Inside the VOOM Box!

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SatelliteGuys Family
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Dec 7, 2003
Well here is the prelim stuff from the inside of the VOOM Box, to begin with it is very very close to the star choice DSR500, other then the added expansion slot which turns out to be a PCMCIA footprint with a extra long slide and a riser board to connect the 8VSB module(s). Also like the DSR500 there is room on the board for another sat-tuner and also extra room for a 2nd 8VSB module. Room enough for internal harddrives but NO apparent connectors on the MB for harddrives. I suppose the PCMCIA slot could except a harddrive but at this time that kind of drive is extremely expensive I from a engineering standpoint don't think they had that in mind. Other uses for the pcmcia slot have been rumored for a upcoming mpeg4 decoder.

Here are the major chips;

MB87F2011 - ICAM Chip
XC 420061-005 GIC 1998

Here is also a pix of the MB, I have many more detailed pix's (16mb worth) if someone would like to donate some server space.

Hope this helps!
GG :)

What's the resolution of the pics? Just upload them as attachments to this thread. If they cannot be uploaded pm me so that I can upload them to the server and from there I can attach them to the thread. Just let me know. Great pic. Let's see the others.
Very cool. It looks like the box is going to be the basis of the PVR, but I still would guess a new unit vs retrofit. Any guestimates as to where the firewire out will go?
Voom STB Pics

Tried to post the zip (16mb) but could not. No attachment option in the PM. Someone want to pm me a ftp link to drop it in.

I would post the one at a time but I think there are around 16-20.

Could someone identify this screw that the box uses to remove the Cover, Then I and others could locate the correct tool.



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In a few minutes, I will be posting about 16 pics provided by geekygizmo. All pertain to the inside of the VOOM receiver.
Hi all, the large pix are for people that want to follow traces and do engineering work, I have sent another file to Sean with scaled down versions. He will post the zip files and take down the large pix's. Starting with this post I will post the scaled down ones with some descriptions. Anyone that can add to this just chime in!


Well that's it for now, sean has the zip file of the large version of these pix's it should be posted shortly for anyone that wants to really take a close up look.

Hope this helps!
Thanks geekygizmo for doing all this work and sharing it with us. All the full resolution images I have re-posted along with the downloadable zip files (First page of this thread...).
About the Firewire, I saw nothing on the board that indicates it has support onboard but it turns out the philips chip is a USB 2.0 controller with a 480mbs top speed, perhaps fast enough for video? My only other thought is that the upcoming mpeg4 module will have firewire on it.

Hope so!

Also nothing is on the bottom of the board in case you wondering.

Has anyone played with the usb yet? Any chance of a serial adapter working which will get us into the console (if one exists). Anyone have any thoughts as to what operating system may be under the hood?

Anyone know what that Security screw is called? (See prev post)

Well after the last post I had to try some USB stuff.

1st - a belkin usb/serial adapter model F5U109, it came on after a soft reboot- tried to comm with it using a null cable to my laptop, it blink saying it was recieving my chars but no response from the stb. Next another soft reboot while monitoring the serial, nothing. :(

2nd - a 3com 3c460 usb network adapter, after a soft reboot it came on and started blinking happaly with my network, but a ip-scan and a check of my DHCP server led to no assigned ip-number. This does not mean it is not ready to comm but it could be a ip hard-set in the firmware. ;)

Both adapters must have been in its supported hardware list or they would not have come on and init'd. This is good news, now we have to figure out what the STB wants.

Oh, I did check the menus for new entrys about the new hardware but none showed. Also this box has never been downloaded, still has firmware x10 on it.

That is it for tonight, got to hit the hay,
geekygizmo said:
Also this box has never been downloaded, still has firmware x10 on it.


That's very interested. What software version is the box running? The firmware I have is x16.
Well the STB is now up to X16 on firmware and I still have the same results with the USB adapters. They come on but no-one is home.

Any ideas on comm'ing with this box?

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