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  1. veryoldschool

    veryoldschool Lifetime Achiever Staff Member Super Moderator DBSTalk Club

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    They each use a slightly different chipset.

    "The goal" was to be the same, but this ended up hard to quantify

    I had "good luck" with -200s & -500s, but most of mine were "hand built"

    I'd take anything "down & start over" at any time.
     
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  2. Rich

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    Try putting an external drive on it. That will answer the question. You said in a previous post the 54 was at least 5 years old. The HDD in the 54 is that old. When we were working on the eSATA function years ago we were told 5 years was the point where you could expect an HDD to expire. That wasn't correct. The HDDs in the HRs, for the most part, will keep running well past the 5-year mark. They don't stop/die but they do cause most of the audio and video problems we see as they get older.

    I'm pretty sure we can cause the HDDs to become problematic by keeping the HDD near full. I've seen that many times. I kept all my HRs at no more than half full and still had problems. I'm sure the problems would have been a lot worse had I used them with a full HDD.

    After saying all this I have to disagree with myself. I have a 24-100 that my son uses once in a while. It's always nearly empty. We had all kinds of problems with that during the Super Bowl week this year. I have a 1TB WD Blue HDD in that, been in use for a couple of years. We lost sound. The HR kept crashing. Had to reboot constantly. Kept freezing up. Stuck an external drive on it and everything but the random rebooting stopped instantly. That Blue drive was about 4 years old at the last SB. I just checked. I would expect video and audio problems at that age but not what I saw. My point about all this is the HDD in that HR never had much on it. What happened wasn't because of overfilling an HDD. Perhaps not using an HDD, leaving it empty, can cause the HDD to fail? Even though it's almost empty it's still doing something constantly. Puzzling.

    Anyhow, try an external drive. The simplest thing you can do.

    Rich
     
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    There was a time when I thought any HR ending in 200 was gonna be a keeper. Then I started having problems with them. Not sure what to think about them now. I do have a 24-200. Runs well, but it replaces two 24-200s that would not take commands from a remote. The 500s are as good as you could ask for when they work correctly.

    Rich
     
  4. compnurd

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    They all use the same Broadcom CPU
     
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    My only issue with the HR24-200’s was the smaller carriage space for the thinner Seagate drives they used in those. I tried to put a 2TB WD drive in, and would not fit.

    Of course all of that changed earlier last year when when you got me hooked on SSD’s on external enclosures. It’s like being addicted to crack, and I can’t break the habit- as now every DVR I have now has an external SSD drive!
     
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  6. krel

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    i tend to agree with you on this. as the unit seems faster and snappier.. but i also noticed that the PQ is smoother as well. when i got the other one it was a refurb. god only knows how many times it went through a refurb before going back out into the field!!! i think it's nearing the end of it's life.. could be the HDD or the motherboard going. though the 700 seems like a solid preformer!!!
     
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  7. inkahauts

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    To be clear... all HR in the same series use the same processors (ie hr54 -200 and -700 are the same)

    There is exactly one notable exception to this rule. The HR24-500 uses a totally different processor than all the other HR24-xxx

    That could be why you see different performance Rich.

    I seriously doubt you could ever see the difference in general between any hr54 in terms of snappiness Ailey because of who manufacturers it. I’d guess there was an issue, maybe the hard drive as theorized that was causing the difference.
     
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    Haven't seen anything but refurbished equipment for at least the last two years.
     
  9. slice1900

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    I very much doubt they are making anything new other than the HS17, C61, C61W and C61K. Even then they might have enough coming back from all the customers leaving that they've halted production for a while. Its quite possible not a single new one has been made this year.

    This also might be why we haven't seen anything newer come out. Why bother to introduce a new product until they know they will have to start ramping up production and stay ramped up.
     
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    are the hr54 units from solid signal new? DIRECTV Genie RVU Server for Whole Home HD-DVR Receiver (HR54) from Solid Signal
     
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  12. krel

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    think it was the hard drive. the picture would break up and freeze and lock up none of that now. this is what i am thinking it was
     
  13. krel

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    the newest 54 i seen had the power inserter in it complete joke.. and the power button in the middle
     
  14. studechip

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    Why is it a joke to have a built in power inserter?
     
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    because it can't power long cable runs when there 130 FT long:confused:.
     
  16. studechip

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    I'll bet that 130 ft run is CCS, not SCC.
     
  17. compnurd

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    The 54 has always had a built in power inserter and is powered my LNB at 165ft with no problems
     
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  18. krel

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    hugh!!! mine didn't and i had two of them the ones with the power button in the middle.. now i have the external power inserter and it seems to be working.. maybe it was the 2 two way splitters and not the one 4 way splitter:oops:
     
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    CCS and not SCC what do you mean
     
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