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#81 OFFLINE   hasan


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Posted 23 February 2014 - 04:37 PM

Don't want to derail the thread, but has anyone found out just what any DirecTV HDDVR is actually doing when it is not changing a channel quickly ?


Reporting to NSA?  Spamming the neighbors with Viagra ads?  Morris dancing?


(I'm expecting an HR44 any day now, and will likely send back at least one HR21, and that one has had weirdly variable channel changing times. Sometimes quick, sometimes slow, and sometimes dead slow, and then most annoying of all, dead slow followed by machine gun rapid channel changes past the one I wanted to stop at)




It's a very old problem with the DVRs. If the demands on the processor and/or memory exceed their capabilities, they become sluggish, if not unresponsive. Pre-HR24 series are particularly vulnerable. Bad coding can cause any DVR to get sluggish periodically. Since getting the HR44 and HR24 (2 of them) about a month ago, I've only seen a brief (and I mean very brief) period of sluggish or non-responsive behavior. Other than that, both the 24 and especially the 44 just fly.

Since the software seems to show ever increasing demands on both processor and memory, we may face the same thing in a future software cycle. In the mean time....enjoy!

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#82 OFFLINE   gov



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Posted 23 February 2014 - 04:40 PM

Reading between the lines there I infer it is the NSA thing



OK, appreciate the info.





#83 OFFLINE   Laxguy


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Posted 23 February 2014 - 06:30 PM

Reading between the lines there I infer it is the NSA thing.

Just do not add "Allah akbar!" to every sentence.

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Posted 23 February 2014 - 06:32 PM



What would we do without our high tech toys ??

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Posted 01 March 2014 - 08:45 PM

HR44 arrived today.  Might get brave and pull TV stand out and install it after everyone clears out.  Will transfer recording schedule from  HR21 and then start watching off it's hard drive.  Will put it's AM21 on the 44 immediately however.


I did order an extra RF remote, and will connect the 44 up to the 21's mirror system and see how the 'new and improved' RF remote chucks out a signal.  It can hardly be worse than what I already have (10 foot range) but it will need to consistently hit 25 feet to make me happy on the kitchen TV till I am ready to put a client on it.


I see the 44 has a cooling fan, I presume it doesn't matter as much for air clearance with that, in any regard, it looks like the AM21 is going beneath it instead of on top. As for the 722 in the stack, I dunno where it will wind up.


I guess this is going to be the impetus to upgrade the OTA system this summer, I'd like to have as many channels at my house as I am usually able to get TV customers in the area. (my particular location has a significant topological problem that is going to take a big roll of RG11 to conquer). I've done the math and checked Antenna Web  and it is all feasible, just more grunt work than seems appealing at my age.

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Posted 01 March 2014 - 10:55 PM

I had both the HR34 and now the HR44.. (Not at the same time of course). I did not have a good experience with the HR34, which is why it was later replaced/upgraded to the 44. I love the 44, only problem is that you can only have one per account. Whenever I use the other receivers in the home aside from the 44, I notice such a difference. I'm sure they gathered some things from the 34 that was applied to the 44, to improve the receiver. It sure didn't take them long to release a newer genie model. That's just the experience I had, and it looks like quite a few have been happy with their 34. All I hope is that my good experience with the 44 will continue. The 44 has me spoiled, I hate using any other receiver now. I love the remote and quick RF response as well. 

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Posted 01 March 2014 - 11:44 PM

I have never had my hr44 on except for it testing during start up for a moment. It isn't going on unless its getting really hot..

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Posted 01 March 2014 - 11:53 PM

... in any regard, it looks like the AM21 is going beneath it instead of on top. ...


That is how I have mine. No issues, internal temp is reporting 106° currently, which is what it is most of the time.  

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Posted 02 March 2014 - 09:18 AM

Guide has mostly populated overnight and I have some series loaded on it.


It really is fast with the remote, almost alien in it's feel.  Only thing slowing me down is different remote keyboard layout, and that is going to take some getting used to.


Don't have the equipment stack set up the way I want, until I get the HR21 HDD unloaded it is going to linger and look annoying.  I don't have the mirror working on the 44 yet, but for a few days watching the 722 in the kitchen isn't a problem, and the HR20 is still working too.


I had some communication problems with the dish last night until I forced a software download and no it seems fine.  I wonder right out of the box of it was a little bewildered by my SWM16 set up ??

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Posted 02 March 2014 - 01:36 PM

Should not have been. I hope you checked to make ire you don have more than 8 tuners on a line. That will bewilder it! ;)

And last night? Um did you check to see why software you ended up with?

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Posted 06 March 2014 - 09:53 AM

So after a few support calls and one tech visit later I now have an HR44. The HR34 lag wasn't terrible but some of the weird glitchy issues just got to be too much for me. While I agree the HR34 was no slouch, the HR44 blows it away! This may be the fastest receiver I've ever used and that includes a Dish VIP 722. My install just ended and I'm still waiting for the guide to finish completely downloading. I imagine things will improve even more once that process completes. As a comparison, I ran some baselines with the HR34 and HR44, the results of which are as follows:

Guide button press to guide displaying on screen:
HR34=2+ seconds
HR44= -1 second

Quick tune button press to window displaying on screen:
HR34=2-3 seconds
HR44= -1 second

Red button ScoreGuide button press to window displaying on screen:
HR34=5-8 seconds
HR44= -3 seconds

One other thing worth noting is that the HR34 was practically unusable when 4 or more tuners were in use at the same time whereas with the HR44 there appears to be no difference in performance no matter how many tuners are in use.

Thus far I am extremely pleased with the HR44 and would highly recommend them over the HR34.

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