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SOLVED: Your Computer is not Digital Cable Ready – HDHomeRun Prime set up

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While trying to set up my Windows Media Center to work with my new HDHomeRun Prime (Buy at Amazon), I encountered the message, “Your Computer is not Digital Cable Ready.” I knew that I had a HDCP compliant video card so I didn’t know what the deal was. After some Googling I found that I needed to install Microsoft’s Digital Cable Adviser (DCA).

You can find the DCA using the links below:



I installed the download to my Windows 7 desktop and restarted my computer (I don’t know if it’s required). Now when I open Windows Media Center and access the Extra Library, I see a new icon that looks like a coax cable. Click on the icon (it may take a second to start) and follow the on screen instructions.

  1. john b says

    I am so lucky i found your post, while setting up the HDhomerun after only 10 min of searching. if I had gotten it 2 months earlier I might have been out of luck.

    Your Computer is not Digital Cable Ready. run digital cable advisor its a “formality” .

    1. Quentin Moore says

      No problem! 😉

  2. David Zebrowitz says

    Thank you very much for posting this! I have 3 machines connected to my HDHomeRunPrime without any issues… this laptop was the first to run into this issue and your post saved the day!

  3. Mat Helm says

    I forget this every time I have to resetup the DVR…. tks..

  4. Mike says

    i just got windows 7 amd this is my first time trying to use my computer to record tv shows… is there anything i need to buy like a cable that goes to the tv? or is there some sort of wireless thing i need to get or that is already installed on the computer? Thanks for any help u or anyone can give…

  5. Gregory Stewart says

    Thanks A Lot!! This did the trick for me. I’m running an AMD based mini-pc (ZBox) and I initially thought it was a hardware issue. You saved me a lot of headaches.

  6. Greg M says

    Thanks very much! This solved my last issue with my HTPC.

    1. Quentin Moore says

      Glad you resolved your issue!

  7. David says

    This helped me get WMC working with a new cable card – Thanks a bunch!

  8. Joe says

    Thanks so much. This should be front and center on the windows media center tips and tricks forum on silicon dust home run prime.

  9. John Karter says

    Thank you so much for resolving my issue through this post. I was in trouble from last few days. Thanks a ton. 🙂

  10. Jimmy L. says

    THANK YOU! This was always a sporadic issue which appears on the XBOX.

  11. AEN says

    : pound :

    Thanks a lot….I think I cancelled RCN prematurely and switched to Comcast. Guess I should have search more first. Oh well…

  12. Marcos says

    Saved the day, got love smart people
    Actually all was done from the media center under extra> extra library where you would install the digital cable advisor and run the test then update settings

  13. Don Coulter says

    Thanks for your help. It worked for me. Now to get the Cablecard activated

  14. Danny P. says

    Thanks, It worked for me too!

  15. Scott says

    Just moved my Mediacenter to a new box and bought a shiney new Ceton InfiniTV 6 ETH. Been trying to figure this out for over half an hour now. Thanks so much Quentin!

    1. Quentin Moore says

      Glad you got it working!!

  16. Donny says

    You are a champion. Thanks a bunch

  17. Ddg87 says

    THANKS A LOT!!!!!! U da man!

  18. Chad says

    I can’t believe how useful your link is! Thank you, thank you, thank you!

    By the way, a reboot wasn’t necessary.

  19. Huston Summers says

    You are the man! Silicon Dust needs to pay you for support! LOL

    1. Satish says

      Thanks a lot. As usual, nobody else other than Microsoft can do things like this, leave out an essential part of the working of a software as an addon.

  20. Greg H says

    Thank You VERY MUCH… excellent post! You are great!!!

  21. Marty Rogers says

    Thanks for the tips and the Amazon review for the product. I have been searching for a good digital cable and definitely like to check this out.

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