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Discussion in 'DIRECTV HD DVR/Receiver Discussion' started by Mark Walters, Oct 4, 2009.
I was wondering about available drive space also, or drive configuration.
OK.. just RBRd and again, it is faster, for how long who knows. It does seem still slightly slower to bring up the guide than it used to be (used to be instant) but now I think its at the level HDTVfan claims everyone has it at.
It does exit instantly, which is nice.
To help clarify how long of a delay I was talking about, I will use some actual statement that were being spoken on TV at the time...
With delay, Peter Gammans on ESPN managed to say this entire statement between the time I pressed Guide and it coming on screen... "Cuz, ya know, I think everyone expects Cliffs Lee is gonna come out and throw another gem."
After the RBR he gets this statement out between pressing Guide and seeing guide...
"I think so because..."
Actually it came up during 'because'
If it stayed like this I could deal with it. But with the long delay I question if it got the signal, but if I press it again it will come up with the category guide style, and once thats up, there is another delay before it goes back to the time listing.
Drive is 50% free.
I have a laptop cooling fan sits on top of the HR20 and runs constantly to keep the temp down (currently reads 113 deg). Though I did that trying to fix the constant statc-like drops I got recording from OTA, and they are now back since the fall season started up again.
As far as caching, remember that time moves forward, so the "current" GUIDE information won't be current after the next 1-30 minutes.
This sounds like the way it's supposed to be and what most people are enjoying .. When you were seeing the delay before, what channel where you tuned to? It sounds like you were on ESPN, I wonder if the the ScoreGuide functionality might have been affecting this somehow.
Still, the usability after display should have been significantly better than before.
Yes, but it is erasing the entire cache and rebuilding it or just adding on the new info and erasing expired info.
Either way, its moot,because the delay is gone after an RBR, meaning it can't be cache driven. and if/when the delay returns it indicates some other issue caused by the update. (I can safely say that because the problem appeared the first time I used the system after the update)
Channel didn't matter. I could be on OTA, Mpeg4, Mpeg2, VOD
When the delay comes back I will try to take a video of it and try to post it here to demonstrate, though I don't think that will help anymore than the Peter Gammons statements.
I may have missed it, how old is this unit?
it may be dieing and the new software attributes have brought it out into the open.
I know that twice my TiVo unit experienced sluggishness and was very slow and then the hard drive died due to bad sectors that it kept taking time to take out of service and replace with optional good sectors. That takes alot of time as far as a PC is concerned so you could have a dying hard drive.
And Yes when I would RBR it, it would speed up for a short period of time and then slow down again and stutter and pixellate, etc.
How OLD is that unit??? What model DVR is it?
No more clicking hard drive chatter and significantly quicker guide and search. Now if D will just leave things B.
About as old as an HR20 can be, Aug/Sep '06. Original software 0xAC.
I don't think its the hardware dying, but if it is, then I think I will be done with Directv. Not gonna pay out for a new HDDVR if they killed this one. I'd rather upgrade my video card and get another OTA tuner for the PC and just deal with recording OTA.
If you do need a new DVR, I'm sure they'll send you one for minimal cost if you extend your commitment.
To be fair, after all the continuous complaining from myself, I will finally give Kudos to the DirecTV engineering dept for a job well done with the latest firmware.
My speeds are now tolerable and it's a total 180 from the previous firmware that was put out.
So thanks to you DirecTV, I'm now a happier person.
I know where your coming from - my roommate chucked the remote across the room the other day. He was just trying to enter in a channel number and it kept laggin out. My moto comcast box ran better than these. Why doesn't dtv put some decent hardware in these things? I would pay double for a fast box and my roommate prob triple. Throw a corei7 in there with a solid state drive.
While this was the standard Pee Cee mentality prior to the advent of gaming cards with much more power than similarly priced CPUs, that processor alone would probably not be up to the tasks (decoding, decrypting, CG, overlay) and it would cost hundreds of dollars more than what they're using.
Doing stuff in software takes quite a bit more horsepower than doing it in hardware and nobody's going to sit still for a DVR that consumes many dozens of watts of power when in standby.
So what kinda hardware would u need in there 2 make it fly?