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HR2x and R22 0x034C - Issues Only

Discussion in 'DIRECTV HD DVR/Receiver Discussion' started by Doug Brott, Aug 22, 2009.

  1. studdad

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    Update: Everything going to hell. When 034C first came out, I had a few glitches, but my picture quality improved considerably. Now, my PQ has diminished drastically, with Macroblocking and pixelation being a big problem, not to mention an overall "fuzzy" look on HD channels as opposed to the sharp picture I had right after the 034C update (my picture had gone to hell with the update prior to 034C). In addition, fairly frequent audio and video drops as well as video Brrrrrrrrrrrrps. All signals are strong. Looks like D* is F'n around again, and at this point, I am sure Dish has a far superior picture quality.
     
  2. jazzyjez

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    This morning I was watching "Today" on our local station - WECT - via OTA using my HR20-100 (we don't get hi-def locals via DirecTV here so it has to be OTA). For 10 mins or so, all was perfectly normal, then I noticed the picture became 'jittery'. At first I just thought it was an issue with their outside broadcast, but it was still the same when it returned to a studio shot. Then I realized that both the 720 and 1080 LEDs were lit up - signifying 24p mode. I then checked the info on my TV, and it did indeed report the vertical refresh rate as 24Hz.

    Switched the receiver to another channel and then back again to 6-1 and all was back to normal (1080i/60Hz). Maybe a one-off glitch, or maybe something else for the the s/w team at DirecTV to think about - as if they don't have enough on their plates already!

    [Side comment: like many others on this forum I've seen similar problems since the recent 034C update on both my HR20-100 and -700: excessive drive activity and far more frequent than previously seen dropouts, freezing and so on. It's particularly bad if trying to record two HD programs simultaneously - that seems to really tax the system and raise the dropout/freeze rate, again I'd not seen this with prior release.]

    Sorry mods, I meant to put this in the "HR2x and R22 0x034C - Issues Only" thread -can you please move it for me. Thanks, J.
     
  3. JT01

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    FWIW, since the 0x034C upgrade I also have seen a significant increase in audio/video dropouts and screen freezes, occurring in conjunction with a lot of hard drive thrashing. I have an HR20-700. Hopefully, this is a common enough problem for D* to be working on a fix.
     
  4. paulman182

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    The fix for mine was to go into the diagnostics and run a Smart Scan, then a surface scan. I ran the surface scan overnight and I don't know what it might have reported, but the HR20-700 has been perfect (and quiet) since then.

    Maybe they are trying to do some kind of diagnostics in the background and when we manually scan the disk, it eliminates the need for that? I don't know, just guessing here.
     
  5. studdad

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    Agree 100%. I noticed the issues where the worst with playback of a show that was recorded at the same time another show was recorded. Also, worse pq and issues while watching live and another show is recording, than when watching live and nothing is recording. Was watching a show tonight that looked great, which surprised me. Then noticed that nothing was recording at the same time.
     

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