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I have an installer that makes the display work. I don't remember where I found it but I ran it on my 64-bit win7 and it works so far. It might be a little buggy as it was on the 32-bit win7 that I previously was running but it is better than the scrolling message.

I don't know of a great place to host the file for sharing or I could just email it to you or something.
Does it have a name? Sorry for double post.
 

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Host it on mediafire, or Mega they have free account. Does it have a name I will google it?
So I just created a MediaFire account and put it on there:

http://www.mediafire.com/download/61q2z2g1vwm0hky/sp35072.exe

*Edit - I updated this link to the latest Vista Driver that HP has on their driver page but I figured I would host it as well.

It is called Front Panel Display Service. When it installs it will be called Front Panel Display Service Fall 2005, if I remember correctly. I would quote that but my z556 is shut down currently waiting for the new PCI riser.
 

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So I finally have my HP DEC back up and running!

The new riser card works perfect. I needed to bend some metal and drill some holes to mount the riser to the mount but it is in. However, I only had one more PCI slot so I only have 2 of my 3 tuners connected. I might, eventually buy a PCIe to PCI adapter because I have a spare PCIe X1 port but I am happy just having it running again.

I've had the images and files hosted online for a little while but I'm finally getting to the post.








Disclaimer: I am not responsible for any fitment issues. I am providing these just for a guide that got me pretty close. :)

Here is a pdf that you can print that shows where I cut my back panel. MAKE SURE YOU HAVE NO SCALING.
http://www.mediafire.com/view/17fg8eabbstbx7q/back_panel_cutout.pdf

Here is a DWG for CAD folk. I actually made it in a PCB design program and exported a DWG.
http://www.mediafire.com/download/dshd7xec614rwg1/z556_back_panel.DWG

I had aspirations of buying some thin black plastic sheet to cover over the holes above the I/O panel but I am going to forgo that for now as well.

Finally!!! Now I can work on getting some more memory and a faster processor.
 

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Sooooo.... I was able to get the Keyboard and Media Display to work previously but that was when I had a 32-bit win7 OS. Now that I have a 64-bit win7 OS, some of the finer features don't work.

The wireless keyboard still works but the top row of Media Center buttons don't work and I can't get any drivers to install to make them work.

Same with the Media Display. It displays somethings properly, such as it shows "shutting down" when shutting down. However, it doesn't update the time on the display when asleep and it doesn't show the current channel when using the tuner

The remote still works as far as I can tell. I don't recall using all of the features yet but most buttons work at least.

I'm hoping I can dig deep into the recesses the net to find a way to get them to work properly.
 

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Ok, so after some searching about getting the keyboard to work, I have found some ways to make other things work.

First, I would not recommend the Front Panel Display Service that I posted a link to. Last night I downloaded the vista installer from HP for the z565 and followed instructions from an HP forum.

-Unpackage the installer with 7-zip into a folder
-Go to the src or source folder
-Run the installer in vista compatibility mode as admin
Then BOOM! It seems like my media display is working properly

I forgot that the display isn't supposed to show the time when asleep. Now when the machine goes to sleep, it tells me it is going to sleep and it doesn't show the time anymore. I haven't used the tuner yet to see if it shows program info but I'm going to guess it will.

I am going to repeat these steps for the keyboard and remote using z565 vista drivers and it should work fine.
 

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Picked up a nice Z558 off eBay a few weeks back, and I've been working on setting it up for my father. My dad's been a Dish Network subscriber for 15 years, but he's sick of paying $75 a month for watching not much more than OTA programming. So we're going to get him to cut the cable.

My Z558 had only seen about 15 hours of use when I got it, so it was nearly new. Bonus. The power supply should hold on for a while, especially if my Dad puts it to sleep a lot.

I upgraded the video card to a GT430 right away.

Also picked up a Hauppauge HVR 1600 PCI tuner card and I'm going to swap it in for the wireless. I'm going to keep the WinTV-PVR500 installed so I can continue to use the front inputs for capturing video / S-video from a camcorder.

Installed Win7 32bit Ultimate, and I've tweaked Win7 MC to be able to launch Netflix and Kodi TV right from the 10 foot interface. This machine should do just fine for my dad.

The seller even included the original Personal Media Drive (300GB) as well. Bonus. My dad will be able to rip his home movies to the drive and store them safely.

I really wish someone had taken the time to hack the front display service to work with Kodi TV. That would really make things look nice.

This is still my fav HTPC.
 

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So, I now have my keyboard mostly working. I needed to use a different generic HP Multimedia Keyboard driver:
Win7 32: http://h10025.www1.hp.com/ewfrf/wc/softwareDownloadIndex?softwareitem=pv-76467-1&lc=en&dlc=en&cc=us&...

Win7 64:http://h10025.www1.hp.com/ewfrf/wc/softwareDownloadIndex?softwareitem=pv-76469-1&lc=en&dlc=en&cc=us&...


However, I can't seem to get the Media Center button to actually open WMC. The on-screen display, displays "Media Center" but never does anything. This is an on-going thing I am looking into.


With regards to the Front Panel, it never shows WMC information. I displays the time and when it is shutting down or going to sleep but that is it.


My next plan of action is more or less hacking it. A program, "LCD smartie" looks like a perfect start to control it once I can figure out how to communicate with it. Once there is a driver, LCD smartie has plug-ins that would allow it to not only work with WMC but other purposes as well.


I purchased a display and controller board from eBay. I just got them today and I'm pretty excited to play with them when I get a chance.


I also found that someone has hacked and created an Arduino library for this display. In addition, has quite a bit of knowledge on it.

http://playground.arduino.cc/Main/HpDecVfd


Progress will be slow as my quarter just started back up but I might be making baby steps here and there.


Otherwise, I am loving the 64-bit machine and can't wait to get a chance to upgrade RAM and CPU.
 

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I have an installer that makes the display work. I don't remember where I found it but I ran it on my 64-bit win7 and it works so far. It might be a little buggy as it was on the 32-bit win7 that I previously was running but it is better than the scrolling message.

I don't know of a great place to host the file for sharing or I could just email it to you or something.
I recently picked up two Z565's in reasonable condition. I have since gotten both to work but I'm waiting on a PS for the second one. I used the HD with XP and power supply from one of them to verify the hardware was functional on both, it was an easy swap. Both configured well and all is functional. On the first unit I installed Win 7 64 bit on a 300GB drive. The system is functioning well except the Front Panel Display isn't showing much beyond "HP DEC". I've been reading your progress and see you're a couple of steps ahead of me and I'm hoping you can help.

Also, the wireless keyboard has minimal functionality and although I've tried to use the link you supplied in this forum it never works and goes directly to HP.com

I greatly appreciate any help you can provide.

Thanks,
Charlie
 

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Sorry about the HP website link. I guess those don't work well but I also put it up on my mediafire:

http://www.mediafire.com/download/sqafm7xfygrb1xh/sp44447_hp_multimedia_keyboard.exe


Or if you just search for sp44447 you should be able to download it directly from HP.

The only issue that I'm still having is getting the WMC button to actually open WMC. Looking into this is on-going. I figure there has to be a registry setting or ini file somewhere that tells what the multi-media buttons do and I just need to find where that is.

As for the display, the z565 vista driver from HP should work to stop the display from scrolling. I think I talked about it previously where you need to use 7-zip to unzip the HP installer to get to the actual installer. However, the only functionality it will have is telling the time, "SLEEP" and "SHUTDOWN". Any other features on a 64-bit machine will not work.

My progress has be very slow but it is moving toward having a way to use all functions of the front panel. I have mapped out all of the inputs and outputs of the main controller and plan on making a module that would allow someone to remove the existing IC and drop my module in for use with LCDsmartie. The module will be based on the Atmel atmega32u4.

On your z565, have you upgraded your video card to one with HDMI and a virtual HD audio source? I'm curious because my motherboard, along with other early z500 HTPCs were limited and didn't allow for another audio device on the bus. So audio was never able to come out of the HDMI connector because of resource conflicts. This is one reason way I went to a complete overhaul of my machine and cut a huge hole in the back of it.
 

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I finally gave up after having little success getting the keyboard and display to work with Win7 64 bit and therefore reloaded the Z565 with Win7 32 bit.

I did notice that the link you gave contained a recompiled version of the Vista display software. After installation I checked the revision numbers and they were the same from old versus new. However the new is much easier to install.

After loading Win7 32 bit there were several rounds of updates (which took almost a full day) before the system was finally stable. I will say that prior to having SP1 loaded and 37 other updates, launching Media Center Software crashed the system. I ended up capturing the blue screen and found the driver for Realtek audio had somehow gotten corrupt so I uninstalled and restarted the machine, then all was good again. I must say the biggest issue I had was figuring out how to repair the Windows Update app because it was always checking for updates but never found any... that meant is was using 50% of the CPU all the time. I finally turned off updates so I could make progress in other areas.

One BIG NOTE pertaining to HDMI and audio: not all TV's will accept the audio over HDMI. We have several flat screen TV's in our house: the one in the basement where I work on my projects is a Magnavox 40" plasma which works great with the original 6700 video card. When I moved the project upstairs to the kitchen and connected to a JVC 21" there was no audio and still isn't. I have tried everything over the past two days without success. Updating the 6700 card driver software from the HP site helped with auto detect on the Magnavox but not the JVC. I also have a Vizio in the basement (above the treadmill) that is a 19" flat screen that took a little coaxing to get sound from it which means there was sound as the DEC went through power on but when I launched Media Center the sound went away. I found that the TV needed to be turned off and back on while the Media Center was at full screen. When I went to multi window mode so I could check performance the sound would stop for about 10 seconds yet would return in time.

The keyboard is a different animal... First off you have to be signed in as Administrator for this to work. Attempts as a regular user and entering the Admin password was futile. During many attempts to load, uninstall, reload, test, I found that using the file from HP, unzipping it, opening the new folder, opening the KBD folder and running the "setup" application proved the best method. During the installation you will see (after a couple of minutes of nothing happening) "copying C++ 2005" or something like that, which I remember and proved I was on the right track. Everything on my keyboard works however, the Media Center button, back, forward don't work until Media Center has started, which kinda defeats the reason for the MC button on the keyboard. But once it works, it works from then on so you can close the MC and restart using the keyboard button. The "Back" & "Forward" buttons work great, mute button works and closed captioning jumps onto the screen when I mute. Volume + and _ levels are displayed on the screen for a couple of seconds but do nothing while using sound over HDMI as the TV is handling it.

BTW, the Z565 doesn't have a scrolling banner saying "welcome to the ...". It shows "HP DEC" until almost completely through the boot process. Then it shows the volume setting on the top line (for a few seconds) and the time on the bottom line. The time stays until you start watching a movie then it displays the name of the movie on the top line and chapter & run time on the bottom line, or TV where is displays what you’re watching and run time. Wireless signal strength is in the top left, Pause/Play status lower left, Mute is shown with red characters on the left, which I believe is right.
I installed the same keyboard software on my Z558 running Win7 32 bit and it works the same as the Z565.
 

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It's too bad you gave up on the 64-bit. I neglected to mention but I think I mentioned in previous posts that I needed to unzip the installers and run them in compatibility mode as admin. However you will get more functionality out of your display running the 32-bit because the vista drivers work for the 32-bit windows 7.

As it goes for the HDMI audio. I know that the ones that have OEM video cards with HDMI have an additional connector for the HD audio to connect from the MOBO to the video card. I put in an aftermarket video card that doesn't have the HD audio input and I don't think my MOBO had the HD audio output. I tried two different video cards from different manufacturers and couldn't get the audio to come out due to resource issues. Since you have the OEM card, I wouldn't think you would have issues. If you put in an aftermarket let me know how it goes.

This is the forum post where I found the driver I used for the keyboard:
http://h30434.www3.hp.com/t5/Window...-multimedia-keyboard-driver/td-p/24068/page/3

Thanks for the info!
 

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I have the first Z565 up and running and is working well for a 10 year old machine. I'm ready to start on the 2nd machine but want it to be a rock-star. I see in your posts you used a certain MB that you were able to fit into the chassis. After seeing what you've done I really want to install a new MB with a Quad Core or Dual Quad Core processor, new tuner cards, etc. I have minimal knowledge with MotherBoards so I'm hoping either you or someone following this thread can shed some light on how to select the correct MB. The only thing I really know is it has to be a microATX. Would you or anyone else following this thread mind giving me some insight on what to look for/ avoid?

Thanks in advance,
Charlie
 

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I just found an image from a bing search of the z565 MOBO.


Yes, it does need to be a microATX. The crucial parts are the placement of PCIe slot and the 32-bit PCI. Notice that they are kind of in line with those two mounting holes. If you find a motherboard that has the slots in those locations, it should work with the modifications that I did. You might also want to find a MOBO with 3 32-bit PCI slots so you can fully utilize the PCI riser card I found on eBay. I am only utilizing 2 of my tuners because I only have 2 PCI slots. On the back burner of projects that I'm thinking of is making a special riser card that would be a PCI hub. This would make it so that only one PCI slot is needed and it would also be possible to make a PCIe to PCI hub. However, that is way on the back burner and I don't know if it would be worth while yet.

If you find a MOBO you like, you can post a link and I can look at it if you are not sure.
 

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Story time. The power supply in my Z558 which is 10+ years old failed a couple of weeks ago. When I woke the system up the display was flashing bright/dim at a very fast rate. Fortunately I read the prior threads and noticed this was a common failure so I had purchased a new PS quite some time ago. And having 2-Z565's to play with meant I needed and recently purchased new ones for them as well. I had used the originally purchased one in the first Z565 while waiting deliver of the new ones and it worked as advertised. Therefore, I used one of the recently purchased ones and was back in business.

This past Wednesday I was told one of my wife's shows had not recorded. Having kids that make changes to recordings I continued with life until late Thursday night when I went to watch a show currently being recorded. The systems power button light was on with fans running, nothing on the front panel display, no video display, none of the USB drives had power, and it wasn't responding to keyboard input. I held the power button down until it turned off and waited 30 seconds before powering back on. The system "Resumed" as if it had been asleep and the program started recording. I started checking CPU utilization and found it pegged at 100% for a long time. I used Google to help and found there are issues with the Windows Update Application, it gets caught in a loop and never resolves while consuming 50% CPU. I tried the Windows troubleshooter, renamed the Software Distribution folder to .old, no help. I read that to resolve the issue you need to remove between 3 and 6 Hotfixes pertaining to the Windows 10 update process, so I tried it. Major issues with wireless keyboard now, CPU is being crushed by other apps, lost display settings, ARG, Media Center started the BSOD. too many things to list and the system is massively slow and unstable. Performed a System Restore to a point a month ago. No help, in fact now the system is crashing continually so I reloaded Windows 7 from CD.

Yesterday was a long day of loading important updates, TV card drivers, Display drivers, getting the guide to appear with correct information... and at midnight I had it complete. Did a quick sleep/awake test that worked so whatever was causing the problem is now gone. Nope! Got up this morning to retest and the system would not wake up. I held the power button down and it shut down, I pressed again and the system started fresh. And for the 50th time the wireless keyboard needed resync'd. I recalled the quick sleep/awake test last night was very quick so the system had only been down a second when I pressed the remote power button again. The answer... the power supply has an issue. I changed it with one of the other new ones and all is great again. I changed it back as a test and the issue came back as well. Oh, and I checked the battery on the MB while in there and it's fine.

I disabled all updates to the OS just after SP1 was installed plus the one that breaks Windows Updates. I'll tackle that one again at a later date. Checking MB's and CPU's now for the new build, fun stuff.
 

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FINALLY! My pesky keyboard WMC button works.

I first assumed that the keyboard was looking for registry entries or an ini file as to what to do with the multimedia keys.

I tried installing the drivers with an installation monitor to see what all gets installed. I probably should have found it then but I didn't

After looking through the registy, I thought that it looked like a good possibility the associations to the MM keys were hidden somewhere in there so I looked for a registry monitoring program. I found a Windows program called Process Monitor. After running it and modifying the keyboard settings in the control panel, I found the location of the settings.

It turns out, at least in win7 64-bit, there is an ini file called CFG.ini in C:\Users\*\AppData\Local\Hewlett-Packard\KBD that holds the associations.

So far the most important section is the [CurrentSct]. It holds the current associations for the multimedia keys. It looks like there are some other setting in there one can play with but I haven't gone there yet.

That section looks like this:
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[CurrentSct]
FIND = "Searching Internet|C:\Program Files (x86)\Hewlett-Packard\KBD\KbdUtil.EXE /SEARCH"
PRINT = "Launching Internet|C:\Program Files (x86)\Hewlett-Packard\KBD\KbdUtil.EXE /INTERNET"
FAX = "Launching E-Mail|http://www.google.com"
SHORTCUT_SHORTCUT2 = "Launching HP Club|C:\Program Files (x86)\Hewlett-Packard\KBD\KbdUtil.EXE /HPCLUB"
SHORTCUT_HELP = "Launching Help|C:\Program Files (x86)\Hewlett-Packard\KBD\hsc.lnk"
SHORTCUT_SHORTCUT1 = "Messenger|C:\Program Files (x86)\Hewlett-Packard\KBD\KbdUtil.EXE /VistaIM"
SHORTCUT_SHORTCUT = "HP Image Zone Plus|C:\HP\KBD\CreateVF.EXE /HPIZ"
MUSIC = "iTunes|%PROGRAMFILES%\iTunes\iTunes.exe"
SHORTCUT_PICTURES = "HP Image Zone Plus|C:\HP\KBD\CreateVF.EXE /HPIZ"
O3_HELP = "Help"
O3_SHORTCUT1 = "HP Image Zone Plus|C:\HP\KBD\CreateVF.EXE /HPIZ"
O3_SHORTCUT2 = "iTunes|%PROGRAMFILES%\iTunes\iTunes.exe"
O3_SHORTCUT3 = "Notepad|c:\windows\notepad.exe"
SWITCH_USER = "Switch User"
RECORD = "Burn CD/DVD|C:\Program Files (x86)\Hewlett-Packard\KBD\KbdUtil.EXE /REC"
VIDEO = "Video|%PROGRAMFILES%\Movie Maker\moviemk.exe"
Media_Min = "Minimizing Media Center|C:\HP\KBD\CreateVF.EXE /min"
Media_Max = "Maximizing Media Center|C:\HP\KBD\CreateVF.EXE /max"
Media_Center = "Media Center|C:\HP\KBD\CreateVF.EXE /MCE"
Search = "Launching Search|C:\Program Files (x86)\Hewlett-Packard\KBD\hsc.lnk"
HPClub = "Launching HPClub|C:\Program Files (x86)\Hewlett-Packard\KBD\hsc.lnk"
Internet = "Launching Internet|C:\Program Files (x86)\Hewlett-Packard\KBD\hsc.lnk"
E-Mail = "Launching E-Mail|C:\Program Files (x86)\Hewlett-Packard\KBD\hsc.lnk"
It appears that in the quotes, it tells the on-screen display what to say and then what operation to perform.

My current ini file wants to run: C:\HP\KBD\CreateVF.EXE /MCE when I hit the WMC button. However, I have searched and CreateVF.EXE doesn't exist on my machine. So I redirected it to the WMC executable on my machine C:\Windows\ehome\ehshell.exe and it works perfectly now!!!

This is perfect because if WMC becomes completely obsolete, the MC button can be redirect to what ever media center application is used.
 

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I finally got the nerve to cut my Z565 chassis to fit a H97M Pro4 ASRock Motherboard. I'm using an i5-4590 Quad core CPU, 16GB RAM, and 500GB 7200 speed HD. First I have to say the power supplies in these units are pretty wimpy, I killed 2 before deciding that they couldn't handle the new MB configuration. I'm using a (modified wiring) 450 Watt Micro ATX PSU that is standing in the regular slot until I can find a suitable replacement (looks terrible without the cover on). I added a 4 pin to 8 pin power cable ($6 on ebay) that works awesome. I'm using a MSI GT610 Graphics card which was in my Z558 although I'm not seeing any difference in video quality when compared to the onboard video. Had to change the CD/DVD drive out for a SATA one which was no big deal. the OS is Windows 7-64 bit Home Premium. I've had several issues that are mostly my fault such as; forgot to install the chipset drivers after the OS, I know, DUH. The front panel display works thanks to Hazardsneon's info although I get "VistaThermalAddIn has stopped working" soon after launching MC. Haven't found any information about the error on the web but know it's part of the display driver. The keyboard is still not 100% but I'll get it working in time, again thanks to Hazardsneon. Additional wiring was needed to extend two of the USB cables and the front panel connector which was pretty easy. Plus I had to sand off connector blocking guides on one white and one black connector so they would fit into the new MB connector. If anyone is going to try this on their own and you want more info I will take pictures of the details.

Issues: I'm not able to install more than one Digital ATSC cards yet. Have tried 2 Hauppauge 1150's and 1 1150 with original WinTV card, no joy (although using the original TV card plus 1150 I get one Digital and one Analog in the configuration). I'm using the original PCI riser card and although I'm not seeing any conflicts I have to believe the riser card is special to HP and could be causing the issue.

Also, TV signal is configured and shows maximum bars but I don't get video. I remember having this issue once before but can't remember the solution. Oh, much to my surprise the TV guide downloaded and worked the first time.

Of course I've downloaded and installed SP1, but the next update "required" to help with all future updates has done the opposite. What a PITA. The system has sat there for hours at 25% CPU but no network or HD activity.

Will greatly appreciate any input or advice.
 

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That is awesome!

Yes, the riser card is made specifically for the HP z500's MOBO and will not allow for more than one card in a new MOBO. In order to use more than one PCI card you will need to get the riser card that I talked about in a previous post. Like this:
http://www.ebay.com/itm/New-2U-Rack...t-PCI-Slots-/180910607707?hash=item2a1f1ccd5b

Unfortunately, unless you did a PCIe to PCI adapter you will only get two cards working with the MOBO you have. However you could probably live without the Wifi card and get a dongle.

I'm not sure what to tell you about the update issue. Restarting has helped me in the past. I think Microsoft use to have an update fixing tool but I don't recall if it is still available.

On my front:
I just got in a new to me MOBO. My current one keeps crashing and the fans run full blast as long as it is on, so I figured it is time for a change. I picked up a P5LP-LE (Leonite-GL8E). It is still dated but it has 3 PCI slots, supports Core2Duo processors, and was pretty cheap. Also, since it came out of an HP, it looks like all the cables should reach their respective connectors on the MOBO. I hope to have it up and running soon.

Strangely, I am also having issues with my tuners not getting signal. I have a splitter to divide my OTA signal to my TV and my tuners. My TV picks up a bunch of channels but my tuners can't seem to pick up any signal. I had "Play Ready" update issues but fixed it. I will be looking into this after I get my new MOBO up and running. Let me know if you find out something first.

In spare moments, I have been working on my front panel display controller. I have a schematic about 90% done and PCB started. I finally have a development environment setup with the display, buttons and LEDs to simulate the front panel of the HP DEC. I have also been looking into porting the code that I found to run the display from Arduino to C. I thought about just using Arduino but I don't believe I can access and use the USB port in Arduino. I am not so experienced in this aspect so, if there is anyone out there that is code savvy, I wouldn't mind help with this. I am also consulting with some experienced firmware developers at my job.

In addition, I've been planning a PCI riser hub card, that would be able to plug into one PCI slot and break out to 3. This is far on the back burner but I have already started some of the design and found a good IC to create the hub.

It's been a while since my last update, so I had a lot to say. :)

I would love to keep these things alive.
 

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That is awesome!

Yes, the riser card is made specifically for the HP z500's MOBO and will not allow for more than one card in a new MOBO. In order to use more than one PCI card you will need to get the riser card that I talked about in a previous post. Like this:
http://www.ebay.com/itm/New-2U-Rack...t-PCI-Slots-/180910607707?hash=item2a1f1ccd5b

Unfortunately, unless you did a PCIe to PCI adapter you will only get two cards working with the MOBO you have. However you could probably live without the Wifi card and get a dongle.

I'm not sure what to tell you about the update issue. Restarting has helped me in the past. I think Microsoft use to have an update fixing tool but I don't recall if it is still available.

On my front:
I just got in a new to me MOBO. My current one keeps crashing and the fans run full blast as long as it is on, so I figured it is time for a change. I picked up a P5LP-LE (Leonite-GL8E). It is still dated but it has 3 PCI slots, supports Core2Duo processors, and was pretty cheap. Also, since it came out of an HP, it looks like all the cables should reach their respective connectors on the MOBO. I hope to have it up and running soon.

Strangely, I am also having issues with my tuners not getting signal. I have a splitter to divide my OTA signal to my TV and my tuners. My TV picks up a bunch of channels but my tuners can't seem to pick up any signal. I had "Play Ready" update issues but fixed it. I will be looking into this after I get my new MOBO up and running. Let me know if you find out something first.

In spare moments, I have been working on my front panel display controller. I have a schematic about 90% done and PCB started. I finally have a development environment setup with the display, buttons and LEDs to simulate the front panel of the HP DEC. I have also been looking into porting the code that I found to run the display from Arduino to C. I thought about just using Arduino but I don't believe I can access and use the USB port in Arduino. I am not so experienced in this aspect so, if there is anyone out there that is code savvy, I wouldn't mind help with this. I am also consulting with some experienced firmware developers at my job.

In addition, I've been planning a PCI riser hub card, that would be able to plug into one PCI slot and break out to 3. This is far on the back burner but I have already started some of the design and found a good IC to create the hub.

It's been a while since my last update, so I had a lot to say. :)

I would love to keep these things alive.
I seem to recall some problems with the tuner cards and 64 bit versions of Windows. Something about a memory addressing issue. More than 3 gigs of RAM was a no-go. I kept my system running Win-7 32 bit for this reason. I can't remember all the details as it's been literally YEARS, but something about that. Google is your friend.
 

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My problem is that they worked perfectly until I moved about a month ago.

I'm using different tuners than the originals. One WinTV HVR-1600 and two Asus PS3-110. They did have the problem with 64-bit Windows and not having signed drivers but there are solutions everywhere on the web about how to fix this. I don't recall which one I did, but the tuners were installed and worked before the move.

I also forgot to mention that my power supply died again but after replacing another capacitor it is back up and running again. What a weak link...
 
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