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Installation of the TechnoTrend/Hauppauge DVB card

Here I'll explain how to install the TechnoTrend/Hauppauge DVB card (a PCI card for both DVB data and DVB Television reception by satellite) for use with Europe Online (EON) and for watching satellite TV programs. Most Internet by satellite providers use a similar setting.

Note: Due to the very bad performance of EON these pages are no longer updated. The forum however remains.

Note: the ISP SuperWeb no longer exists! Other ISP will do just fine!

Note: These cards are compatible with MultiDec - a piece of software capable of descrambling scrambled transmission like Pay-TV.

Note: these instructions are Windows 9x based, other Windows version might work similar.

Internet via de Satelliet

Overview

Introduction

This guide is good to start working with the combination of Europe Online and the Technotrend and look-a-like boards, like Siemens, Galaxis, TechnoTrend and Hauppauge DVB-s & Nexus, even in combination with SuperWeb ! The big downside of these cards, with the exception of Galaxis and Siemens, is that you should not count on any proper support from their helpdesk.

Technotrend, Hauppauge, Siemens, Galaxis,... it's all the same card ...
The same card over and over: TechnoTrend

The now following text is based on my own experiences and the experiences of others. I can't guarantee that this is the best, fool proof method of installing. By my knowledge however, this is a very easy and good working method.

Note: the entire setup is spread over several pages. This will increase the download speed for the page.

TechnoTrend WinTV DVB-s Setup

Requirements:

In the text below I will refer to Hauppauge for drivers and software. For the Hauppauge look-a-likes similar software is available (all of them done by TechnoTrend) only the names are changed to for example TechnoTrend, Galaxis, etc.

Short briefing for the impatient & Step by Step guide

The tabel below you can be used in two ways:

1. For the impatient (like me)
It's a short an quick briefing on how to install. Only experienced users should use this.

2. For the less experienced
Each step is a link to a page where the steps are explained in detail, including snapshots and photographs.

Step
Activity
Shutdown computer and open case
Look for an empty PCI slot
Connect internal Audio
Insert DVB card in to PCI slot
Connect antenna-cable from dish
Close PC case
Boot computer
Install driver
Install software
Check network-settings
Setup DVB Data Services for proper transponders
Setup Internet Explorer proxy-servers
Setup TV/Teletext software

 

STEP 1

Shutdown your computer and open the case so you can access the mainboard.

Shutdown your computer, if you have not done so yet. Remove the power-cord. Remove the screw and finally remove the "hood" of the PC-case.

!!! DO NOT SWITCH YOUR COMPUTER ON UNTIL STEP 7 !!!

STEP 2

Locate an empty PCI-slot.

This is not to hard to find since most manufacturers use these color codes to identifcy the slots:

Color
Slot-type
Black
ISA (antique 8 or 16bits slot)
White
PCI (required for DVB)
Brown
AGP (videocard) or
AMR (smaller, Audio or Modem card)

 

STEP 3

If needed, you can now connect the internal Audio connections.

INTERNAL AUDIO
Your DVB card has 2 connectors for the internal audio connection.
One of these (A - see image at Step 5) is connected to your souncard, the other connector (B - see image at Step 5) can be connectied - optionally - to your CDRom-player's audio output. This last option can be helpfull if you don't have enough connectors free on your Audio card.

EXTERNAL AUDIO
Alternatively, you can connect audio using the external Audio output of your DVB card. In the picture below marked as connector C (see image at Step 5).

STEP 4

Insert the DVB card into the empty PCI slot and locked it.

Check, just to be sure, that the card is inserted correctly and not like often happens slightly tilted or not pressed far enough into the slot (the golden contacts on the bottom of the card, should not be visible).

Note: your PC is still NOT switched on !

STEP 5

Connect the antenna-cable of the dish gently to the DVB-card.

The centre pin of the connector used is simply the same wire used inside the antenna-cable and therefor not very strong. Be gentle!

Use connector marked F in the picture below to connect your antenna to. The connector marked E can be used to connect additional satellite receivers (for example an other computer or a normal TV/Sat-receiver).

Once again: NOTE THAT YOUR COMPUTER SHOULD NOT BE SWITHED ON!

What ever you do: ALWAYS make sure your computer is switched OFF when connecting or disconnecting the antenna cable !

Antenna connector

Connectors of the  DVB card

Connectors of the DVB card:

A
B
C
D
E
F
Soundcard
CDRom/DVDRom/etc Audio
Audio OUTPUT
Video OUTPUT
Antenna OUTPUT
Antenna INPUT


STEP 6

Close the PC's case.

Do not power your computer yet !
After you closed the PC, place the screws back and finally reconnect the power-cord but do not boot your computer yet !

STEP 7

Reboot your computer.

After connecting all cables (including the powercord) you can switch your computer on so it will boot.

STEP 8

Driver installation.

As soon as Windows (Windows 95, 98, 98SE, ME, 2000) starts, it will come up with a notification that it found a PCI device (the DVB-card). The next pictures illustrate this, using Windows 98 SE (Second Edition). Other Windows version will show similar dialogs with the exception of Windows NT.

Hardware found?

Select "Next".

In the new dialog, check "Search for the best driver for you device" and select "Next".

A new dialog opens. Insert the Hauppauge installation CDRom in the CDRom-drive.
Check "Specify a location" and select "Browse...". Now start looking for the location of the drivers. The standard CDRom that came with the DVB-card, will show the driver in the directory CDROM:\Driver\7146 (ofcourse you will need to replace CDROM with the drive-letter of your CDRom-drive). You can also try to download a new driver version, see DVB-Drivers for details where to get these.

Note: Windows 2000 and Windows XP user!!! You will NEED driver version 2.08 or newer !!!

Select "OK" followed by "Next". Windows will display a message that it found your DVB card.

Select "Next".

This last dialog indicates that Windows finished the installation of the driver. Select "Finish" to complete.
Installation of the driver can be checked by clicking with the right mouse button on "My Computer" and selecting "Properties". Select the tab "Device Manager" and open the group "Sound, video and game controllers". There you will find the DVB card, the name is depending on the driver you installed, for example the Hauppauge drivers will indicate a "Hauppauge WinTV DVB-s".

STEP 9

Software installation.

Start "SETUP.EXE" or "SETUP" of the Hauppauge/Technotrend CDRom. There are 2 ways of doing this:

1. double click "My Computer".
Next double click the CDRom icon. Depending on the version of the CDRom the setup might autorun. If not, double click on the "SETUP.EXE" icon.

2. click the "Start" button of Windows, select "Run..." and type the drive-letter of the CDRom-drive followed by ":\SETUP.EXE". For example D:\SETUP.EXE if D is the drive-letter of your CDRom-drive.

A dialog appears, select "Next".

In this new dialog, if you want to install the software on a different location, then do this now by selecting "Browse". This is not required but some people like to keep things neat and clean....

Select "Next".

The installation of the software will now be completed. When setup is finished copying files a dialog will appear in order to complete the network settings (not in Windows XP and Windows 2000). Automatically, while being at "network-installation", another dialog appears (Adapter Properties). Select "OK" - the virtual network driver is installed now - followed by "Exit and Restart". Windows will now reboot (not WinXP and 2K).

STEP 10

Check network settings.

Finally, after Windows finished rebooting, we can check the network settings of the DVB card. This is done by clicking "Network Neighbourhood" with the right mousebutton, and selecting "Properties".

A "Network" dialog appears, where we see the "Virtual DVB/IP Network Adapter".

Just beneath the Virtual Network Adapter we see the protocol used by the DVB-card: "TCP/IP -> Virtual DVB/IP Network Adapter" - double click this, so we can verify the IP-Address used.

This is the way it should be: IP-address = 192.168.2.239. If this is correct, select "Cancel" twice. Network properties will now be closed.

Just in case the IP-address is not correct, you can correct this.

Note that in private networks, the IP-address might be in the same ip-range as the normal network. Make sure the network ip-range and subnet mask are not th same.

Remember the IP-address, as we might need it later on !

STEP 11

Setup DVB Data Services.

REGISTRY TRICK
In this particular step we will setup the transponders so we can actually receive data from the satellite. To make life a bit easier, I copied my registry settings so you can download these here. Settings for all transponders are included (103, 113, 114 and 115). After downloading, you will need to unzip the file using for example WinZip. Double click the unzipped file (make sure "DBV Data Services" is not running) and the information will be added to your registry.

Note: this is a copy of the settings for the driver version 1.22.
I don't know if they will work with other versions of the drivers ! If it worked can be cheked by looking at the "Service Selection" in the "DBV Data Services" application. Finding "EOL No103" there will be a good sign.
In case this worked just fin, I just saved you this:

MANUAL
Start the program "DVB Data Services" by selecting "Start" - "Hauppauge WinTV DVB-s" - "DVB Data Services". If the text appears in a different language, then use the little flag in the lower left corner to switch language.

DVBData startup screen

Note the icons in the Systray (in the lower right corener of your monitor, displaying the Windows time as well):

- DVBPCI (the DVB server for DVB Data)
- Green or red smiley (the DVB Data Services)

Now select the tab "State / Tuner" where you can select "New" to add a transponder.

Here you will have to enter "Frequency", "Symbol rate" and "Polarization" as shown on the transponder page. As an example we will setup transponder 113.

Frequency: 12633250
Symbolrate: 220000000
Polarization: H (Horizontal)

Select "Apply" and the indicators ("Signal quality" and "Signal level") will show a value now.

The exact values aren't that important. The indicator in the SysTray will either display a green (dark or ligh) smiley if reception is OK. A red smiley indicates NO RECEPTION which can be caused by a typo or a badly adjust dish.

Select the "Filter"-tab and add, in a similar fashion, the filters as shown on the transponder page.

The Radius login, used by Europe Online, requires one additional setting: at the tab "Filter Options" you must check the "Calculate MAC address from the IP address of the dialup connection".

The IP-address (0.0.0.0) is not very important, the application will changes this if needed.

Repeat this entire "step" to setup all required transponders. When done, select "Hide".

Note: "DVB Data Services" will always be required when internetting!

STEP 12

Check webbrowser proxy-settings.

So, now we're almost ready for our first INTERNET Test-drive, but first we need to do the proper settings for the Internet Explorer.

Note: similar settings are required for Netscape, Opera, etc. NetCaptor however uses the Internet Explorer settings.

With the right mouse button click on the blue "e" found on your desktop. Select "Properties" from the popup menu as shown below. Select the tab "Connections".

Select IE properties
Select the dialup-adapter

In the pictures above this text you will notice that I have 3 dialup-adapters in use. Take a look at the Dialup-page for more information and tips. I use 3 dialup-adapters so switching between transponders is easier.

Select the dialup-adapter you want to use for Internet by Satellite and select "Settings".

Change proxy settings here

Make sure "Use a proxy server" is checked.

Enter the proxy server's IP-address at the "Address" field. This should be the proxy that goes with the transponder you would like to use (take a look at the transponder page). For the transponder 113 the (new!) IP-address should be 194.177.32.11 (in picture above the old ip-address is mentioned).

Next step is to enter the proper "Port" number (8080). Here you can also enter the username and password for the dialup adpater at the fields "User name" and "Password".
Note: This is not the same password as the one you use for the login at Europe Online !

Select "OK" and repeat these steps for each individual Dialup-adapter. If you experience problems mind you to change the same settings for "LAN Settings" as well.

When finished, close the window by selecting "OK".

Starting your first session

  1. Start DVB Data Services
  2. Start the dialup adapter you wish to use for the Internet Service Provider.

That's it ! Now you can surf by Satellite ...

Setup of the TV and Teletext application

On this page I will briefly describe how to get all the Radio and TV stations up and running for the DVB TV&Radio application without to much effort.

Thank God this a relatively easy. You could have the program to search for the Radio and TV stations but there is an easier way to do this. I made my settings available for download so just about anybody can use it.

The Astra settings can be download at either TechnoTrend or Hauppauge - See DVB Drivers for details.

Click on the Windows "START" button. Select "PROGRAMS" - "HAUPPAUGE WINTV DVB-s" - "DVB TV & Radio". In the newer release (ie. 1.22) only the options "DVB Data Services" (for surfing the Internet) and "DVB TV & Radio" remain.

In the "DVB TV & Radio" application, click on the silver colored binder to select the Astra settings file. The key combination CTRL+O will do the same job.

If you downloaded the Astra aettings, you can now select the unzipped TPR-file and select "Open". All Radio and TV settings are now done.

2 remarks:

  • Not all stations will have image, for most of these channels you will have to get an subscription, like Canal+.

  • Yep, there is a software descramble (CI/CAM) called MultiDec available that descrambles Pay-TV.

 

 


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