WinTV-PVR-250/350 Troubleshooting notes
What Operating Systems are supported by the WinTV-PVR-250/350?
The WinTV PVR 250/350 will function under Windows98SE (Second Edition), WindowsME, Windows2000, and Windows XP.
It will not function under Windows95, NT 4.0, Windows XP64 or Embedded and is not currently supported under Windows Server2003, or Linux.
What is the name "wintv pvr pci ii"?
The name wintv pvr pci ii indicates the WinTV-PVR-250.
For previous WinTV owners before installing the WinTV-PVR-250/350
If a different WinTV device was previously installed on the system, it is recommended to run the
HCWCLEAR utility first before installing the WinTV-PVR-250/350.
This will ensure that all left over files from the older model are
no longer on the system. Run the HCWCLEAR program from your WinTV-PVR-250/350 CD and choose 'Total removal' as well as putting a checkmark in the box to 'Search
all INF files for conflicting hardware' and click ok. Once complete, proceed with the installation as normal.
Error Code 10: This device cannot start.
Try moving the WinTV card to a different PCI slot in the system. If there are any resource issues with the WinTV card and any other device
in the system, this would reassign the resources for the WinTV.
Open the Control Panel - System - Advanced. In the Performance section click on the Settings button, then the Advanced tab. In the
Memory Usage section located here, choose Programs instead of System Cache.
Make sure that the latest drivers for your VGA card are installed as well.
Black screen issues
The main causes for black screen are "Decoder
Issues", no sound card installed in the system, and video cards that do not support "Overlay".
The following information is ONLY a workaround for video cards that do not support Overlay.
Symptoms of non-overlay support:
- Black screens when channels have been scanned
- Lockups after channel scan or adding a channel
- Errors when changing MPEG quality level
- Can only display video in MPEG1 setting
You can set the WinTV to run in Primary display mode to get the video in the WinTV2000. You must have the latest version of the
Hauppauge Software decoders and version 1.6 or higher of the
Open the Primary applet located in the Start - Programs - Hauppauge WinTV program group. Select Force Primary and close
the Primary program out. Open WinTV and try adding a channel and see if the video and audio play. Also verify that you can change the MPEG quality settings in the Pref -
Movies - MPEG settings.
Remember, this is just a workaround; the PVR 250/350 is designed and meant to work in Overlay. You may need to upgrade the video card drivers or change your video.
Also make sure that the Hauppauge Software decoders have been installed. These will be listed as Intervideo Filter SDK
for Hauppauge in the Add Remove Programs section of Control Panel. If they are not listed here, please reinstall from the SMD folder of the WinTV Installation
The drivers for your Sound card should also be updated and installed properly.
Also, you can try recording a short MPEG1 VCD file and play it back to see if the decoder is working properly. If you can record and playback a VCD file, then the problem would indicate a Conflict with pre-installed decoders.
If you cannot set the MPEG Quality setting to MPEG1 VCD, this reg file hcwSagForceVCD.reg will set the PVR-250/350 to use MPEG-1 VCD as the Quality setting the next time you launch the WinTV2000 application. Make sure the WinTV app is NOT running when you install the registry patch.
Decoder Issues - Conflicts with DVD playback software
The PVR-250/350 is a hardware based encoder so the MPEG1 and MPEG2 encoding is done right on the WinTV board itself. The PVR-250/350 does not do hardware-based playback (decoding). It installs a software-based decoder to play back the captured MPEG files. An example of a software MPEG decoder is DVD playback software such as WinDVD or PowerDVD.
Occasionally, the software decoder that the WinTV PVR-250/350 requires
may conflict with a preinstalled decoder (ie. WinDVD or PwerDVD) and cause problems on your system. Some examples of these problems:
- Fatal errors or blue screens when launching WinTV2000
- WinTV2000 will function for a short amount of time and then lock or crash
- You receive audio but no video (black screen)
- You have no audio or video but all your channels scanned in properly
- “Stream Operation” errors when clicking on Record or Pause
- “Pin” errors when changing from one MPEG format to another
- “Dshow” errors when launching the application, or when recording or playing back files
- “Kernal 32.dll" crash on shutdown of WinTV2000
In all these cases, the cause is usually a problem with the software decoder the WinTV
is trying to use. Either the decoders are not installed
properly or they are conflicting with a decoder already
installed in the system.
A company called InterVideo writes the decoders used by the PVR-250/350. They also produce very popular DVD playback software called WinDVD, which very often conflicts with our decoders. However, this problem is not limited to WinDVD.
The easiest way to troubleshoot a decoder problem is to first uninstall any DVD playback software on your computer and then reinstalling the WinTV decoders by browsing the WinTV installation CD and going into the folder called SMD and running the executable located there. These decoders are also available for download from our website. The WinTV decoders cannot be used to playback DVDs. If your WinDVD software is in conflict with the WinTV decoders and you would still like to use your playback software you can try our updated decoders which have improved compatibility with WinDVD. They can be found
Does the WinTV-PVR-250 do MPEG decoding as well as encoding?
The WinTV PVR 250 has MPEG encoding hardware only. It will use software decoding for the playback and pause functions.
The WinTV PVR 350 has Hardware decoding only on the video output. Local playback (on the PC monitor) is still software decoding.
Random Lockups with Dual CPU or Hyperthreaded systems
As a workaround, setting Affinity for the WinTV2k application to use only one CPU will sometimes work. To do this, while the WinTV application is open,
Press CTRL+ALT+Delete on your keyboard to open the Windows Task Manager. In here click on the Processes tab and look for the WinTV2K.EXE listing under Image
Name. Right click on it and choose Set Affinity. In here it will list the active CPUs. Uncheck the highest number CPU. If they are numbered CPU 0 and
CPU 1, uncheck CPU 1. This will make CPU 0 the only one the WinTV will work on.
Microsoft is aware of these types of issues with capture devices. If you would like to read the Microsoft Knowledge base article concerning the
hyper-threading fix you can click the following link. There should be a fix for this in Service Pack2:
Disabling Hyper Threading in the Bios should also allow the PVR250/350 to function properly. This should only be tried as a
WinTV works fine until I restart my computer
Initial installation went in fine without any problems. WinTV and all of its functions work fine until the system is
rebooted. When windows comes up again, it recognizes the card as a new device and must be reinstalled in
order to work again.
Under XP, a possible workaround would be to delete all the Prefetch files located in the "C:\Windows\Prefetch" This could also be caused by resource conflicts. Try moving the WinTV
card to a different PCI slot. Windows will redetect the card when you reboot and should reassign the resources for it.
Can I record one show while watching another with the WinTV-PVR-250/350?
No, the WinTV PVR 250/350 will only be able to record
the program that is being viewed using the supplied
software. If you use SageTV
with the PVR250/350 you can use 2 cards in the system
which will then give you the ability to watch one
channel while recording another. No, the WinTV PVR 250/350 will only be able to record the program that is being viewed.
Where can I purchase the WinTV-PVR-250/350?
The WinTV PVR 250/350 is available at CompUSA. It may also be purchased directly from our online webstore.
What is the difference between the WinTV-PVR-250 and 350 models?
Both models will have the same capture and TV functionality. The PVR 350 adds FM radio, as well as a video output(S-video/Composite video), so you can output captured MPEG videos to an external monitor of VCR.
Video out is only S-Video or Composite, there is no RF output.
When Video Out is enabled, turning off the local playback will lower CPU usage considerably. To access that option, click and hold right mouse button then go down to video out and uncheck Local Playback. You can also turn off Video Out in the same menu selection.
Can I view Closed Captioning with the WinTV-PVR-250/350?
Not currently, however, this feature is planned for a future update.
Can I connect Video game systems to the WinTV-PVR-250/350?
No. The PVR-250/350 may not display game system video properly.
Failed to create TV window. hTV=0xd6a950 Err=1.
This error will occur if the Software decoders have not been installed. These can be reinstalled by running the HCWSMD05.EXE file from the SMD folder located on the WinTV PVR 250/350 installation CD.
"There is no common media type between these pins" HCWSnapshot, Video Renderer.
This error will occur if Overlay is not working properly on your system. Your VGA card MUST support Overlay in order for the WinTV-PVR-250/350 to work. Make sure your graphics card supports Overlay. Also make sure that there are no other programs running that require overlay. ie. Windows Media Player. These programs will take over the Overlay surface and prevent the WinTV PVR 250/350 from working.
This error may also come up if the Software Decoders have not been installed. Reinstall the software codecs. You can download them from here.
Also, be sure that the VGA cards hardware acceleration settings are on Full. (control panel/display/settings/advanced).
"WinTV Initialization Error.hTV=10" when trying to open the WinTV program.
This error will only come up if the VFW drivers have been installed on the system. For example, if you had a different model WinTV installed that requires VFW drivers and installed the PVR 250/350 software over it, you may get this error. You may also get this error if you have downloaded and installed the PVR PCI updated drivers mistakenly.
The WinTV PVR 250/350 DOES NOT USE VFW drivers. To correct this error, run the PVR48xxx.exe file from the PVR folder on the WinTV-PVR-250/350 installation CD. The latest versions are available here.
Also, if this error is seen during the driver installation procedure, try reseating or moving the WinTV board into another PCI slot(s), making sure that it is firmly in place.
IVAC not found error
Indicates that the hardware is not being seen correctly by the system. Try reseating the WinTV Board into a different PCI slot(s) in the system, and confirm that the board is firmly in place.
Error in MSVCRT.DLL when trying to open the WinTV program.
If you get an error in MSVCRT.DLL please try updating to the latest version of the software currently available on our FTP site
DVD MovieFactory: "Error: cannot read from file" when creating VCD.
ULead DVD MovieFactory application update
The latest updates to MovieFactory can be found at: www.ulead.com/tech/dmf/dmf_ftp.htm
A fix for a hang when burning VCD's is now available.
DVD MovieFactory: "Failed to initialize capture driver"
DVD MovieFactory is provided as an editing and authoring program only. It cannot capture the video directly. You must capture the MPEG video files using the WinTV2000 application and then import them into DVD MovieFactory to edit them.
Third party capture applications not supported
The WinTV-PVR-250/350 records directly to MPEG using onboard Hardware encoders. Most third party capture applications are looking to attach to a card or driver that supports uncompressed video recordings. Like AVI files. These programs cannot capture video directly using the PVR-250/350.
Hibernate and Power Management options not supported
When the WinTV is running, any Power Management routines configured on the computer will not run. Including Hibernate.
Can I create SVCD's as well as VCD's with the PVR-250/350?
Yes, the PVR-250/350 has VCD and SVCD settings in the MPEG Capture Preferences. In the WinTV2000 application, click on the PREF button. In here click on the Capture tab and then the MPEG Tab. You can then select the Quality Level desired.
To create an SVCD, simply choose one of the SVCD settings in the list and Record your video. Then in Ulead Movie Factory you can burn it onto a CD using the Authoring options. The same can be done with the VCD files.
Can I edit the captured Videos created with the WinTV-PVR-250/350?
Yes, you can edit the MPEG files with Ulead's Movie Factory (included). Please refer to Ulead's User Manual for instructions. This is located in the Ulead DVD Movie Factory program group. Click on Start - Programs - Ulead DVD Movie Factory
An MPEG editor called Nano Editor is available directly from Hauppauge. This will allow you to cut out commercials. This is a "cut only" editor, and may be downloaded here.
Approximate file sizes captured with the WinTV-PVR-250/350?
The WinTV-PVR-250 will be able to capture MPEG1 up to 352 X 480(NTSC), 352 X 576(PAL/SECAM) and MPEG2 up to 720 X 480(NTSC), 704 X 576(PAL/SECAM).
Approximate file sizes per minute of capture, depending on the format chosen:
||Approximate File Size
SVCD Long Play
||1.6 - 2 Mbits/sec
SVCD Standard Play
||2 - 2.25 Mbits/sec
||1.6 - 2 Mbits/sec
MPEG2 2Mbits/sec HalfD1
1.6 - 2 Mbits/sec
DVD Extra Long Play
3 - 4.44 Mbits/sec
|DVD Long Play
|| 4.8 - 6.2 Mbits/sec
|DVD Standard Play
| 6.4 - 8 Mbits/sec
| 9.6 - 12 Mbits/sec
|MPEG-2 12Mbits/sec CBR
|| 12 Mbits/sec
All Bit Rates are VBR (Variable Bit Rate) unless otherwise noted.
Windows Media Center
The WinTV-PVR-250/350 is compatible with Windows media Center for Windows XP. For support on media center, contact the providing OEM or Microsoft. For further info on the PVR-250/350 and Media Center click here. Microsoft does not currently support video out with the PVR-350 on its Media Center OS.