tommo wrote:Any tips advice/tweaks etc
Welcome to the TBS owners club! I have a pair of the TBS6284 cards, for a total of 8 DVB-T2 tuners (to paraphrase the sage: "Nothing succeeds like excess!"). I hope that you will keep us informed of your experiences with the TBS card. You may also like to monitor the TBS fora, which can be found here (you will spot me in no time):http://www.tbsdtv.com/forum/
My experiences with the TBS6284 have been mixed, but overall favourable. I have encountered three problems so far:
(1) DVB-T2 signal strengths do not look correct. At my location in the UK this has absolutely no consequence whatsoever.
(2) I have a humungous usability problem -- with my motherboard one of the TBS cards does not sleep correctly, so I have to use hibernation. I am still investigating this, to try to determine whether it is a problem with the TBS driver, or a problem with my motherboard.
(3) I have noticed an occasional audio burble accompanied by the live or replayed video freezing (for circa one second or less). At first I thought that this was random, but then I noticed that it occurred when recordings were starting. I am still trying to pin this down a bit more before raising it in the forum on the TBS website.
However, compared to the problems that the Blackgold users seem to be having (I have no personal experience of Blackgold products), I am glad that I chose the TBS quad tuner card. Even including the problems listed above, the general experience is good -- I can watch live TV (whatever that is), and record live TV, and not have to worry about whether the system will malfunction.
Here is my one tip; this is definitely a Don't try this at home, kids
. The tuners seem to get quite hot, and I debated whether to try fitting heatsinks to them. But they have a plastic label on them, which i decided to remove to provide better thermal contact with a heatsink. I was quite surprised to find that beneath the label there are ventilation holes
that are (of course) blocked by the label! So with the ventilation holes now open, I did not bother to fit heatsinks. I also have an advantage with my HTPC -- it is a tower case containing a motherboard in the unloved BTX format. BTX fits the PCI/PCI-E cards upside down compared to an ATX, so the card components are uppermost, and that includes the ventilation holes. So there is some possibility of cooling by convection with a BTX motherboard that is not possible with an ATX motherboard. But as I said at the start: Don't try this at home, kids
, as it is likely to invalidate the warranty.
-- from CyberSimian in the UK