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Fixing the ‘Your Computer is not Digital Cable Ready’ error in Windows Media Center 7

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If you are having issues with getting your InfiniTV 4 working on a remote workstation in your home, here are some steps that should help you out.  First of all, many people may not realize that you can “reserve” 1, 2, or even 3 of the 4 tuners on the Ceton InfiniTV 4 to use on other computers throughout your home.  This article assumes that you are aware of this and was written to an address issue many people have in the initial setup of their InfiniTV 4.

If you receive the message “your computer is not digital cable ready” when you try to watch Live TV from within Windows Media Center, the problem is a fairly easy fix.  In a nutshell, you need to run the “Digital Cable Advisor” (Included in WMC 7 already).  You will find the Digital Cable Advisor under Extras>Extras Gallery.  Follow the steps below to get your computer working with your CableCARD tuner setup:

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Click on the DIgital Cable Advisor:

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Click Next

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Select I Agree and click Next

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Click Start Test to run the Cable Advisor test

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It will take just a couple of minutes to finishe the process

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Then let the Advisor update your windows settings

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Click Done and you are finished this this portion of the process

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Go to Tasks>Settings>TV

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Select TV Signal

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Click “Activate Digital Cable”

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You may be prompted to activate your product key if this is a new install of Windows 7.  Click Yes and wait for the activation to complete.  Then click the “Yes” radio button on the next screen and Next:

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If you haven’t done this step previously (like for another computer or Home Theater PC), you will need to be ready to call your cable company with the information on the following screen.

After you have called your cable company with the CableCARD ID, Host ID, and any other information they may request, click Next again.

Voila!  You are brought back to the main “TV Signal” menu and you should be able to proceed.

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Go back to your TV Menu and click on “live TV” to verify you’ve got a signal

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With that you should be all set!

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If you have any questions about getting your InfiniTV 4 working with either the Home Theater PC that has the card installed, or a separate computer somewhere else in the home, please don’t hesitate to leave a comment!

Meanwhile enjoy your Connected Home with the superior Windows Media Center / InfiniTV 4 combination for watching AND recording live TV throughout your home.  We here at Home System Integration are here to support you!

Stay tuned!

Tom

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About the Author

Tom AbellPut simply, Tom loves technology! Having been involved in the IT world since leaving the US Navy Submarine Force in 1992, Tom has moved his way up to the top as an IT Systems Engineering. But having spent some time in the Home Automation industry early in his career, he’s never been able to shake his love for creating integrated Home Technology environments and has been running HTPCs and Windows Home Servers for years. With 17 years of IT Systems Engineering experience, Tom's recent OIF 08-09 deployment has rekindled his love for the Connected Home Industry and hence, the website. We hope you like the site, please share it with your friends and follow us on your favorite Social Networks! Read more about Tom on the "About Us" page.View all posts by Tom Abell

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