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More than one HR24 model available?

Discussion in 'DIRECTV HD DVR/Receiver Discussion' started by Indiana627, May 31, 2010.

  1. Tom Robertson

    Tom Robertson Lifetime Achiever DBSTalk Club

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    You've had them since the 11th and haven't published a First Look document here? :) :)


    The -100s are not officially released. I would return them for one reason--if they aren't released, these might not be ready hardware. Somehow, something got into a shipping channel that shouldn't have--and those somethings could be anything from pre-production units that don't have all the right hardware yet, to the actual final hardware release. (And there could be several revisions in between.)

    So why take chances? Get a real shipping model at current revs. :)

    Cheers,
    Tom
     
  2. Tom Robertson

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    One thing to know about Doug's most excellent site--when "new" data streams are introduced, his software does its best to guess what model/make that stream is for. There have been times when that information has been wrong so while we may see KS32-700, it might be something completely different the lads in El Segundo are playing with.

    Then when a unit is actually shipping, Doug can get the magic codes (that display on the software download screen) which confirms the stream configuration.

    Cheers,
    Tom
     
  3. sbhtax

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    Tom
    As you can see, I am new to this Forum although I have visted other forums. Not even sure what a first look is? All I know is I received them, had a heck of a time activating them and if it wern't for Doug letting me know when the firmware was up, I'd still be cursing at them. Don't know when the new ones are coming and don't even know for sure if they are 500's. Have no clue as to the status of the 100's I did receive. I can tell you they appear to be working as they should. Who is going to know when the 100's are "officially" released?
    I'm hoping to get some good feedback from the experts on this board.
     
  4. Tom Robertson

    Tom Robertson Lifetime Achiever DBSTalk Club

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    Forgive my lack of manners: Welcome to DBSTalk! :welcome_s (forgot that in my earlier post, my bad.) :)

    When a new model is officially released, members here collaborate on a "First Look" document showing pictures, talking about features, identifying the new things. I haze you purely in jest--you now are one of the gang. :)

    Of the people who might know when the -100 is going to be released, we are sworn to secrecy until the day they are released. And sometimes we only get a few moments notice as to the actual release day.

    And I have seen pre-production models before, at CES or in El Segundo. Sometimes you can't tell from the outside. The final version might have a small component change and a note on the motherboard as to the hardware revision number. That is why I suggest you return them--they will work fine if they are the final production units. And the probably will work fine even if they are pre-production units...

    Again, welcome to the forums, glad Doug was able to help. :)

    Cheers,
    Tom
     
  5. sbhtax

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    Tom,
    the fact that the firmware for the HR24-100 hasn't been in the stream since Saturday night might be an indication of a bug. Agree? All other models, except the HR24-200 have been in the stream continuously. I think your suggestion is the best. Send back the 100's when the 500's arrive.
     
  6. Stuart Sweet

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    Personally I think that running completely unsupported hardware could get kind of old. I'd return those -100s unless you're willing to let them sit totally unused until such time that the model is actually available.
     
  7. evan_s

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    Particular versions or FW's not being in the stream isn't unusual. The entire CE program functions on firmwares that are only available for a couple hours every Friday and Saturday night.

    I'd still agree with what Tom and Stuart have said. Typically speaking there haven't been any significant differences between the -xxx of different models. The -xxx just indicates who manufactured it. There is no reason to believe there would be anything significantly different between what you have and an hr24-500 other than DirecTV being ready to activate and deal with them so really there is no downside to taking the swap and getting something that will work.
     
  8. john18

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    Do the swap.
     
  9. geaux tigers

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    Could you post some pictures of your HR24-100s. Thanks.
     
  10. sbhtax

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    While not the best, here are 3. The only difference between the 100 and 500 is the plug in the ethernet port.
     

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  11. NR4P

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    Ok guys.
    High noon, OK corral. When I say draw, point and shoot your photos and send them here. :hurah:
     
  12. bobnielsen

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    My 500 has a dummy plug in the ethernet port. There is also a fan between the power and phone line plugs, which is missing on your 100 photo.
     
  13. bobnielsen

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    Check the photos in the First Look (hint: only coaxial digital audio on H24-100).
     
  14. sbhtax

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    You are right about the fan on the 500. The 100 has vent holes at each end but does not have the fan.
     
  15. sbhtax

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    Well the HR24-100 story has finally ended for me. 3 brand new HR24-500's arrived today with a note to ship back the 100's. I think DIRECTV realized they had a little egg on their face by shipping out the 100's when they wern't even offically released. Even the big boys make mistakes once in a while. The good thing for me is that having been a user since 1995, the new HD-DVR's were sent at no charge. Thanks for everybodies input.
    This forum is terrific.
     
  16. Doug Brott

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    Glad to hear that DIRECTV made it right for you. :)
     

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