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#41 OFFLINE   lacruz

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Posted 16 November 2008 - 07:44 PM

I think you can just unplug the USB cable, works for me on my 622. The light stays on but the drive goes to sleep for me if left pluged into the USB.


Thanks. I ended up just unplugging the power cable from the back of the EHD. I plug it back in, the drive powers up, and the VIP 622 recognizes the drive again and all my recordings are there. Hopefully, this also works for the 211.

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#42 OFFLINE   James Long

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Posted 16 November 2008 - 08:32 PM

The ViP-211 may work differently, since DISH is using it for storing 9 day EPG data. It seems to be more of an extension of the receiver than an add on.

We'll learn more as the feature is released. I was disappointed in the limited information given on the Tech Forum ... all the "rules" should have been given. Too much is not fully revealed.

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Posted 19 November 2008 - 12:10 PM

I was thinking getting the WD My Book which has auto shutdown when attached to a computer. The price is better than any of the 3 DVR Expander drives.

Is the USB port on the 211 active when the receiver is turned "off" ?

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Posted 19 November 2008 - 02:00 PM

Got the service upgrade (39.99 one time payment on next bill)for my 211. Works just like my 622 and 722 . Love the pause and review feature the most.

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Posted 19 November 2008 - 02:54 PM

Got the service upgrade (39.99 one time payment on next bill)for my 211. Works just like my 622 and 722 . Love the pause and review feature the most.


What drive are you using?

#46 OFFLINE   dkjohn

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Posted 19 November 2008 - 03:24 PM

Can't get mine to work it sees the harddrive but keeps telling me to have it activated I have, talked to dish and that is the most fustrating thing because they have no clue when all else fail they just tell a big fat lie what an ordeal.

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Posted 19 November 2008 - 03:36 PM

What drive are you using?

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Posted 19 November 2008 - 03:40 PM

Zdata 640gb

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Posted 19 November 2008 - 06:59 PM

Got my external drive enabled (after 4 calls to support) and it's working fine. Western Digital My Book Essential 640 GB, $94.99 at Costco. The drive does not shut off when the receiver is turned "off", so apparently the USB port is active when the receiver is in standby. I'm from the old school (before the days when saving energy was more important than saving hardware) and hard drives are designed to be left running all the time, so that's fine.

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Posted 19 November 2008 - 08:35 PM

That drive goes to sleep on my 622 when not accessed for a while.

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Posted 19 November 2008 - 08:53 PM

That drive goes to sleep on my 622 when not accessed for a while.


Maybe I just haven't waited long enough :)

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Posted 19 November 2008 - 09:52 PM

On the 211/411/211k, i'm wondering if that may not be a problem. I'm guessing that is where it will store the extended guide as well as the buffer among other things, I suspect it will be accessed by the receiver fairly frequently so may never go to sleep. Just a thought. not sure if its valid or not.
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#53 OFFLINE   Jim5506

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Posted 19 November 2008 - 10:48 PM

It appears to constantly be buffering data to the drive.
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Posted 19 November 2008 - 10:51 PM

Another problem, I disconnected my drive while the 211 was running and it would not re-connect to it.

Deleted the partitions with XP 211 reformatted drive but still no DVR functionality.
Tuners: Hopper 2000; Hopper w/Sling; 3 Joeys; Samsung SIR-T351; Accurian 6000;2 X HD TiVo; 2 X TiVo Series 2 Stand alone; Panasonic Showstopper 2000
Dish 1000.2 @ 110, 119, 129; dish 500 @ 61.5
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Sony 80GB PS3; Toshiba HD-DVD

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Posted 19 November 2008 - 10:51 PM

It appears to constantly be buffering data to the drive.


If it online, then would agree, but offline shouldn't.

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Posted 19 November 2008 - 10:52 PM

Another problem, I disconnected my drive while the 211 was running and it would not re-connect to it.

Deleted the partitions with XP 211 reformatted drive but still no DVR functionality.

Bummer !

Well, pioneers always getting surprises, not always pleasant. :(

#57 OFFLINE   Jim5506

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Posted 19 November 2008 - 10:55 PM

Monitoring both forums P Smith?
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Dish 1000.2 @ 110, 119, 129; dish 500 @ 61.5
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Sony 80GB PS3; Toshiba HD-DVD

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Posted 20 November 2008 - 12:11 AM

Posting on both ? ;)

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Posted 20 November 2008 - 12:46 AM

It appears to constantly be buffering data to the drive.

Even when the receiver is "off" (standby)?

Having the drive should add all the DVR features (skip back/pause/etc) and that would require constant buffering while TV is being viewed. This is in addition to actual DVR events and EPG storage (which is extended when the 211 drive is enabled).

I would expect it to not use the drive when the receiver is in standby (other than the guide update and any set DVR events). And I can see why disconnecting the drive would cause an issue.

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Posted 20 November 2008 - 01:51 AM

If the system written correctly, then it should not be an issue when you disconnect USB device(HDD here) during standby mode. Just commit changes often and wait for that signal from USB driver.




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