[mythtv-users] PVR-250 MCE hardware reliability?

Michael T. Dean mtdean at thirdcontact.com
Tue Sep 7 10:01:03 EDT 2004

On 09/07/2004 04:41 AM, James L. Paul wrote:

>Aloha, in the past year (since September 2003) I have replaced 3 PVR-250 
>"freestyle" MCE cards due to what appears to be tuner failure, and now it 
>looks like I'll soon be replacing a fourth one. The symptoms are similar each 
>time, broken or rolling video that gets progressively worse over a couple 
>weeks until the streams are basically unviewable and start causing backend 
>crashes when viewing or commercial flagging. The video inputs work fine, it's 
>only the tuner input that goes bad.
>I've bought my cards from several sources, and they are all the same model 
>number (48432) and no two have failed at the same time. (I've had 3 cards in 
>my MythTV box since last October.)
>I'm wondering if anybody else has had problems with these cards failing. At 
>this point, it's the singe largest downside to my system, having to pump 
>$250+ into it each year to replace cards isn't exactly ideal. :)
I'm not using my tuner (S-Video in), so if it went out, I wouldn't know, 
but it sounds like this could be caused by an improperly grounded 
antenna or cable line...


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