[mythtv-users] PCHDTV-3000 Help

Rod Smith mythtv at rodsbooks.com
Tue Dec 22 04:08:00 UTC 2009

On Monday 21 December 2009 10:39:05 pm stefan_jones at comcast.net wrote:
> ----- "Mike" <mtn_biker_mike at yahoo.com> wrote:
> >Need help with a PCHDTV-3000 TV card
> >
> > will only get channel 1-12 from cable NO QAM ?
> >Tryed the DVB under Mythtv setup but no channels
> Is your firmware in the right place? That tripped me up the first time I
> tried scanning.
> Check /var/log/messages for errors about loading (or not loading) firmware.
> Unless you have an unusual cable system, you should be doing a QAM-256
> cable scan. Not broadcast or another type of encoding.

There's also the question of encryption. Many cable companies encrypt most of 
their digital content, leaving only locals in the clear. My cable company 
(Cox in RI) does this, with the added twist that the locals aren't detected 
on a default MythTV setup channel scan; you've got to use the "Cable HRC" 
option or some such. (I don't recall the details; it's been a while since I 
set it up.) Note that you do have to scan for channels or otherwise enter 
channel tuning data into the database before you'll be able to use the card.

Rod Smith

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