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Old 06-29-2011, 07:19 PM
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HD300 no longer playing HDPVR recorded content

I have a strange problem that has resurfaced..

Months ago my HD300 stopped playing content recorded from my HDPVR (I just get a black screen and no audio). I logged a ticket with SageTV and they told me to uninstall and reinstall the latest SageTV and run a force reindex. This fixed the problem for a few weeks.

The problem has returned. I tried the quirky fix above to no avail. I can play the content on the server just fine.

I am run SageTV 7.1.9 and the latest beta firmware on the HD300.

Any ideas?

Dave
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Old 07-01-2011, 06:49 PM
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Pulling my hair out on this one (and there isn't much to start with).

The offending videos like this newer episode of Burn Notice show format of:
MPEG2-PS[MPEG2-Video/3.8Mbps 4:3 480i@29.97fps, MP2/384Kbps@48kHz Stereo]

Yet here is another Burn Notice from last year:
MPEG2-TS[H.264 4:3 480i@29.27fps, Dolby Digital/384Kbps@48kHz Stereo]

Total Media still shows TS format...

Dave
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Old 07-02-2011, 06:27 AM
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try going back to an older hdpvr driver

At your own risk:

When arcsoft updated I experienced the same issue. I had to go back to original CD from Hauppauge after wiping out all arcsoft drivers including registry entries. I'm still having some stability issues with the HDPVR but I think that device is just dying (3+ years old). I now have to reboot it every second day.
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Old 07-02-2011, 07:12 AM
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I have found only the 1.0.5.3 drivers to be stable with my HDPVRs. There is a modified version floating around AVSForum that will let you use it with some of the newer revision hdpvr's.
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Old 07-04-2011, 09:50 AM
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I uninstalled and installed the version on the HDPVR disk. It didn't fix the problem.

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Old 07-17-2011, 07:15 AM
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I also have a HVR-1600 and that stuff plays back fine. The only thing I noticed is that the audio in the stuff that works says Dolby Digital... whereas the stuff that doesn't says MP2... I am going to try converting some videos to see if that helps.

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Old 07-17-2011, 07:38 AM
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I have found only the 1.0.5.3 drivers to be stable with my HDPVRs. There is a modified version floating around AVSForum that will let you use it with some of the newer revision hdpvr's.
I went searching and didn't find any... Can you point me to where you found them?

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Old 07-17-2011, 07:26 PM
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I also have a HVR-1600 and that stuff plays back fine. The only thing I noticed is that the audio in the stuff that works says Dolby Digital... whereas the stuff that doesn't says MP2... I am going to try converting some videos to see if that helps.

Dave
Hurray, the conversions play!!!
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Old 10-14-2011, 06:20 PM
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Figured it out...

I found that my permissions were wrong... About the time this stopped working I moved my Windows workgroup network to an AD domain. I converted the Sage service to use an AD service account instead of the local administrator. I added this AD service account to the administrator group in AD thinking that would get applied to the Sagetv machine. Wrong!

I should have added the service account to the local administrator group directly on the Sagetv machine or add him to the the Domain Admins group in AD which is a member of the local administrator group on the Sagetv box. I chose to add him to Domain Admins. Once I did that, the funky MP2 audio encoding went away and now reads H.264 as expected.

Windows permissions.... Sheesh!

Guess that's why I'm a UNIX guy!

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