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How to connect a motorola DCH3416 to a computer

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  • rncthomas May 14, 2008

    i want to know how to use the hdmi connection from my computer to connect to the back of the cable box the mototroala dch3416 hdmi so that I can display my computer screen on the tv

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Did any of you actually READ the ORIGINAL question? He wants to know how to show his PC onto his TV, not vice versa.

Posted on Feb 07, 2009

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Simple question, with a multitude of complex answers... :-)

There are a couple of differnt things you can mean by "connecting", and depending on your computer platform there are a bunch of different choices. Also depending on how your local cable company behaves with a copy protection standard called 5c results will vary depending on where in the country you are.

So, to start with the basics.

For a fully featured solution you need to have some form of:

1. Input into your computer to record the video and audio

2. if you wish to have the computer act as the DVR, and not the cable box then you will need to add some control software to the computer, and also you will need to have some way of changing the channel on the cable box.

The most basic of solutions would be to purchase a video capture card / USB device which has a Video input. In the Computer based DVR world the hauppage PVR 150s are great and in expensive (Complete with hardware MPEG Encoding, trust me you want this). This with the supplied software would allow you to record the S-Video out of the box and the analog Audio into your computer.

There is not a consumer grade video capture device that will allow for recording from the HDMI port, or Component Outs.

i.e., if you want to record HDTV off this box via analog, I'm sorry. It can't be done..

Posted on Nov 16, 2007

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    Part 2.



    HOWEVER, it MAY (and I stress MAY) be possible to record digitally from the Firewire out of this box to a Firewire port on your computer. That, if it works is a really great solution.



    There are a couple of options for how you do this, I'll outline 4 solutions, One for each of the three platforms, and one for all three. :-)



    1. Linux - Grabe the MythDora Diribution and have at it. Lots of documentation on how to get it working. A complete HDTV PVR solution.



    http://g-ding.tv/?q=MythDora



    2a. Windows Media Center Edition :- Grab the Timmmoore firewire drivers and follow these instructions



    http://home.comcast.net/~timmmoore/firew...


  • Anonymous Nov 16, 2007

    2b. Windows XP / Vista (Vista is somewhat flaky though) Grab the same above timmmoore drivers, but then grab a copy of VLC

    from http://www.videolan.org/ and setup your capture device as the firewire panel and see what you can see. If you like what you see you can record the stream to disk..

  • Anonymous Nov 16, 2007

    Gah, stupid box..



    3. Mac, go grab http://www.ammesset.com/irecord/ Nice and easy..



    These first three solutions are all based on freeware.



    go to www.sage.tv to find a dvr solution for OSX, Windows & Linux that supports Firewire & Capture cards. It also supports IR blasters to change channel. There is some pretty heavy duty firewire support that can be easily added (Think 4 cable boxes at once!) There is an active user community which can be found here http://forums.sagetv.com/forums/



    Good luck!

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Unfortunately the connections on your DCH3416 rely on your service providers configuration. some companies have the software in place to allow you to display digital photos via the usb port, connect external storage arrays via usb or sata, or let you jump online via the lan port. the best bet on this issue is to contact your service provider and ask them what options are enabled on your dch and what software they offer to interface with it. your service provider should be able to assist you with any problems concerning the set top box, but as installations vary by provider, you will have to talk to them in order to make the most use of it.

if you just want to output video to your comp, you can try using the 1394 port as it is usually left enabled, your next best bet would be to purchase a tuner card or video capture card with at least an svideo input and output the set top box to the computer via one of the outputs.

hope this helps,
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To show the computer on the TV, I bought an ATi Radeon HD4850 graphics card, which has an HDMI output. I connected it to my Denon A/V Amplifier (optional) and then output from the A/V Amplifier to the HDMI input on my TV.

Posted on Feb 13, 2010

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The problem with using the composite or S-video ports from your DVR is that you lose HD quality. And the problem with using the firewire port is that you can only get the unencrypted channels.
Fortunately, a couple of consumer level products have come out recently that take advantage of a "loophole" that let you capture HD video through the component ports of your DVR. If you have a Macintosh, then the Blackmagic Video Recorder will work for you. And if you have a PC, then try the Hauppauge HD-PVR. I think the EyeTV software will support the Hauppage on the Mac.
http://www.blackmagic-design.com/products/videorecorder/

http://www.hauppauge.com/site/products/data_hdpvr.html

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Step 1: Remove Vista
Step 2: Install Windows XP. Does not have to be MCE
Step 3: http://replayguide.sourceforge.net/dct6412/

If Vista is desired then do a Dual Boot. I was able to dual boot my HP PC preinstalled with vista with out any driver problems. Look up the mobo and not the pc to find backwards compatible drivers.

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I have Vista x86 RTM.. i have tried the timmmoore drivers.. but they arent recognized when i try to "update" the missing drivers for the device..

Has anyone got this to work in Vista x86?

Posted on Jan 08, 2008

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Nope...

The eSATA ports are not configured in the device's firmware, and the USB 2.0 ports are useless except for charging your iPod or powering a USB fan. If you could connect an external drive to the unit, it would be partitioned with data encryption that can only be accessed by the particular DVR that formatted the drive. You can however stream local channels to a video capture card via the firewire ports but cable channels and DVR recorded programs would be encrypted. You can thank the MPAA for the grief...

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If you have different input options on your TVs, you could run the second TV with the Y, Pb,Pr component outputs along with the analog audio from the STB. However, remember the STB will only support ONE output video format. So both TV will have to be set to the same video format (720p, 1080i, 480p, etc)

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