I bought this thing several months ago, but getting it to work has proved such a Herculean task that I gave up after some time. I just don’t know enough about AV technologies for this. At least, that’s what I thought. I assumed it was one of those tasks that would be laughably easy if I had even the slightest idea how an H.264 decoder worked, but that, since I didn’t, proved tantamount to asking Sciurus carolinensis to glide in the air as gracefully as Glaucomys sabrinus.
Actually, however, it wasn’t that hard once I figured the process out. The trick to getting this thing to work is to use GB-PVR. Narrowing down my procedure to the things that worked, here’s how I managed to get the HD-PVR to work flawlessly:
cd C:\Programs Files (x86)\Arcsoft\TotalMedia Extreme\Codec
This will let you choose the Arcsoft video codec in the GBPVR configuration utility. It won’t up on the list of available codecs otherwise.
cd C:\Programs Files (x86)\Devnz\GBPVR
< PreferredHDPVRAudioFormat>AC3< /PreferredHDPVRAudioFormat>
This should enable audio in LiveTV mode.
Now if you start GB-PVR you should get both audio and video in LiveTV mode. Until I read about the line that must be added in config.xml, I had been using GB-PVR for recording, but when in LiveTV mode I would have to pause the video before I got any audio. If I paused for just one second and then unpaused it I would get audio and video just fine, but it was still irritating since it meant that I had to actually be recording the video to hear any audio (and I’d have to remember to empty the Temp directory for Live recordings every so often). This way though, you shouldn’t have to hit pause at all to get audio and video.