.
Second, your suggestion of unplugging/plugging in the box fixed the problem with locking/choosing wrong display channel even though the OSD channel was correct.
Alternatively, you could also reset the box. There's a small hole next to the S-Video input just for that purpose. You'll hear the Windows remove USB device sound, the light will go off, then it'll come back on and you'll hear the sound going on.
Third, I think the unplug/plug idea may have fixed the program abort in FusionHDTVUSB application too. It no longer aborts when I select channel 11 WTTW 1080i.
Here's my guess (only a guess at this point): When the WatchHDTV program acts funny like that (locking on channel, aborting prematurely), it's because there's some sort of error condition in the box itself (i.e. the low-level drivers). I'm *guessing* that similar problems are among those which cause the Fusion tuner software to error or do a BSOD (Blue Screen of Death, which forces a reboot of the entire computer). If that's indeed the case, I'm very, very glad that WatchHDTV reacts like that, because it's fairly trivial to kill a hung software app, and reload it, than to reboot the entire computer.
One problem I ran into today is probably not directly related to WatchHDTV per se, even though it only happened in it: It kept locking up trying to decode FOX this morning ("FOX News Sunday"). I think I know why - FOX News Sunday, a widescreen program upconverted to 720p, has DD 5.1 sound. When the local FOX affiliate went to local programming (infomercials, ugh) at 10 AM, WatchHDTV had no problem, and even did it OK a couple of times earlier.
I don't remember if I had this problem on FOX prime time yet, but I have manually included the DVICO AC3 audio decoder in that decoders.txt file. And I wonder if that's why you'd hear FOX for about 3 seconds, and the WatchHDTV app would lock up. I'm gonna play with it for a while, maybe swap out another audio decoder during FOX 5.1 programming and see if that works. I also suspect that the non-modified WatchHDTV install downstairs on the faster, DVxA-equipped PC won't have this same problem.
It's the ONE instance where the Fusion tuner software had a leg up on WatchHDTV.