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HYDRA HOW TO



INTRODUCTION

Well you have just started to use your Dreambox and some of the scrambled stations have stopped working. That is because you are not paying to watch them and the TV Station owner (i.e. SKY) are doing everything they can to stop you watching by scrambling the stations. There are many ways to scramble the TV picture. The most common are the following:- S*ca, IRDETO, VIACESS and CONAX.

To get around these scrambling systems the Dreambox uses something called SOFTCAMS. There are also many types of these but by using three you should be able to see most stations. The three I recommend are:- NEWCAMD, RADAGAST and SCAM.



What all the scrambling systems have in common is the concept of KEYS. These are codes which the official card knows and the station asks the card what the KEY is before it will allow you to see the picture. Of course you do not have an official card so there is no way the Dreambox can know the KEY unless you tell it. Luckily this is very easy to do with the Dreambox Hydra Image.



HOW TO UPDATE KEYS

All the things you need to update your image are contained in the HYDRA CONTROL PANEL. You can see this by pressing the GREEN button on the remote control. To move around the screen you use the up, down, .left and right keys which are around the central SELECT key.



The first thing to do is make sure your “CONTROL PANEL” is up to date. First move the Highlighted selected to the next to bottom option which is “THE HYDRA SETUP” Then press SELECT. A new screen will open up with various options. You want to update your control panel so make sure “DOWNLOAD LATEST CONTROL PANEL” is highlighted then press “SELECT”. A message will appear on the bottom of the screen telling you the progress. It should say something like “Downloading” then “Unpacking” then “DONE”.



These commands can be shortened to the following format:

GREEN > THE HYDRA SETUP > DOWNLOAD LATEST CONTROL PANEL

When it is done you need to close the old control panel by pressing the exit button (“LAME/EXIT” centre small red on the remote control) until all the menus have gone off the screen and you have either a totally black screen or a TV picture.



Now you are sure you have the latest Control Panel (Remember to do that before every update) you can proceed to update the keys.. Once again press the GREEN button to show the Control Panel and move the highlighted option to “DOWNLOAD KEYS” and press SELECT. A new screen will open up. The two options you are interested in are “MARY’S KEY BUNDLE” and “BYKSAT-SOFTCAM.KEY”. Next to Mary’s Key Bundle there will be a date. If this date is newer than the last Key Bundle you downloaded then highlight this option and press “Select”. The progress will be displayed o the bottom of the screen. Wait until it says “DONE” After this you can download “Byksat” Once again Highlight “Byksat” then press “Select”. Wait until the message “Done” appears at the bottom of the screen. When all this is done you can return to the TV picture by pressing “LAME/EXIT” repeatedly until all the menus are disappear. The above key presses can be shortened like this:-



GREEN > DOWNLOAD KEYS > MARY’S KEY BUNDLE > BYKSAT – Softcam.key.





HOW TO UPDATE SOFTCAMS

Occasionally there will be a new Softcam released. You can check this by daily updating your Control Panel and after opening it by pressing GREEN you select the option “DOWNLOAD SOFTCAMS”. Inside the new menu will be listed the Softcams which you can download. They will all have a date or version number next to them. If the date is newer or the version is older than the Softcam you have installed then you can download the new one (This process is helped by the word “NEW” being put next to new softcams on the first day of their release!). IMPORTANT – Before downloading the Softcam you must make sure you are NOT using that Softcam at the time you download. To check which Softcam is in use from the TV picture press “SELECT” at the left of the top menu bar should be the name of the Softcam in use. If it is the same as the one you want to download just keep changing stations until the message “STARTING *** “(The name of the softcam) appears on the screen. As long as the Softcam started is not the one you want to download then you can now proceed to download the new Softcam:-



GREEN> DOWNLOAD SOFTCAMS > (The one you want) >

Wait for the message “Done” to appear on the bottom of the screen.





HOW TO UPDATE THE STATION LIST

New stations start and others close down or move frequency. To make sure your list is always up to date you can also use the Control Panel. Do the following:-



GREEN > THE HYDRA SETUP > PET123 SETTINGS



The messages will be the same as usual but before it says “Done” after “Unpacking” it will say “Reloading” This may take some time! Do not do anything until the message “Done” appears. Now for the big difference to the other updates. This reloading may not work correctly! If when you check the station listings you find they have not changed then go to the Dreambox and press ALL THREE front buttons AT THE SAME TIME. If you do this correctly the Dreambox will shutdown then restart with the new settings installed. If the new settings were already there you do not need to reset the receiver.



CONCLUSION

There are many other advanced features in the Control Panel but this introduction should enable you to get started and keep watching your stations.

hope it helps
 

BGonaSTICK

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... but the Hydra control panel does not work any more?
 
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