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

Your-Computer is not Digital Cable Ready

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.

Quentin Moore

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25 thoughts on “SOLVED: Your Computer is not Digital Cable Ready – HDHomeRun Prime set up”

  1. 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.

    1. 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.

  2. 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!

  3. 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

  4. : pound :

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

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

  6. 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.

  7. 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…

  8. 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!

  9. 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” .

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