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Windows 7: Signal Strength Meter

26 Feb 2010   #1
dogloop

 
 
Signal Strength Meter

This is from Microsoft's web site.(see below) I do not have the option "Digital TV antenna signal strength. I really need to check my signal strength. Anybody else have this problem?
I have 2 Hauppage 950Q tuners that I receive clear QAM through the cable company on.

  • On the Windows Media Center start screen, scroll to Tasks, click Settings, click TV, click TV Signal, and then do one of the following:
    • Click Scan for More Channels, and then follow the instructions. Media Center will look for additional channels that might be available for your TV tuner.
    • Click Digital TV Antenna Signal Strength, and then follow the instructions. Media Center will scan each channel individually and display its signal strength. On the Adjust Digital TV Antenna and Choose Channels screen, you can clear the check box next to channels with little or no signal so they won't show up in the Guide.



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26 Feb 2010   #2
Darryl Licht

Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit Steve Ballmer Signature Edition
 
 

So you dont see this option? TV Signal...

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26 Feb 2010   #3
dogloop

 
 

Actually, underneath TV Signal I have 2 options:
"Scan for more channels"
"Set up TV Signal"

I think I may hav figured out why.
I hooked up an old Pinnacle 800 to my laptop which has an OTA antenna.
And went through the setup process and using the pinnacle tuner and OTA antenna I see the 3rd option "Digital TV Signal Antenna Strength"
I think this option must only be for OTA antennas and not for cable connected tuners.
Can anyone verify this?
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26 Feb 2010   #4
Darryl Licht

Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit Steve Ballmer Signature Edition
 
 

Yep... I dont have an over the air, but that option is in my WMC setup also.
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26 Feb 2010   #5
dogloop

 
 

Really? Okay, then it must be how Windows is seeing my 950Q tuners.
Maybe I will try to reset them up and see if I get it.

Thanks!
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28 Feb 2010   #6
Darryl Licht

Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit Steve Ballmer Signature Edition
 
 

Any success?
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28 Feb 2010   #7
dogloop

 
 

No success. Redid my tv tuner setup. Still don't have the option.
I think it must be how media center see's the tuners.
My 950Q tuners are dual tuners, both digital and analog.
That might make a difference, not really sure.
Guess I will just check my signal using my TV's feature instead of through media center.
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28 Feb 2010   #8
Little Darwin

Windows 7 Home Premium (64 bit)
 
 

I don't understand your issue.

If you are getting good enough signals for your TV and your tuner, then why do you need to know the signal strength/quality?

Or is there a symptom you are trying to address?
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28 Feb 2010   #9
dogloop

 
 

I never said I was getting a good signal. I want to put a booster on my cable line and would like the signal strength meter to judge a before/after reading.
My signal is okay (not great), but it's clear qam and I have fluxuations which kills my recordings at times.
I think a signal booster would help. Am probably going to order the motorola bda100 and see if it helps.
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28 Feb 2010   #10
Darryl Licht

Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit Steve Ballmer Signature Edition
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by dogloop View Post
I never said I was getting a good signal. I want to put a booster on my cable line and would like the signal strength meter to judge a before/after reading.
My signal is okay (not great), but it's clear qam and I have fluxuations which kills my recordings at times.
I think a signal booster would help. Am probably going to order the motorola bda100 and see if it helps.
Please report back with your results... and I think that signal strength meter is only for over the air... not cable!
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