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Media Center set-up with U-Verse

I just had AT&T U-Verse installed and cannot get the TV signal to come in to my computer. I have a brand new HP Pavilion with Media Center. Early in the set-up process it states, "Be sure the IR Control cable is correctly positioned for each set-top box. When I try to set up the computer to receive the TV signal, I can find the TV signal on channel 3, but when I try to finish the Wizard and install it, I get the message: "IR hardware not detected.".
I don't know if I was supposed to get an IR Control cable from the AT&T installer, or whether it was supposed to be with the computer. What does this cable look like, and where is it supposed to be installed?
I talked to a tech at U-Verse and he said it was a hardware problem with the computer. Howeever, I was using Time Warner formerly, and I got the TV signal from them with no problem.
I understand that U-Verse comes in on the telephone lines and not from cable, so the wizard does not find the connection. When I try to set-up manually this is far as I can get. Royboy

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  • royboyover80 Jan 19, 2009

    I have a set-top box from U-Verse. If I hook my HDMI cable directly from this box to my computer screen, I get the TV signal loud and clear. However, the main reason I bought the Media Center was so I can record a TV show on the computer. I want the computer to receive the TV signal first to leave my options open about what to do with it. There is some sort of problem getting this connection established. I am not the only to have this problem, from what I am reading, but so far I haven't seen a solution. Royboy

  • royboyover80 Jan 19, 2009

    See comment already posted.

  • royboyover80 Jan 19, 2009

    I don't a cable like either one you picture. I do have a sensor provided by HP that mounts on top of the monitor and then plugs into the IR in jack on the computer. This has a mini telehone jack on the end that plugs into the computer. There doesn't seem to be any other place on the computer to plug into. I do have an open USB jsck on the set-top box provided by AT&T.

  • royboyover80 Jan 19, 2009

    Sounds like you have the same setup except that I am using AT&T U-Verse for my provider. I am still looking for the answer, so maybe someone will come up with it.. Royboy

  • royboyover80 Jan 19, 2009

    Still no solution.

  • royboyover80 Jan 24, 2009

    This was right on the money! I sent for the cable and installed it as you suggegsted. After a few false starts I was able to get U-Verse to work as advertised. It really is a great set-up.
    Thank you so much for the info. Royboyover80

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It sounds like you have a system where you have to connect IR cables in the back and then bring the cables around to the front so that they can detect the signals from the remote. I have dealt with a couple of systems like this. They look like thin cables with a connection to plug into the back somewhere. It will probably say IR. The other end will have some kind of clear antenna that can recieve IR signals from an IR remote. Maybe the installer left them in a box and you didn't see it. The cable looks unremarkable so it would be easy to miss.

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The emmitter plugs into the IR reciever.  If the IR reciever isnt plugged in, the emiitter, and the remote wont work.  Without those working you cant change channels on a set top box (STB).
If your using basic cable you dont need the emitter.  If you are setting up a new machine with MCE and you dont have the remote hardware, you wont be able to use a set top box.  You need it to change channels.
I would suggest you make sure you have a remote for any MCE system you build, it makes it much easier to run MCE.
Reason 2 explains itself, you cant use a set top box with an emmitter that isnt plugged in. 
Think of an emitter as a small remote control on a wire.

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  • Antonio Buenafe Jr.
    Antonio Buenafe Jr. Jan 19, 2009

    I have this problem too. I've read a few forum topics about it, there are quite a few people who have the same problem. Although we both have the same card, the same thing happens with other cards too.

    I've tried every possible combination of choices in the tv setup and nothing works.

    It seems that when Windows Media center sees a Set top box it wants to take full control of it and wants you to use their remote instead of just using the Set top box remote like I planned.

    I've seen a few solutions and tried them but none work
    The only solution that i've been given is to buy Microsoft's own remote that controls the set top box through Media center.

    This makes me very annoyed with Micro$oft, but hey, why would they let you use your own remote when they can force you to buy theirs?

    Well i've spent enough hours messing around with this, I'll just plug it back into my old TV.



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If you are setting up with a Set Top Box (STB) on your cable or satelitte
You will need an IR transmitter and cable.
If you have direct cable (no STB), then you don't need the IR
receiver/emitter.

If your PC came with a Media Center remote, it also came with a Media Center
IR Receiver. And it should have come with one or two IR emitters. The IR
emitters plug into the back of the IR Receiver, or jacks on the PC if the
receiver is built-in, and stick on the front of the set top box where the IR
sensor is for that device. These emitters are used to control the channel
changing on the set top box.

If you did not get a remote/receiver, you'll need to purchase one.
Newegg.com is a good source for these at reasonable prices.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16880100851

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    Nate Stansfield Jan 19, 2009

    DVD Decoder
    http://www.nvidia.com/object/dvd_decoder...
    For some reason it won't work or detect without this.

    If you do not want to do this or want to go a different route, you can try this:
    Go back in to Windows Media Center setup


    Select: Tasks -> Settings -> TV -> Setup TV Signal


    Answer YES to popup questions - are you sure??


    Continue normally through TV Signal Setup UNTIL:



    Select -> I WILL MANUALLY CONFIGURE MY TV SIGNAL


    Select -> ANTENNA - I dont care what you are plugged in to


    Select -> ANALOG-ONLY ANTENNA - I dont care what you are plugged in to


    Select -> RETURN TO TV SETTINGS - unless you really want Guide Listings


    Select -> FINISH


    SORRY - You have now by-passed the IR control device. you have to use a cable input and not a S-Video or composite input


    But IT WORKS



  • Nate Stansfield
    Nate Stansfield Jan 23, 2009

    My guess is you have a ground loop problem. The ground coming from the
    computer and the ground being used by the TV aren't working together

  • Nate Stansfield
    Nate Stansfield Jan 23, 2009

    How do you have the cable hooked up to the PC for your analogue signal?
    From the wall or from the cable box's RCA jacks? It's a must you have
    the remote, USB receiver and IR dongles if using the RCA outs to the
    box. You cannot use HDTV, accept for over-the-air.

    The tuner also has to have an onboard, hardware MPEG decoder which you can download athttp://www.hauppauge.com/Pages/support/s...

    The board must have an encoder, not a decoder. This is used to
    digitize NTSC TV. Its not needed for ATSC since that's already in
    digital format. Alternately called a coder.

    You then need a decoder to take the digitized TV signal and convert
    it back into an analog signel to be displayed. This is used for both
    NTSC and ATSC signals


  • Nate Stansfield
    Nate Stansfield Jan 23, 2009

    NOTE: You must set up an analog TV tuner in Media Center first before you can proceed to set up a digital tuner. "

  • Nate Stansfield
    Nate Stansfield Jan 24, 2009

    I BET THIS WILL WORK FOR YOU!!!!!!!!

    uninstall the ir receiver drivers, upluging the built

    in ir device, rebooting and pluging in the ir blaster and manually

    installing the hauppauge driver. This should do it!!


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Appreciated all efforts from all xperts. But, 'MEDIA CENTRE CANNOT BE SET UO WITH
U-VERSE"........

No doubt u might be able to get user guides ( ****, beleive me )....bt u wld find nt compatible, sound quality too worse ( Is that what is meant by compatible )... :)


check the media release by microsoft and one blog...There are so many articles by microsoft regarding this :(


http://www.microsoft.com/Mediaroom/

http://thegreenbutton.com/blogs/mike/default.aspx


Thanks.

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Hi

You would rquire a hardware from where you can connect a coaxial or HDMI cable to your HP pavilion .

Please revert for any clarifications

Thanks
Rylee

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Here is a picture that should help.
Media Center set-up with U-Verse - ea19f9d.jpg

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  • Randy Hough
    Randy Hough Jan 19, 2009

    Troubleshooting the IR receiver
    The IR receiver is the small device that receives the signals sent by the remote control. Use the following steps to test and reset the IR receiver.



    1. Disconnect the IR receiver from its USB port on the computer, maximize the Media Center window if it is open, and then reconnect the IR receiver. Test again.

    2. Point the remote control towards the IR receiver and press a button. A faint red light should appear on the IR receiver. If the light appears, then the problem is probably in the software that is using the IR receiver (most likely the Media Center software). Close the software, restart the computer, and then re-open the software to solve this issue.

    3. Click Start , right-click My Computer , and then select Properties .

    4. Click the Hardware tab and then click the Device Manager button.

    5. Click the plus sign next to Universal Serial Bus Controllers.

    6. If the eHome Infrared Receiver is listed under Universal Serial Bus controllers, Windows is properly detecting the IR receiver. If eHome Infrared Receiver is not in the list, or there is an exclamation mark or a question mark on the device, perform the following until eHome Infrared Receiver appears correct in Device manager:


      1. Unplug the end of the USB cable on the IR receiver from the computer and plug it into the same USB port.

      2. Plug the end of the USB cable on the IR receiver into the front USB port on the computer.

      3. Disconnect all other USB devices, leave the IR receiver plugged in, and then restart the computer. Plug in other USB devices after the IR receiver shows up in device manager.

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Just uninstall the connections and reinstall wires again and take care its connected properly and firmly in the required sockets.after that just scan for required channels.

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