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Event ID 153 and locking Scanner Win 8.1


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 Electrician despite warning him to notify me pulled the plug on My Windows Media Center. 

 

Since then Get event ID 153 The IO operation at logical block address 0x5e8a40 for Disk 7 (PDO name: \Device\00000038) was retried

 

When Disk 7 is accessed (main Recorded TV Drive) computer was locking and at times scanner would stop updating. You couldn't even shutdown the scanner service it was all locked up.

 

I forced scan on the drive in scanner and the event logs kept coming. No errors show on scanner for the drive and the SMART data is perfect.

 

4TB Seagate drive.

 

Asmedia PCI 1061 controller card. 

 

Second drive on that card is working fine.

 

I have stopped using the drive and the WMC has stopped locking up.

 

Suggestions on troubleshooting thanks and why would scanner stop responding and not recover or even allow the scanner service to shutdown but eventually explorer would recover unless it go very bad and I had reboot.

 

Can a hard drive be faulty but scanner reports it is fine?

 

I had a lot of trouble finding a driver for the card that worked without errors 8 weeks ago and saw this in the logs until I got a driver that worked. It has the same controller chip onboard along with intel on the motherboard. The computer originaly detected the card and used the same drier as the onboard controller http://www.asrock.com/mb/Intel/Z77%20Extreme6/

 

The error logs for this go back to the time the computer was rebooted. I find this error for two other drives but back in time months ago on different controller and not a lot of them.

 

 

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"Can a hard drive be faulty but scanner reports it is fine?"

 

Yes, absolutely.  And unfortunately, from the sounds of it, it may be an electrical issue with the drive.  The behavior that you're describing, it sounds like the PCB board may have been damaged.  This can cause all sorts of odd behavior, but still come back fine in StableBit Scanner (or any other diagnostic tool, really).

 

If you suspect the drive is bad or having issues, even if nothing shows that, then I would recommend RMAing the drive if it's under warrant, regardless of what any tool says about the drive. 

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http://www.seagate.com/staticfiles/support/seatools/seatools-test-codes.html

 

"659DC7AE"

Which is the code for "Failed other diagnostic tools, I'm confident it is a bad drive"

 

Or: 

"C5CB9DAA"
Which is "Poor performance"

 

And IIRC, Seagate changed the consumer portal for RMA, so you no longer require codes like this. 

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Out of warrant by 2 months. Turns out removing drive even though not used for direct recording has stopped a lot of pixelation in recordings I put down to reception problems. Event log says this has been going on for over 6 months but I had done a fresh install back then. I was even getting no signal. I then checked the event log with dates any times of lots of signal recording errors and found most occurred at the same time was the event log being flooded with this drive. Windows media centre 8.1

 

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WMC says loss of signal or error. I've had the drive over 2 years and had intermittent issues I could never pin down. Sometimes a new power supply would fix reliability but I suspect this was main issue but time will tell. With the TV stations here selling of over half the spectrum for 4G services they re stacked the channels on less spectrum so we get lots of co channel interference and that was happening too and same symptoms. Living in rural Australia TV has always been an issue. Computer times never work as well as the ones in the TVs although I just brought a network tuner HD home run seems better but experimental with Plex DVR beta. Only tuners they supported. This year less reception problems but I continued have problems. I was oblivious to hard drive as I relied on scanner. Maybe your app could monitor critical event logs too and report suspicious activity, I would pay for an add on particularly if it worked had some English diagnostic or indicated how many events were normal. You go crazy if you try and fix all event logs most are just warnings.

 

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Well, that sounds like a load of fun...

 

And yeah, a bad hard drive can cause all sorts of odd behavior, especially if it's the firmware or PCB board.  I actually had a drive cause a TCP/IP BSOD (caused the controller to have issues, which triggered the BSOD in the web based management software for the HighPoint).   So ... yeah.... "weird issues".   And it sounds like this was the case here. 

 

 

As for the DVR support, you should check out Emby as well.  It's had support for the HD Homerun for a while now, so it may be more mature than Plex's implementation. 

 

Either way, Plex or Emby is a fantastic investment, and are great media centers

Though, if it matters, Emby has a WMC app still.

https://emby.media/emby-for-windows-media-center.html

 

 

 

As for the event logs, it's something that's been discussed before.  The issue is that there are a lot of benign errors that get reported.   So it can be very hard to tell if it's meaningful or not.

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Thanks Christopher I spent a lot of time in last two months with Plex and brought a Plex pass but the EPG is not great yet! Doesn't support my regiion in Australia but I found a 95% accurate version but then sport like Cricket that is in 3 sessions in a day the guide will only recognise one session. I assume Emby only supports HD Homerun and not all the BDA PCI tuners I have either? I wonder where they get their guide data from Plex uses Gracenote. Just trying to get away from Windows Media Center and plex gave promise of using things like Android and Apple TV but our recordings are in MPEG interlaced and H264 interlaced and that is causing problems. I can't use MCEBuddy as it can't detect Codec and it won't process H264 correctly it pixelates or stutters but it does deinterlace. MPEG2 will convert fine and deinterlace. Apparently you can select based on channel. I have 5,000 WTV files I would love to convert and deinterlace but beyond my feeble mind. All the experts assume your an expert and I am not unfortunately. 

 

Can you look at my request for assistance with extra storage in the Drivepool discussion I Posted and hour ago, I would appreciate your valuable knowledge.

 

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Emby supports a number of options for PVR/DVR/Live TV. 

 

The built in option is the HD HomeRun stuff, but there are a number of plugins for "other" software. 

 

From the Plugin Gallery:

  • DVBLink
  • DVBViewer
  • MediaPortal
  • NextPvr
  • ServerWMC (hooks into Windows Media Center)
  • TVHeadEnd

 

If any of these work, then it will work with Emby as well. And should allow you to stream both live and recorded TV via Emby. 

 

To be honest, I really haven't tested this out much, as I'm definitely a "cord cutter". 

In fact, that last time I recorded TV was right before the USA switched to digital cable (and cable card.... >:( )

 

 

Though, you may want to check out this:

https://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/windows/desktop/bb188788.aspx

 

Can conver to dvr-ms format, which may be much easier to work with. 

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Our TV is both MPEG2 and H264 as I understand it only the newest WTV container supports H264. I found someone today in Australia who is working on trying to get more reliable Guide Data so Will stick with Plex for a while, that has been enough of a learning curve. What is driving me crazy is thetvdb.com going down for the last month everytime I want to add new media. I would prefer not to even own a media computer but streaming services are still inadequate. Plex just fixed the Cricket EPG issue or Gracenote but Plex are claiming the win. It looks like Gracenote is using inadequate guide data for Australia. 

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