How is it coming along?
Man I feel your frustration and am having similar troubles.........Gabshere is right....going to digital is a major learning curve.
I want to share some observations I've experienced, ask a coupla Q's, and hopefully get some of these fantastic members like Gabs and Ice and anyone else to chime in...here goes:
Re: the voodoo dish movements:
Positioner started giving me Err2 and looked on roof, found it was stuck on the far (AMC6 end). Got it moving again. Reset positioner. Set the limits even more conservatively.
I had a similar anomoly happen to me......I too have a VboxII (attached to a linear arm on a 10' BUD) and am using my Visionsat IV200 with Diseqc 1.2 to position dish. FOR SOME REASON, every now and then when I am manuevering the dish back and forth using the receiver to do so (via Disecq 1.2)..when I release the button to stop the dish IT DOESN'T STOP!!! It continues to move in the direction I input and will not stop until it gets to the Limit! (Thinking it might be a case where the relay contacts in Vbox were sticking due to overheating, I used the buttons on the VboxII itself to move the dish back and forth several times to try and duplicate the sticking and it would not do it....not encouraging. To me it seems like a failure of one of the 2 boxes to properly execute the Disecq 1.2 command. ANYBODY with insight on that please speak!
Re: the BSC621-2
I bought the BSC621 (NOT the BSC621-2) for use with my 4DTV.
I was under the impression from my research that you cannot use the -2 with 4dtv because it has (2) Ku local oscillators (9.75 GHz Low band, 10.6 GHz High band), whereas the 621 has only one at a different LO freq of 10.750 GHz.
Also the -2 has a built in Diseqc sw. whereas the plain 621 has a 22 khz. switch built in.....I don't have any idea whether this is a factor in your current inability to correctly locate the signals you mentioned, but thought I should mention it...
again, please, anybody.....please feel free to "school" me on this one too!
BTW, Ice...(love your work, esp the IV200 review) you said:
Diseqc 1.1 is for a 8x1 switch
Diseqc 1.0 distant I have no clue what that is
I found this in a Google cached doc from Eutelsat:
5.2. Multi-Stage (Loop-through) DiSEqC System
This operating mode applies not only to "Loop-through" LNBs, but any switching system where there is a "distant" DiSEqC Slave which only receives power (and/or commands) when a "nearby" Switcher selects it as a source. In this case, the transmission of a DiSEqC command may cause the"nearby" switch to operate, which then applies power to the "distant" slave,which cannot have seen the command. Therefore, the command needs to be repeated after not less than 100 ms, when the "distant" slave has had time to power-up and initialise. It is probably not necessary to consider multiple loop-through configurations, but the master could transmit the command message for a third time, which would also give some error-recovery capability if a command had been missed. Furthermore, if no "backwards-compatible" signalling is required, it even may be appropriate to continually repeat the same message, providedthat the master microcontroller has sufficient processing resources.
and lastly, regarding stuff disappearing:
make sure that you save your settings as you go!