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post #3451 of 3896
Had some time to test recordings. Two of last four have worked and on the other two the computer came out of sleep and then crashed shortly after but before recording started. Any idea why crashing?

Update: getting worse - last one crashed and one after that woke but windows did not even show up.


Homer
post #3452 of 3896
Quote:
Originally Posted by a8vdeluxe View Post

Had some time to test recordings. Two of last four have worked and on the other two the computer came out of sleep and then crashed shortly after but before recording started. Any idea why crashing?


Homer

The few time that I got a crash after a sleep was because there was some device that did not recover after the wake up. Device drivers usually run in the kernel and will make the system crash. You can try to unplug some of your devices.
post #3453 of 3896
Thread Starter 
I agree with Tran. What USB/Bluetooth devices do you have plugged in? Other possibilities include failing mobo, flaky RAM, or a dodgy HDD.
post #3454 of 3896
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Originally Posted by TPeterson View Post
I agree with Tran. What USB/Bluetooth devices do you have plugged in? Other possibilities include failing mobo, flaky RAM, or a dodgy HDD.
Other than a hdd, hardware has never failed me in 20 years. USB devices include combo mouse/keyboard, myhd remote that won't be removed, and onair gt tuner that had no effect when removed. I do have three internal hard drives but have no problems recording on wake when using independent myhd tuner?

Update: Computer wakes 90 seconds before and is working at that time on 9 of 11 attempts. Just noticed that it is crashing at the same time recording is supposed to start -on the hour or half hour?
Also noticed after crash and a manual reboot that when computer fires up normally (not wake) the schedule recording(s) always fires up on its own, albeit a late and failed recording. Still was nice to see both hdhr tuners merrily recording
Update: 12th attempt worked fine -definitely an intermittent problem (attempts 2, 4, and 12 worked).
13th and last attempt today failed @ 10AM.
14th attempt worked.

Wake issue - standby crashes and hibernate seems better. Will test recordings in hibernate mode. Would be nice if I didn't have to wait half hour for each test.
1st hibernate attempt worked. Hoping this is a solution. Going to work -hope the opening football game tonight records properly. Will have my onair gt with me backing up just in case.
post #3455 of 3896
Thread Starter 
Homer, intermittent crashing is nearly always hw related. Have you tried reseating the PCI cards? Also, if you have more than one RAM stick you could try running without 1/2 at a time to see if the issue changes.
post #3456 of 3896
Quote:
Originally Posted by TPeterson View Post

Homer, intermittent crashing is nearly always hw related. Have you tried reseating the PCI cards? Also, if you have more than one RAM stick you could try running without 1/2 at a time to see if the issue changes.

TP, you may be correct. Certainly won't hurt to try and I'll give both a shot. Thanks for input!

Hibernate is 2 for 2 so far and if that continues then problem is solved for now.



Homer
post #3457 of 3896
Homer,

Just jumping in here...I'm using an old ASUS P4P800-E Deluxe Rev1 mobo, and had the same issue with 'Standby'. IIRC TP also uses one, and helped me out many moons ago with a suggestion to use 'Hibernate'.

Good Luck,
post #3458 of 3896
Thread Starter 
Thanks for the reminder, Chris, I'd forgotten about that because I've long since retired the P4P800 Deluxe in favor of a mobo with a less power-hungry CPU for my HTPC. Homer, I prefer Hibernate (S4) to Standby (S3) anyway because the former preserves all state information in cases of power failure.
post #3459 of 3896
Hibernate is rock solid in my setup. Give credit where credit is due - yes I also read one of TP's ancient posts recommending hibernate, thanks TP.

Another question for cw & hdhr users. I'm considering free dvr alternative software options to be used in conjuction with myhd. Currently, I record using hdhr mainly and watch recordings in myhd. I'd like to be able to watch another show sometimes without closing myhd and still have dvr functions on other program. Total media and gbpvr seem to be popular free dvrs. Anyone use either and if so how do you like? Not even sure if either can be downloaded anymore?
post #3460 of 3896
Thread Starter 
?? Do either of those support MyHD? And do they have free listings anymore? I thought that the free listings went away for everybody (except MCE users) when Zap2It stopped serving them up and licensed Schedules Direct instead.
post #3461 of 3896
Great points. Since I already have schedules direct $20/yr. sub (not free but acceptable) then would prefer the one if either that uses sched direct. Not sure if myhd support would be necessary for my use - basically dvr player (basic pause, rewind, ff) that plays tp files. Recording while viewing would be nice too
post #3462 of 3896
Thread Starter 
Oh! I misunderstood your meaning of "DVR". You really mean (software) "player". I suggest that you take a look at VLC (aka VideoLAN) for that. It's free and works as well as any sw-only player that I've seen. Depending on what video hw you have on that P4P800, you may not get completely smooth playback with a sw-only player though.
post #3463 of 3896
Well I got GBPVR working. Pretty sweet little program but playing HD by software as you mentioned seems to be too much for my older system. SD plays no problem and HD is fine as long as no quick movements. CPU says only 30% so thinking my video card is weak spot. Any suggestion to get me over the hump?

AGP Video card HD
3.4ghz Athlon 64 CPU
1mb ram

PS Whenever CW updates sd listings it prompts me for password even though I check remember password?
post #3464 of 3896
Thread Starter 
One of the STB players may be what you're looking for. TViX is a good choice with several models at different price points. The N1 is the simplest and plays HD video as smoothly as you're used to seeing from MyHD, but it can't accept an internal HDD, so you may prefer the S1.
post #3465 of 3896
No way, gotta be computer based and not upgrading. Any VLC user out there maybe know why my VLC no longer skips ahead/back in various increments? Seems to have lost many of the DVR trick functions. still has pause, slow mo, fast forward?
post #3466 of 3896
Also wondering if season pass is an option with hdhr?
post #3467 of 3896
Thread Starter 
Yes. There's no equivalent to the MyHD OSD EPG, but the recording functionality is identical.
post #3468 of 3896
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Originally Posted by a8vdeluxe View Post
No way, gotta be computer based and not upgrading. Any VLC user out there maybe know why my VLC no longer skips ahead/back in various increments? Seems to have lost many of the DVR trick functions. still has pause, slow mo, fast forward?
Hi,

Gee, I thought it was me and my USB keyboard that stopped VLC from skipping.

I gave up and just drag the slider with my wireless trackball. More often now I use the wheel on my wireless trackball as VLC responds quite nicely to it, but it is too coarse a movement. If the slider is not selected, the wheel adjusts the volume.

BTW, VLC and MyHD do not play nice either each other, well, 1.1.9+ do not, I forget about earlier versions. One or the other will hang, MyHD stops responding to the remote or clicks on the controller.

SHF
post #3469 of 3896
Quote:
Originally Posted by a8vdeluxe View Post

Well I got GBPVR working. Pretty sweet little program but playing HD by software as you mentioned seems to be too much for my older system. SD plays no problem and HD is fine as long as no quick movements. CPU says only 30% so thinking my video card is weak spot. Any suggestion to get me over the hump?

AGP Video card HD
3.4ghz Athlon 64 CPU
1mb ram


I have an Intel-based system (circa 2004) with similar specs (identical CPU clockspeed, RAM, and AGP video card), and have never gotten 1080i to play smooth with VLC. I have to rely on either MyHD or TheaterTek for perfect playback of 1080i sources. MyHD uses a hardware decoder (for MPEG2), and TheaterTek uses hardware acceleration with my system's AGP video card (Nvidia 6600GT). My system can't do it without either hardware decode or hardware acceleration... but I am totally rooting for you and hope you find a total software solution that works for you.
post #3470 of 3896
Thread Starter 
Yeah, TheaterTek might work for Homer too...but it's not free either (except to try out, IIRC).
post #3471 of 3896
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Originally Posted by SFischer1 View Post

BTW, VLC and MyHD do not play nice either each other, well, 1.1.9+ do not, I forget about earlier versions. One or the other will hang, MyHD stops responding to the remote or clicks on the controller.

I have a recent version of VLC on an older WinXP HTPC with MyHD. Have not tried playing both in tandem, but one behavior I have noticed is that whenever I use VLC -- whether or not it runs fine or it crashes -- there are always system errors being reported by WinXP's event viewer, and those errors are sourced from VLC.exe. VLC seems like flawed software, at least on my system. I am thinking about uninstalling VLC from my HTPC altogether. (It is only used occasionally to play MP4 videos, are there any other freeware alternatives? If so, send me a PM since this question is OT. Thanks!)
post #3472 of 3896
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Originally Posted by Vlad Theimpaler View Post

I have a recent version of VLC on an older WinXP HTPC with MyHD. Have not tried playing both in tandem, but one behavior I have noticed is that whenever I use VLC -- whether or not it runs fine or it crashes -- there are always system errors being reported by WinXP's event viewer, and those errors are sourced from VLC.exe. VLC seems like flawed software, at least on my system. I am thinking about uninstalling VLC from my HTPC altogether. (It is only used occasionally to play MP4 videos, are there any other freeware alternatives? If so, send me a PM since this question is OT. Thanks!)

Hi,

As I said before (Somewhere), I went back to VLC 1.1.9 because 1.1.10 crashed way too often. I did not go to the current version 1.1.11 on my HTPC because the change log said nothing about the crashes with VLC 1.1.10.

I have no MP4 videos to play, that may be a reason for 10 or 11. I am currently using XP but Vista and W7 are also possible.

Have you reported the crashes to the VLC team? I sent many reports when 1.1.10 was crashing.

I must say very clearly, VLC 1.1.9 works great on my HTPC controlled by my wireless trackball. No crashes!

The latest Logitech model says:

Quote:


The robust wireless connection lets you control your laptop, desktop computer of home theater PC from up to 30 feet (10 meters)* away.

Of course my HTPC Desktop is on my HDTV screen via DVI for VLC, Fusion and Windows Explorer for dropping files onto the icons for playing and deleting captures plus moving captures to / from my N.A.S.

The VGA output of my graphics card is looped through MyHD to a second input to my HDTV.

The graphics card also has HDMI which I have tested with my HTPC but I currently do not use.

I suggest you try 1.1.9 for a while and see if the crashes go away, they did for me.

SHF
post #3473 of 3896
Thanks Vlad and SHF for the TheaterTek and VLC 1.1.9 suggestions. As to GBPVR, the version I installed had bugs and patches are no longer available because it has been replaced by NextPVR - forum says the next is compatible with CW and MyHD. I may end up trying all three of them, but for now I'm using my old usb onair gt as a "second string" viewer to MyHD cause I have remote controls for both.
post #3474 of 3896
Quote:
Originally Posted by a8vdeluxe View Post

Thanks Vlad and SHF for the TheaterTek and VLC 1.1.9 suggestions. As to GBPVR, the version I installed had bugs and patches are no longer available because it has been replaced by NextPVR - forum says the next is compatible with CW and MyHD. I may end up trying all three of them, but for now I'm using my old usb onair gt as a "second string" viewer to MyHD cause I have remote controls for both.

Thanks for the nod, a8vdeluxe. If you are considering TheaterTek, just keep some caveats in mind:
- while it was great during the WinXP heyday it is not being developed anymore AFAIK
- as was pointed out earlier, it ain't free
- it requires a Nvidia graphics card, and the Nvidia product you use must be compatible with PureVideo

And tho' it's OT here, I would love to hear about your experience with NextPVR. I thought about using it before I went with CW_EPG. If there is a thread dedicated to NextPVR that you post to, please put a link here. Thanks
post #3475 of 3896
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by a8vdeluxe View Post

....forum says the next{PVR} is compatible with CW and MyHD.

I'm curious too. What I saw was that it works with tuners that have BDA drivers, which definitely excludes MyHD, and I don't know what "compatible with CW" would mean...?
post #3476 of 3896
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Originally Posted by TPeterson View Post

I'm curious too. What I saw was that it works with tuners that have BDA drivers, which definitely excludes MyHD, and I don't know what "compatible with CW" would mean...?

Sorry guys, should have said compatible with hdhr, not MyHD & CW -- my bad. Here is link for legacy GBPVR
http://forums.gbpvr.com/showthread.p...-Homerun/page5

Pretty sure Sub who can also be found in Next PVR forum wrote the program,, and is very good about answering your questions.
post #3477 of 3896
Since I starting using CW's EPG my tv guide information through MyHD has been incomplete. Now when I push quide button on MyHD's remote control I only get guide data on half the channels, the other half of channels have no information. Can someone explain why?


HomerHD
post #3478 of 3896
Quote:
Originally Posted by a8vdeluxe View Post

Since I starting using CW's EPG my tv guide information through MyHD has been incomplete. Now when I push quide button on MyHD's remote control I only get guide data on half the channels, the other half of channels have no information. Can someone explain why?


HomerHD

Hi,

First lets keep this discussion here as setting up MyHD and CW_EPG to display SD listings is most correct here.

Q) Do you have the listings from SD showing within CW_EPG?

Q) Have you properly set up the MyHD tuner within CW_EPG?

Q) Have you mapped MyHD channels showing in the "Mapped Channels list" on the option tab?

Have you RTFM?

SHF
post #3479 of 3896
Relevant info from the readme:
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1) Vendor’s application to support your tuner hardware:
a. MyHD version 1.66.1u (same as “1.66.1e”)

CW_EPG can populate MyHD's OSD EPG table on both Master and Helper PCs for use independent of CW_EPG scheduling. For this purpose, you can match a Schedules Direct channel to as many MyHD channels as you like. The first MyHD channel that you link to a given Schedules Direct channel is the one CW_EPG will use for scheduling captures on that tuner and it is shown with a green background in the channel-mapping list. Subsequent links to that Schedules Direct channel on the same MyHD tuner are used to put the channel’s program data into the MyHD OSD EPG table. The MyHD OSD EPG table may be used to schedule ordinary MyHD captures on any of the mapped channels. Any Schedules Direct channel not mapped to a MyHD channel has no program data displayed in MyHD's OSD EPG table. Also, if you intend to map an analog channel for display in MyHD's EPG grid, make sure to manually add a station ID for that channel in MyHD's Channel Setup dialog before mapping it in CW_EPG or it will not be visible in the OSD guide.
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post #3480 of 3896
1.yes, lisings from SD shows in CW - I have been recording rock solid for 3 weeks using hibernate.
2. MyHd tuner is listed as second tuner in CW, and has sucessfully recorded shows though most are recorded using the active first homerhd tuner.
3.Options tab in CW shows all the channels that I want mapped in MyHD tuner.

Yes, I RTFM, more than once.

Homerhd
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