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921 Receiving L2.74 - Discussion.

Discussion in 'Other HD Receiver Support Forum (811, 921, 942)' started by boylehome, Mar 8, 2006.

  1. ebaltz

    ebaltz Hall Of Fame

    Nov 23, 2004

    No there is a new option under the Autotune, Reminder, VCR, etc... there is one for Auto/ext, what does that do?
  2. moonhawk

    moonhawk Cool Member

    Feb 7, 2006
    I don't know where the options you are referring to are...?
  3. SummitAdvantageRetailer

    SummitAdvantageRetailer Godfather

    Feb 20, 2005
    This is annoying but not as bad as other bugs out there. I wonder if they realize that it's a bug since I've seen it for as long as I've owned the 921!
  4. SummitAdvantageRetailer

    SummitAdvantageRetailer Godfather

    Feb 20, 2005
    I stand corrected. You're right!
  5. Leroy

    Leroy Cool Member

    Jan 20, 2005
    Thanks for the release notes, it's nice to know what has been going on with the various fixes
  6. joebird

    joebird Legend

    Sep 15, 2003
    I got home tonight, turned on the TV, and saw this (no lights on the front of the 921): Message 845 -- Receiver is in activity standby mode. Booting...

    It sat this way for 10-15 minutes...I should have checked here first (didn't know an update was coming). I unplugged it, waited, then plugged it back in. Same message. Anyone else see this? I don't see any download progress for the update or anything -- just this message. I'm not sure how patient I can be...I've never seen this message before. Then again, apparently I have no choice.

    Of course, I'm betting that my scheduled recordings didn't happen this evening. I have a feeling that it's been sitting there with this screen for hours. Is this normal?
  7. joebird

    joebird Legend

    Sep 15, 2003
    It finally came back. Still at L273, though. Sure enough, the recordings didn't happen. Apparently it'd been that way for a while.
  8. David_Levin

    David_Levin Icon/Supporter DBSTalk Gold Club

    Apr 22, 2002
    It's probably for automatic realtime recording (over analog) to the pocket dish. Basically, the unit sends start/stop commands over the composite video line.

    This has been discussed in the recent Charlie Chats (but I don't remember them saying which STB's would support it).
  9. ntexasdude

    ntexasdude Hall Of Fame

    Jan 23, 2005
    Okay, here's my story. Got home last night and it's still at L273 but I did have the 9 day guide. I did a power cord reboot. It came back up after a few minutes and a message said "Installing new software, please wait". Took about 5 minutes and it installed fine and I was at revision L274. I immediately checked the 9 guide - rut row - only 1 hour guide showing. Waited a few more minutes and the guide finally repopulated to 9 days. Didn't check this morning so I don't know if it's still there.
  10. David K

    David K AllStar

    Nov 27, 2004

    Actually this is a very important fix for me and one I complained about to a CSR about two weeks ago when I called about the 9 day EPG problem. I use s-vid for SD and DVI for HD, when you shut down the 921 for the evening in SD mode, when it gets it's nightly reboot it changes the output res to 480p, and then the next day when you go to watch HD you had to pull up the menu and change it back to 1080i, a huge pain in the butt, but at least it let me know if I was getting the nightly reboot or not, if I didn't get the reboot it would be where I left it on 1080i. I had to remember to shut down in HD mode or check it every day, it's been this way since I've owned the 921. When I complained about it the guy said he had never heard of that problem but would report it to the engineers.

    That dialog box prompting us to hit a # key to complete the changes fixed the problem, don't hit the button, nothing changes, so the nightly reboot can't change the setting anymore. GREAT WORK AROUND DISH!!!!! THANKS!!
  11. IowaStateFan

    IowaStateFan Godfather

    Jan 11, 2006
    This forum and thread have been pretty quiet today. Can I assume the L2.74 fixed most of the problems? I had to do a front panel reboot last night to get it installed, but from the little I played with it, it sure seemed more responsive. I haven't been home today to check, but are the problems pretty much gone?
  12. socceteer

    socceteer Icon

    Apr 22, 2005
    I got home yesterday and checked to see if it was installed, it was, I did notice a problem with the screen ratio for about 15 seconds it corrected it self after I switched channels. Also I got the 9 day guide back and it was still there this morning. I have not noticed any other issues
  13. Michael P

    Michael P Hall Of Fame

    Oct 27, 2004
    Other than losing 2 timers that were set before the new s/w installed, everythig seems to be o.k. (fingers crossed).

    The 9-day guide was back and there was no aspect ratio problems (yet).

    However I still have no OTA guide data :mad:

    Also another, lesser known bug still exists: Lock-up on audio channels.
    I have Sky Angel. Whenever I listen to one of their ausio channels and then channel up or down the 921 just sits there with a blank stare for 25-35 seconds before changing channels, the same thing happens on an audio only subchannel I get OTA over one of my PBS channels
  14. madbrain

    madbrain Legend

    Dec 10, 2004

    I reported this bug with the long delay to switch channels back last year . For me it happened with international channel 660 , which is audio only - Radio France Internationale . I got a response that the channel was low bitrate and the buffer in the 921 was too big, so it took a long time to fill. IMO that's not a good answer, and it is a bug that can technically be fixed. But I was told this problem would not be fixed - management decided not to.

    I found this particularly egregious given that this was an a-la-carte subscription channel, not part of any base package ! It's not like it was an OTA channel and they could blame the stations or anything.

    The way I fixed this problem was by unsusbscribing from channel 660 and all others - I cancelled Dish altogether in december. Now the 921 always switches channels promptly - between OTA channels, that is.
  15. moonhawk

    moonhawk Cool Member

    Feb 7, 2006
    So you can use the 921 as a standalone OTA tuner?...Do any of the DVR features work when you do that, even when you are unsubscribed to Dish at all?
  16. Ron Barry

    Ron Barry 622 Tips & Trick Keeper

    Dec 10, 2002
    If you wanted to do this. Your 921 would have to remained hooked up to a Dish Sat and you would loose all Local OTA guide info.
  17. Redster

    Redster Godfather/Supporter DBSTalk Gold Club

    Jan 14, 2004
    After 3 hard reboots, I still seem to be getting the wrong aspect ratio on my local OTA's . When I change channels around, they go into stretch mode,, the normal mode gives me black bars. During the olympics though it seemed okay. Wonder if it is how they are transmitting ? :confused:
  18. UTFAN

    UTFAN Legend

    Nov 11, 2005
    9 day guide is back, "No information" is gone and no issues with aspect ratios.

    We were close to deciding to go ahead and order a 622 on April 1, now we're not so sure. But this is the best our 921 has operated since we got it just over two years ago.

  19. Larry Caldwell

    Larry Caldwell Godfather

    Apr 4, 2005
    It was certainly a major bug fix. For the first time since I got my 921, I can use the 720p scan rate that is my projector's native mode. I haven't switched to SD mode yet, but I'm going to burn several episodes of Austin City Limits to DVD this weekend, so I will find out how it handles switching resolution.
  20. WildBill

    WildBill AllStar

    Dec 7, 2004
    This work-around is not so great for me, since it screws up the macro commands I had set up to change output modes. It was complictaed and finicky before, now it is even more complicated. Haven't had time to re-program the remote yet to see if I can get it to work.

    One man's pill is another man's poison!

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