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No Files We took the memory card off the camera and attached it to a pc and no files appear.

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You must use the unit to play back. You are supposed to connect directly to television or other type of monitor. I do beleive you might need a password or something to view recordings. I am not sure but i do beleive you cannot remove hard drive and connect to a pc to view files they have to be run through the units software. I hope this helps.

Posted on Feb 19, 2009

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Files not show/recognized when connected to the tv and movies not playing


Your movies have to be converted into .avi format. There are many websites to download video format conversions depending upon your PC's operating system. Once you have found the right software, you will have to attach your Ext HD, then open each movie & click 'Convert to AVI'. Once completed, you can delete the original. If you need more help come back to me.

Apr 09, 2014 | Iomega ScreenPlay

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Dedicated micro digital sprite 2 (no cd rom type) cctv recorder.System freeze


system freezes after a few hours being turned on. There can be a number of faults that will cause this 1 and 2 is the hard drives master driver or slave. 3 is the power pack (PSU) these can over heat and burn out the capacitors and fan these will need changing. then there 4 there is 2 fans in the unit these can fail or slow down making the unit overheat these fans are 5v 40mm bearing type. you can change these for 12v same size and run them off the hard drive wiring.the system should never go over 40c new hard drives can heat up to over this and cause the unit to over heat so you will need to put cooling fans on the bottom of the hard drives and make a barrier between the hard drives and mother board i have done this with some card board and left a part open were the fans are fitted. this has worked very well hard drive area temp was up to 50c and mother board was at a steady 30c with room temp at 29c. now for number 5, there are 2 chips on the left side of the mother board just pushed in. these can lose contact, you will need to remove them and clean the pins on the chips just prise them out carefully and clean the pins even a bit of silver conduct will help used for repairing damaged boards. let it dry then put the chips back in, making sure they go back in the same way they came out.the are the memory chips newer models don't have these, they have memory like a pc/laptop. but they can do the the same thing. Its is best to do a full rest if you are not changing hard drives, wipe both the hard drives on a pc. reformat them to FAT32 and down load the firmware from dedicated micro.remember the firmware is the same as the one that was on before, to find this out in the first menu it will tell you the boot firmware and system firmware ie 3.1 etc. the hard drives now formated on the main drive (master) place the files from the zip file from the down load onto the hard drive slave drive as long as it is formated that is it the system does the rest to it on setup. shut down the pc or what ever you are using and remove the hard drive and reinstall it to the digital sprite. when every thing is back together it is now ready to be setup. plug all the cameras back in and what ever you have to plug into it. don't have the power on to the cameras wile doing this. turn on the power to the digital sprite 2 now it will setup and unzip the files to the drive. then turn on the power to the cameras. when finished it will still be setting up . banner should be on screen the screen fixing files to c drive then d drive them image file to d drive after this is all done go to menu on first menu check numbers of the unit. the go down to shut down and shut down unit. press 1 when asked to for 5 seconds. now leave the unit of for 10min. then turn back on. and this is how to fix a faulty system you will now need to set up system to how you want it most setting will be the same but some will have been lost like . internet setting and camera setting colour and external keyboard control setting they will need to be rest. but wiping the system and reinstalling it will help as every time the system freezes it can loes files or images. hope this helps as meany as it can with a freesing systerm.

on Oct 06, 2013 | TV Receivers & DVRs

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I formatted the screenplay director hd drive and just have a screen saying :sleeping waiting for usb keys:


ScreenPlay Director Partitions
There are five partitions on the ScreenPlay Director's hard disk. Three partitions are grayed out and will list as "Healthy-Unknown" in Windows Device Manager. These partitions contain the ScreenPlay TV interface and system settings and are not available to store media files.
The two active partitions both appear as "Untitled". The larger partition is formatted with an NTFS file system. Use this partition to store your media files when you connect to the ScreenPlay Director from a networked computer or transfer files via direct USB connection.
The smaller partition is formatted FAT32 and is used only when updating the ScreenPlay Director firmware. Do not place your media files on this partition! If you accidentally store media files on the FAT32 partition, you can use a computer to move them to the larger NTFS-formatted partition. You will not be able to see media files on the FAT32-formatted partition when using the ScreenPlay TV interface.
Formatting the data partition will erase all existing data! If you have files on the ScreenPlay Director you want to save, move them to another drive or volume before reformatting.

************************************CAUTION!************************************************ Do not change (format or delete) the partitioning on the ScreenPlay Director hard disk as this will remove the firmware that enables the ScreenPlay Director to communicate with your TV set. Only media files stored on the active data partition (the largest partition) can be viewed or played on a TV. The ONLY partition that can be formatted is the data partition (the largest partition).
Conclusion: If you have deleted or formatted any of the first 4 partitions on the unit that is not the data partition. You now own a BRICKED ScreenPlay which HAS to be replaced. No if ands or buts about it. YOUR DEVICE IS DEAD.

Dec 19, 2010 | Iomega ScreenPlay

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I have accidentally formatted the default partitions


ScreenPlay Director Partitions
There are five partitions on the ScreenPlay Director's hard disk. Three partitions are grayed out and will list as "Healthy-Unknown" in Windows Device Manager. These partitions contain the ScreenPlay TV interface and system settings and are not available to store media files.
The two active partitions both appear as "Untitled". The larger partition is formatted with an NTFS file system. Use this partition to store your media files when you connect to the ScreenPlay Director from a networked computer or transfer files via direct USB connection.
The smaller partition is formatted FAT32 and is used only when updating the ScreenPlay Director firmware. Do not place your media files on this partition! If you accidentally store media files on the FAT32 partition, you can use a computer to move them to the larger NTFS-formatted partition. You will not be able to see media files on the FAT32-formatted partition when using the ScreenPlay TV interface.
Formatting the data partition will erase all existing data! If you have files on the ScreenPlay Director you want to save, move them to another drive or volume before reformatting.

*******************************************CAUTION!*********************************************************
Do not change (format or delete) the partitioning on the ScreenPlay Director hard disk as this will remove the firmware that enables the ScreenPlay Director to communicate with your TV set. Only media files stored on the active data partition (the largest partition) can be viewed or played on a TV. The ONLY partition that can be formatted is the data partition (the largest partition).
Conclusion: If you have deleted or formatted any of the first 4 partitions on the unit that is not the data partition. You now own a BRICKED ScreenPlay which HAS to be replaced. No if ands or buts about it. YOUR DEVICE IS DEAD.

Oct 09, 2010 | Iomega ScreenPlay

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How can I format my Screenplay Director?


Formatting the Data Partition

The data partition on the ScreenPlay Director is formatted with an NTFS file system and will appear as a read-only volume under Mac OS X unless special software is installed on the Mac. If you need to transfer files to the ScreenPlay Director by direct USB connection on a Mac, you must reformat the data partition to FAT32 (see instructions below).

NOTE: On a network connection, Mac OS will see the ScreenPlay Director as a shared SMB volume. This means you can use the network to copy files from a Mac to the ScreenPlay Director without changing the format from NTFS to FAT32. (Recommended if available.)

If you reformat the ScreenPlay Director data partition for use with a Windows PC, it is recommended that you use the Windows format utility to reformat with NTFS. Right click on the drive letter for the data partition and select Format.

CAUTION!

  • Do NOT change the partitioning on the ScreenPlay Director as this will remove the firmware that enables the ScreenPlay Director to communicate with your TV set. Only media files stored on the active data partition can be viewed or played on a TV.

  • Formatting the data partition will erase all existing data! If you have files on the ScreenPlay Director you want to save, move them to another drive or volume before reformatting.

May 19, 2010 | Iomega ScreenPlay

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Didivox in cork area


If you box is on MMDS/Teresterial:

You should download the firmware "digivox_ter_v3300.bin" and put this on your box using downloaded10.exe (This will automatically fix your problem)

(You should be able to find the file by using Google.)

1. Connect to Internet.
2. Search for the files named above
3. Save / Download the files
4. Get the cable to connect your box to the PC.
5. Connect PC to Digivox via the serial port using an RS232
cable.
6. Turn on Digivox & then turn on PC.
7. Open loader software “DOWNLOADER 10”
8. Check settings and parameters. Defaults are usually correct.
9. Browse for bin file (digivox_ter_v3300.bin )
For all files and the downloader 10 click this link http://eko.4shared.com/ and hit digivox

and select.
10. Check “app file” (default).
11. Click “download”
12. A progress bar will appear. Wait for “download complete “ window to pop-up
13. Turn off Digivox and PC then disconnect.

Enabling Key Emulator

1. Connect Digivox to TV (usually scart), cable feed and power on.
2. Perform full auto-scan.
3. Go to “main menu”
4. Scroll down to “System Information”, press “OK” to enter System Information menu.
5. On your remote control press “ 1 0 0 4 ” (ignore what happens on the screen)
6. “Key Emu” will now be visible on the screen.
7. Change “Key Emu” to ON
8. Exit menus and return to TV mode.
9. Go to a scrambled / encrypted channel and wait for update process to complete.
10. Scrambled channels should now be unlocked.

Problems with no sound
To get back sound on e4 sky1 ect just select the channel in question press menu, select installation, select manual scan, click ok on down frequency. It'll now scan for channels when its finished exit back to normal tv viewing screen go to the end of your channel listing and the desired channel will be there with sound. This can be done on any channel with no sound by just selecting that channel following the instructions above

May 28, 2009 | Digi TV Receivers & DVRs

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No matter what type of disc I insert, including store bought movies...player says ''does not recognize disc''


ScreenPlay Director Partitions
There are five partitions on the ScreenPlay Director's hard disk. Three partitions are grayed out and will list as "Healthy-Unknown" in Windows Device Manager. These partitions contain the ScreenPlay TV interface and system settings and are not available to store media files.

The two active partitions both appear as "Untitled". The larger partition is formatted with an NTFS file system. Use this partition to store your media files when you connect to the ScreenPlay Director from a networked computer or transfer files via direct USB connection.

The smaller partition is formatted FAT32 and is used only when updating the ScreenPlay Director firmware. Do not place your media files on this partition! If you accidentally store media files on the FAT32 partition, you can use a computer to move them to the larger NTFS-formatted partition. You will not be able to see media files on the FAT32-formatted partition when using the ScreenPlay TV interface.

Formatting the data partition will erase all existing data! If you have files on the ScreenPlay Director you want to save, move them to another drive or volume before reformatting.

************************************CAUTION!************************************************ Do not change (format or delete) the partitioning on the ScreenPlay Director hard disk as this will remove the firmware that enables the ScreenPlay Director to communicate with your TV set. Only media files stored on the active data partition (the largest partition) can be viewed or played on a TV. The ONLY partition that can be formatted is the data partition (the largest partition).

Conclusion: If you have deleted or formatted any of the first 4 partitions on the unit that is not the data partition. You now own a BRICKED ScreenPlay which HAS to be replaced. No if ands or buts about it. YOUR DEVICE IS DEAD.

Mar 15, 2009 | TV Receivers & DVRs

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Sync with Windows media player 11


Yes i know syncing is the easiest way to hook up archos to download files have you tried manually like drop & drag the files into the video folders? Some video formats work even in the new archos series some don't & you have to buy plugins. I personally didn't like using windows media player it reminds me too much of itunes
Baszman



Nov 06, 2008 | Archos AV 500 400-Hours Video Recorder

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USB Memory stick


Yep, if it does not open on any computer the disk format is gone. There are companies that do data recovery like this one:

Data Recovery for USB flash drives and portable data storage devices


They are expensive, and they do not guarantee success, but if the files were important you can try.

Sep 10, 2008 | Fortec Star Lifetime ULTRA

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