Archive for October, 2012

How To Upgrade Or Flash Skybox/Openbox/Hibox Satellite Decoder Using Serial RS232 Null Cable

How To Upgrade Or Flash Skybox/Openbox/Hibox Satellite Decoder Using Serial RS232 Null Cable

Previously we mentioned about the way to flash Dreambox either using Ethernet or Serial RS232 null modem cable, and if you wonder how you can perform the same for Openbox/Skybox/Yumy S9 HD satellite decoder with PVR feature, here are some simple steps that you can follow to get it done.

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Typically, Openbox/Hibox/Skybox/Yumy S9 HD is equipped with USB 2.0 host port that users can plug Dreambox dm500 HDan external USB thumbdrive to perform the upgrade from USB, but this may not always be the case especially when the decoder is stuck at boot-up where users are unable to enter menu or due to defective USB port

i. First, get a null modem cable and connect to the RS232 ports of both the PC and decoder.

ii. Then, download the EromUpgrade.exe and launch it.

iii. When comes to main menu, enter the port (Com 1, 2 or etc), bit rate as ‘115200’, operate mode as ‘Upgrade’ and browse to the correct firmware file (.abs or .bin) with a tick on ‘Bootloader’ box.

iv. With the decoder in Off state, press ‘Next’ button on the screen and turn On the decoder. Follow the instruction on the screen with progressive bar indicating the percentage of completion.

Once done, you should be able to get a new firmware loaded into decoder and hopefully this will able to help you recovering from any hang issue related to software/firmware.

How To Connect Openbox/Skybox/Yumy S9 HD Decoder For Dual-Display On Multiple TVs

How To Connect Openbox/Skybox/Yumy S9 HD Decoder For Dual-Display On Multiple TVs
It is common to have multiple TVs at home and if you wonder how you can connect a single Openbox/Skybox/Yumy S9 HD decoder to multiple TVs for simultaneous display, here are some simple steps that you can try.Dreambox dm800 hd Openbox/Skybox/Yumy S9 HD decoder is equipped with common AV interface such as Composite AV, RGB and even the increasing popular HDMI interface for HD media contents. So in order to be able to view similar media contents on two different TVs from same decoder, users can utilize any of these AV outputs without additional accessories or converters needed.
1.First, make sure that you have necessary peripherals such as Composite AV output cable or HDMI cable ready.
2.Then, connect each of them to individual TV. For instance, connect one from decoder HDMI port to HDMI based LCD TV and another composite AV output to normal TV or another LCD TV.
3.On the remote control, remember to scale the display resolution down to 576i so that it can cater for normal CRT TV using composite AV output or otherwise you will receive a message “No OSD show, press V.format to switch to 576i resolution”.
By now, you should be able to view the same media contents on different TV and the same setup can be deployed if you are having TV located at different area such as living or master room, as long as you have a long AV or HDMI cable or else a wireless AV Transmitter/Receiver device will be helpful.

How To Connect Openbox/Skybox/Yumy S9 HD Decoder For Dual-Display On Multiple TVs
It is common to have multiple TVs at home and if you wonder how you can connect a single Openbox/Skybox/Yumy S9 HD decoder to multiple TVs for simultaneous display, here are some simple steps that you can try. Openbox/Skybox/Yumy S9 HD decoder is equipped with common AV interface such as Composite AV, RGB and even the increasing popular HDMI interface for HD media contents. So in order to be able to view similar media contents on two different TVs from same decoder, users can utilize any of these AV outputs without additional accessories or converters needed.
1.First, make sure that you have necessary peripherals such as Composite AV output cable or HDMI cable ready.2.Then, connect each of them to individual TV. For instance, connect one from decoder HDMI port to HDMI based LCD TV and another composite AV output to normal TV or another LCD TV.3.On the remote control, remember to scale the display resolution down to 576i so that it can cater for normal CRT TV using composite AV output or otherwise you will receive a message “No OSD show, press V.format to switch to 576i resolution”.By now, you should be able to view the same media contents on different TV and the same setup can be deployed if you are having TV located at different area such as living or master room, as long as you have a long AV or HDMI cable or else a wireless AV Transmitter/Receiver device will be helpful.

How To Resolve Skybox/Openbox S9 HD Decoder Low Video Resolution Issue

How To Resolve Skybox/Openbox S9 HD Decoder Low Video Resolution Issue
The advantage of having Skybox/Openbox S9 model over Dreambox DM500s is its HD (High Definition) support besides ability to record the media contents directly into external hard disk or USB thumb drive. However, Dreambox dm500 hdsome users did experience difficulty in getting higher resolution display on their HD LCD TV with maximum resolution stuck at 576i. If you wonder how you can bring it up to 1080i (1920×1080), below are some simple steps that you can do to achieve it. Dreambox dm800 hd pvr
Assuming that your LCD TV have ability to support HD content display with HDMI input directly from Skybox/Openbox S9, users will need to verify the proper video output selection from Skybox/Openbox S9. The reason is there are RGB and YUV selection with the latter one able to support higher resolution (up to 1080i) while the RGB only capped at 576i.
First, browse to ‘System Setup’ -> TV System. And under the submenu, please verify if the Video Out selection is on ‘RGB’. If yes, then toggle it to ‘YUV’ which should be the correct one that allows the screen resolution to scale up to 1080i_60. Once done, choose the desired Video Resolution and you are done.
Hopefully these simple steps will able to correct any video setting error so that you can enjoy HD contents from satellites directly.

How To Resolve Skybox/Openbox S9 HD Decoder Low Video Resolution Issue
The advantage of having Skybox/Openbox S9 model over Dreambox DM500s is its HD (High Definition) support besides ability to record the media contents directly into external hard disk or USB thumb drive. However, some users did experience difficulty in getting higher resolution display on their HD LCD TV with maximum resolution stuck at 576i. If you wonder how you can bring it up to 1080i (1920×1080), below are some simple steps that you can do to achieve it.
Assuming that your LCD TV have ability to support HD content display with HDMI input directly from Skybox/Openbox S9, users will need to verify the proper video output selection from Skybox/Openbox S9. The reason is there are RGB and YUV selection with the latter one able to support higher resolution (up to 1080i) while the RGB only capped at 576i.
First, browse to ‘System Setup’ -> TV System. And under the submenu, please verify if the Video Out selection is on ‘RGB’. If yes, then toggle it to ‘YUV’ which should be the correct one that allows the screen resolution to scale up to 1080i_60. Once done, choose the desired Video Resolution and you are done.
Hopefully these simple steps will able to correct any video setting error so that you can enjoy HD contents from satellites directly.

How To Load CCcam Card Sharing Into Openbox/Skybox/Hibox/Yumy Using LAN PC

How To Load CCcam Card Sharing Into Openbox/Skybox/Hibox/Yumy Using LAN PC

Previously we mentioned about the way to load CCcam card sharing account using remote control or Dreambox dm800 hd pvr CCcam Config Editor for Dreambox, and we have learned the way to do it by loading from USB thumb drive for Openbox/ Skybox/Hibox or Yumy, but how nice would it be if you can perform the same using PC via Wireless LAN connection, here are some simple steps that you can follow to get it done.  Dreambox dm500 HD

1.First, download STBHD_LAN_MM utility package (consisting of CCcam.cfg, CCcam.prio, CCcam.channelinfo, constant.cw and etc).
2.Then launch it with both PC and Openbox/ Skybox/Hibox or Yumy S9 HD decoder connected in the same LAN network (either wired or wirelessly).
3.Key in the decoder IP address Dreambox DM800 HD SE into BOX IP field as seen from TV screen (under Menu -> Network Setup) and password as ‘0000’ (default). Then login the system. A message of “Login oK.:)” will appear on the screen indicating the successful connection established.
4.By now, check for the Local File List and Box File List on left and right of the screen, which represents local hard disk Dreambox DM500S and decoder storage respectively.
5.Click on CCcam plug under Local File List to open up the sub tree view and you will notice the CCcam.cfg. This is the new card sharing stored in your local PC (same directory as where the STBHD_LAN_MM is). And click on the green arrow button will copy it into the Openbox/ Skybox/Hibox or Yumy.
6.Save it and restart the Openbox/ Skybox/Hibox or Yumy and you are done.
Take note that it may not work on certain older firmware version so do try it out yourself if it works for your decoder.

How To Record Favorite Movies Using Skybox S9 HD PVR Into USB Thumbdrive

There is quite a variety of Digital Satellite Recorder like Dreambox 800HD in the market but affordable HD (High Definition) capable with PVR (Personal Video Recording) support is not many, and one of them is the Skybox S9 HD PVR. With the device, you are not only able to receive, decode and view HD channels on your digital TV, but at the same time you can also record the channels for media playback at any time conveniently through its USB 2.0 port. If you wonder how you can do it, here are some simple steps that you can follow.

Follow below steps:

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1.First, make sure your USB thumb drive or external storage is connected to Skybox PVR. In seconds, you will notice ‘USB Device Connected’ message appeared on your TV screen, indicating its detection ready for use.

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2.Next, switch to your desired channel, and on your remote control, press the ‘RECORD’ button and it will prompt the total length of time that you want to record. Depending on your memory capacity, the default time is 2 hours and users can define it based on own preference.

3.Once done, press the ‘STOP’ button to terminate the recording process.

4.Before you decide to transfer it to external PC for storage or viewing, there is a way to check for the recorded files by going to Menu -> REC -> Record Manager and you will able to see the recorded media files with ability to control (Play, Stop, Fast Forward, Rewind and etc) on your remote control.

Good thing is, these files (in .dvr format) can be easily transferred out and shared to others with playback compatibility on Windows Media Player, and hopefully these simple steps will able to help you record your favorite movies without complicated setup which can be done on Skybox S9 HD PVR.

How To Setup Movie Recording Schedule Timer On Skybox/Openbox S9 HD PVR

How To Setup Movie Recording Schedule Timer On Skybox/Openbox S9 HD PVR
Previously we mentioned about the way on how to record favorite movies using Skybox S9 HD PVR into USB thumbdrive and if you are curious to find out how you can setup a schedule to start the recording activities automatically in certain time, here are some simple steps that you can follow to set that up.
Follow below steps and you are ready to record your favorite movies:
1.Go to Menu -> System Setup -> Timer Setting and you will notice that there are actually 8 timers that you can use for recording events.
2.Tap on any of them, follow by OK button will prompt up a Timer setting available for configuration.
3.Fill in the particular at your own preference. For instance, users can configure the timer mode, either you want it to be once or Daily in repeated mode, perform a channel switch or purely a recording on specific channels under timer service, put in the Wakeup channel that you prefer, but also not limited to the detailed information such as the exact date, time on when to trigger the action.
4.Tap on ‘Save’ and you are done.
By now, you should be able to fully utilize the recording feature so that there won’t be any miss on your favorite movies/programs received from satellites.

How To Setup Movie Recording Schedule Timer On Skybox/Openbox S9 HD PVR
Previously we mentioned about the way on how to record favorite movies using Skybox S9 HD PVR into USB thumbdrive and if you are curious to find out how you can setup a schedule to start the recording activities automatically in certain time, here are some simple steps that you can follow to set that up.
Follow below Dreambox dm800hd pvr steps and you are ready to record your favorite movies:
1.Go to Menu -> System Setup -> Timer Setting and you will notice that there are actually 8 timers that Dreambox DM800 HD SE you can use for recording events.2.Tap on any of them, follow by OK button will prompt up a Timer setting available for configuration.3.Fill in the particular at your own preference. For instance, users can configure the timer mode, either you want it to be once or Daily in repeated mode, perform a channel switch or purely a recording on specific channels under timer service, put in the Wakeup channel that you prefer, but also not limited to the detailed information such as Dreamboxdm500 HD decorderthe exact date, time on when to trigger the action.4.Tap on ‘Save’ and you are done.By now, you should be able to fully utilize the recording feature so that there won’t be any miss on your favorite movies/programs received from satellites.