Can't see TV on client - MP hangs (1 Viewer)

lebovitz

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TV-Server Version: 1.0.0 RC1
MediaPortal Version: 1.0.0 RC1
MediaPortal Skin: XFace
Windows Version: XP SP2 on both Server & client
CPU Type: Server - AMDx2 4600+ , Client - Core2Duo 7500
HDD: Server - Maxtor 250GB, client WD AAKS 500GB
Memory: Server - 1GB, Client 2GB
Motherboard: Server - Gigabyte, Client - Asus p5kvm
Video Card: Client - ATI 2600XT (Saphire)
Sound Card: Realtek
1. TV Card: On server - Hauppauge PVR150
MPEG2 Video Codec: FFDSHOW (tried others too MPV...)
MPEG2 Audio Codec: FFDSHOW
h.264 Video Codec: FFDSHOW
Satelite/CableTV Provider: Antenna
HTPC Case: Antec Fusion
Remote: Microsoft (client)

The connection to the server seems fine. I can see the EPG, and request to record programs (I can see the program being recorded on the server configuration). But when I want to see the TV (live) I get a black screen with no sound and MP stops responding. I actually need to shut it from the process manager. Don't see any errors in the log files.
Anyone know the cause to this?
 

sweborn

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I got the same problem. Could it be something with the firewall config (port foward) in my router?
 

lebovitz

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Interesting. Never thought of that.
What port is used by MP?

I'm sure I switched zone alarm off.
 

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    Hi,
    If it's firewall prob, disable it & test. Should be enough to tell Firewall that MediaPortal needs full access in/out.

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    lebovitz

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    It's not a firewall issue, as the FW was disabled.

    It might be dropped by the router. However I need to know what ports to open.
    I can also check it with the 2 computers connected directly (NIC to NIC). This way I'm bypassing the router.
     

    Paranoid Delusion

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    Make sure zonealarm has mediaportal.exe and TVService as exceptions, and disabling a firewall does not neccessarily stop programs being blocked by it (many reports of firewall still being active and only way around was to allow these programs).
     

    SquonkSC

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    TV Clients TV stays black and MP freezes.

    TV-Server Version: 1 RC2
    MediaPortal Version: 1 RC2
    MediaPortal Skin: Default
    Windows Version: XP SP3 on server and client
    CPU Type: AMD64 Dual core 5600+ on both
    HDD: 4x 1TB on Server, 160gb on client
    Memory: 2GB ddr2 800 on both
    Motherboard: Asus M2NPV-VM
    Video Card: Integrated NVidia 6150
    Video Card Driver: latest
    Sound Card: integrated
    Sound Card AC3:
    Sound Card Driver: latest
    1. TV Card: Hauppauge PVR 150
    1. TV Card Type: mpeg hardware
    1. TV Card Driver: latest
    2. TV Card: Hauppauge PVR 150
    2. TV Card Type: mpeg hardware
    2. TV Card Driver: latest
    3. TV Card:
    3. TV Card Type:
    3. TV Card Driver:
    4. TV Card:
    4. TV Card Type:
    4. TV Card Driver:
    MPEG2 Video Codec: MPV
    MPEG2 Audio Codec: MPA
    h.264 Video Codec: Intervideo
    Satelite/CableTV Provider: Ziggo (Casema)
    HTPC Case: Antec
    Cooling: Air
    Power Supply: 500W
    Remote: Microsoft MCE
    TV: 26"LCD
    TV - HTPC Connection: DVI


    Hi there,

    I have the same problem as described.

    I have a HTPC with server/client installed (single seat) in the livingroom, and I have a remote client in my studio with only MP client installed.

    Both are fresh installs of MP1 RC2 with no SVN's.

    For argument sake I have deinstalled all firewalls, which I am not to happy about. ;-)

    So Firewalls are not an issue in this case.

    both the server and the client are on the same switch (1000mb)

    On my HTPC in the livingroom everything works perfectly.

    However, when I start MP in my studio (the client) I can see the EPG with data, the channels, the recordings etcetera.

    I can also see the server is busy sending.
    I can play video's which are on the server, music, pictures, the whole lot. Every thing is working.

    But! The moment I start the TV on the client, MP freezes, although i can see at the server the timeshifting is started by my client in the studio, so something went right and then went wrong.

    The only thing I can do is kill MP.

    After that, the timeshifting on the server stops after a few minutes.

    So clearly there is a connection, and the server is sending, but client is not receiving anything.
    i have tried VLC with RSTP//192.168.1.17/stream1.0 like it says in the serverlog, but it gets nothing.

    I am getting pretty desperate and fed up by reinstalling and configuring everything for the 8th time.

    I have spent 4 days searching the forum, but every time I see a topic similar to mine, people say it's solved, but not what was wrong.
    Or it was the IP on the server, or some other mistake people made, but I am pretty sure that after reading all the manuals and installing everything on both computers (even fresh windows installs and SP3 which took me another day), and not being a novice, I have done everything by the book.

    But I am fresh out of ideas

    So please, please, somebody help me out.

    Thanks a million in advance.
     

    lebovitz

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    My problem was that the Windows firewall blocked the transmission on the Client computer!!!

    When I disabled the firewall on the client computer the problem was solved.
    I then installed ZoneAlarm on the client as well, and things work OK
     

    SquonkSC

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    problem Solved, NVidia network driver was to blame

    Hi there,

    Well I'll be damned, suddenly something struck me.

    Like I mentioned in my previous story, I have two Asus boards.
    Well, they contain a special NVidia application for the the Networkcards, a very enhanced and complicated firewall with antihacking feature.

    The firewall is totally incorporated in the driver, and thus even though I deinstalled the firewall, I found out the driver itself was obstructing the stream.

    The moment I deinstalled the enhanced driver making it go back to the basic driver, I got connection on my client, and everything works now.

    So for you people with NVidia based Mainboards which incorporate the NVidia network firewall, check this out!
     

    Paranoid Delusion

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    The nVIDIA Firewall

    To access the Firewall functions, click on the "nVIDIA Web-based Interface" icon on the desktop, or in the programs menu and that will bring up the above window.

    The Network Access Manager is organized into three different categories; Ethernet, Firewall and Administration. Clicking on any of the headings or links in the main window changes the menu to the left.

    For instance, selecting the Firewall setup gives you the following options above. Users can select predefined security levels (which is recommended) or configure settings themselves. The hardware firewall allows you to configure what ports are opened, closed or in stealth mode.

    Once changes are made, the network interface needs to be restarted, so give your PC a few minutes and you'll be all set. If you suspect any suspicious activity you can always look at the firewall logs for clues.

    The onboard hardware firewall is not enabled by default, so if you are interested in using it you will need to access the Network Access Manager and turn it on. Although, with WindowsXP Service Pack 2 out right now, the usefulness of this feature really comes into question.
    This is what i could find out about it.
     

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