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Discussion in 'DIRECTV HD DVR/Receiver Discussion' started by Stuart Sweet, May 1, 2012.
Do you put your HR34 in standby or is it always on?
And if not, I notice you're in an RV. I don't know too much about how time gets sync'd, but I wonder if the HR34 has correctly identified your dish type, in case that has any bearing on what may be going on.
I did not know you could do that! I will have to give it a try!
I have never and never will put a DVR in standby. Takes too long to come out of standby.
Dish type is identified every time we move. This 34 has been two minutes off ever since we got it in January. Program is two minutes ahead of where this dumb machine thinks it is. So all one hundred (another dumb limit) has been padded with two additional minutes at the start. Then we get two minutes on the end without asking for it.
I've heard of folks not putting their DVRs in standby because they use a universal remote. I've never heard of someone leaving them on all the time because it takes too long to wake them up, however. My HRs all power-up before my TVs do.
Do you use a standard DIRECTV remote for your HR and TV? If so, I'm curious how you're able to keep the HR34 from turning off. Do you move it to the TV-only position each time?
Some people not putting their HR34's in standby are stating that they are experiencing time drift on their boxes. Others of us who do use standby are not.
i also never put my hr34 or hr21s in standby. i have had recordings start about 30 seconds in but i can rewind to the beginning.
Was reading in the 0x548 thread about clearing NVRAM. Can someone tell me what data is being cleared, and what's lost by clearing it? It must do something...
Was watching the Royals on 672-1 last night when @ 9pm screen went blank for aout 30secs and then switched to ABC channel 9. I may have had the Royals game going w/ doubleplay (can't recall for sure), but was watching it only a couple minutes behind live. Checked and saw 4 shows recording @ 9pm. Still, no warning this was about to happen and not sure why the Royals game could not stay on as the 5th tuner without being dumped. Was able to change from channel 9 to 672-1 with no problem. This was the 1st time I've actually needed all 5 tuners in operation at the same time.
Last call received in the log has a 4/28 date. I've received several calls since then with the TV on, and no display appears on screen.
No drift, the HR34 time is always two minutes behind the Guide time.
And I do use a universal remote. The DTV remote is not compatible with our system. No one button on and no one button off. And the ones we have are not lit. Unacceptable if not lit. Cannot use it when watching TV at night. At one point the 24 had that stupid auto sleep mode. I told it to please not do that and it has not done it since then.
I can set up my universal to turn on and off anything. I just don't want that DVR not instantly ready. Never turn off any of my computers either. Always on.
My caller ID has never displayed onscreen since I has the 34 installed. Everything is hooked up correctly, and it worked at that location with the HR-24 when it was there. Must be something to do with the 34.
Callerid is not reliable on my HR34 or my HR24. The HR34 is more reliable at logging calls than the HR24 but even the HR34 only logs about 50% of the calls I get (Nothing shows up on the screen when the phone rings and nothing is added to the call log). I used to have 3 SAT-T60's I installed the Elseed program on them and the callerid worked perfectly and it kept a log of all calls for many years, they were kept in a text file which was easy to search and not limited to 25 calls. I used to rely on the callerid on the SAT-T60 in my computer room because my nice speakerphone that I used for Conference calls did not have callerid. after replacing the SAT-T60 with the HR24 in February 2012 I had to purchase a new phone with callerid because the HR24 just could not be relied on for callerid.
I even tried the HR24 as the only device connected to the phone line and called from my cell and it could not detect an incoming call. The HR24 detects about 10% of incoming calls. Directv Support stated that Callerid is not a primary service and they don't care if it doesn't work.
I don't consider caller ID to be important, however it is a function that's "supposed to" work but doesn't. More of a nice to have for me at this point. There are other things they need to fix first IMHO.
That IS drift. Try putting it in standby.
I think the best way to check HR34 time is to put up the "more system info" page, where, unlike the INFO BAR clock, you can see the minutes change in real time. Then go to the time.gov website and compare the times of day.
I just took my HR34 out of standby, and using the above method, it's 8 seconds behind time.gov.
Here is an issue that I have never seen before. Last night my wife recorded 'Mentalist". While playing back, especilly durring the last 15 minutes, there were severel instances where there would be a brief interruption and the video and sound from another broadcast would pop up on the screen. The interuptions were about a second in length and I would say there was about a dozen of them, approximately 30 seconds apart. I backed up the recording and they were definitely part of the recorded program, as I could replay and they were there again. Anyone else see this?
I've heard of that happening from a local channels end.
It is not drift. It never changes. As soon as it boots up it is two minutes behind. After two weeks it is still two minutes behind. Never varies.
My HR34 is about 20 seconds fast. I got that with the following procedure: While watching live TV I continuously press and release the info button to bring up the info screen and clear the info screen and bring it up again until the time changes to the next minute.
I tried the "more system info" screen and it does not update in real time, when I tried it, it updated about 40 seconds later than using info button to toggle the info screen on/off. Per the "more system info" screen the HR34 is about 20 seconds slow.
I don't use Standby. I use a universal remote and I have the DVR power button programmed to turn the TV on and off, If I did want to access the DVR power, I have to press setup and then power (setup plus another button provides alternate functions on my remote)