[mythtv-users] Comcast CableCard Info

Steven Adeff adeffs.mythtv at gmail.com
Mon Aug 1 22:22:13 UTC 2011

On Mon, Aug 1, 2011 at 6:21 PM, Steven Adeff <adeffs.mythtv at gmail.com> wrote:
> On Mon, Aug 1, 2011 at 6:17 PM, Ronald Frazier <ron at ronfrazier.net> wrote:
>>> well, Comcast seems to be having issues validating my card.
>>> Card Authorization: Not Validated, Binding Authentication Complete,
>>> Validation Message not received yet.
>>> I've received a channel map, and I can tune the ClearQAM channels, but
>>> nothing yet for cable channels. The issue has been escalated and some
>>> folks in their "tech" department (I forgot what they called it) have
>>> been in touch. They know of the Ceton card but it's been a few hours
>>> with no change...
>> Ah, I know that message all too well. Welcome to hell :-)
>> I had a hell of a time getting past that message when I first setup my
>> ceton. I only got around that issue by throwing the card in my windows
>> box, resetting the configuration, and who knows what else. At the time
>> I had some suspicion that you couldn't properly activate the card in
>> linux, but since then one of the other posters here proved that wrong
>> by doing the activation entirely in linux, so that clearly wasn't the
>> problem.
>> My next guess (and my working suspicion at the moment) is the IP
>> address. Is your Ceton working on the default IP, or did
>> you change it to something else? If you changed it, I highly recommend
>> you set it back to the default and then have the comcast tech's in the
>> NOC or engineering department resend you the EMM (Entitlement
>> Management Message). This is the signal that tells your cablecard what
>> channels you are authorized to get.
>> The channel map is provided independent of everything else. I'm nearly
>> certain that I was seeing the channel map well before we got rid of
>> that Card Authorization message.
>> Also, what is your firmware version, hardware revision, and what
>> version drivers did you install? While it's possible one of those
>> could be a problem, I don't think that's the case. However, if all
>> else fails, make sure you are on the newest version (firmware,
>> hardware 4884, and driver 1.2). You can download them all from here:
>> http://www.cetoncorp.com/infinitv/support/linux.php
> I am using the default ip and have the latest firmware's uploaded from
> that page as well (though I don't know where to check the hardware #
> but I do see the firmware info).
> The Comcast tech folks have been calling me back every so often so
> they look to be on top of it. The one guy said he'd really like to
> figure out how to get it working since he knows others will be calling
> in eventually with the same Ceton+linux setup.
> so for the time being I'm on call. I hope I don't need a windows
> machine though, since, well, I don't have one...

doh! I just noticed where it says the hardware revision below the
firmware version and it did indeed properly take that firmware as

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