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Windows 7 and the PVR 9200T (USB transfer of recordings)

So you are still using the trusty, but old Humax PVR 9200T, and upgraded your computer or bought a laptop running Windows 7. What happens when you want to transfer that one recording off the box and on to the PC?

The blog post will explain what to do!

Well it can be one of two ways; easy or complicated! This all depends if you are running Windows 7 32-bit or 64-bit! Let’s get the easy one out of the way – the 32-bit!

Windows XP
It is highly recommended that if you want to transfer recordings off the 9200T, the OS of choice should be Windows XP. However, as most of you aren’t realy inclined to re-install XP, then consider making your system dual boot, or running XP as a virtual OS. I must admit, these two methods are more complicated than the techniques below!

Windows 7 32-bit
Humax Media eLinker software will happily work on Windows 7 32-bit. Download and install the software, and follow the instructions on how to connect and download the recordings as per usual.

Windows 7 64-bit
Humax Media eLinker will not work on Windows 7 64-bit as the drivers for connection to the 9200T (Humax PVR Mass storage device) is 32-bit and there are no 64-bit drivers to be had.

The good news is that Media Controller GUI will work on Windows 7 64-bit as this uses libusb-win32 drivers which are compatible (and signed) to work on 64-bit Windows 7. All you need to do is download the USB driver from the libusb site or from My Humax Windows Utilities Download Page and run the Install-Wizard to generate and install the drivers.

Installing Media Controller GUI

  1. Use USB A-B cable and connect the 9200T to your PC. Windows 7 will detect the device but will fail to install the driver for it. Right click on ‘My Computer’ and open up the properties and then Device Manager. You should see this:

    No driver for Humax PVR Mass storage

  2. Download and extract the libusb-win32 driver from either of the links given above. You should see inf-wizard in the extracted folder:

    inf-wizard in the extracted folder

  3. Run the inf-wizard.

    Select HUMAX PVR Mass Storage device for USB driver generation

    Confirm device generation

    Once inf is generated, start install by pressing 'Install Now...'

    Windows 7 will pop up warning, but proceed to 'Install this driver software anyway'...

    Driver install might take some time...

  4. Once installation of USB driver has completed, if you still have your Device Manager still open, you should see that the Humax PVR Mass Storage device has the right driver installed:

    libusb driver installed for the Humax PVR mass storage device

  5. Now you can proceed to install Media Contoller GUI (having downloaded it and extracted it).
  6. Start up Media Controller and press the connect button. You should be able to see your recordings in the right hand pane like so:

    Media Controller GUI connected to 9200T

  7. If you go to the menu -> help -> version, you should see that Media Controller GUI is not built with the latest version of Media Controller, but it will work fine:

    Version 1.02 of Media Controller inside the GUI

  1. avatar
    Frustrated
    May 21st, 2011 at 16:34 | #1

    Hi i wonder if you can help – i have followed your instructions with my Windows 7 64-bit laptop – installed drivers fine, have downloaded Media Controller, but when i extract the file i cannot get the programme to load as there are no exe files or set up files etc. Am i missing the point somewhere?
    Any help greatfully recieved.

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    super-admin
    June 28th, 2011 at 12:43 | #2

    Glad you’ve sorted it out Frustrated. Downloads are here: http://myhumax.org/blog/?page_id=153

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    CultMark
    July 16th, 2011 at 17:48 | #3

    Hi,

    I have the 9200T and a Dell running Win7 64bit. Done everything you’ve stated above, up to end point 4 and have Device manager showing it exactly as you have it.

    I’ve downloaded the Media Controller GUI zip folder and extracted it – try running the Humax.exe file and a black box appears on screen for a split second, but nothing opens or appears install. Help!

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    son_t
    July 18th, 2011 at 10:56 | #4

    If you have downloaded and installed everything correctly, the program (shortcut on the desktop) you should execute is called ‘humaxGUI.exe’. It sounds like you’ve installed the command-line version.

    You need to download and install the GUI version, here: http://myhumax.org/blog/?file_id=3

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    James
    August 29th, 2011 at 11:39 | #5

    Hi there,

    I have install and run the gui successfully.

    During transfer of a ts file from PVR to PC the ‘Good’ stopped at about 12MB, the ‘BAD’ continued as did the ‘time remaining’ (from 2 hrs up to 12 hours now!)

    Please help.

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    son_t
    August 30th, 2011 at 13:17 | #6

    Hello James,

    It does not sound too good. I suggest you disconnect and reboot and try again…

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    Mr ada
    October 4th, 2011 at 13:39 | #7

    What is the easiest way to transfer files from a 9200 onto win 7 64bit with the hard drive mod fitted? Any ideas

    Dave

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    Mark
    October 29th, 2011 at 00:23 | #8

    Thanks for this guide – I can control my trusty old Humax again. I had already sent a support query to Humax before I saw this post – I wonder what they will say on the subject? Probably just that Win 7 64 bit is not supported.

    Thanks again

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    Gra Rock
    December 18th, 2011 at 09:05 | #9

    Thanks guys, couldn’t get the official version to work on an XP machine, so having found this website (via Google) followed the V7 instructions as adapted for XP, and decided to start with the 1.00 version and it’s working fine… just in time to unload the PVR hard disc before refilling for xmas! Thanks. G.

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    Ian
    March 29th, 2012 at 00:00 | #10

    Worked like a dream. Genius!

  11. July 21st, 2012 at 20:48 | #11

    Hi

    This looks excellent work, but at step four the Humax appears as indicated and then disappears after a few seconds. I can then only reconnect by turning the Humax off and on.

    Any ideas gratefully received.

    Regards
    Stephen

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    Mark McAllister
    November 27th, 2012 at 08:17 | #12

    Thanks for this. I can now transfer files from my Humax to my PC but not the other way round.

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    Nick Stevens
    January 11th, 2013 at 19:41 | #13

    Anyone know how to install the drivers in windows 8? I get the error “The third-party INF does not contain digital signature”

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    Mark S
    February 24th, 2013 at 15:04 | #14

    Hi – I’ve tried installing on Win7 64-bit but can’t quite get there;
    Driver shows it’s properly installed (as at step 4 above);
    GUI installed and opens.

    It fails, however, and pop-up box says “Error: Failed to connect to device”.

    Any suggestions gratefully received.

    Regards
    Mark

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    Robin
    August 1st, 2013 at 11:22 | #15

    Hi

    I have the same issue. the PC and 9200 connect and the transfer starts but invariably stops with only the bad progressing. The record I have is 200MB but 10MB is more typical. Then the Humax freezes and I have to re-boot to get it to connect again. I also reboot the PC.

    Any hope?

    Robin

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    Bruce
    August 29th, 2013 at 16:54 | #16

    Hi,

    If you’re having freezes and bad processing problems during a transfer, try unplugging the aerial from the humax before connecting the Humax to your PC.

    I’d read that the Humax can get distracted when its got a signal and I didn’t get any problems once I’d disconnected the aerial. There was nothing more annoying than waiting 30 minutes for a transfer and then it freezing!

    Hope that helps,

    Bruce.

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    Bob T
    November 3rd, 2013 at 15:28 | #17

    Just a quick note to say thank you for this article, I’ve just managed to mount the drive on my Humax 9100T and am running the Media Controller now to copy video files from my failing PVR to my laptop! The next thing to do is to figure out how I can transfer them onto my new HDR-2000T.

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    Peter
    July 16th, 2014 at 20:36 | #18

    Very much appreciated – your explanation and links have got me out of a big hole.
    All working grand on W7x64bit
    Thank you.

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    Prak
    July 20th, 2014 at 17:19 | #19

    Hi,

    I followed the instruction for win 7 install but on a win 8 PC 64.
    At the inf-wizard wizard it throws error ‘Missing file’ and stops.

    Of anyone has managed to make it work on Win 8, grateful if you could please share.

    Thank you for reading.

    rgds

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    RobMo
    August 9th, 2014 at 20:35 | #20

    still slightly shocked how well this works on win7

    had to manually run the .bat install because I missed something.
    unplugging the aerial and getting the switch on sequence correct, improved the transfer speed unimaginably.
    Thanks to all that have posted these useful tips

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    Jessica
    October 12th, 2014 at 14:47 | #21

    When I connect my Humax 9200T to my computer using this program not all my recordings are showing??? Can see them in my Humaxlist, but Media Controller only shows about half of the recorded programs. Who can help me?????

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    Prakash
    December 7th, 2014 at 11:45 | #22

    The win 7 install worked like a charm bang on first time !!
    If anyone needs help plz drop me an email on uvwxyz300712@gmail.com.
    Here to help and get helped !!

    cheers

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