HDHomeRun Prime and Windows 7 Media Center Hints Tips Tricks

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HDHomeRun Prime and Windows 7 Media Center Hints Tips Tricks

Post by RCShadow » Thu Feb 02, 2012 4:19 pm

This thread is for any hints, tips, tricks, and shortcuts you may have to ease installation and/or functionality of Windows Media Center and the HDHomeRun Prime setup.

I will periodically move posts to the main post so others will not have to "wade" through the thread to get to the good stuff. Please include any pit-falls and or warnings if needed.

:D Contribute what you have learned! :D


Updated: 11/1/2013
TunerSalad now supports 32 tuners per tuner type! See below in Software Add-ons for details.

Resetting DRM (Digital Rights Management)

If you change hardware, specifically, your graphics card, CPU, motherboard, or other major component of your system, you will need to reset DRM and re-run the Media Center setup! The error message looks something like this...

"The video playback device does not support playback of protected content"

Please see the following link for details on resetting DRM...

http://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/wind ... b599b31bf5

NOTE:
When DRM is reset, please note your previously recorded programs will no longer be playable under certain copy protection schemes.


Erroneous "Weak TV Signal" Message (see Note: below before making this change!)

SiliconDust FAQ: http://www.silicondust.com/forum2/viewt ... 43&t=13482

My thanks to rpoitras for this suggestion.

If you get "Weak TV Signal" error displayed by WMC often then try this registry hack. This fix raises the threshold to detect a weak signal from 10% (default) to 50% by adding a registry key. The article can be found at the following link:

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2708283

You can use the "Fix It" link on the Microsoft site to automatically make the changes to the registry for you if you like. I would actually suggest using the "Fix It" so you can then restore your system using the "System Restore" function in case it does not work out (like me!).

NOTE:
Try this at your own risk! I tried it and actually got random freeze-ups. I reversed the registry setting and did much better :shock:


Location to Download the Latest HDHomeRun Prime Firmware and Drivers

First and foremost, make sure you have installed the latest firmware and drivers for your HDHomeRun Prime.

http://www.silicondust.com/support/hdhomerun/downloads/ <-- Production

If you want the very latest firmware and drivers, the beta's are located here...

http://www.silicondust.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=2484 <-- Test/Beta

NOTE:
Please note that you cannot "downgrade" or "rollback" the firmware on the HDHomeRun units! Once you are on a specific version, you have to go to the next "higher" version for an upgrade. This is a CableLabs rule and out of Silicon Dust's control.


To Access Your HDHomeRun Prime Menus

To access your HDHomeRun Prime menu system please enter the following address in your web browser:

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http://{the ip of your HDHomeRun Prime here}

For example: http://192.168.1.101
NOTE:
If you have some repeated troubles with error messages and such I would recommend making the IP addresses of your SD units static. Do this by setting up static IP's on your router. You will need to know how to do this of course but before starting, make sure you have the MAC address of your SD units as well as knowing what IP's you want to assign. See the documentation that came with your router or search the net for instructions specific to the ma