Support: WinTV-DCR-2650 Dual Tuner CableCARD receiver

Latest Windows driver and WinTV-DCR-2650 Firmware updates

Note:The WinTV-DCR-2650 is only supported under Windows 7 Media Center and Windows 8 (with the Windows Media Center add-on). It is not supported under Windows XP Media Center.

WinTV-DCR-2650 Installation CD

WinTV-DCR-2650 Installer Version

Note:This is a single file which includes the Windows 7 and 8 driver, firmware plus utilities

This will update the firmware to version 20141124

Install instructions:
  • Click to download. Click 'Save' and this file will be saved to your Downloads folder
  • Unzip this file to a directory you will remember
  • Once unzipped, run 'Setup' from this directory. This will install the Windows driver for the WinTV-DCR-2650.
  • Return URL for each channel in lineup.json/lineup.xml.
  • Replace "Tags" field in lineup.json/lineup.xml with dedicated tags.
  • Improvements to channel scan and channel detection.
  • Fix handling of channels with PCR on alternative PID.
  • Support 3 tuner operation with Conax cards. (DCR-3250 Only)
  • Work around bug in MTR700 tuning adapter firmware older than 1.40.

Note: If Windows 7 reports that the firmware did not update correctly, simply run this update once more. The second time you should see a message "Your firmware is the current version".

Date: Nov 24, 2014

WinTV-DCR-2650 Remote Control application

WinTV-DCR-2650 Remote Control ver

New: This version includes IR support for Media center remote control.

This version is the same version on CD install above.

Install instructions:
  • Click to download
  • Unzip this file to a directory you will remember
  • Once unzipped, run 'WinTV-DCR-2650-IR.exe' from this directory .

This will install the IR remote control application for Windows Media Center, and you will be able to use a Hauppauge Windows Media Center remote control to run all Media Center functions.
Note: the Hauppauge Windows Media Center remote control does not support "wake on" functions.

Beta firmware and drivers

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Running the Digital Cable Advisor to verify that your Windows 7 PC has a supported configuration:

To check to see if your system is compatible to work with a CableCARD, in Windows Media Center go to Extras and click on Extras Gallery and click on the cable connector icon. If you do not see the cable advisor, click here.



Click Start Test:




If you go to Extras and can't find the Digital Cable Advisor (the cable connector icon) ...



If you cannot find the Windows Digital Cable Advisor, try the following:

In Windows Media Center, go to Tasks/Settings/General/Automatic Download Options. Select Automatically download Windows Media Center data between the following times and click Download now to begin the download process immediately. Once the updates are downloaded, check the Extras section again to see if the Digital Cable Advisor is present.

If you still can't find the Digital Cable Advisor:

In Media Center, go to Tasks/Settings/ General/Windows Media Center Setup. Choose “Set up internet connection” and complete the setup.
The Digital Cable Advisor should now be present under Extras/Extras library or Extras Gallery.

Tuning Adapter updates

WinTV-DCR-2650 Tuning adapter update

Tuning Resolver Service 31064

Install instructions:
  • Click to download
  • Unzip this file to a directory you will remember
  • Uninstall previous version of the Hauppauge Tuning adapter proxy from control Panel "Add/Remove programs.
  • Run "TuningResolverService.exe" from Unzip folder.
  • Reboot System to start the service.


  • Includes major updates to the Tuning Adapter driver.
  • Updated support for Motorola TA's
  • Improved reset detection.

Date: March 5, 2013

Tuning adapter reset

HCWe3TAP_enable_abort registry patch

If you are having problems with your tuning adapter, try this registry patch which resets the tuning adapter USB port when the Hauppauge tuning adapter service stops 'hearing' from the tuning adapter. This patch has helped many users of the WinTV-DCR-2650 when their tuning adapter seems to go "off line".

Install instructions:
  • Click to download
  • Unzip this file to a directory you will remember
  • Run the file HCWe3TAP_enable_abort.reg registry patch
  • Reboot your PC

WinTV-DCR-2650 Quick Installation Guide

WinTV-DCR-2650 Quick Install Guide

Remote control button basics

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What Operating Systems are supported by the WinTV-DCR-2650?

Microsoft Windows 8 and 7 with Windows Media Center is currently the only operating system which supports the CableCARD receivers including the WinTV-DCR-2650.

Tech support tells me that a problem I am having is fixed in the latest firmware. How can I upgrade the firmware in my WinTV-DCR-2650?


Please go to the driver page for all of the latest updates available for the WinTV-DCR-2650

I have received a new CableCARD from my cable TV company. What do I need to do?

Your CableCARD and the WinTV-DCR-2650 are "paired" by Windows Media Center. So if you change either one, in Windows Media Center go to Settings / TV / TV Signal and run Set Up TV Signal. Please note: it might take up to 30 minutes to download the new guide data. After the update is complete, you will need to call your cable operator to activate the new cable card. To activate your cable card you will need the CableCARD ID and the Host ID, both which can be found in Settings / TV / TV Signal / Activate Digital Cable.

Some of my recordings have flashing video. How can I fix this?

We have seen flashing video on some TV recordings on Windows Media Center. We have fixed these by making adjustments to the video graphics. With ATI graphics cards, you can eliminate flashing on some recordings if you disable Dynamic Contrast in the AMD Vision Control Center.

Windows Media Center does not detect the WinTV-DCR-2650 during TV Tuner setup.

The WinTV-DCR-2650 is installed as a network device to be able to communicate with your cable provider. We found that certain Firewall software will block the device and result in Media Center not detecting it during the setup. To address this please check the links below to see if your firewall is listed and then follow the directions to open the firewall for the WinTV-DCR-2650.


Every 30 minutes, Media Center displays a message 'Viewing conflict'.

We found that certain Firewall software interferes with the WinTV-DCR-2650. The WinTV-DCR-2650 is installed as a network device. Every 10 minutes, Media Center sends a uPNP command to see if the cablecard tuner is still plugged in, and Media Center will time out if three messages are missed. We found that certain Firewall software will block uPNP messages from the WinTV-DCR-2650 and result in Media Center thinking the tuner has been removed. Also, if you have Internet Connection Sharing (ICS) turned on, this problem will also occur. To address this, turn off Internet Connection Sharing. And please check the links below to see if your firewall is listed and then follow the directions to open the firewall for the WinTV-DCR-2650.


I cannot wake my computer from sleep mode using the remote control.

The WinTV-DCR-2650 remote control hardware interface does not support this function.

My Media Center remote is no longer responding

In order for the IR to work, you need to have the Hauppauge Remote Control driver installed and the associated service needs to be running. To check to make sure the driver and the service are correctly installed, click on Start in Windows and then go to Computer and right click and go to Properties. Then click on Device Manager. Once in Device Manager, click on Human Interface Devices and you should see the Hauppauge driver: “Hauppauge WinTV DCR-2650 Consumer IR”.
The next thing to check is the Service. Go to Control panel/Administrative Tools and click on Services. Locate the “Hcw2650Service”. The Status should be Started. If it is not, right click on it and choose Start.

My cable provider gave me a tunning adapter how can I check that it is working?

The cable provider will log the serial number of you tunning adapter and associate it with you account. You will need to connect the Tunning adapter to a USB port on your computer and connect the main cable feed into the tuning adapter input and the cable out of the tuning adapter will connect to the WinTV-DCR-2650.You will then need to install the tunning adapter software located on the WinTV-DCR-2650 installation CD or from the download on the web site. Once the software is installed check the light on the tuning adapter it will flash when trying comunicate with the harware once it has made connection the light will be solid. Below is a link to a document which which will show you how to check the WinTV-DCR-2650 web interface for the status of the tuning adapter.


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