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This screen shows various pieces of real-time status information and network parameters.

    Statuses - These are various statuses related to watching the current channel:
      Tuning Mode indicates the mode of the in-band tuner. Possible values are "QAM-64", "QAM-128", "QAM-256" and "Analog".Tuner State is the state of tuner according to the TV Manager component of the PowerTV Operating System. Possible Values:
        "Idle/Available" indicates that tuner is not in use by an application and is freely available."Waiting Sync" indicates that the TV Manager is waiting for the tuner to find sync on an analog channel."Waiting QAM" indicates that the TV Manager is waiting for the tuner to tune to the desired QAM frequency and lock onto valid data."Found Sync" indicates that the tuner has successfully tuned to an analog channel."Found QAM" indicates that the tuner has successfully tuned to a digital channel.
      TV Mgr is the state of the resident application's TV tuner resource according to the TV Manager component of the PowerTV Operating System, OR if the resident application is not using the tuner, this is the state of the active resource using the tuner (if any). Possible values:
        "Active" indicates that that the resident application's resource is currently active (in use / tuned)."Denied" indicates that that the tuning request for the resource was denied."Waiting PAT" indicates that the TV Manager is waiting for the Program Association Table to arrive on a QAM channel before the tuning request can complete."Waiting PMT" indicates that the TV Manager is waiting for the Program Map Table to arrive on a QAM channel before the tuning request can complete."Notified" indicates that that the resident application has been notified by the TV Manager to release the resource it has on the tuner so the TV Manager can use the tuner for a different request."Suspending" indicates that that the TV Manager has notified the owner of the currently active resource to suspend so that it can use the tuner for another request."Suspended" indicates that the resident application's tuner resource has been suspended."Inactive" indicates that the TV Manager is not being used and is free to process requests."Unknown" indicates that an unknown state was received from the TV Manager.
      Tv Res Err is the last (if any) resource denied error code received by the ResApp from the Tv Manager when trying to tune.Tuning Tbl is the most recent tuning table activation date.time. The format is MMDD.hhmm.Channel is the channel number and the viewability status for the tuned channel. Possible values are "Unauthorized", "Subscription", "Purchased" (for pay-per-view), "Free Preview" and "Clear To Air" (unencrypted).BFS Dir is the date.time that the BFS directory was last read. The format is MMDD.hhmm.
    Ethernet - Valid only if set-top has an Ethernet adapter installed:
      IP is the IP (Internet Protocol) address assigned to the Ethernet adapter by the DNCS.Subnet Mask is the IP subnet mask assigned to the Ethernet adapter by the DNCS.
    RF Network -
      IP shows the IP address assigned to the RF network adapter by the DNCS after the set-top has successfully booted in two-way mode.Subnet Mask shows the IP subnet mask assigned to the RF network adapter by the DNCS after the set-top has successfully booted in two-way mode.Hub ID is the hub number to which the set-top is connected (set when booted)SNMP Mgr indicates whether or not the set-top has been given the IP address of a Network Management System which it may then send SNMP traps to.
    MPEG Stats - These statistics are only applicable when tuned to a digital channel and an MPEG stream is being decoded. All MPEG statistics get reset on channel changes:
      Video is the PID (Program Identifier) number within the MPEG stream containing the video information being decoded.Audio is the PID (Program Identifier) number within the MPEG stream containing the audio information being decoded.PCR is the PID (Program Identifier) number that is being used to decode the Program Clock Reference information (usually the same as the Video PID).PCR Lock is timestamp of the last time the PCR synchronization lock was made. This number is meaningless other than as an indicator that things are not hung. If it is not constantly changing each time the screen refreshes, there is a problem.A/V Disc is a counter showing the sum of the discontinuity errors encountered on in either the audio or video streams since the current stream was tuned. Discontinuity errors indicate that packets showed up out of order or with a gap between them indicating data loss. This number should be zero or very low.PTS is the Presentation Time Stamp. This number is meaningless other than as an indicator that things are not hung. If it is not constantly changing each time the screen refreshes, there is a problem.PEI is a Packet Error Indication counter. This is a counter of the number of errors indicated in the MPEG stream before reaching the BIP.PER is the number of Pipeline Errors reported by the MPEG decoder chip.SER is the number of Severe Errors reported by the MPEG decoder chip.RST is the number of times the software driver has restarted the MPEG decoding process.
    * Note that some errors (especially PER and SER) may be normal depending upon the exact type of MPEG stream being decoded. For example, because HITS has no I-Frames, errors may be normal, particularly when first tuning to a HITS channel.Entitlement Agents - This is a list of the Entitlement Agent IDs (EAIDs) that have been installed into the set-top and whether they have been installed for the Internal Secure Element (ISE) or External Secure Element (ESE), also know as a Smart Card. The number within the [brackets] is simply an index number, and the hexadecimal number following is the actual EAID.


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last modified: 2005-02-15 20:52:43