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HR22 is SLOW compared to my HR20

Discussion in 'DIRECTV HD DVR/Receiver Discussion' started by flakrat, Sep 13, 2009.

  1. DrSpalding

    DrSpalding New Member

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    I have two HR22 DVRs, and they are both deathly slow.

    • The remote signals sometimes double up (30s skip often gets two or three hits)
    • Direct input of channel numbers sometimes takes so long that it takes the incomplete channel number before you are done
    • The channel switch is seconds long, esp. on HD channels

    This slowness has not changed appreciably with software updates.

    I have a couple of non DVR HD receivers too (don't know which ones right at the present) but they switch channels very quickly, regardless of HD or SD, and if they do get slow for some reason, a reset fixes it. The HR22 is just stupid slow and I hate them for that. Otherwise, the 500GB capacity is nice to have and I have no reason to need to upgrade to a bigger external (1TB or more) on either of them at this point. I can simply record separate shows on each one and I'm all good.

    I would like them to be able to share shows though.
     
  2. ShiningBengal

    ShiningBengal Godfather

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    Like many others, when I lit up my replacement (brand new) HR22 that was sent to me when my HR21 bit the dust, I was astounded at how much slower the response to my remote was.

    I tried all kinds of "work arounds" and none of them worked at all until....

    I changed the resolution setting from 720p (my plasma set's native resolution) to 1080i. I reasoned this might take some of the workload off the HR22 letting the set do its own down-scaling to 720p.

    The change was astounding. My HR22 is now at least as fast as my two other DVR's, an HR20-100 and an HR20-700.

    Most HDTV's have their own internal scalers, so they don't have to be fed their native resolution. I see no difference at all in the image quality on my native 720p plasma set (a 52" Vizio). It is still simply stunning.

    By the way, my two HR20's are connected to a Sanyo PLV-Z5 (LCD) projecting on a 102" screen at 1080i, and the other connected to a 50" Vizio LCD (1080p capable) at 1080i, so I do have a good PQ standard of comparison.

    Your results may vary...mine results make me a happy camper!
     
  3. GregLee

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    Very very interesting. Is speed affected when you set Setup > HDTV > Video > Native > On ?
     
  4. ShiningBengal

    ShiningBengal Godfather

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    Greg,

    I tried turning "Native" to the on position. It did not seem to affect the speed of the guide or the response to the remote...still quite fast. It did seem to affect, although not greatly, the time it takes for an image to appear on the screen once the selected channel banner pops up.

    No question that switching the resolution on the front panel to 1080i has a much greater effect on overall speed of the box. I'm surprised no one else discovered this. I thought about what the possible causes of the slowness were and eliminated most of them by experimentation. I then checked the settings I had on both of my HR20's and changed the settings on the new HR22 to match. Voila!

    Since I can't see any advantage to leaving the Native resolution switch on, I think I will return it to the default off position.
     
  5. GregLee

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    I'm not implying there is any advantage for you, but there is for me. With my 720p Samsung TV and the HR20-700, 480i channels have a slightly better picture with Native on.
     
  6. drpjr

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    Sakatomatoes...
    I am missing something here. I do not doubt that your HR22 is faster but I'm not understanding why. You said you use native off. If I understand that correctly the HR22 does the rescaling. When your box was set to 720p it had to rescale anything that was not 720p. When you changed to 1080i it has to rescale anything that is not 1080i. I'm not seeing any "less" workload for the HR22. When you changed to "native on" that would pass signal through to the TVs scaler and be less load on the HR22. But by all reports "native on" actually slows down most boxes.:( I am confused.:confused:
     

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