Last updated August 8, 2002
If you can follow the instructions to download and install the latest HiPix code and drivers (step #1 below), then the rest of the Girder setup steps should be no problem for you.
Before jumping in though, take a look at the overview of the scheme below that applies to you, depending on whether you'll be using the little 7-button remote control that came with the HiPix card or a Phillips Pronto learning remote. Then come back to the instructions which follow further down below.
- To use the little 7-button remote that came with your HiPix, first take a look at the drawing at this link and see if it makes sense to you. It explains what each button on the remote control will do, depending on whether you're recording, watching digital TV (Tuner), or playing back a show. I don't use the HiPix for watching analog TV at all (or other inputs) so there are no controls for those uses here --I've tried to limit the work to the most useful functions to keep it reasonably easy to use.
- If you're a Pronto owner, take a look at my Pronto screen shots at this link --you will want to use it instead. Download my ".ccf" file from that page (or here) to your Pronto using ProntoEdit now (save your own Pronto scheme first of course --in fact, save several copies of it just in case!)
Software Versions Used:
O/S: Only Windows ME and Windows 2000 have been tested. The Pronto scheme has been tested only with Win2000.
HiPix: latest version 3, application and drivers
Girder: version 3.1.3c, which, as of August 2002, is still available for download. Girder is now up to version 3.2.4, which might work also, but I haven't tested with it yet.
I am using an old Pentium II, 300 mhz (slightly below the recommended minimum 333 mhz for HiPix, but it works). I finally set it up as a dual-boot system to see if it's less troublesome under Windows 2000. The combination of Girder and the HiPix software really push Windows ME resource limitations to the max, sometimes causing erratic behavior after running the software awhile, especially alongside other applications such as Explorer.
Most of my problems disappeared under Windows 2000, so now I normally run the HiPix under Win2000 . As a bonus, I can record and playback over a network using Win2000, which will not work (for me) under WinME.
If using the Pronto, skip to step A. If the "3-push 3-mode" scheme for the little HiPix remote makes sense to you and you want to give it a try, print a copy of the drawing for your future reference and continue.
- Use a directory that is empty or contains ONLY your HiPix program recordings --no other kind of files! I use "F:\HDTV", where "F:" is a removable hard disk drive. You can start with an existing HiPix directory, but it shouldn't contain anything else but HiPix recordings, each of which is a directory that contains a set of files that make up a HiPix recording. Examples:
- From the HiPix main window, click the "Timer" button, and then the "Create File" button in the programming window. Point it to your default recording directory, and pick any name you like for this test recording. Then set it to record a minute or so and let the recording happen.
- Return the HiPix to playing TV, (the default state that the Girder instruction files expect) You can also reset HiPix to the initial state with the remote: hold down the CH+ to close HiPix, wait a few moments for it to shut down, then press any key to restart the HiPix, or in the Pronto scheme, just press the "Reset" button.
I hope you find added functionality for the standard HiPix remote control and sensor pickup as useful as I have.
Assumptions & warnings affecting successful operation (that I'm aware of at the moment):
That HiPix was installed into the default location:
"C:\Program Files\HiPix DTV-200\"
For recording and show selection during playback, HiPix has
been "pointed" to a default directory containing no other
files except HiPix recordings' subdirectories. E.g.,
"D:\HDTV", where HDTV originally started out as an empty
directory. If you add other kinds of files, it may try to treat them as
program file directories.
My Girder instruction file drives the HiPix application mainly with keystrokes, so
it doesn't usually "know" which state the HiPix is in --whether it's
recording, playing a file, or showing live TV. If you manually
intervene to control the HiPix to change between these 3 actions (states),
it may get out of sync with what Girder thinks is happening. The
simplest fix is just to use Girder to shut down HiPix and then restart
it: hold the CH+ button down to stop it, wait a few moments for it to
shut down, then press any key to restart the HiPix. With the Pronto,
there's a "Reset" button on the main panel that will do this.
Be careful with the "Erase current show"
button, especially if you're running Windows 98 or ME. Test your
system with a lot of test recordings you don't care about losing. If a
low resource condition occurs (very possible if you start using a lot of the
other HiPix configuration menus, running other programs, running the Girder
window onscreen, etc.) then you might accidentally erase a program you wanted
to keep! Because the file menus are being driven by keystrokes, Girder
has to assume the computer is performing correctly. I put in as much
reality checking as I could, but it's an unfortunate drawback to this rather
blind method of interfacing to the HiPix and Windows.
Automatic shutdown of your computer. For this to work depends on whether your computer is able and configured properly to power down all the way. If you look at the Girder control file, you'll see that the power down command is either an "OS" call to shutdown, or to execute a file. I don't own the shutdown file to give it out. For Windows 2000, the best solution I found on the web to shutdown your computer was (and hopefully still is) at this site: http://www.loa.espci.fr/winnt/logoff/logoff.htm The program is provided for free, much cheaper than buying Microsoft's Win2000 resource kit to get their "shutdown.exe" program. Just point Girder to "execute" this file for the shutdown of Windows 2000. "logoff.exe -p" should do the job if your computer is capable.
A final note: please don't ask me for customized versions of this Girder file --I try to have a life too. If you need to make changes, the Girder site has some pretty good help files to help you learn how to write your own Girder commands. I've tried to make my own Girder file as readable as possible, but there are some quirks unique to working with Girder.
Open the Girder window by right-clicking it's icon in the system tray. Expand the Girder command tree as shown above to locate & highlight "START HiPix Application". Change the location specified in the "File" entry box field on the lower right of the window. Be sure to press the "APPLY" button, and then save the change before shutting Girder down.
Explore the rest of the commands in this tree that I wrote if you like. Maybe you'll come up with a better scheme or one that suits you better!