|Welcome to the Hauppauge PVR-250 hardware driver upgrade and installation walkthrough. This walkthrough is designed to take you through the steps necessary to install/upgrade the drivers for your SnapStream PVR-250 capture card.
- Download the drivers for PVR-250 (version 188.8.131.5268*). Save the file to your hard disk in a location you can remember.
*NOTE - Newer revisions of Hauppauge drivers are indicated by the last 5 digits, which is the build number. (EX./
For version 184.108.40.20668, the build number is "22168".)
- Download the IR Remote software here to
the same location as in Step 1. (NOTE: This step is optional, unless you are using the Hauppauge IR Remote.)
- Download the Hauppauge Driver update to the same location as in Step 1.
- Download HCWCLEAR here and save the file to the same location you saved the zip file.
- Extract the zip file for the PVR-250 drivers you downloaded to a folder you can remember.
- Double-click on the HCWCLEAR, choose "Remove All WinTV Drivers and Applications" and
click OK. This will remove ALL Hauppauge software from your computer (including
the IR remote and OEM TV viewing software for this card which will need to
be reinstalled after this procedure if you wish to use them). Click Yes on
the next screen that appears.
NOTE: If you are installing this device as part of a multi-tuner configuration, and your other tuner is already installed with up-to-date drivers, skip the hardware clear outlined below, and go on to Hardware Detection and Installation.
- After hcwclear.exe finishes removing all the old driver files, you will be asked to restart.
- Windows XP SP1 and Windows 2000 users,
please skip (Figure 1),
and proceed to (Figure 2).
- Windows XP SP2 users start with (Figure 1).
Hardware Detection and Installation:
When Windows starts for the first time after you have run HCWCLEAR, it will begin detecting the card. Please be patient, the detection sequence may take a few minutes before this window shows up. You will see the following (Figure 1):
Select "No, not this time" (Figure
1) and click Next. You will see the next screen (Figure 2):
Click "Install from a list or specific location (Advanced)" (Figure
2) and click Next to continue to (Figure 3).
Select "Include this location in the search" and
browse for the location you extracted the zip file containing the drivers,
select the folder, click OK, and then click Next. (Figure 3). Continue on to (Figure 4).
Windows will search for the drivers. You will then see (Figure 5).
Click Continue Anyway. Proceed to (Figure 6).
Windows will set a system restore point (Figure 6). Continue to (Figure 7).
Windows will install the drivers automatically (Figure 7). Continue on to (Figure 8).
Once Windows has completed installing the drivers (Figure 8), click Finish. The driver installation is complete!
Update Base Drivers
After Windows has loaded the base driver, run the PVR250_18_22170.exe driver updater.
Reinstall IR Remote Software
(Optional unless you use the IR remote)
After you have completed the driver update procedure, you should then install the IR Remote Application and reconfigure your Hauppauge IR remote for use.
Verifying Your Installation
To verify that all devices are installed, right click
on your My Computer icon, and left-click on "Manage" to bring up the Computer Management window. Left-click on "Device Manager" in the left pane, and you will see a list of device categories on the right side. Scroll down
if necessary on the right, and left-click the plus (+) sign next to "Sound, video, and game controllers".
You will see something like this (Figure 9):
Your list of drivers under here may be
different, but there will be a "Hauppauge WinTV-PVR PCI II" entry
like the one shown in (Figure 9). If you see Hauppauge WinTV-PVR PCI II as
it appears above with no (!) exclamation points or red X marks, everything
has installed properly, you may close the Computer Management window.
Driver installation and upgrade is complete!
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