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Firmware damaged by a virus

I need the firmware

Can't answer your question, sorry. Just to say that I too
am pondering whether I might be experiencing the results
of infected firmware myself.
KM
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Musing, as if to an eagerly interested listener...
- My two TV-tuner/capture cards --one, a near
new dual-tuner Hauppauge WinTV-PVR-500 MCE, the other an ancient Creative VBDVCR (but which was needed in order to run the WinTV-PVR-500 MCE card under plain WinXP Pro) have mystifyingly become 'paper-weights' ever since my computer got infected with some nasty malware recently. (The computer itself is working again, after thoroughly reformatting all hard drives and re-installing all software, including Windows XP Pro SP1, from my original
installation disks.)
- I've not been able to rule out the theoretical possibility of
an infected motherboard BIOS. But I believe this to be
unlikely, since I experience the same problem when I try to
install these cards in my recently acquired Intel Core2 Quad machine, whether booting to Windows Vista or Windows XP Pro SP2. (I keep these two OS' physically separated, on two different bootable hard drives, always keeping one drive's SATA cable unplugged when booting from the other.) I have thoroughly and repeatedly 'scrubbed' my hard drives on both computers (not to mention, replaced the originally infected drive with another from among a small collection of older/lower-capacity hard drives I happen to have sitting around), and see no possibility of the fault lying within my original software and operating systems.
- My frustration here is NOT that my TV-tuner/capturecards
appear to have physically bitten the dust. If I could simply know that this were indeed only the case, then I'd simply buy a replacment Hauppauge WinTV-PVR-500 MCE card (to run under the Vista Ultimate, since without the Creative VBDVCR, it'll require Windows Media Center) and move on. But no, it's like this: both, Windows XP Pro SP1 in the one computer and Vista Ultimate (as well as Windows XP SP2) in the other, after identifying and telling me the hardware is
there, then consistently 'stonewall' me with, "the hardware
was not installed because the wizard cannot find the
necessary software"; this despite the fact that I point it to
the drivers that are on what are only the very same non-
volatile CD-ROM disks which have always worked for me
without fanfare in the past.
- And this leaves me with a dilemma: How do I proceed
from here? Do I go ahead and replace the Hauppauge
Win-TV-500-MCE on the speculation that a firmware
infection has made the old one un-installable? Or do I hold
onto my money until I can somehow get a clearer, more
substantiable , idea as to what it is exactly that is at
play (and/or mischief) here? I mean, what if, after forking
out $160 + for the new card, I then find myself
stymied by this very same baffling situation still?

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  • Kenm Jan 22, 2008

    > have u upgraded windows since the last time you > installed ur original drivers>?



    Do you mean perhaps, updated (e.g. with SP2, etc)? If so, yes.

    If you literally mean "upgraded?"... No, not on the original system. (I run Vista on my newer system, which I just bought a few weeks ago.)



    > i would suggest that you create a file on the > desktop get the newest drivers from the > manufacture that is compatible with yuor os



    Done that.



    > the manually install theem, go to yyour device > manager in the contol panel go to hardware if > your hardware is there clik properties > drivers ,then update them



    Done that, ad infinitum... But as I said before, Windows 'consistently 'stonewall' me with, "the hardware was not installed because the wizard cannot find the necessary software"; this despite the fact that I point it to the drivers..." This is the point where, as it were, the road disappears. The system affords me no way to get around this this 'wizard' crapola so that _I can_ manually install the drivers (unless someone might be able to suggest some 'command prompt' angle to try here).



    > you might have to unistall the old 1's and their > software 1st



    Tried that too.



    > If u need more detail get back to me





    KM


  • Kenm Jan 22, 2008

    > some motherboards need you to install drivers for > their porrts{usb,pci-e,agp}.controller bus



    This one is an AOpen AX4B Pro. I personally installed the
    operating system (Windows XP SP1) right after I bought it... never had
    to install drivers for PCI or any other onboard device. The
    TV-Tuner/Capture cards in question here are both PCI. I know my
    PCI bus is working fine as there are two other PCI cards (a network
    card and a sound card) which have been plugged into it from the time I
    first got the system and which I'm having no problems at all with.



    > if it cant use the port it wont fin d the hardware > that is plugged into it.



    Well the thing is, _it does find the hardware_ (i.e. the
    TV-Tuner/Capture cards) and the system even spawns a popup telling me
    so. It just won't acknowledge the drivers, preventing me from
    installing them.



    > also does the board have onboard sound and > video?



    No, it uses an AGP 4 video card for the video. And yes, it has onboard
    sound (AC '97); though which I'm not using as I prefer to use the
    Soundblaster Audigy II card instead.



    > you might have to tweak with some of the bios > settings.



    Such as (for example)? Thanks.





    KM

  • Kenm Jan 28, 2008

    > wHEN U GO TO DEVICE MANAGER DO U > HAVE ANY HARDWRE CONFLICTS?



    I checked exhaustively for hardware conflicts and couldn't find any.



    Anyway, before seeing your latest message here, I decided to go with my assumption that, whatever the cause, my two TV-tuner/capture cards had become disabled, and bought a new WinTV-PVR 500 card. With this new WinTV-PVR 500 card the driver installation problem is over and done with. Installation proceeds as normal now.

    Kenm

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    Rambling here (as if to someone 'that' eagerly interested)...

    - The new WinTV-500-MCE card is identical to the one it replaces, except that it comes with an updated driver (version 3.1G as opposed to version 3.0 - not that this matters since I had already tried version 3.2 downloaded from the Hauppauge site).



    - I've tried the new card in all three of my platforms (see **FYI: below). All three platforms install the new card (i.e. its driver) without any difficulty whatsoever.



    - So this is it for my TV-Tuner/Capture card woes? Not so fast. I'm now having a problem with my new card in that, while everything else works, I can't get the TV audio when it's installed in my Microstar based system; that, regardless of which OS (i.e. WinXP or Vista) I boot to and install it under. Is my new WinTV-500 card defective perhaps? Well, it turns out to appear that if anything's defective here it would more likely be that my Microstar motherboard is (at least in terms of its 2 PCI slots - the other slots are all PCI-Express, which I know work fine). When as a last resort I installed the new WinTV-PVR 500 card on my AOpen system, the audio unexpectedly came through fine as it should. Unfortunately, my AOpen system is my old system. It's not my new system that has a 1 Terabyte SATA II (with 32 MB cache) hard drive , 2.4 Ghz Intel Core2 Quad CPU, 4 Gigs of PC 8500 DDR 2 RAM, etc, etc...



    - Obviously I will have to scrutinize my Microstar system to try to find and eliminate the cause of this audio problem with the new WinTV-PVR 500 card.



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    **FYI: Platform #1: the AOpen based system running WinXP. Platforms #2 and #3: an Microstar based system I've setup to boot either to WinXP ('#2') or Vista ('#3'). Each of the two OSs on the this system is on a separate drive, and which I keep physically isolated from the other as I only allow one to be physically connected at a time.

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Have u upgraded windows since the last time you installed ur original drivers>?
i would suggest that you create a file on the desktop get the newest drivers from the manufacture that is compatible with yuor os.the manually install theem, go to yyour device manager in the contol panel go to hardware if your hardware is there clik properties drivers ,then update them you might have to unistall the old 1's and their software 1st/If u need more detail get back to me

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    chris ZAMBROTTA Jan 22, 2008

    some motherboards need you to install drivers for their porrts{usb,pci-e,agp}.controller bus
    if it cant use the port it wont fin d the hardware that is plugged into it.also does the board have onboard sound and video? you might have to tweak with some of the bios settings.

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    chris ZAMBROTTA Jan 24, 2008

    I HAD AN AOPEN BOARD AND I NEEDED TO INSTALL DRIVEERS FOR THE AGP AND USB PORTS.,JUST CHECK IINTO IT U DID SAY U REFORMATED.ALSO DID U DISABLE YOUR ONBOARD SOOUND?wHEN U GO TO DEVICE MANAGER DO U HAVE ANY HARDWRE CONFLICTS?
    UPON TRYING TO INSTALL DRIVERS DID U ERASE THE SOFTWARE FOR THE DEVICES ? ALSO U MIGHT HAVE TO USE THE AUTORUN ON THE DEVICES CD. OR YIOU MIGHTH HAVE TO DOWNLIOAD THE SOFTWARE 1ST B4 U CAN INSTALL THE DRIVEtHE REASON MIGHT BE IS THAT THE CAPTURE CARD AND VIDEO IS FIGHTING FOR THE SAME RESOURCES OR IRQ' BEING THEY BOTH VID CARDSOR HAVE TO DO WITH VIDEO.

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    chris ZAMBROTTA Jan 28, 2008

    make sur eyour cables are good b4 anything.make sure your onboard sound is disabled.also make sure that your card or program is the audio player by default.i have a xps 720 with a 2.66quad., duAL 8800GTX IN A SLI CONFIG, 4GIGS OF RAM AND I,M RUNNING A RAID 0 CONFIGURATION.i LIKE TO GAME I REMEMBER WHEN PONG FIRST HIT THE COMPUTERS.bUT I GOT THIS FERRARI OF A COMPUTER WITH A 57XXGIGABIT CONTROLLER.BUT IM RUNNING OF A OLD 634ROUTER ,iTS KILLING ME I ONLY GET 175KBPS,I THINK THE OLDER ROUTER WHICH IM PLUGGED IN TO AND CONTROL LOSES THE SPEED DUE TO THE GIGABIT CONTROLLER.MAYBE TO FAST FO RROUTER.MAYBE YOU KNOW SOMETHING ABOUT NETWORKING THAT CAN HELP ME.ALSO IF INTERESTED I HAVE A THIRD 7900GS THAT I NEVER USED 4 SALE. MABYE INTERESTED?
    CHRISZAMBROTTA@!YAHOO.COM SORRY I COULDN'T HELP YPU BETTER IF I WAS THERE WITH THE COMPUTER I WOULD SOLVED IT .KIND OF HARD TO DO LIKE THIS . IM NEW AT THIS.A REMOTE CONNECT WOULDVE BEEN A GOOD IDEA.GOOOD LUCK.

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