ONewbie! Guide for Singapore 500c/800hd/800se

COMMON FAQ FOR THE NEWBIES

WHAT IS A DREAMBOX?
The Dreambox is a series of Linux-powered DVB satellite, terrestrial and cable digital television receivers (set-top box), produced by German multimedia vendor Dream Multimedia.

WHICH DREAMBOX IS MEANT FOR SINGAPORE USE?

500C – NON HD BOX
800C – HD BOX
800SE-C – HD BOX WITH SLIGHT IMPROVEMENT IN PROCESSOR SPEED AND DIRECT HDMI (Google if unsure)

HOW TO UPDATE CHANNELS?
For detail on how to update dreambox channels, please refer to the tutorial here
http://www.singapore-dreambox.com/how-to-update-channels-for-dm500c-dm800hd-800se/

HOW DO I PROGRAM A DREAMBOX 500C?
FOR 500C – Use DREAMUP PROGRAM 1.3.3.1

Guide
http://www.digital-kaos.co.uk/forums/f34/guide-flashing-dreambox-dreamup-33/

TOOLS NEEDED : ETHERNET CABLE, RS232 Null Modem
Cable
and a additional USB adapter if you using laptop. (Can
buy from here)

HOW DO I PROGRAM A DREAMBOX 800C/800SE?
WEB BROWSER METHOD is easiest for beginner

Guide
http://www.digital-kaos.co.uk/forums/f34/how-flash-dm800-via-web-browser-98867/

Video
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vtybdVgEJy0

TOOLS NEEDED : ETHERNET CABLE

HOW TO GET KEYS AND ROM FILES?
Keys and Rom files are sensitive and its not available for download freely. Kindly Use private message to any senior forum member for the files. Please note that in order to
protect their identity, they are not obligated to give you.

MY DREAMBOX VOLUME IS VERY SOFT?
** THE SOUND FROM DREAMBOX IS GENERALLY VERY SOFT. PLEASE TURN UP YOUR TV MASTER VOLUME IF NECESSARY.
 
I GET VERY DISTORTED IMAGE ON some channels of my DREAMBOX.
POSSIBILITIES : WEAK SIGNAL
SOLUTION : GET A BETTER QUALITY ANTENNA Cable
 
MY REMOTE CONTROL IS NOT RESPONDING
Do not use powerful batteries (Energiser/GP) as it will cause the remote to malfunction. Eveready AAA battery is fine. If after changing batteries and its still not functioning, then get a new remote. Order online
 
MY DREAMBOX Program corrupted or HANGS VERY OFTEN, What Happen??????
THIS IS A HARDWARE CHIPS PROBLEM. If you have a box which has such symptoms , its better to learn how to reflash your set. Each time when it happens, just do a reflash. This process can be very troublesome but no choice. Your local supplier will not change a new set for you even though its under warranty. He will also do a reflash and pass it back to you. Subsequently it will happen again. Buying from a local seller does not gives you extra priviledges or support you need.
 
DO I OFF MY DREAMBOX WHEN NOT WATCHING?
If not watching, please use the remote control to put it on standby. Try not to turn off/on the box from main plug unnecessarily just because you want to save some power. For your info, the power consumption is very low, don’t worry about bills going up.
 
Can I update my channels MANUALLY?
Yes, you can. However using the auto scan function will mess up the channels .You need to know how to edit the channels using dreamboxedit program which can be downloaded here

Its too troublesome, can I install a plugin so that I can auto update my channels by pressing a button on the remote?
Yes, for 500c and 800HD or 800SE, there is already a plugin created. You must follow the instructions to ftp the plugins/scripts into your box to make it work.
500c Update Plugin –
http://www.digital-kaos.co.uk/forums/f34/sgsh-e1-online-bouquet-plugin-289925/
800HD or 800SE Update Plugin –
http://www.digital-kaos.co.uk/forums/f34/e2-sgsh-online-
bouquets-updater-plugin-sg-286366/

Where can I find the latest image for SG?
You can either find it on the thread here http://www.digital-kaos.co.uk/forums/f34/new-images-sg-use-only-285330/

or from the download section of the forum here
http://www.digital-kaos.co.uk/forums/dlcat-images-2/

Its important to know that all images does not come with key or rom files, do not flash an image if you are unsure. You need these additional files to make it work.
 
I have the keys and scce, what do I need to do?
FTP the files to your box
http://www.digital-kaos.co.uk/forums/f34/guide-how-use-flashfxp-ftp-your-dreambox-1307/
 
Video Guide
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P-x_WNsXskA
 
Upgrading/Updating of firmware
It is absolutely not necessary to do updating of firmware.
 
Factory Reset
DO NOT press Factory Reset unless you have a backup image of your box to do a reflash.
 
Do I need to subscribe to Starhub if I have the Dreambox?
Technically speaking, there is no need to. However, it varies from person to person depending on how comfortable you are. If you are scare of getting trace or caught, then a basic subscription will make you feel better but does not reduce your risk. Users who stay in Condo landed has very minimal exposure to risk. HDB user, unless someone sabotage or report you otherwise it is also quite rare to get caught.
 
Be Discreet

Can I receive Singtel MIO on Dreambox?
No.

Where can I buy a Dreambox?
Google is your best pal.
 
I have ftp keys and scce, the box still unable to watch. Only FTA
3 possibilities – Either you did not ftp correctly or never reboot or you have used a cam which is not supported.Recommend to use mgcamd 1.31.
 
How to set up HDD on a Dreambox for recording?
This process can be a painful one. Although the steps look simple, many members have difficulties setting it up. It could be due to the image,HDD. You got to google and search for solutions , do some trial and error.
 
Is the keys and SCCE files same for both 500 series box?
Yes

Nagra 3 Launching soon?
Yes, but nobody knows when it will take place.
 
Nagra 3 still can watch free SH?
Yes, But its too early to talk about this. Wait till its launch then discuss further.
 
Can I use Satellite Box for Singapore?
Yes, But its illegal to setup dish. Do at your own risk if you know how.
 
I can watch SH at my friend place, but when I connect the same box at my home, blank screen, why?
That’s because your house is not activated. You have no choice but to subscribe to SH for a month and cancel it after that. They will send technician down to install a splitter to send the cable signal to your home.