[vdr] Conax CAM refuses to tune
jan.ekholm at smultron.net
Sun Dec 23 22:02:23 CET 2007
After almost a year without TV (the old VDR box died completely and we didn't
bother to rebuild it) it's time to watch some Christmas specials and I've
tried to resurrect VDR.
I have it all working ok for our FTA cable channels and VDR works as it should
there. For the few subscription channels we have a Hauppauge CI and a Conax
CAM and a normal "subscription card". This setup worked well for years before
the crash to I assume it should work ok now too.
During startup I see:
CAM 4: module ready
CAM 4: Conax 4.00e, 01, 0B00, 04B1
CAM 4: doesn't reply to QUERY - only a single channel can be decrypted
Which looks ok to me. Then I also see a few of these pairs:
CAM 4: module reset
CAM 4: module present
Looking into the Setup->CAM menu shows that "CAM 4" is present and is a Conax
4.00. Sometimes I can open the menu for the CAM but usually it fails. When it
happens to open and I choose anything from the five entries there nothing
ever happens, for some options I see some "Please wait" text and then after a
while the menu is closed. So, something isn't right there.
After fiddling with the CA descriptor in channels.conf (this isn't really that
much documented) I manage to get this:
CAM 4: unassigned
skipped channels 15..19
The channels 15 to 19 are the encrypted channels. The initial channels.conf I
got from "scan" had "1" for the CA field, but reading this:
I see the quote:
"Please set the CA parameter of these channels to 0 (FTA) and tune to them
again. VDR should automatically insert the correct CA values then."
So I set them to "0" and restarted VDR. Now I see that VDR has changed the
ie "B00". Could be ok as this seems to be the id of the CAM. Hardcoding "4"
there has no effect, and "1" at least makes VDR take a bit longer to decide
that "Channel not available".
I am not trying to record multiple channels or do anything fancy, just get VDR
limping along so that we can watch some live TV the next few days.
The setup is:
* 2 Hauppauge DVB-c FF cards
* Hauppauge CI
* Conax 4.x CAM
* vdr-1.5.9 (unpatched)
I'll do a test with 1.4.7 too, just to make sure. Hang on! Nah, same thing
Any ideas what could cause this?
Best regards and a Merry Christmas,
"You can't trample infidels when you're a tortoise. I mean, all you could
do is give them a meaningful look."
-- Terry Pratchett, Small Gods
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