Almost There... Just a few more seconds...

Discussion in 'DIRECTV HD DVR/Receiver Discussion' started by Greg Alsobrook, Dec 7, 2008.

  1. Dec 7, 2008 #1 of 63
    Greg Alsobrook

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    I've always wondered this. At the very beginning of the reboot cycle, why do they have a screen that says "Just a few more seconds"?? Just a few more seconds until what? Until you wait 5 more minutes?? :lol:
     
  2. Dec 7, 2008 #2 of 63
    Mike Bertelson

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    Five minutes is 300 seconds....that's a few...quite a few. ;)
     
  3. Dec 7, 2008 #3 of 63
    dennisj00

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    Could just put up a screen saying 'SOON' . . .
     
  4. Dec 7, 2008 #4 of 63
    cweave02

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    Or maybe "wait for it!"
     
  5. Dec 7, 2008 #5 of 63
    diggerg56

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    Amost there.......Maybe not
     
  6. Dec 7, 2008 #6 of 63
    billsharpe

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    "There" is when you get the next message.

    And, if you only wait five minutes until the reboot process is complete, consider yourself fortunate. My reboots typically take 7 minutes or more. Fortunately there haven't been too many of them lately.
     
  7. Dec 7, 2008 #7 of 63
    Greg Alsobrook

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    It just seems kinda silly that a screen that says "Almost There" and "Just a few more seconds" precede a screen that says "This will take a few minutes"...
     
  8. Dec 7, 2008 #8 of 63
    Stuart Sweet

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    OK, to be constructive, let me ask you all... if you could put "the right" messages up on screens, what would they be?

    Personally it would be:

    "Welcome to DIRECTV.
    Starting up, please wait.
    Step 1 of 3... This may take a little while.
    Step 2 of 3... Almost there.
    Step 3 of 3... Acquiring satellite data.
    Atomic Batteries to Power
    Turbines to Speed"

    OK, maybe not the last two ;)
    and then Live TV.
     
  9. Dec 7, 2008 #9 of 63
    Greg Alsobrook

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    Stuart,

    Your messages make much more sense... Only thing missing is the "Receiver Self Test" thrown in after the "Starting up" screen...
     
  10. Davenlr

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    Welcome to directv
    Please watch the circling blue light? Isnt it cool?
    Step 1 of 2 - Loading. Watch the cool blinking blue lights
    Step 2 of 2 - More blinking lights while we download your Tv guide
    Opps Step 3 of 2 - Forgot...building your ToDo list...what about those lights eh?
    Ok, you can waitch tv now. Hit GUIDE for a real welcome screen.

    :)
     
  11. xIsamuTM

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    "Hello...."
    "Almost there..."
    "Checking active tuner(s)"
    "Spinning your character around."
    "Step 1 of 2, preparing for the next step."
    "Step 1.5 of 2, executing next step."
    "Step 2 of 2. starting that percent dealie."
     
  12. Thaedron

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    Starting the x of N notations earlier would make sense

    replacing just a few more seconds with anything would be more informative.

    1 of 3 Starting up
    2 of 3 whatever it's doing
    3 of 3 acquiring satellite data
     
  13. armophob

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    1 Oh, boy now you've done it
    2 This may take some time
    3 Cross your fingers
    4 Don't touch anything!!
    5 Here we go
    6 Whew, welcome back
     
  14. Richierich

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    Peachtree...
    "Welcome to DIRECTV.
    Starting up, please wait.
    Step 1 of 3... This may take a little while.
    Step 2 of 3... Almost there.
    Step 3 of 3... Acquiring satellite data.
    Step 4 ..........Not there yet? Go get a cold beer as it will take a liitle while longer, maybe 5 minutes so BE PATIENT and drink that beer!
    Step 5.......... Now don't you feel better?

    OK, Time to Watch TV! That wasn't so bad, was it!!!
     
  15. mystic7

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    "If you're still sitting there staring at the screen, call this number for the TV Addiction Hotline... 1-800-GET-HELP."
     
  16. nyelton

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    while we're making suggestions, how about they just make the box boot up faster :)
     
  17. Stuart Sweet

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    Let's keep this constructive, please. I'm hoping that if we come up with good suggestions, our friends at DIRECTV might listen.
     
  18. spidey

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    1) Software Down load in progress, current SW version is xxxx new version is xxxy ( so one can quit if failing to get a new load )

    2) Software Download Complete

    3) Software Configuration in progress this step may take a few minutes

    4) Configuration Complete

    5)Sat configuration and signal acquisition commencing

    6) Tv is ready to go
     
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    Now, that, my friend, is hitting the nail right on the head. Instead of all the joke suggestions, that is an idea with merit D'TV should pay attention to. And for the record, I don't sit there watching the whole boot up process. I'll use the time constructively, like detailing my truck or renovating the kitchen. By the time I'm done, hopefully it will be back to live tv. I just know I'm going to be ripped a new one by some of my fellow members, but, just my $.02.
     
  20. Stuart Sweet

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    I'm sure that everyone would like the DVR to boot up faster. I'd prefer it if that weren't the focus of this thread, though. I don't know everything that happens when the DVR boots but I imagine it's checking the hard drive, loading the OS, checking the drivers, loading the UI, checking all satellites and all transponders, downloading guide data and doublechecking the scheduler. That takes a little time.

    Once again, I'm hoping that if we can come up with a decent script, that I can pass it on to DIRECTV for their consideration.

    spidey, what would the messages look like for a regular reboot, not a download?
     

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