[mythtv-users] Which blaster should I use?

Jarod Wilson jarod at wilsonet.com
Fri Jul 16 02:36:20 UTC 2010

On Thu, Jul 15, 2010 at 9:52 PM, Don Brett <dlbrett at zoominternet.net> wrote:
> Jarod Wilson wrote:
>> On Wed, Jul 14, 2010 at 10:32 PM, Don Brett <dlbrett at zoominternet.net>
>> wrote:
>>> I have a new installation of Mythdora-12, which is working fairly well,
>>> but
>>> it has three blasters; pvr-150, mce remote receiver-blaster combo, and
>>> hd-pvr w/blaster.  Actually, none of them do anything.  I set it up in
>>> the
>>> Mythdora ir devices section, but I'm not sure I have it right.
>>> Remote control - Media center remote 2
>>> Override IR - lirc_mceusb2 (MCE-USB Receiver/Blaster)
>>> IR blaster - No IR Blaster
>>> STB - Pace PSR9000 (the box is actually a DC700X HD, but there's no
>>> selection for it)
>>> Did I pick these correctly?
>> Depends. Did you actually want all three enabled, or just the mceusb
>> one? I'd set up just that one if you only need one receiver and one
>> transmitter, since it can do everything in a single device for you and
>> the driver has no known deficiencies, etc. That what it sounds like
>> you've set up, anyway. When you say "none of them do anything", what
>> exactly do you mean? And what exactly are you expecting them to do? :)
> No, just one blaster, and I agree, the mceusb would be preferred.  I'm a
> blaster novice, but I thought that when you changed the channel the blaster
> end (looks like a red LED) would  flicker.  The procedure was:
> Select "Watch TV" > let it go to Live and tune a channel > aim the remote at
> the receiver and press a number (I used #2) > press OK > watch for led
> flicker > then repeat using a digital camera.  Nothing flickered on any of
> the three...is it normally visible?

Most of the ones I've got are visible, but some aren't.

> All three blasters are connected and easily in sight, but none are actually
> attached to the STB receiver.  Where did I go wrong?

Did you set up a channel change script and wire it up in mythtv-setup?

> PS - I'm trying to make this work with the HdPvr, can I still use the
> pvr-150 as a second tuner?  When I change channels on one, will it switch
> the other?

If both are recording from cable boxes, you need two transmitters.
They can be controlled independently.

Jarod Wilson
jarod at wilsonet.com

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