Airstar HD5000 support. (1 Viewer)

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Is it the ATSC model of Technisat Skystar 2 ?

If it use the same driver 4.3.2 as others (Skystar DVB-S, cablestar DVB-C, Airstar DVB-T), It would work.

But It would be great If somebody who own it could test it to be sure.
 

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AirStar HD5000 almost works

I have an AirStar-HD5000AV-PCI ATSC/8VSB HDTV PCI card.
MP recognizes it and the channels are tuned, but ...
I get no audio and no video (the black screen).

I was hoping someone had an easy fix, but I haven't found one yet.
Does anyone know if installing the TV-Engine (server) version would fix this?
That is the next attempt.

The supported card page lists the AirStar2 but indicates "NO" in all the functions. That doesn't sound encouraging if it is still accurate.
 

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Conclusion: not supported

I looked for Technisat Airstar 2 in the capturecarddefintions.xml file and didn't find it.
I guess that explains why it doesn't work. I'm not technical enough or have enough time to figure this out myself.

The TV Server does see the card, but doesn't know what kind it is I suppose.
It reports "1 ATSC B2C2 MPEG-2 Source", and can scan/tune all the channels.
In the manual control window it lists the channels but no signal strength chart shows up and when I click the "TimeShift" button to test it a popup says "Channel is not mapped to any card", even though under channel mapping they are all mapped to card #1.

End of game for me. If someone has a fix for this (the AirStar-HD5000AV card gets supported) or someone who knows what to do and wants to debug/fix this, then send me an email at jameslsanders@gmail.com

Thanks,
James
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I'm not sure if this will help, but I have setup a second generation Air2PC PCI card. I think that it uses the same drivers. You would have to change the device ID and maybe the pin assignments.

Code:
<capturecard commercialname="TechniSat DVB-PC TV Star PCI (BDA)" capturename="TechniSat BDA Digital Capture" devid="ven_13d0&amp;dev_2103&amp;subsys_210313d0&amp;rev_02">
    <capabilities tv="true" radio="false" mpeg2="true" mce="true" sw="false" bda="true"/>
    <tv>
      <interface cat="capture" video="2" audio="3" mpeg2="1" sectionsandtables="5"/>
      <filters>
        <filter cat="networkprovider" name="Microsoft ATSC Network Provider"			checkdevice="false"/>
        <filter cat="tunerdevice"     name="TechniSat BDA Digital Tuner"		checkdevice="true"/>
        <filter cat="capture"         name="TechniSat BDA Digital Capture"		checkdevice="true"/>
      </filters>
      <connections>
		<connection sourcefilter="networkprovider" sourcepin="0" sinkfilter="tunerdevice"	sinkpin="0"/>
		<connection sourcefilter="tunerdevice"     sourcepin="0" sinkfilter="capture"		sinkpin="0"/>
      </connections>
    </tv>
  </capturecard>

Here's the original post of my card setup:
https://forum.team-mediaportal.com/showpost.php?p=78597&postcount=192

P.S. I am using the last stable build, version 0.2.2.0
 

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Technisat HD5000

I also have this card, and it installs as Skystar 2 and will scan and recognize channels. But it also desplays no audio or video when tuning the channels. I'm fairly savvy and would love to volunteer to be the guinea pig in the US to get this card working. If anyone out there can point me in the right direction and help me, i'm happy to go for it. I feel like we're close since it's based on the skystar 2 chipset that apparently works elsewhere.

Thanks,

C
 

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It looks like it is set up for European TV. You need to change the CaptureCardDefinitions.xml file so that it will use the Microsoft ATSC Network Provider.

There are two entries for the SkyStar 2, rev_01 and rev_02. You could just replace the "Microsoft DVBS Network Provider" with "Microsoft ATSC Network Provider", or add this to the bottom of the file:
Code:
  <capturecard commercialname="TechniSat Skystar 2 (BDA)" capturename="TechniSat BDA Digital Capture" devid="ven_13d0&amp;dev_2103&amp;subsys_210313d0&amp;rev_02">
    <capabilities tv="true" radio="false" mpeg2="true" mce="false" sw="false" bda="true"/>
    <tv>
      <interface cat="capture" video="2" audio="3" mpeg2="1" sectionsandtables="5"/>
      <filters>
        <filter cat="networkprovider" name="Microsoft ATSC Network Provider"	checkdevice="false"/>
        <filter cat="tunerdevice"     name="TechniSat BDA Digital Tuner"	    checkdevice="true"/>
        <filter cat="capture"         name="TechniSat BDA Digital Capture"	  checkdevice="true"/>
      </filters>
      <connections>
        <connection sourcefilter="networkprovider" sourcepin="0" sinkfilter="tunerdevice"	sinkpin="0"/>
        <connection sourcefilter="tunerdevice"     sourcepin="0" sinkfilter="capture"		  sinkpin="0"/>
      </connections>
    </tv>
  </capturecard>
  
  <capturecard commercialname="TechniSat Skystar 2 (BDA)" capturename="TechniSat BDA Digital Capture" devid="ven_13d0&amp;dev_2103&amp;subsys_210313d0&amp;rev_01">
    <capabilities tv="true" radio="false" mpeg2="true" mce="false" sw="false" bda="true"/>
    <tv>
      <interface cat="capture" video="2" audio="3" mpeg2="1" sectionsandtables="5"/>
      <filters>
        <filter cat="networkprovider" name="Microsoft ATSC Network Provider"	checkdevice="false"/>
        <filter cat="tunerdevice"     name="TechniSat BDA Digital Tuner"	    checkdevice="true"/>
        <filter cat="capture"         name="TechniSat BDA Digital Capture"	  checkdevice="true"/>
      </filters>
      <connections>
        <connection sourcefilter="networkprovider" sourcepin="0" sinkfilter="tunerdevice"	sinkpin="0"/>
        <connection sourcefilter="tunerdevice"     sourcepin="0" sinkfilter="capture"		  sinkpin="0"/>
      </connections>
    </tv>
  </capturecard>
Make sure the last line, </capturecards> (note the plural "s") is still last.
 

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I reinstalled the card and the software from the CDs, and installed the graphedit debugging software from Microsoft to locate any BDA driver available for the device, but there was not source driver listed/installed. This agrees with the TechniSat support site that states that they are not and will not provide a BDA driver for the card. No "source" BDA driver results in no video path so no video output to the PVR. Since GBPVR and Microsoft Media Center require BDA drivers you would think the manufacturer would implement one for the card and therefore sell more cards...

I'm going to install Linux and MythTV on another system and try it there. This card is reported as being natively supported in that application with multiple users.

Perhaps Paul.S above could indicate where the driver he is using is available or located from. We could try that driver to see if it works if we could install it, but it doesn't come with this card which implies it probably would not work correctly.
 

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The Technisat web site has a BDA driver. It is listed as Beta software. I have an old Air2PC card that came with a BDA driver. I checked, and it appears to be the same driver as the Technisat BDA Beta driver.

Here's a link to the driver:
http://www.technisat.de/download/en/soft/441B20070306web.zip

Oh, and there is nothing wrong with switching to Linux/MythTV. :) I have a PC with MythTV and the same Air2PC card.
 

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