EyeTV license keys transferrable from machine to machine?

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by generik, May 3, 2006.

  1. generik macrumors 601


    Aug 5, 2005
    Hey guys,

    Recently I got a 2nd hand EyeTV 410 from a seller on eBay which supposedly comes with a copy of EyeTV 2 software. However when it arrived I found a burnt CD with a key imprinted on the front of it, and the troubles really started when the key failed to validate.

    So I contacted the seller and he said the key most definitely worked for him, and that perhaps each key is only valid for the first machine the software is installed on, then he sent me some "code I found online" and told me to try it out.

    Now I already have a valid EyeTV 2 license from an earlier piece of hardware I've got, but I've since sold that item and I want to stay legal by getting hold of a genuine license key. The extra kicker is bidding went up to $350 for that auction I won, a subsequent auction listed by a more honest seller (aka no "bonus" possibly pirated software) ended at $250!

    Is that seller telling the truth when he said that EyeTV license keys can only be used on one machine?
  2. m2uk macrumors regular

    Jan 13, 2004
    I've had no problem moving my legit copy of EyeTV between two Mac Minis and an Xserve. I should say copies as I have both an Eye610 and 310 (used to have two 610s). I would take contact with Elgato. Perhaps the seller had some strange OEM code.
  3. asencif macrumors 6502

    Dec 21, 2005
    There's an activation card that comes with the device for the software with a serial number on it that states to keep the number handy when having to re-install the software. However, there is no activation over the Internet done, so in a sense it won't know how many Macs it's been on. Of course I'm not suggesting for anyone to install it on 10 macs, but what this means is that it can't be locked to one machine.

    The serial # is probably wrong or from a previous version of EyeTV. EyeTV 2 is great and is still included in the EyeTV 200 if you can find it. The device is great and works well with the software. I don't understand why they went to EyeTV 250 with USB connectivity. Firewire is more stable and to me the 200 looks better and feels to have more options.

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