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Windows 7: Low Bit Rate (Tuner has stopped capturing data.

16 Jan 2010   #1

windows 7 Ultimate 64
Low Bit Rate (Tuner has stopped capturing data.

Occasionally windows media center will stop playing video and throw up the "Low Bit rate" error. It states that the tuner has stopped capturing data, but im not sold on that explanation. Any ideas?


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17 Jan 2010   #2


I received this error initially after first install of W7 a few times. I forced a re-install of the latest chipset drivers, then the latest video drivers then the latest audio drivers and re-ran WMC from the beginning.

Have not seen it since.
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24 Jan 2010   #3

windows 7 Ultimate 64

Ive tried this and still getting the same issue. Any other ideas?
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24 Jan 2010   #4


download the drivers from nVidia just released and go to realtek site and downland and install latest. also force your P221W to use the digital drivers.
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25 Jan 2010   #5

windows 7 Ultimate 64

Sorry did not realize that Nvidia & Realtek released new drivers so recently. I am currently downloading the realtek driver and already loaded the Nvidea driver (allows 3D capability). I will update with my findings.
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30 Jan 2010   #6

windows 7 Ultimate 64

I tried the new drivers and still same issue. I dont know what a P221W is. If its a monitor I have a Sync Master T220. Sorry for the ignorance. Since installing the new drivers I have had increased incidents of windows explorer crashing. Im going to have to look at some posts here to find out what I can do about that.
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30 Jan 2010   #7


I must have looked at my own spec's thinking they were yours - sorry...

You most likely need to do a full uninstall of both the audio and video drivers (and software) first, then install the latest drivers.

Using add remove programs remove all nVidia entries. Reboot. From device manager uninstall your sound drivers. Reboot. Each time Windows will install the base drivers on boot. That's OK - then go ahead and run the downloaded installer for each. Make sure your screen resolution in the nVidia CP is set to the native resolution of your screen and that your audio is set the correct channels for your speakers. Then run WMC again.
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04 Apr 2010   #8

windows 7 home premium
WMC may display Low Bit Rate overlay messages

Hiya there you need to download this update from microsoft:

Update for Windows 7 (KB981130)

thats woks perfectly for me:

from microsoft support site

Article ID: 981130 - Last Review: March 24, 2010 - Revision: 1.0
Windows Media Center may display Low Bit Rate overlay messages on a computer that is running Windows 7

Issue that is fixed in this update: On a computer that is running Windows 7, you use Windows Media Center together with an analog TV tuner to watch live analog TV. In this situation, you receive intermittent Low Bit Rate overlay messages in Windows Media Center.

Windows Media Center monitors the incoming bit rate of live TV. Without this monitoring, the bit rate drops very low when the analog TV input is weak or does not have a signal. This causes a black screen or a static screen to be displayed. With this monitoring, Windows Media Center displays an overlay message to indicate a possible issue with the incoming bit rate when the analog TV input is weak or does not have a signal.

However, the method that is used to monitor the incoming bit rate on analog signals is too sensitive. This may cause a false detection of a low bit rate.

Note Many regions have switched over to digital broadcasting. There are hardware configurations in digital broadcasts to convert the digital signal to an analog signal. These configurations can include set top boxes and digital to analog-switch-boxes.

Update information

How to obtain this update

The following files are available for download from the Microsoft Download Center:

All supported x86-based versions of Windows 7 KB981130

All supported x64-based versions of Windows 7 KB981130

  • Windows 7 Home Premium
  • Windows 7 Professional
  • Windows 7 Ultimate
  • Windows 7 Enterprise
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