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HR2x and R22: 0x03A8 Discussion

Discussion in 'DIRECTV HD DVR/Receiver Discussion' started by Doug Brott, Mar 1, 2010.

  1. Mar 1, 2010 #1 of 126
    Doug Brott

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    This is the discussion thread for all MPEG-4 DVRs, software version 0x03A8.

    Release notes: http://www.dbstalk.com/showthread.php?t=173490

    Issues Only thread: http://www.dbstalk.com/showthread.php?t=173488

    Please feel free to discuss all aspects of this release in this thread. However, while a certain amount of ranting is expected, forum rules are still in effect and we ask that you refrain from personal attacks and statements you cannot defend.
     
  2. Mar 3, 2010 #2 of 126
    MizzouTiger

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    Well, I don't see it mentioned in the release notes, but I sure hope this version fixes the frequent audio dropouts/video macroblocking/video freezing that I have been experiencing way too often when viewing recorded material.
     
  3. Mar 3, 2010 #3 of 126
    RAD

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    Dripping...
    On both of your HR20's? I have a HR20-700 and haven't seen this problem at all.
     
  4. Mar 3, 2010 #4 of 126
    Steve

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    Besides some great MRV tuning, looks like DirecTV fulfilled another of our Wish List items with this release. "Playlist Sort Order: Alphabetical sorting of folders now chronological within folder" nicely addresses this long-standing request:

    Always sort shows within folders by date, even though the PLAYLIST may be sorted sorted differently.

    I just tested, and if I sort my playlist "A-Z", shows within folders are sorted by "Date (new)". If I select GROUP play, the oldest episode plays back first, as expected.

    Nice job, guys! :)
     
  5. Mar 3, 2010 #5 of 126
    Hutchinshouse

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    Only on recorded material? Maybe defragging the hard drive would help.
     
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    billsharpe

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    Just how do you do that? A hidden menu choice somewhere?

    There's a choice somewhere that re-formats the disk, but that's pretty drastic.
     
  7. Mar 3, 2010 #7 of 126
    bagreene

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    The release notes only mention the features that were added in 0x395 relative to 0x368. Does anyone know what is in this release? Am I missing it somewhere? My hope is that they cleaned up some code to fix the speed issues that 0x395 unfortunately reintroduced to my system.
     
  8. Mar 3, 2010 #8 of 126
    Stuart Sweet

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    There are no new features, this is a maintenance release.
     
  9. Mar 3, 2010 #9 of 126
    bagreene

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    I've been hoping for a "no new features"/maintenance release that worked on speed only for a while. It sounds like they cleaned up some MRV issues. Any chance they cleaned up some other code from the past release that seemed to slow down quite a few people's boxes?
     
  10. Mar 3, 2010 #10 of 126
    Doug Brott

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    There were a few things worked on under the hood, but primarily this release makes MRV significantly better.
     
  11. Mar 3, 2010 #11 of 126
    hdtvfan0001

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    Should I send an announcement of this version out to LENO to put into HEADLINES....:D
     
  12. Mar 3, 2010 #12 of 126
    Doug Brott

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    In general, there is no need for this .. BUT ..

    To run the hard drive checks, please follow these steps:

    1. reboot STB via Menu -> Parental, Fav's & Setup -> System Setup -> Reset -> Restart Receiver
    2. when they see "Running receiver self-check" press select
    3. You will see "Entering Diagnostics Mode..."
    4. select Advanced Tests Menu -> Hard Drive utilities -> Surface Test
    Warning: This process could take several hours to complete. You may want to run it overnight.

    The good news is that every attempt is made to save programming. This is less destructive than a reformat all and could provide you with a more stable system if you are having problems that appear to be related to the hard drive.
     
  13. Mar 3, 2010 #13 of 126
    Stuart Sweet

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    It is possible that there are some fixes that would affect speed, I think we'll need some reports from the field before we can say.
     
  14. Mar 3, 2010 #14 of 126
    veryoldschool

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    FWIW: they is NO WAY now to reformat a drive.
    Should one try by: rebooting and holding down the record & down arrow buttons, what will happen is a disk scan that takes EVEN LONGER than the ones above.
    The long tests above took about 90 mins for a 300 GB drive and this longer scan took over 2.5 hours.
    No recordings or settings were lost here while doing this longer test.
    [I actually wanted to reformat the drive, so was prepared for it, only to find out I can no longer reformat, which was also verified by a call to DirecTV].
     
  15. Mar 3, 2010 #15 of 126
    MizzouTiger

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    No, it's just been on the HR20-700. I'm really starting to wonder, based on posts in other threads, if it doesn't have something to do with DD5.1 over HDMI. My other HR20(the -100) is connected via HDMI directly to the television and has DD turned off and have not really seen this issue with it.
     
  16. Mar 3, 2010 #16 of 126
    MizzouTiger

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    I ran the surface scan test last Friday night. Started it before going to bed. The next morning, had live picture back on the TV. Didn't see any messages or errors, so I assume that the scan didn't find any issues with my hard drive - which I originally thought might be the cause of my viewing problems with recorded material.
     
  17. Mar 3, 2010 #17 of 126
    Wisegoat

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    When are the H* series going to receive the update that includes MRV? Still waiting on it for my one H21. Any ideas?
     
  18. Mar 3, 2010 #18 of 126
    veryoldschool

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    When you're on the list. It spooled last night also, so... "soon".
     
  19. Mar 3, 2010 #19 of 126
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    So maybe a bridged wireless G setup will play recorded HD shows beyond 5 ft from the router?:)

    I would like to hookup the DVR's back up to the network wireless.
     
  20. Mar 3, 2010 #20 of 126
    veryoldschool

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    "well if they don't", it's no longer a software issue, and is a networking problem.
     

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