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

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

  1. BattleScott

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    Interesting good or interesting bad?

    A casual observer may look at it and say:
    "wow, that's all they have to complain about is what it says during boot-up"

    or they may say:
    "wow, how many times do they have to reboot those things that they care what it says during boot-up"

    As for my own opinion on what it should say:
    Put up helpful hints for 30 secs or a minute like during a lengthy software install.
    "How to record a series"
    "How to setup favorite lists"
    stuff like that.
     
  2. LameLefty

    LameLefty I used to be a rocket scientist

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    Middle...
    Since we're never going to get a console output of the entire Linux boot sequence and all the driver loads, etc. that the geeks among us want, I'd be okay with some of the suggestions about how many more minutes you should expect with each step, as noted by the some of the earlier posts, but I also like BattleScott's post above. This would be especially useful for the casual DVR user who doesn't reboot routinely and doesn't particularly care about the guts of the system, but might benefit from knowing some more about how the basics work.
     
  3. JMII

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    If the reboot process it takes 7 minutes then why can't DirecTV just confirm this and make the one and only message say:
    "Please wait... Your system has to reboot, download software updates and acquire guide data from the satellite. This entire process takes approx. 7 minutes. Thank you for your patience". At that point just display a simple timer showing: "2 minutes remaining". Along with some kind of graphic indicating that things are indeed happening (like the hourglass in Windows/beachball on the Mac)

    And yes even my wife hates the false "just a few seconds" line the DVR throws up. From a UI stand point DirecTV should NOT put in a progress bar unless its totally accurate, this stuck at 97% is a BIG problem, as a normal customer thinks the box has locked up (again!) and might be tempted to try another reboot :nono2:

    Before I started reading these forums I too ASSUMED the box was locked up due to the false "almost there, just a few seconds" BS combined with the "97%" stuck progress bar. Now I know better, thus I schedule a bathroom/snack break after each reboot :rolleyes:
     

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