The hardware sucks and no matter what they do with "Firmware" updates, it's still going to suck. I'm just mad there isn't another option. I'd gladly pay for an alternative option with more disk space, perhaps a solid state drive, a faster processor, etc. But alas I don't have this option. It isn't available to me.
Sometimes I feel like ripping the HR21 apart and replacing the crappy processor with an aftermarket one. It's come to that point. I hope someone does this and posts it online so others can finally fix this issue, since DirecTV has let it drag on beyond acceptability.
I wonder sometimes how many people actually have a solid idea as to what is inside these units.
The processor is very powerful, the other components comparible to many PCs out there. While its not a quad processor or something, its Pentium 4 caliber, which is still capable of running all the way up to Vista generation code (although Linux is the OS used).
directs the use of the components, including the video presentation, network interaction, audio reproduction, and other activities.
Think of it this way -- anyone run Vista prior to SP1 or SP2? If you did....it didn't matter if you had a quad processor...it was mollasses slow. With SP1 and SP2, the performance improved - it took over 18 months to get there.
Its amazing how folks reach for straws trying to first generalize statements, and then try to blame everything but the kitchen sink for things.
Perhaps those of you with "insights" into the internal operations of the HD DVRs should "enlighten yourselves" by reading the First Look
pieces that have been written on the HRx DVRs....they contain detailed information on the inner contents of those units.
Here's the link to the entire list of those...http://www.dbstalk.c...ad.php?t=117744
Could be a real "eye opener"....