Re: Problems with SkyStar card

Guy Martin <agm@...>

It seems to me that there is a batch of cards with faulty chips. Some people like myself have had no problems while others are fitting fans etc. As far as I am concerned if a card runs so hot that it shuts down then it is faulty and should be returned. Mine runs on an Abit board with an 800MHz duron, maybe processor speed is a factor and collating information from those whose cards don't work v. those that do may shed some light.
Regarding drivers, if the present ones work why update unless the new ones promise something better especially as the card is designed primarily for tv.

Regards, Guy

----- Original Message -----
From: John Parkins
To: Trevor David
Sent: Tuesday, September 16, 2003 12:14 PM
Subject: Re[2]: [MSG-1] Problems with SkyStar card

Hello Trevor,

Well I assume the writer of the updated drivers was after the normal
things, to be more stable, more functionality etc etc. But what he came up
with was a set of drivers which caused computer hesitations and the
loss of data, so DON'T use them.

Quite agree about the card. There is an attempt at cooling, a very small
heatsink on one of the chips, but mine runs hot. Thus I stuck the fan
on to help out. But as I said before this is the most temperamental
card I have ever put in a computer. So far I have had this thing in
four different computers, all with completely different hardware. I
have only managed to get it running in two of them and so far only
semi-reliably in one (apart from what I assume is a heat problem).
At first I thought it might be down to the motherboard chipset, one
that it failed to run in at all had a VIA chipset, but this was proved
to be wrong when the one it ran in reliably also had a VIA chipset!

Still the battle goes on..........

Tuesday, September 16, 2003, 11:06:03 AM, you wrote:

TD> Hi

TD> Can you tell us what the upgrade is supposed to do? apart from giving problems.

TD> If this card runs that hot then I would assume that there is
TD> a design fault with it. In my past life (as a QA auditer for MoD)
TD> when working any thing that run that hot for it to stop working
TD> would have been rejected and a new design required.

TD> Trevor

Best regards,
John mailto:kvp@...

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