USB connections - Sky+ to Laptop

Discussion in 'Off-Topic Chat' started by Will the Sec, Aug 3, 2008.

  1. Will the Sec

    Will the Sec Active Member

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    Hi, Folks.

    Does anyone have any idea how to connect a Sky+ box to a Laptop? The USB connectors are the same at the Sky+ and Laptop ends, and the "connect to everything" kit from PC world doesn't.

    Any ideas?

    Thanks.

    Will
     
  2. brassneck

    brassneck Active Member

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    Apparently you can connect them but get nothing as a result. Look at this other forum discussion here.
     
  3. Will the Sec

    Will the Sec Active Member

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    What a let down... Seems remiss of Sky to attach a USB port if it ain't gonna work!

    Thanks anyway, BN.
     
  4. brassneck

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    Maybe it's a policy of future-proofing equipment, just in case they deploy a use which can be activated by their engineers or flash upgrading?
     
  5. andyp

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    Yes, you get a lot of that kind of thing, then they never get used.

    One that does work I believe is the BT Homehub, that has a USB port on it not mentioned in the manual, you can connect a USB hard drive or a printer to it and any PC on your network can access it.

    So people at work tell me, anyway!
     
  6. KMJ Recordings

    KMJ Recordings Supporting Member

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    Sounds to me like it could be a port for plugging USB memory sticks into that contain firmware upgrades.

    Or something like it.
     
  7. johnmartin

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    Correct. As a former employeee of Sky I can tell you thats exactly what its there for. All the code necessary to support external hard drives is in there but not enabled. If Sky see a market for it then no doubt they'll come up with a subscription model to enable it.
     
  8. KMJ Recordings

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    I'll shut up then ;)
     
  9. andyh

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    Yes, I can confirm this is correct, but as always there are gotchas. The USB stick will have to be formatted as FAT32 and if using a printer don't expect to see the ink-level messages as the interface is (I think) essentially one-way.

    Why anyone would want to use a HH is beyond me anyway - they tend to be conservative with sync speed and I found mine kept resetting itself on me. My Vigor 2800VG is faster, more stable and far more configurable.

    You don't *need* the HH for BT Vision, by the way - it will work with other routers.

    Andy
     
  10. Will the Sec

    Will the Sec Active Member

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    OK, I concede defeat on that.

    Next question - how do you format a DVD+R to work with my Liteon Hard drive recorder? :rolleyes:
     
  11. brassneck

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    I discovered that about my Audigy card ... v2 to v4 nae problem ;)
     
  12. brassneck

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    Is the Liteon not dual format? If not, just buy a cheap DVD dual format reader/burner for your PC and copy the disc on to a DVD-R.
     
  13. Will the Sec

    Will the Sec Active Member

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    Oh, yes, it's HDD/DVD but it won't recognise blank DVDs.

    I've downloaded the manual, and will have another shufti next weekend.
     
  14. brassneck

    brassneck Active Member

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    Does it not recognise either types of DVD discs? Maybe it might be just a DVD-R recorder. Which model is it?
     
  15. Will the Sec

    Will the Sec Active Member

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    It recognises + and - Rs and RWs, Dual layers CDs etc.

    It's a liteon 5045. I've still got the manual, and the machine is behaving as it ought to. I'll try again later, but if that fails, I'm just going to bite the bullet and buy a cheap DVD recorder.
     
  16. johnmartin

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    Have you tried formatting it in the LiteOn recorder itself? You put a blank disc in my Sony and it recognises it and gives you a variety of options for formatting it.
     
  17. Will the Sec

    Will the Sec Active Member

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    Yep, John, that's the only method I've tried.
     
  18. johnmartin

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    Thats a puzzle then. Perhaps its getting picky about the type of media you're using. I expect you have already tried it with DVD+R's from different manufacturers. Does it work fine with DVD-R and RW discs?
     
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  20. Will the Sec

    Will the Sec Active Member

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    Don't know - will see if I can snuffle some -R and RWs disks to find out.
     
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