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Discussion in 'Standard Definition Receiver Support Forum' started by interd0g, Apr 3, 2011.
Anyone own a 512? Are they OK?
it's same as 522 or 625
It's a 522 with different software, and only TV1 outputs (where the TV2 outputs would be is empty).
Seems to me 512 getting SAME SW as 522/625
Let's put it this way: it's a 522 with the TV2 output, and all related software features, disabled.
Probably the best answer.
Same, but different.
I can imagine SW is checking ID - if 512, then disable TV2;
would be interesting to know if HW-wise the DVR still the same 522/625 ?
HW-wise, minus the TV2 parts, I'm sure they're almost identical. Same HDD size and I'm almost willing to bet they have the same internal components.
Probably was cheaper to do it this way than make a new Dual sat tuner SD DVR designed for just 1 TV.
It's been a while since I've put one in - but the first ones still had the TV2 outputs on the back of the receiver - they just had black caps over them. Never actually tried hooking anything to them to see if they worked though.
Could you try ? Just for a gig.
I want to know as well.
Apparently, 512 is the only receiver we don't have in our building (minus legacy receivers), so there's no way I can try it out.
Same 120GB HDD as the 522, though some may actually get 160GB depending on availability at time of manufacture/refurbish. I was told that when it came out, the recording time available would be reported the same for both drive sizes, but the larger one would fill to its capacity before auto-deleting the oldest unprotected recordings. My guess is the software locks out Duo mode based on some hardware identifier.
512s are former 522s that were "remanufactured" into 512s. The 512 wasn't even released until 3 years after 522 manufacturing had ended, and was only created because the 501/508/510 DVRs were getting extremely old and unreliable, there were a lot of 522s available, and because Dish wanted to plug the "SD Solo DVR" slot in their line-up
So, yes, the hardware is the same, because 512s are "made from" 522s.
Thanks all, for the comprehensive answers
I will - but I have no idea when I'll put one in. It's probably been 9 months or more since I put the last one in - they're just not called for much since all new installs are typically MPEG4 only and thus call for 612's.
OK, so I finally had a couple of jobs to mess with a 512. On one I was replacing a 512 with a 625 to add another room. So before I did, I wired up the backfeed, and connected the TV2 output. I checked the modulator settings on the 512 - but it doesn't have any available for the TV2 output. I went ahead and ran a channel scan on the TV2 location though - and it did pick up channel 60! However it was just a black screen. So my guess would be that the hardware to output TV2 is still in there - it's just disabled via software.
On another job today I had to replace a 510 (since it will soon be a doorstop) with a 512 and learned something else. The existing 510 was in a different room from the TV, and I learned the hard way that the RF remote features are turned off in the 512! I tried a normal UHF (black key) remote, a 6.4 TV2 UHF Pro remote, a 6.4 TV1 UHF Pro Remote and even a 21.0 Remote (in both TV1&TV2 modes). None would work. So I ended up having to relocate the 512 to the same room as the TV so it would work IR.
Use a pyramid on the 512. Now you have UHF.
I don't have any pyramids on my van - Dish doesn't supply them. And the 512 has the UHF hardware in it (since it's a reconfigured 522) - so it seems stupid that it's disabled in the software.
512 can definitely be programmed for a UHF remote. Need to select 'Menu 6-1-6" and "Enable" the TV1 UHF PRO.
Thanks for the tip Mary - I'll try that next time.