Quote: Originally Posted by Riples
I currently have a media centre running Windows 7 32bit and a Hauppauge 2250 dual tuner card. Everything seemed to be working fine, however, I wanted to introduce a second card. I therefore, installed a second Hauppauge 2250 dual tuner card (identical card) and ever since then I have had issues.
I am interested in your story because I have an HVR-2250 arriving this week (presumably), although it's an RMA replacement for the previous one which seemed DOA... somehow it prevented my machine from physically booting (i.e. no BIOS beep, and nothing out to the monitors... just a completely brain-dead machine) when the 2250 was inserted into the PCIe slot. Remove the 2250, machine boots perfectly. Insert the 2250, machine is brain-dead.
Anyway, thinking it to be defective I've RMA'd it and the replacement will arrive soon.
But your second 2250... did you insert it into a second PCIe x1 slot, or did you use one of your PCIe x16 slots for the second card? I will assume you put the first 2250 into an available PCIe x1 slot, but you might not have had a second one open for the second card, or maybe you did.
Also, from your description it almost sounds like you connected your OTA antenna only to one of the two tuner cards, rather than connecting your antenna to BOTH of the tuner cards (using a splitter) as would seem obvious. You do have antenna connections to both cards (via splitter), do you not?
Anyway, your story is interesting to me. No idea what to suggest to you, but I'm very interested especially in light of my own particular seeming machine incompatibility with my first 2250. I'm getting the ATSC dual-tuner HVR-2250 to replace my two ATI TV Wonder 650 ATSC single-tuner cards, one being PCI and the other being PCIe. I have used the 650 PCI card for years (under both BeyondTV originally and then now under WMC), although the 650 PCIe card is just a recent acquisition which I thought had dual ATSC tuners but it does not. For now, however both 650 cards single ATSC tuners are seen and managed by WMC without problem, both sharing the common ATI driver
for the 650 family. I also have a 4-tuner cablecard-enabled Ceton card in the same machine, also managed by WMC without problem using the Ceton driver for the card.
Actually, I'm skeptical that the first card was actually defective/DOA. In my mind, there's a real possibility there is some true hardware incompatibility with my machine. I've never seen that "brain-dead BIOS" non-boot symptom ever before, and I've worked with lots of hardware and machines over the years.
As far as the driver for the 2250, I would always opt to retrieve the latest one available from the Hauppauge site and install it along with the hardware installation of the card (i.e. with your first card). I know that's what I'm going to do this week if the second RMA card actually does work in my machine. In this case I would prefer to go with the manufacturer's version of a driver rather than a Windows Update obtained version, if possible.