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Old 03-10-2005, 01:34 AM
rubenspencer rubenspencer is offline
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I have a direct tv sony sat-b50 reciever that has a serial output that says low speed data and vcr control. I tried running sage with the option of using serial dtv control in the setup. That didnt work. I also tried the direct tv control program. That didnt work either. I can see the tv output but can not change channels. Is there something else that I must do in order to make it so I can control the direct tv box with the pc software? I made sure to set the correct com port and everything.

Also if I can not get this to work im going to get some sort of blaster software for it.... whats the best software/hardware device to control channels that you could buy from like a best buy or compusa store?

Thanks everyone.
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Old 03-10-2005, 08:20 AM
idvsego idvsego is offline
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chances are it is the serial cable. Different serial cables have different pin-outs. You have to have a direct pass through serial cable. I think a serial mosue extension cable would do the trick nicely.
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Old 03-11-2005, 12:41 PM
jkaisre jkaisre is offline
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It might also be as simple as turning it on. On my DTV box, the serial out was set by default to home control. I had to go into the setting and set it to slow speed serial.
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