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ASK DBSTalk: Oh Where, Oh Where is SW Release L180 ?


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#51 OFFLINE   deweybrunner

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Posted 13 April 2004 - 05:48 PM

With all the great minds out there someone should be able to figure out this riddle. It would be great if we could before Mark. Maybe we can get him to give us another strong clue? An old salesman, like myself, knows little about the alignment of the planets! Now every one put their minds to work!

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Posted 14 April 2004 - 05:58 AM

=Something else was scheduled for today, which he very well may have confused with the release - I could see that pretty easily.




Mark, What exactly was scheduled for release yesterday? Did it happen? If so, what was it?
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Posted 14 April 2004 - 06:21 AM

??

#54 OFFLINE   Mark Lamutt

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Posted 14 April 2004 - 06:54 AM

I can't tell you that Eagles. If I could, I already would have.

And see, my plan has worked! If I confuse you with a riddle, it draws your attention away from all of the reboots and missed recordings of the 921! :)
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Posted 14 April 2004 - 07:33 AM

I just got off the phone with one of Dish's engineers who called me in response to an e-mail I sent to ceo@echostar.com. He talked to me about the issues many of us are experiencing with the 921, particularly the reboot problems. He informed me that there is currently a list of about 36 problems that are being worked on and that L180 will fix about half of them, including the reboot problem and several OTA issues (he wasn't specific on those). I was told that L180 will be out by the end of April and could actually be any day now. I hope that he gave me correct information. I also asked about hardware issues and if there were any plans to recall existing units. He told me that the only hardware issue was the much-talked-about vertical blue line problem. He said that there are no plans for a recall.

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Posted 14 April 2004 - 09:18 AM

That agrees with the information I have right now for the most part (although the 36 problems are the major ones and don't count the more minor issues). But, it's not quite there yet. Close, but there's still something nasty (yes, worse than the random reboots) hitting some of us.
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Posted 14 April 2004 - 10:28 AM

Nasty? And that is....?

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Posted 14 April 2004 - 12:48 PM

Nasty? And that is....?


He probably can't tell us what it is, as he has not been able to disclose or volunteer information like that in the past.

Maybe rephrasing the question might help....
A problem that is worse than random reboots may or may not be that bad. The question to Mark is, "is this problem easily identifiable and easy to reproduce?" Based on what the problem is, and how reproducable it is, does it seem like a problem that should be fixable in short order?? Or is the problem going to be difficult to fix, the same as random reboots and spontaneous OTA failures??

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Posted 14 April 2004 - 01:05 PM

That's an excellent way of rephrasing the question, I concur. Still can't answer it, but really, very good. :)

I try to pass along to you guys as much as I can. But, stuff like this I can't talk specifically about.
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Posted 14 April 2004 - 02:26 PM

Okay,
it has to do with the Gem"Star" / Echo"Star" settlement. The issues are on the new name based recording versus the currect Dish DVR "Timer" operations. They hope to get this resolved so they can roll this out in 180.

Sorry, I just woke up from my dream.. What is the issue again ;) (I thought I better put in the smiley because someone is bound to take this seriously..)

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Posted 14 April 2004 - 02:35 PM

I started laughing before I saw your smilie. Glad you put that one in there!
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Posted 14 April 2004 - 05:48 PM

Mark,

Could the riddle have anything to do with the 922 and its introduction in May?

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Posted 14 April 2004 - 07:01 PM

Mark,

Could the riddle have anything to do with the 922 and its introduction in May?

Is the 922 red like Mark added to his riddle?

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Posted 14 April 2004 - 08:16 PM

No, the 922 has nothing to do with this.

Codenames were used for the next 2 software releases. One of them is a little red planet, the other is a much larger planet...indicative of the number of things planned to be fixed in each release. Both releases were originally scheduled to be released in April, hence the "planets aligning", when after the second release, most of the bugs and problems would be fixed.

The timeframe has changed, but everything else is still on track.
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Posted 14 April 2004 - 08:30 PM

Thanks for the explanation Mark. I am terrible at riddles.

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Posted 15 April 2004 - 06:25 AM

The timeframe has changed, but everything else is still on track.



I was told by Dish engineer L180 is scheduled for release on Wednesday 04/21/04 provided no problems arise. He told me problems arose which pushed back the scheduled release. These problems have been corrected, and L180 is now in beta testing for next weeks release.
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Posted 15 April 2004 - 06:51 AM

The problem was probably that they need to take the "DVHS Setup" item out of the Preference Menu now that the cat is out of the bag.
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Posted 15 April 2004 - 08:42 AM

The delay has nothing to do with the current mess of the dishwire ports.

Eagles, what you were told is mostly true. We're still trying to isolate one more issue...I was working on it until past 1am this morning, and spent a couple of hours re-wiring my entire setup temporarily last night in the attempt. I'll know when I get home tonight whether I found it or not.
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