One issue with both the Dexatek and DVBWorld applications is
that they don't appear to support command-line switches so that you can just put
them into the Startup folder, and have them start automatically every time you
start Windows. One way round this is to use a program which automatically
presses the right keys for you, and a brief search on the Internet found the
free AutoHotKey program. I
suggested to Arne van Belle that he might like to try this program, and here is
Please note that this may not be required with more recent
versions of the Dexatek or DVBWorld software.
Installing AutoHotKey and recording the script
- Download the current version of the software (1.0.47.05 at
the time of writing).
- Double-click on the file AutoHotkey104705_Install.exe, and
follow the default prompts. The program may require your permission to
- Started "AutoScriptWriter (Recorder)" . In this window use the Browse button
and go to the exe file that launches reception (C:\Program Files\DVB World\DVB
- Then press the Record button to record your script.
- Now the DVB program starts. Wait until reception
- Press the Stop button in the DVBWorld window (this will stop TV
- Next, press the IP button once to start IP service.
- Finally, press the minimize button in the upper right corner.
- Press the STOP button that AutoScriptWriter popped up after hitting the
record button and SAVE the recorded script under "StartDVBworldIP" for
Using the script you recorded
Make a shortcut from this script to the desktop and add this shortcut to the
Now every time when windows boots (or when you double click "StartDVBworldIP" on the desktop)
DVBWorld will launch and start IP service
and minimizes to the system tray!
As the Button layout of the Dexatek software is different and AutoHotKey uses coordinates, we will have to offer two different scripts and updates if
the position of these buttons change.
What's in the script?
Contents of StartDVBworldIP.ahk
Run, C:\Program Files\DVB World\DVB World.exe
WinWait, DVB World,
IfWinNotActive, DVB World, , WinActivate, DVB World,
WinWaitActive, DVB World,
MouseClick, left, 74, 50
MouseClick, left, 244, 50
MouseClick, left, 586, 9
There is an option to compile AutoHotKey scripts so you do not need to
install AutoHotKey to run a single script.
Changes for the Dexatek software
Based on Arne van Belle's work, I have now tried AutoHotKey
with the Dexatek software on Windows Vista, and found that a small extra delay
was needed to allow the TV service to switch off correctly. I changed the
first Sleep from 100 to 1500 (milliseconds). Here is my script:
Contents of StartDexatek.ahk
IfWinNotActive, Dexatek, , WinActivate, Dexatek,
MouseClick, left, 153, 474
MouseClick, left, 86, 526
MouseClick, left, 643, 22