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721 & L175 new problems abound

Discussion in 'Standard Definition Receiver Support Forum' started by Bogey62, May 6, 2005.

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  1. May 6, 2005 #1 of 22
    Bogey62

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    Ever since getting the L175 "update" my 721 started doing the following:

    - Spontaneous reboots anytime it feels like it (even during recordings).

    - If I scroll through the guide at around 6:30 - 7:00 am the unit will reboot! 100% reproduceable.

    - The skip back button refuses to go back any further than the first 10 seconds -- this is usually happening during playback of recorded events.

    - The audio and video go out-of-sync on recorded shows if you skip ahead. The only fix I have found for this is to totally exit out of the recording and then go back in and resume where I left off.

    These are just "new" problems with the 721, I have others that have been long-standing and as yet unresolved by Dish.

    I am on my 6th 721 since 8/02 -- I considered the 522 "upgrade" but I see that has its own share of problems, not to mention the upfront expense to me.
     
  2. May 6, 2005 #2 of 22
    rlegan

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    Not exactly a new problem, but one that was rumored to be fixed was support of DPP LNBF with single coax and separator. My results in seeing only the 44 hour guide which doesn't seem to get updated frequently. I've had reboots when trying to access the guide when it is has lots of no information or just refuses to scroll to the future. I was promised that they were working on it and new software would be down loading last week. I sure hope it's not going to be six months....
     
  3. May 9, 2005 #3 of 22
    Lyle_JP

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    I haven't seen the other issues you mention, but this one has been driving me utterly batshit! I have called Echostar to complain. I suggest that every 721 owner do the same. Let's get this stuff fixed!
     
  4. May 9, 2005 #4 of 22
    garypen

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    I recently sold my 721. But, I did not have any of these issues running L175. I found it to be a pretty good receiver, especially by Dish standards.

    OTOH, the guy I sold it to is having a helluva time upgrading the smartcard. I'm glad I never attempted it despite repeated assurances from the Dish faithful that there was nothing to worry about.
     
  5. larrystotler

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    I have noticed the skip back problem, but it does it anytime I have it buffered. However, it is not consistant. It did it a few times earlier, but didn't do it just now when I did it while watching family guy.
     
  6. Jacob S

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    I have also been experiencing the skip back problem. What a pain. Definitely a bug because I never had this issue before.
     
  7. Bob Haller

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    Bill R would try to convince folks its me.....

    While my only post on this....

    the DST software was so bad I put my 721 on the shelf, and upgraded to a 522...

    such software should never see a paying subs box
     
  8. Bill R

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    Haller,

    I have NEVER said that you are the only person that has had 721 problems and you know that. Twisting the truth (like you did in this post only to try to make me look bad) is why a lot of people no longer trust you.
     
  9. Bob Haller

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    I will let others be the judge of your posts, you do your best to diminish their lack of QC :nono2:

    Your post from another thread:(

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    Originally Posted by Bob Haller
    sadly E DVRs have bugs that vary over time.


    Bills response

    Speak for yourself but don't try to make that a general statement because MANY of us never see those major bugs you always seem to be having. More and more I think your problems stem from a faulty installation (I bet you did it yourself) or some other problem (electrical?) caused by something YOU done.

    As I have said MANY times before, you are too studid to cut your loses and switch to another service (even cable might be better for you). Instead you would rather hang around this board and other DBS boards and bitch to new users about how extremely bad DISH equipment is (which it really isn't ).
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  10. Bob Haller

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    I think most effected by this layest 721 software would agree its bad...

    E QC just is lacking in the software group. My experiences with tech support have been very good for the last several years. E programming suits me just fine.

    Their bug ridden DVRs can be very frustrating at times.

    Oddly enough I never needed a 7100 replced but have churned thru many 721 and 508s, the vast majority from hard drive failures....

    Sadly we have lived with lots of software troubles that vary over time, from minor to major glitches.

    Many posters here report similiar. I think one poster is on his 6th 721:(
     
  11. musicmaker2020

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    I hate to say this as I have been a 721 promoter forever but after this release my reciever which has never seen any major flaws at all has gone nuts. I noticed the audio sync issue several times, went to the software guide and sure enough I have 175.

    Glad to see others are having the same issue because i honestly began thinking I might be having a hardware issue.
     
  12. boylehome

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    Is there a remote possibility that they had Eldon do the lastest software update?
     
  13. astrotrf

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    Actually, from what little I've seen, Dish equipment is, as you say, not all that bad. However, Dish *software* runs from "below average" to "execrable". And Eldon-bashing (where relevant) is one of life's simple pleasures; Eldon provides such a rich and abundant variety of material.

    Some folks would rather fight than switch (with apologies to an old cigarette commercial); in fact, I fought for a long time with Dish's "fix one bug, create two more" software releases. I didn't want to switch, as I was happy with the programming, if not the quality of the DVR service. I don't believe that attitude at all diminishes one's right to gripe about bugs.

    But, Eldon comedy aside, I've finally given up. I'm in the process of switching over from Dish to DirecTV. The difference is simply night and day in the forums: Dish forums are *all about* bugs (and lack of NBR), while bug discussions in the DirecTV forums are few and far between.

    I've been living with a DirecTV SD TiVo box for several months now; they're much more user-friendly (according to my wife, who is a Windows user and therefore an expert on "user-friendly" :)) and I have yet to spot so much as one bug. One or another of Dish's bugs smacks me in the face every single night I use the machines.

    I think new Dish customers *need* to hear that if their shiny new 921 craps out and Dish ships them a replacement (which will, of course be a refurb unit that has been checked out for bug compatibility at the factory), it is quite possible that it comes preloaded with the ZSR bug as an extra added "thank you" from Charlie. They deserve to know that if they use the Dish DVR for anything other than light and limited use, they're likely to be joining the ranks of those waiting, often in vain, to see if the next software release fixes the bugs that are driving them nuts about their DVR.

    Terry (astrotrf)
     
  14. steveo70

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    I never had a problem with my 721 in the 2 years I've had it except from the occasional reboots and slowdowns. This software update has changed all of that. I am getting the skip back problem along with missed recordings. What is with QC? do they fully test their updates before they release them to the public? Sounds like they rush it out.
     
  15. Bob Haller

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    Who is Es latest partner for future DVR boxes?

    In Es case its always BEST to have someone else to blame...

    Its Microsofts fault....

    Its Eldons fault......

    Its XXX fault.....

    We are heavy users... Heavy users tend to find the bugs faster and more often.

    Such is life. Nearly EVERY bug I EVER reported here has over time been identified as repeatable, and fixed eventually by E, only to be replaced by a new one:(
     
  16. garypen

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    The big question is WHY did they release a SW update to a relatively stable DVR? I guess they never heard of the old expression, "If it ain't broke, don't fix it."

    Of course, with Dish, it's "If it ain't broke, break it."
     
  17. Jacob S

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    I have to agree with Gary.

    The 7100/7200 had software issues, the others had more in the way of hardware issues than the 7100/7200 but still has its fair share of software issues.
     
  18. Bob Haller

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    I suspect DST with the old software would of been a BIG problem.

    Note: E forced lots of software just before DST change.
     
  19. jgoggan

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    Heh. I'm suddenly having this problem -- after running 175 for weeks without it ever happening to me at all. Within the last two days or so, my 721 pretty much has this problem on ALL recorded content.

    Actually, now that I think about it, I had been catching up and watching old recorded events and just started watching some recent stuff.

    I wonder if it only affects recordings that were MADE after the 175 update. In other words, the recording itself is different and the problems are related to that in some way?

    Anyone know that they have pre-175 recordings tested this a bit? Do you get the unable-to-skip-back problem with pre-175 recorded events?

    Just curious -- now that I'm suddenly seeing this problem on ALL of my recordings...

    - John...
     
  20. larrystotler

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    The skip back problem seems to be intermitent on mine. However, I'm beginning to think the skip forward has been affected as well. It seems to only go 10 seconds instead of 30.
     
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